Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Dark Blob

Location: Elksley (Nottinghamshire) - A57
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bus driver and conductor reported hitting a dark, non-human shape that screamed on impact with their bus. Coming to a halt, they both searched the road and surrounding area but failed to find whatever they thought they had run over.


Headless Woman

Location: Ellesmere (Shropshire) - Crossroads along Lyneal Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless phantom woman was blamed for causing horses pulling a cart to panic. The cart they were pulling turned over, killing the driver. Twelve months later, the man's son was said to have been killed in an identical accident caused by the same ghost. The crossroads was said to be the burial place of an unknown man who had a stake pushed through his body to ensure he did not return.


Sometimes Headless Man

Location: Ellesmere (Shropshire) - Unidentified house at Hampton Wood, and road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a series of murders occurred at the house, the area became haunted by a man who could apparently choose whether to have a head or not. On one occasion the ghost manifested on a horse which was being ridden through the area. A minister banished the ghost after a three-day battle, forcing it into a glass bottle which was placed inside three iron chests and buried under a barn, to remain for 99 years.


Alice Lisle

Location: Ellingham (Hampshire) - Moyles Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For assisting two fugitives, Alice Lisle was hanged in 1685 - though her defence was that she did what any good Christian would do. The rustling of her silken dress and footfalls could be heard echoing down the corridors for many years after her death. The road outside the hall was also haunted by Alice in a coach, pulled by headless horses.


Failing Breaks

Location: Elmsted (Kent) - Elchin Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some cars have been said to experience sudden mechanical failure on the hill, normally affecting the brakes and steering.


Upset Woman

Location: Emsworth (Hampshire) - Horndean Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story has this road haunted by a distressed woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed.


Seventeen Century Boy

Location: Enchmarsh (Shropshire) - Road leading through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 1965
Further Comments: Two men driving through the village encountered a 'colourless' horse and rider standing in the middle of the road. The rider appeared to be dressed in 17th century clothing. The horse then galloped away across a nearby field.


Gliding Man

Location: Enniskillen (County Fermanagh) - Properties near the A4 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1976
Further Comments: Just after climbing into their car, a witness watched a figure dressed in old fashioned clothing glide past the passenger side door. The entity was also seen by a neighbour, standing at the foot of the bed.


Hooded Face

Location: Evesham (Warwickshire) - A435, between Evesham and Beckett's Farm, near Portway turnoff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Returning home from a holiday, a couple were horrified when a hooded black face jumped onto their car windscreen - no body was visible. The face moved from left to right across the window until it disappeared.


Crying Mother

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Martin's Lane, general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A weeping woman waits along this lane at night - her daughter ran away to follow Sir Francis Drake on his last voyage, and never returned.


Speeding Car

Location: Eyam (Derbyshire) - Between Eyam and A6 Chapel en le Frith bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 June 2013, 00:10h
Further Comments: A driver was tailgated along a country road by a dark, older model sports car. The sports car overtook the driver once the A6 was reached, only to suddenly vanish a short distance ahead. There were no turn offs.


Speeding Cyclist

Location: Eyam (Derbyshire) - Road between Eyam and Stoney Middleton, and dales in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A squeaky bicycle with a ringing bell has been heard approaching various witnesses at speed - they move out of the way and turn to see where the sound is coming from, but nothing can be seen. A few people have reported spotting the phantom cyclist, who quickly vanishes from view.


Female Forms

Location: Eyke (Suffolk) - White Woman's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This road in the village was reportedly named after the shade that haunted it. A house along the road that was particularly haunted was destroyed during the twentieth century, though its orchard remains. Another theory is that the lane was named after the women who worked in the flour mill, who would return home covered in white dust, while others say the lane takes the name from a white witch who resided along it.


Town Witches

Location: Fairford (Gloucestershire) - Poulton Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small group of evil witches are said to have once plagued the town. After they died, they were buried at this crossroads, and their shades now haunt the area.


Unlit Bicycle

Location: Fakenham (Norfolk) - A148 Bale Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 December 2010, 16:35h
Further Comments: A driver was forced to brake sharply as a cyclist pulled out in front of their car. As the driver started to drive again, they realised the cyclist had vanished.


Standing Man

Location: Fakenham (Norfolk) - A148, Docking/Hunstanton junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 March 2006, 22.30
Further Comments: A ghostly figure has been seen standing on the roundabout here at least twice.


Young Girl

Location: Fareham (Hampshire) - Saltern Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: The misty figure of a young girl crossing the road was seen by three occupants of a vehicle which was forced to break hard to avoid her. The figure disappeared into a verge on the side of the road.


Headless Horseman

Location: Farley (Staffordshire) - Road between Farley and Alton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding a white horse and donned in a full suit of armour, his knight can also be recognised by his lack of head.


Fast Moving Old Lady

Location: Farnham (Surrey) - West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Wet winter nights
Further Comments: Limping, this OAP runs by witnesses at a rate of knots and disappears into the doorway of a house along the street. The same street is also haunted by a black dog which performs a similar action to that of the old woman.


Horse and Coach

Location: Farningham (Kent) - Main road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old coaching route, some still say that phantom horses and coaches can still be heard passing along the road.


Drifting Nun

Location: Fawkham Green (Kent) - Pennis Lane
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Autumn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing at dusk, the figure of a nun has been reported floating down this lane. Her skull is housed at Pennis Farm and it is said if the object is ever removed a great curse will befall the valley.


Smoky

Location: Fazakerley (Lancashire) - Higher Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards, last seen February 2006
Further Comments: Last seen by a policeman in the early hours of the morning, this smoky entity is reputed to appear in front of cars, resulting in accidents.


Hitchhiker

Location: Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Crossroads controlled by lights
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For several days, a car driver found himself giving a lift to a Second World War pilot, who would suddenly appear in the back seat of his car when he reached a certain point of his journey. This stopped once the driver started taking a different route.


White Lady

Location: Fleet (Hampshire) - Bagwell Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly white lady haunts this country lane - she is also said to cross a field and vanish into a pond.


Insane Nurse

Location: Fleetwood (Lancashire) - Unnamed road in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Travelling with her husband and a chauffeur, Therese watched a nurse run in front of her car. The woman in grey was knocked down, and when all three people jumped out of the car to help her, she had vanished. Therese saw the ghostly woman several more times after that event, in different places. Seeking help, Therese met a spiritualist who recommended that she return a recently purchased second-hand writing desk as it belonged to a nurse who committed suicide after murdering a patient; after that, the apparition departed.


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