Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Coachman

Location: Langton Matravers (Dorset) - Road passing the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coachman is said to drive past the church.


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 the Second World War.


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.


Lelley Boggle

Location: Lelley (Yorkshire) - Crossroads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s, 1980s
Further Comments: This entity may take the form of a phantom carriage - to gaze into the headlights will bring certain doom. The entity was blamed for setting fire to two cars in a carpark in the 1930s, while in the 1980s it was said the entity caused a driver to become temporarily paralysed.


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.


Calf Sized Dog

Location: Leverton (Lincolnshire) - Road between village and Wrangle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century or December 2002
Further Comments: An early twentieth century witness reported seeing this creature several times over the years, always when cycling at night between the two villages. A more recent witness heard howling and spotted two red eyes - after the witness's uncle died a short time later, they believed what they had encountered was a shuck.


Legless Men

Location: Lichfield (Staffordshire) - M6 toll road near town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2005
Further Comments: Sue Cowley was driving her husband and child home stopped when she saw what she first thought were animals crossing the road. As Sue stopped, she realised that they were shadowy figures; dressed in Roman clothing, the group of twenty or more men crossed the road waist deep in the tarmac as if it were water, though it did not impede their movement.


Headless Man on Horse

Location: Lilburn (Northumberland) - Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two ghosts were said to haunt this area. A man with his head under his arm rode upon a dun coloured horse, while at other times a phantom woman would appear, wringing her hands.


Face at the Window

Location: Limpley Stoke (Wiltshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: At least one motorist has reported seeing a ghostly face at their windscreen at a bend along this road.


Boy playing Flute

Location: Liphook (Hampshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure was seen and heard on the lanes, in trees and behind bushes in this village - the music he produced described as enchanting, but with an underlying danger. The same area is haunted by a pale white calf.


Nurse

Location: Lisburn (County Antrim) - M1, heading towards Belfast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1969
Further Comments: A young woman with long dark hair, wearing a tartan coat and carrying a suitcase, was spotted walking in the centre of the motorway by a passenger in a car. As the car drove past, the passenger turned to look at the figure from out the back window, but she had vanished. The witness later learned that the woman had been seen by others and was thought to be a nurse who was knocked over and killed along the road.


Floating Figure

Location: Little Hallingbury (Essex) - Junction at the bottom of Church Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: A motorist had to break to avoid hitting a floating black figure which quickly vanished.


Disappearing Cyclist

Location: Little Milton (Oxfordshire) - A329, and Rofford Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006, and December 2015
Further Comments: A driver heading towards the village spotted a cyclist who disappeared. The driver stopped to see if the cyclist had fallen off their bike but could not find anyone. Nine years later, in the same neighbourhood, the same driver was travelling with their son. Both watched a cyclist disappear, and despite looking, no trace of the cyclist was found.


Faceless Woman

Location: Little Milton (Oxfordshire) - Country Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Passing along this country road during the day, a driver passed a tall woman wearing old fashioned dark clothing. Looking back at her through his rear view mirror, the driver realised she had vanished.


Small Robed Figure

Location: Little Petherick (Cornwall) - Road near the Rosehill Country Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, summer
Further Comments: This short entity has been seen several times, laying in the road and appearing to be scrabbling at the surface. One witness realised the figure had no face before it vanished.


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