Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Middle Aged Couple

Location: Gretna (Dumfries and Galloway) - Sark Bridge road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1957
Further Comments: A truck driver narrowly missed hitting a middle aged couple who stepped out in the road ahead of him. He stopped and jumped out of his cab to shout at their stupidity, only to find they had vanished without trace. It is unknown whether they are connected to the ghostly car that has also been seen in the vicinity.


White Figure

Location: Guildford (Surrey) - Heading towards town on Crocknorth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 January 2018, 02:10h
Further Comments: Three out of four occupants of a vehicle watched a white figure cross the road ahead, the driver hitting the brakes believing someone had cross the road. As the occupants looked back, no one could be seen.


Monk

Location: Guisborough (Yorkshire) - Road just outside of town, by moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: Four people travelling by car along a dark road spotted a figure in the middle of the road ahead, illuminated by the headlights. The driver swerved, certain that they would hit the figure which, as the occupants passed, was a monk with a hood covering his bend head.


Earl of Shaftesbury

Location: Gussage All Saints (Dorset) - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Earl of Shaftesbury, who died in 1683, is said to drive his coach around the lanes in the area, looking for souls to take.


Noble Edden

Location: Haddenham (Buckinghamshire) - Road between village and Aylesbury
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prelude to misfortune
Further Comments: Noble Edden was murdered by a couple of sheep stealers after he witnessed them removing animals from another farmer's flock. Edden's wife had a vision of the crime while at home, that included a good look at the killers, though this was not accepted as evidence at their trial. The phantom now appears at a corner along this stretch of road to warn of encroaching danger.


Mrs Edden sees Murder

Location: Haddenham (Buckinghamshire) - Roads near the village
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1828
Further Comments: Mrs Edden, in a 'vision' while at home, witnessed her husband's murder just outside the village. She was later able to identify the two men who did the deed. The ghost of her husband has since been seen along the roads near the village and is considered to act as a warning of danger.


Mary Miller

Location: Hadleigh (Suffolk) - Road between Hadleigh and Layham (B1070), near Holbecks park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The grave of Mary lies somewhere along this road - she was a suicide, and her ghost haunts the area.


Headless Airman wanting Lift

Location: Hadstock (Essex) - The B1052 leading into Hadstock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After losing his head in a flying accident, the apparition of an American pilot has been seen thumbing a lift on the roadside.


Victorian Girl

Location: Halesowen (West Midlands) - Oldnall Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A young Victorian girl, said to be aged around five, has been blamed for several accidents and near misses along this road.


Murdered Man

Location: Halkyn Mountain (Clwyd) - Off the A55 road, heading towards Halkyn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly figure that sometimes makes his presence known is thought to have been murdered while delivering wages to the silver miners who worked here.


Mary Blandy

Location: Hambleden (Buckinghamshire) - Roads within the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hanged for poisoning her father to prevent him from objecting to her marriage, Mary regretfully walks the area where she once lived.


Abigail

Location: Hambleton (Yorkshire) - A170 through Sutton Bank
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Abigail was suspected of witchcraft and died leaping from a cliff trying to escape irate folk with their hounds. She was named in one local paper as the ghost which has taken to haunting the A170, wearing period dress or a dark hooded cloak.


Woman in Red Coat

Location: Handcross (Sussex) - A23 between Handcross and Crawley, near motorway junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Waiting for a lift, this ghost vanishes if anyone pulls over to help her. A phantom male figure has also been reported in the area, also standing by the roadside.


White Child

Location: Handley (Derbyshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 March, 1960s or early 1970s
Further Comments: Four friends driving through the village all saw an off-white, child sized entity with no head. The apparition was waving its arms in such a way that one of the witnesses said it had no joints. Frightened, they drove off but returned thirty minutes later, by which time the phantom had gone.


Nun

Location: Hanham Abbots (Somerset) - General area, but mainly around the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The roads of this small village are reportedly haunted by the shade of a nun. A white woman also stalks the area, though this may be the same entity.


Coach Sounds

Location: Hankerton (Wiltshire) - Road through the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An invisible, phantom coach is driven through the area by a team of horses.


Mr Hawkley

Location: Hankham (Sussex) - Mill Hill
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 9 November 1976
Further Comments: Mr Hawkley became eccentric after his wife's death and was frequently seen walking the roads of the village at night wearing his dressing gown and slippers. One girl returning home after two months away thought little of it as she drove past Mr Hawkley at night, walking towards his home wearing pyjamas, until she arrived home and mentioned it to her mother who told her Mr Hawkley had died three weeks previous.


Elizabeth 'Bessie' Shepherd

Location: Harlow Wood (Nottinghamshire) - Road from Mansfield to Nottingham passing by the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young lady was robbed and murdered along the road two hundred years ago - her killer (Charles Rotherham) was caught after he tried to sell her shoes. Her ghost appears if anyone touches the small stone memorial which marks the spot she was killed. According to some reports, Bessie's surname is spelt Sheperd or Sheppard.


Elderly Couple

Location: Harpenden (Hertfordshire) - Lower Luton Road between Batford in Harpenden and Wheathampstead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011, 04:00h
Further Comments: Travelling to work one morning, a driver passed an older couple walking along the road. The driver glanced into the rear view mirror, but the couple had vanished.


US Airmen

Location: Harrington (Northamptonshire) - Road leading to Lamport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heading towards an old USAAF airfield, this car full of military personnel slowly fades from view as travels the road.


Suicidal Leap

Location: Harston (Cambridgeshire) - Road bridge en route to Haslingfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Here a white lady has been seen throwing herself off the bridge, but like so many other ghost stories, the reason behind it is unclear.


Black Monk

Location: Hartland (Devon) - St Nectan's Church, and the road leading to the abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monk in a black habit was seen walking around within the church by a former Reverend. A local legend states that a phantom band of brothers drift from the church to the former abbey, where they vanish.


Tall Man glowing Blue

Location: Hartley (Kent) - A229, heading towards Maidstone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 June 1999
Further Comments: This ghostly male figure with blonde hair and a blue tint stood in the road; an incoming vehicle had to violently swerve to avoid it. When the driver realised the figure had vanished, he quickly drove off. There has also been a report of a phantom woman with long blonde hair along the A229, said to have been a bride who was killed one day prior to her wedding day.


Cavalier

Location: Hassop (Derbyshire) - Eyre Arms public house, and road passing the pub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom Cavalier has been seen both inside and outside the pub. He is said to have been the cause of several near accidents as drivers swerve to avoid him.


Cavalier

Location: Hassop (Derbyshire) - Road running through the hamlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road is said to be the location of two hauntings; a phantom Cavalier lurks by the roadside, while a ghostly coach and horses travels at other times.


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