Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Germans

Location: Forest (Guernsey) - Le Bourg (road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-to-late-twentieth century
Further Comments: A line of soldiers wearing grey uniforms walking along this road are said to be occupying German forces from the Second World War.


Woman in Green

Location: Formby (Lancashire) - A565, between the town and Ince Blundell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This stretch of road is reportedly haunted by a woman in a green coat, who has been observed by motorists.


Motorbike & Sidecar

Location: Fossebridge (Gloucestershire) - Roads around the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: August 1997
Further Comments: Three men in a car reported being followed by this aging vehicle, ridden by a man with no crash helmet. It suddenly vanished while close behind them.


Hessian Cavalry

Location: Foulkesmill, Horetown (County Wexford) - Battle of Horetown site and Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The entire Battle of Horetown is replayed on its anniversary, while a lone Hessian trooper is seen standing by a tree along Green Road where his is thought to be buried.


Man in Light Jacket

Location: Foxton (Cambridgeshire) - A10 between Foxton and Royston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer morning, exact date not unknown
Further Comments: A driver expressed concern to their passenger as a man in a light-coloured jacket and dark trousers crossed the road in front of traffic. However, the passenger was unable to see the pedestrian, and as the man reached the other side of the road, he disappeared with no sign of where he could have gone.


Headless Lady

Location: Freckleton (Lancashire) - Road leading to Kirkham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered along the road, this decapitated woman drifts along the area where she died.


The Spittal Hill Tut

Location: Freiston (Lincolnshire) - Spittal Hill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Nicknamed the Spittal Hill Tut, this ghostly entity would take the form of a small horse. The entity grabbed one man passing through the area on horseback, almost crushing him to death. Some believed the Tut existed to protect some treasure concealed beneath the hill.


Charlie Miles

Location: Frimley Green (Surrey) - Old Guildford Road, and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: This old man tragically lost his son, and now walks the road with his dog, looking for new friends.


Woman in Black Dress

Location: Friskney (Lincolnshire) - A52 road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s, October, early morning
Further Comments: A family of three travelling by car passed a woman wearing a Victorian-style dress walking along the roadside. She had long curly hair under a hat, and a face which glowed green. The car turned and drove passed her a second time before turning off the A52 and taking a different route.


Military Cyclist

Location: Frome (Somerset) - Road outside the Morton Guest House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 July 1990
Further Comments: A photograph taken here could show either a phantom motorcyclist or a double exposure of the photographer himself. Even though the latter is much more likely, the site was the location of a fatal motorbike accident in 1940.


Murdered Servant

Location: Galgate (Lancashire) - Green Lane, near the war memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (reoccurring, but exact date unknown)
Further Comments: A maid was once found murdered along the road, her body partially covered by a layer of snow. Once a year the spot is snow covered, even if the rest of the area is baron.


Skeletal Woman

Location: Garstang (Lancashire) - Bridge and lanes around the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered on the bridge, this ghoul now extracts revenge by standing by the roadside with a hood covering her face - when approached, she reveals the white skull that is now her face. She was said to have chased a postman, only ceasing the pursuit when he ran past a churchyard and she disappear within.


Jim Barrow

Location: Gatley (Cheshire) - Carr Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jim was disliked while living, local emotion soon turning to hate once the man returned to the area after he died. The noisy spirit was finally exorcised by a team of preachers.


Phantom Coach

Location: Geldeston (Norfolk) - Road to Bungay from Geldeston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach drawn by four horses and driven by a headless coachman is supposed to travel from Bungay to Geldeston before returning to its departure point.


Armed Rider

Location: Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire) - Area around the Bull Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 February 1984
Further Comments: While walking home from the Bull Hotel, Dave Robson heard the thumping of hooves approach him. Within moments, a dark cloaked figure wearing a big hat and holding a gun dashed by on horseback before vanishing near a group of trees.


Coffin

Location: Gillingham (Dorset) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A motorist is said to have encountered a ghostly coffin as it lay in the road. A local story says that the funerary box accidently fell from a horse drawn cart, and occasionally reappears.


Jangling Highwayman

Location: Gillingham (Norfolk) - Road past the War Memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of chains that can be heard crossing the road as the church bells ring are attributed to a phantom highwayman. He prowled on people using the road between Beccles and Great Yarmouth, and when caught the man was chained and hanged.


Great Ball of Fire

Location: Girsby (Lincolnshire) - Road close to Girsby Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1780s?
Further Comments: A serving boy at the hall was approached by a gang of men who told him that if he did not let them into the hall to rob it, they would kill him. Being dutiful to the last, he informed the owners who captured the gang as they entered. Even so, the boy later turned up dead, having been skinned alive, and his ghost manifested as a large, screaming ball of fire along the road where his body was discovered.


Falling Man

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Edinburgh Road, Cranhill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2016
Further Comments: While walking towards a shop, one witness watched a man stumble across the road holding his throat before falling against a fence. As the witness approached, the figure vanished.


Frog Spawn Woman

Location: Glashakinleen East (County Cork) - Road from Newmarket
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - poss early twentieth century
Further Comments: Mr Sheahan spotted a female ghost sitting behind him in his car. He stuck the blade of his penknife into her, and she fell into the road. When he travelled back later to have a look, there was a pile of frog spawn there!


Thin Woman

Location: Glossop (Cheshire) - A57 Hurst Reservoir area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2017, 23:00h
Further Comments: Returning over the hills from a friend's house, a driver spotted a woman on the side of the road. She was thin, tall, and eerie. The driver was scared and drove on, only to see the same woman two hundred yards (180 metres) further down the road. The driver did not use the road again.


Marching Soldiers

Location: Glossop (Derbyshire) - Road between Glossop and Hayfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A small group of spectral soldiers were once said to march between Glossop and Hayfield, their presence marked by beating drums.


Woman in White

Location: Godley Green (Buckinghamshire) - Road from Gee Cross
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1906
Further Comments: Not a 'normal' post-mortem apparition; a woman returning to see her ill brother watched as a ghostly white woman left the building in which her brother lay. She soon discovered her brother had died seconds before her arrival.


Bull

Location: Godolphin Cross (Cornwall) - Jew's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is said to be haunted by a bull, containing the soul of the Jew who hanged himself on a tree along the road.


Moustached Man

Location: Godstone (Surrey) - A22 heading northbound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1967, around 00:30h
Further Comments: Travelling along the road one witness had to brake hard as a man ran out in front of his vehicle. The man was described was around six foot tall, thin faced with a moustache, and wearing a light coloured trench coat. The driver thought he would hit the figure, but when the vehicle stopped, the figure was nowhere to be seen.


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