Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Grey Man

Location: Holcombe (Devon) - A374 Teignmouth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: The road is haunted by a phantom middle-aged man dressed in a grey overcoat. The ghostly figure uses a torch to wave at passing motorists. At least one driver believed they had hit a real person, though no evidence of a collision could be found.


Man with Children

Location: Holcot (Cambridgeshire) - A43, Holcot / Sywell junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2003, 18:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a man with two children, wearing 1970s clothing, standing in the brambles at this roundabout. The driver circled around for another look, but the figures had vanished.


Black Car Vanishes

Location: Holme Moss (Derbyshire) - A6024, where it emerges from the Longdenvale Valley
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: Mr Andrew Sylvester reported seeing an old fashioned car in mint condition that vanished behind him as he drove along this barren road.


Armed Cavalier

Location: Hook (Hampshire) - A30, south side
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a long cape and wide brimmed hat, this Civil War soldier holds what appears to be a broken sword in his hands. One theory is that the man was a messenger caught and killed by Royalists.


Caped Man

Location: Hook (Hampshire) - Road between Crooked Billet pub and Hook House, and other roads in the area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Wearing a long cape or overcoat with a tricorn hat, this phantom gentleman is believed to appear only to those who will die within two years.


Jet Black Car

Location: Hook Green (Kent) - Road from village leading to Bell's Yew Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dark limousine has been watched moving silently down the road, disappearing if another car comes too close.


Tall Grey Man in Long Coat

Location: Hopton (Norfolk) - A12 near Hopton, heading towards Great Yarmouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 November 1981
Further Comments: While driving towards Yarmouth, Andrew Cutajar lost control of his car after passing straight through the figure of a man that appeared in the road ahead of him. The figure is said to have been spotted several times since the 1950s.


Marching Man

Location: Horley (Surrey) - A23, close to the Cambridge Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2007, around 21:00h
Further Comments: A driver braked hard to avoid hitting an elderly man who stepped out in front of him. The man was in his seventies, was slim and walked very upright, as if marching. He wore a flat cap, tweed jacket and petrol blue trousers. The driver thought he had left the braking too late and expected to hit the figure, but when the car stopped, the old man was nowhere to be seen.


A Voice Asks for a Spade

Location: Horseheath (Cambridgeshire) - Money Lane
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nights of a full moon
Further Comments: Supposed to house hidden gold, the street is haunted by a voice that, on nights of a full moon, tells any listeners to 'pick up your spade and follow me'. To date, nobody has accepted the challenge.


Highwayman

Location: Horsford (Norfolk) - Holt Road, north of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June / July over several years in 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman with his cloak thrown over one shoulder is reputed to haunt this road. The figure disappears as any witness approaches.


Hitchhiking Teenager

Location: Horsham (Sussex) - Unknown Junction along A24 close to Horsham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Those who pick up this hiker find she has vanished soon after their journey commences. She has reportedly given a few drivers her telephone number; when the number is called, it is discovered that the girl died in an accident near the site years previously.


Coach

Location: Horstead (Norfolk) - Meyton bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn and is one of eleven (or twelve) bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


Lad

Location: Horton (Dorset) - Road leading north-west from village, close to Horton Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young boy, thought to be from the time of the English Civil War, plays in the lane. His darting in front of incoming traffic is said to unnerve drivers.


Large Pig

Location: Horton (Wiltshire) - Pig Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large phantom hog is said to haunt this country lane, sometimes accompanied by a rolling barrel.


Highwaymen

Location: How Hill (Suffolk) - London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A popular place to display the corpses of highway robbers, their shades now walk where the bodies hung.


Young Blonde Boy

Location: Huddersfield (Yorkshire) - Somerset Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A female driver swerved and crashed into a parked car to avoid a young boy who stepped out in front of her car. Her description of the child matched that of a boy who had been killed in a road traffic accident a few years previously.


Dark Man

Location: Hugglescote (Leicestershire) - Richmond Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2011
Further Comments: While cycling to work, this witness watched as a dark male figure appeared in front of him. Not able to swerve in time, the witness cycled straight through the entity. The cyclist turned around in time to see the figure walk through the old bridge wall. A friend later told the witness that he had also seen the ghost.


Man in Green

Location: Hughenden Valley (Buckinghamshire) - Hughenden Crematorium, Four Ashes Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1986, 1978
Further Comments: Driver Mark Nursey was being followed by his girlfriend Allyson Bulpett in a separate car when they were both startled by a figure on the side of the road. The entity was said to be wearing what looked like a large green jumper, and although the figure was stooped with no head or hands visible, one witness estimated its height to be 5 foot 11 inches. After Allyson and Mark's story was published, another witness came forward who said they had seen the phantom in 1978, and thought they had run it over, although when they stopped the car, nothing could be seen.


Grey Man

Location: Hullavington (Wiltshire) - Road near Burton Hill House School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1967, 06:00h
Further Comments: A driver reported narrowly missing a man in grey clothing who stood in the middle of the road - the figure raised its arm and vanished.


Lady on White Stallion

Location: Hungerford (Berkshire) - A338, south of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1957 (white horse)
Further Comments: Appearing during the day, this female rider has been observed galloping across the road only to disappear once reaching the other side. The same area is haunted by a spectral coach being pulled at breakneck speed by four horses, and by a hooded man riding a bicycle.


Molly Tape

Location: Hurst (Berkshire) - Road between village and Hinton, Tape Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Easter (reoccurring?)
Further Comments: This shade made local news in 1971 when she appeared drifting down the road wearing very little in the way of clothing. It is thought that the woman hanged herself from a tree in the lane following a disastrous romantic engagement with a farmer.


Woman

Location: Hutton (Essex) - Hanging Hill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With no known real history, one could speculate that this female ghost and the name of the Lane have something in common...


Lorry

Location: Hyde (Derbyshire) - A57, between Hyde and Mottram in Longdendale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930
Further Comments: This phantom vehicle was blamed for a series of accidents on this stretch of road in which several people died.


Sounds of a Motorbike

Location: Ickleton (Cambridgeshire) - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: For six months, a family were haunted by the sound of machinery, reminiscent of a motorbike engine, which came from a solid wall in a bedroom.


Peg Legged Man

Location: Iffley (Oxfordshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: This ghost would wake the village up night after night with the scrapping of his false leg as he passed through the village. The locals paid an old man to dismiss the noisy shade, but the would-be exorcist consumed so much Dutch courage before facing the ghost that the police took him away for being drunk and disorderly.


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