Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Pounding Hooves

Location: Manifold Valley (Staffordshire) - Road leading to Throwley Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The local stories state that many years ago, a coach returning guests to the hall crashed along the road, killing all on board. The horses (and sometimes the wheels of the coach) can still be heard on occasion, thundering along the road.


Old Woman

Location: Manningford (Wiltshire) - Hare Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some believed this phantom woman was cursed to walk the earth after selling her soul to the Devil.


Dame Flogan

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - White Hart Inn, White Hart Street, and Dame Flogan Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Flogan was killed in an accident near the inn, her body dragged a short distance by a horse. The ghost is said to haunt the roads and the inn itself.


Monk

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - Ye Olde Ramme public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monk that haunts this building may have some connection to the nearby church - a secret tunnel is said to link the two buildings.


Woman in White

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - A60 and area around Hall Place (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: This phantom woman in a white dress is thought to have once haunted Hall Place before it burnt down - her ghost has now migrated to the nearby road.


Tall Figure

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - B684 (Lime Lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 December 2020, 06:55h
Further Comments: A tall, thin, black figure stepped into the road ahead of a driver, illuminated by headlights on full beam. The figure moved backwards and vanished into a hedge. As the driver passed the spot, no one could be seen.


Timothy

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - Oak Tree public house and Southwell Road West
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Timothy was hanged for a crime he did not commit at gallows which once stood nearby - his shade still lurks along the roadside and in the pub, protesting his innocence to any who will listen.


Victorian Nurse

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - Ransom Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to haunt the building, this Victorian nurse reputedly took her life after her love was rejected by a doctor. Unfortunately, the hospital was not constructed until circa 1948, so little credence should be given to this story.


Gilbert

Location: Marden (Kent) - Road to Hawkhurst
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Gilbert, an eighteenth century highwayman who tried to rob a coach, was stabbed to death by one of the occupants after she recognised him as having killed her brother. The killing drove the woman mad. The scene was said to silently re-enact every Christmas Eve.


Headless Figure

Location: Marden (Wiltshire) - Pond (now filled in) at woodland once known as Pook Shipton?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure carrying their head was said to emerge from a pond and walk along a footpath.


Headless Soldier

Location: Market Bosworth (Leicestershire) - Lanes of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having been decapitated in the Battle of Bosworth Field, this fighter wanders the roads and lanes looking for his missing head.


Shadowy Figure

Location: Market Drayton (Shropshire) - Country lane known as 'the rudge', Ashley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2003
Further Comments: A shadowy figure which quickly and silently vanishes has been observed in this area. A pedestrian was said to have felt a heavy weight climb onto his back as he walked down the lane.


Coach

Location: Marlborough (Wiltshire) - Granham Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last sighting unknown, but said to appear at midnight
Further Comments: This coach, driven by a decapitated horseman, manifests on the stroke of midnight and travels through a tiny gap in a hedge.


Funeral Procession

Location: Marnhull (Dorset) - Area near quarry, and/or Sackmore Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Always at midnight, thought the date changes
Further Comments: This line of mourners following a black horse drawn carriage has been reported travelling the roads in Marnhull. Another report states that there are only two pallbearers, and they are more likely to be seen along Sackmore Lane.


Troops

Location: Marston Moor (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Foggy nights. Last seen November 1932
Further Comments: Seen crossing the road in front of a car, these figures looked ragged and battle weary, dressed in clothing that matched that of the 1644 Battle of Marston Moor. Local reports say the battle is sometimes replayed in full, normally on foggy nights. On one occasion prior to the twentieth century, two fiery pillars were seen in the sky at midday, accompanied by the fighting armies. After some time, the northern army defeated the southern forces, after which troops and pillars vanished.


Two figures

Location: Matfield (Kent) - Maidstone Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 11 December 2009, 06:35h
Further Comments: Two tall figures darted out in front of a car driving along this road in the early hours of the morning. The driver braked hard to avoid them, and they seemed to vanish.


Girl in Orange

Location: Meopham (Kent) - Steel Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A French girl who fell head over heels in love with a soldier was rejected by him and hanged herself - it is she who now haunts this road, dressed in a rustling orange silk dress.


Young Woman in Long Silk Dress

Location: Mersea Island (Essex) - Dawes Lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched a woman wearing a bonnet and a long silk dress approach them. They noticed she made little sound, and when the girl walked into a cornfield, the crops did not move around her. The young woman then disappeared.


Roman Soldiers

Location: Mersea Island (Essex) - East Mersea Road, near Causeway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Quite possibly the oldest ghosts seen in the UK, sightings exist of Roman soldiers wandering around the island. A woman reported that while walking back to her home late one night, she was closely followed by the ghost of a man dressed as Roman soldier.


Red Stagecoach

Location: Mevagissey (Cornwall) - Road between Mevagissey and Truro
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A driver along this road closed his eyes and prepared for a crash when this eighteenth century coach driven by four horses appeared in front of him - but the accident never happened, as the coach vanished into thin air. The witness later said he had also seen the driver and a guard on the coach.


Greyhound

Location: Micklow (Staffordshire) - Eccleshall Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom greyhound began to haunt the area after a local lady drowned herself nearby.


Transparent Man

Location: Midhurst (Sussex) - Approach to town on the A286
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1999
Further Comments: An early morning driver along this part of the A286 slowed to let a man in a tricorn hat finish crossing the road, only to notice that he could see right through the pedestrian. The ghost then disappeared into the trees on the opposite side of the road.


Motorbike

Location: Milford (Surrey) - A3, Milford Junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 November 2010, around 20:00h
Further Comments: An off duty police officer driving home was forced to brake and swerve to avoid an oncoming motorcycle on the wrong side of the road. Seconds after stopping the driver looked into his mirrors but there was nothing to be seen. The driver also remembered looking to the right as he swerved, seeing the headlight from the side but the rest of the bike was not visible.


Headless Horseman

Location: Millbrook (Bedfordshire) - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom rider is named as local highwayman Galloping Dick.


Floating Woman

Location: Millom (Cumbria) - Railway Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990, 23:00h
Further Comments: A local story says that a woman leapt from the bridge during the Second World War after hearing that her husband had died in battle. Some fifty years later, a witness spotted a woman in old fashioned clothing hovering above a hedge next to the bridge. The figure appeared to be missing her legs.


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