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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.


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.

Hooded Woman

Location: Goosnargh (Lancashire) - Horns Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 November 2007
Further Comments: Several people have reported seeing a phantom woman wearing a long black cloak standing in the middle of the road. Cars have skidded to a halt, only to find the figure has vanished.

Dog with Long Legs

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - Suffield Road and High Street
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A woman reported seeing a strange dog-like creature with long legs on two different occasions around Gorleston. When she spotted the creature the second time running down the High Street, it vanished without trace.

Pony and Trap

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - A143 - Gorleston/Beccles road; the Lily Pit - once a deep pond, now filled over and a school stands there
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though there does not appear to have been any reports of this pony since the pond was filled, it was reported that this creature would travel at breakneck speed before vanishing into the water.

Black Hooded Figure

Location: Gosport (Hampshire) - Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 7 November 1999
Further Comments: A taxi driver had to sharply brake to avoid hitting this faceless entity, which slowly dissolved before his eyes.

Headless Coachman

Location: Grafty Green (Kent) - Road past King's Head public house and old rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver lost control of his coach and crashed into a large tree near the old rectory, killing all the passengers. The coachman lost his head in the accident. Legends say the scene repeats itself, though now it tends to be heard and not seen. A twist to this tale is that the ghost of 'Dover Bill', a local smuggler who turned King's Evidence, was said to have appeared and caused the accident in the first place.


Location: Grangemouth (Falkirk) - Inchyra Road, site of former RAF airport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post-Second World War
Further Comments: A phantom pilot dressed in his RAF clothing has been reported haunting the site of his old base.

Black Shape

Location: Gravesend (Kent) - Rochester Road near Chalk Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 19 April 2006, 15:00h, 2009
Further Comments: In 2006, a large black shape was seen by at least one driver as it crossed the road over a small traffic island prior to disappearing into the field opposite. A similar shape was spotted in 2009, with the witness stating that the movement was like that of a deer, although it vanished in front of the path of the car.

RTA involving Old Woman

Location: Greasbrough (Yorkshire) - Road between town and Nether Haugh
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: This phantom old woman steps out in front of incoming cars, hitting the bonnet and convincing the driver that they have hit a living person, until the area is searched by police who find nothing.

Mollie Ram

Location: Great Baddow (Essex) - Molram's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A landowner from several hundred years ago, Mollie Ram now haunts this area.

Man on Old Bicycle

Location: Great Haywood (Staffordshire) - Rueley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949
Further Comments: A man on an old style bicycle has been observed travelling down this stretch of road. It is thought to be an engineer who drowned at a nearby pumping station.

Witch Seeking Revenge

Location: Great Leighs (Essex) - Scrapfaggot Green, & crossroads near old US army camp
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Second World War
Further Comments: The stone that once stood on this crossroads was said to imprison the spirit of a witch. During the Second World War, the US Army moved it, and havoc was reported in every corner of the village. Villagers soon replaced the stone, and the poltergeist activity ceased.

Lady in Red

Location: Great Livermere (Suffolk) - Road towards Thetford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom lady dressed in red reputedly steps in the path of incoming traffic only to vanish just before impact. A phantom cyclist is also said to haunt the roads in the village, though reports vary to the type of bicycle he rides.

Twelve Headless Men

Location: Great Longstone (Derbyshire) - Shady Lane, between Great Longstone and Ashford in the Water
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lane is haunted by twelve headless men carrying an empty coffin - it is said that the coffin is for whomever meets the ghostly entourage.

Four Headless Bridesmaids in a Coach

Location: Great Melton (Norfolk) - Old Norwich Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but one version of the story says every midnight and midday
Further Comments: Bringing misfortune to all those who witness the spectacle, the headless bridesmaids are said to have been murdered by a highwayman who pushed the coach into a pond (or bottomless pit) to hide his crime. Another slight variation of this story states that if you see the coach, and the bridesmaids have heads, all is well. If they are headless, then it's time to panic.


Location: Great Shefford (Berkshire) - Road passing Shefford Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom of Wild Darrell will never be at peace - here he is said to lurk with his neck grotesquely twisted.

Phantom White Dog

Location: Great Snoring (Norfolk) - Road South of Great Snoring
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: Just prior to the Second World War, a farmer reported driving straight through a phantom white dog. He was so shocked he stopped his car and ran. Many cyclists in the area had also reported the creature.

Faceless Monk

Location: Great Stanbridge (Essex) - Country lane, exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1 March 2003
Further Comments: Three people reported seeing a cowled figure slowly moving by the side of the road in this small village. The figure wore a large wooden crucifix around its neck, and when it turned towards the witnesses, they could see that there was no face beneath the hood - just a gaping hole.

Large Black Dog

Location: Great Wakering (Essex) - Star Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area lays claim to be one of the many places in East Anglia where the shuck has visited.

Three Men

Location: Great Waldingfield (Suffolk) - Road to Sudbury, close to the public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Three men wearing long coats and large boots were spotted on the road by a driver. Convincing they were going to hit one of the men, the driver slammed on their brakes; the figures vanished, leaving the witness quite shocked. The witness was later told that the area was once a US air base during the Second World War, and that other people had encountered phantom airmen and even heard old aircraft in the area.

Running Dog

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Suffield Road, near the police station
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: An animal resembling a dog with long legs was seen running along the path, vanishing within seconds of being spotted. The same entity was also observed along the High Street by the same witness, though years previous.

Will' o'the Wisp

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Cemetery Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1859
Further Comments: The ghostly entity which briefly appeared at this site was said to have startled several people along the road during this year.

Old Man with Stick

Location: Greenfield (Clwyd) - Road connecting Meliden and Greenfield, just into Greenfield
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: A male driver reported while returning from dropping his girlfriend home, he glanced at the passenger seat of his car and found an old man sitting in the seat, wearing a cap and holding a walking cane. The witness braked sharply, jumped out of the car, and ran partly down the road. Once he recovered from the shock a few minutes later, he returned to the car and found the old man had gone.

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