Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Copeman

Location: Kirton in Lindsey (Lincolnshire) - Road between Kirton and Grayingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A man named Copeman who was murdered along the road may still haunt the area on horseback. He was seen by two men cycling back from Kirton.


Floating Hitchhiker

Location: Knipton (Leicestershire) - Road from Belvoir castle towards village, at T-junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: Witnesses in a car saw a floating figure with no legs thumbing a lift at the junction. The ghostly man appeared to be wearing a long coat. The driver intended to pass him by rather than stop, but the mysterious figure stepped out in front of the car causing them to brake hard - the apparition vanished as they came to a screeching halt.


Hound

Location: Knockandhu (Moray) - B9008 road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early to mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This dark dog is said to be extremely unlucky for all those who see it, for the creature's temper is reportedly quite heinous.


Tormented Nun

Location: Knowlton (Dorset) - Road between village and Hinton Martell
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shadowy figure of a nun is reported to walk along the road between two villages.


White HGV

Location: Knutsford (Cheshire) - M6 near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver was terrified as a glowing white lorry charged towards him travelling the wrong way down the M6. He pulled onto the hard shoulder and closed his eyes, feeling the HGV drive past - but looking into his rear view mirror immediately after, there was nothing there.


Figure

Location: Knutsford (Cheshire) - Tatton Mile (road running next to Tatton Park)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 19 October 2009, approximately 22:30h
Further Comments: Driving with his full beams on, this driver spotted the figure of a man standing in the road with his hand out, as if he wanted the car to stop. As the car drew closer, the figure vanished, causing the driver to swerve out of shock.


Cooper

Location: Lacey Green (Buckinghamshire) - Coopers Grave (area of road), two stones at the junction of a bridleway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cooper was a highwayman who was so successful at robbing the rich, died a wealthy man. Cooper was buried with his treasure along the road he committed many of his crimes, and the place post-mortem he continues to dwell.


Horse & Cart

Location: Ladybower Reservoir (Derbyshire) - A6013
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: A motorcyclist encountered a horse pulling a cart with a high back and sides, being led by a man holding a large whip. As the cyclist slowed to overtake the cart, he was momentarily blinded by an approaching car. When his vision had returned to normal after a few seconds, the cart had vanished.


Smoking RAF Pilot

Location: Lakenheath (Suffolk) - Lakenheath Air Force Base, perimeter road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 1951
Further Comments: A phantom hitchhiker was seen along the road, dressed as a RAF pilot. An American policeman picked him up, only to find that the pilot had disappeared a few minutes later.


Glowing Horseman

Location: Lamarsh (Essex) - Road between Lamarsh Hills and Bures St Mary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: Terrorising all who travelled the road between dusk and dawn, it took the combined efforts of all the local priests and their staff to exorcise this ghost.


Bus

Location: Lamberhurst (Kent) - Road between town and Frant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Witnesses report seeing this vehicle coming towards them along narrow parts of the road; they pull in to give way, only to see the bus vanish.


Monk with Hurricane Lamp

Location: Lamport (Northamptonshire) - Near town, road between Northampton and Market Harborough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A concerned lorry driver reported hitting a figure in a brown habit along this part of the road. Another couple out walking also saw the figure after sunset, carrying a bright light.


St Thomas of Canterbury

Location: Lapford (Devon) - Road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The ghost of Thomas Beckett appears on the anniversary of his death, passing through the village on horseback.


Headless Calf

Location: Latchingdon (Essex) - Road between Latchingdon & Southminster
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: There are no recent reports of this decapitated young cow, though it has been said the sightings only stopped prior to World War Two.


Tall Woman

Location: Leatherhead (Surrey) - Swan Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930 - 1931
Further Comments: A tall phantom woman was seen by several drivers as she stood in the middle of the road. She would vanish a few seconds later. One speeding truck driver was convinced he had hit and killed a real woman, until he stopped and searched the area for a body - there was none. A few months later, this woman was replaced by a ghostly nurse who lay sprawled out in the road. As with the previous phantom, she would disappear a few seconds after being seen.


Coach

Location: Leek (Staffordshire) - Ashbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach can be heard travelling the area.


Old Coles

Location: Leigh (Hereford & Worcester) - Road passing through village, leading to river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 November, St Catherine's Eve (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Long since exorcised, the phantom of Old Coles would drive his coach through the village and use the local river to cool his horses.


Drowned Soldier

Location: Leigh (Lancashire) - Hooten Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning to the area where he inhaled too much pond water, this ghostly figure deliberately creeps up to unsuspecting passers-by to scare them.


Eyes

Location: Leigh (Lancashire) - Platt Lane, Pretoria Pit colliery area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: It was reported that dozens of pairs of eyes would look out of bushes along this lane, and that they belonged to the 368 people who died in an accident at Pretoria Pit. Prior to this disaster, miners on route to work would sometimes encounter the sound of an invisible horse which ran past them.


Hitchhiker

Location: Leighton Buzzard (Bedfordshire) - Peddar's Lane / Station Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A van driver who picked up a young, dark haired hitchhiker here reported that a few minutes into their journey the man had vanished.


Coach

Location: Lelant (Cornwall) - Lane off the road between village and Chy-An-Gweal (Carbis Bay)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom coach was driven along the dark lane by a ghostly woman.


Dench Family Coach

Location: Lenchwick (Hereford & Worcester) - Road between Lenchwick and Norton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Belonging to the Dench family, a phantom coach is said to run along this stretch of road.


Burning Coach

Location: Lenchwick (Hereford & Worcester) - Roads between village and Evesham Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driven by a hanged (or beheaded) criminal, this coach travels at breakneck speed until reaching the abbey where it promptly vanishes.


Coach

Location: Letton (Norfolk) - Road through village (now the road between Letton hall and Cranworth, the Shipdham Road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1830s
Further Comments: A female witness recalled seeing a phantom coach being pulled by invisible horses along this road, so bright it lit the night up as if day.


Slapper

Location: Leven (Yorkshire) - Road near White Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said the area was once haunted by a headless white woman who would hunt down highwaymen and give them a slap. What became of the entity is not known.


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