Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Coach

Location: Pawlett (Somerset) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly team of horses pulling a coach travel aimlessly in the neighbourhood.


Lad on Horseback

Location: Pencoed (Mid Glamorgan) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1902
Further Comments: The lad was said to resemble a 'farmers son' and would ride his horse through the village around midnight. Man and steed would gallop through the area completely silently.


Unsuitable Villager

Location: Penshurst (Kent) - Vicarage, and road leading there
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 April 2004
Further Comments: This ghostly figure re-enacts the journey he took during life to rendezvous with his secret love, the vicar's daughter. A small group of people reported seeing a shade in this area in 2004, dressed in black and holding what appeared to be a bag or case.


Man in the Road

Location: Pentreuchaf (Gwynedd) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Both young and smart in appearance, this male walks along the middle of the road, causing oncoming traffic to stop before he vanishes into thin air.


Horse and Carriage

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - Sutton Heath Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2007
Further Comments: While travelling along the Sutton Heath road, one man watched a figure driving a horse and carriage emerge from a bush on the right hand side and cross the road ahead of him. The driver stopped, not believing what he had witnessed.


Dashing Woman

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - A1 north of Peterborough, 2 - 4 miles outside of city
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: During a clear day, a driver and his wife overtaking a lorry at 70mph watched a woman in 1950s clothing, carrying a bag, dash in front of their car to the central reservation. The driver had no time to slow down, but didn't hit the woman.


Figure Flagging Down Traffic

Location: Petersfield (Hampshire) - A3 heading towards the town, near the Sheet Service Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1991
Further Comments: A lorry driver reported running down a figure which stood in the middle of the road, looking as if he was trying to signal for help. The upset driver phoned the police who searched the area, but were unable to find a body or any evidence that the driver had hit anything.


Headless Horseman

Location: Pettistree (Suffolk) - High Street?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Witnessed by at least two different people since 1990, a headless horseman has been seen trotting down the high street during the early hours.


Death Bogle

Location: Pitlochry (Perth and Kinross) - Crossroads in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This misty white entity lurks at a crossroads waiting for a passerby. As the unfortunate traveller approaches, the bogle tries to grab them - if successful, the passerby dies within a year.


Murdered Girl

Location: Pittington (Durham) - Lady Peace Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The daughter from the local manor house was murdered along this lane, and now she has returned, her screams can be heard from the nearby village.


Headmaster

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Dicky Buss's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: Taking his own life in the 1800's, the phantom headmaster was observed by an author in the mid twentieth century; the entity wore stripy trousers and an old coat.


Dog Walkers

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Station Road, area around Greystones House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Couple unknown, monk reported seen in 1971
Further Comments: Victims of the all-too-common love triangle that ends in suicide, this couple and their little dog can be heard walking and chatting down this area of the road. Greystones itself is reputedly home to a phantom monk.


Horses & Carriage

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - The main village street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen trotting down the main street, the history of the carriage pulled by two horses (or four, depending on the source) is unknown.


Taxi Fare

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Unnamed road in village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported seeing a man on the roadside who flagged the taxi down. The fare climbed into the back of the cab, but when the driver turned around to ask his passenger where he was heading, he found the car empty.


Horse and Coach

Location: Polstead (Suffolk) - Close to village green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, 1990s, around 16:00h
Further Comments: Mrs Hackford was driving her car at around 4pm when a horse and carriage carrying an old lady and two men in Victorian clothing rode past her in the opposite direction. Because of the weirdness of the situation, the witness looked behind her, only to realise the coach was no longer there.


Hanging Judge Jeffreys

Location: Pontblyddyn (Clwyd) - Plas Teg
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the notorious judge's ghost drifting around the building, one witness has also reported seeing the shade of a young blonde girl. She also haunts the road outside the building, causing passing motorists to stop sharply. The road in turn is also haunted by three horsemen.


Woman in Silk

Location: Porlock (Somerset) - Red Post Steep, road heading towards West Luccombe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in white silk with a dark spotted pattern, this woman is said to have been seen many times. She is said to vanish where a house once stood.


Runaway Horses

Location: Porlock (Somerset) - Road leading downhill to the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These horses were all killed when they broke away from their coach on the hill and lost control on a tight bend. They are heard re-enacting their final moments.


Victorian Woman

Location: Port Isaac (Cornwall) - B3314 towards Tintagel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Pulling over after fearing she had hit an animal which had darted out in front of her car, H Talbot looked in her rear view mirror. In the middle of the road stood woman wearing Victorian-style clothing who stared at the driver before vanishing. Shaken, Ms Talbot drove away.


Car Lights

Location: Portree (Highland) - Road between Portree and Sligachan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lights of an incoming car has been reported along this road, although they suddenly vanish without trace. Some say the lights belong to a car which fell from the ferry (although there may be two different phantom cars).


Hairy Hands

Location: Postbridge (Devon) - Area of road between Two Bridges and town, & B3212
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Hairy Hands of Dartmoor were blamed for several fatal road traffic accidents, after a motorcyclist who survived a crash reported a large pair of hands that appeared over his own and made him crash. A few years later, a woman reported seeing a large hairy hand crawling over her husband as he lay sleeping in a caravan. A small childlike figure has also been seen standing by the roadside, moving its arms as if trying to flag down passing drivers.


Lord Rokeby

Location: Postling (Kent) - Stone Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Rokeby races around the area, minus his head, being drawn by a team of four horses.


Funeral Procession

Location: Potterne (Wiltshire) - Road close to the Sandfield Farm gates
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A female witness watched this funeral procession, complete with coffin and mourners, pass her by on the opposite side of the road.


Woman in Green

Location: Potterne (Wiltshire) - Road near the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1936
Further Comments: A driver en route to pick up his wife from a party pulled over to give a lift to a woman in a green suit standing on the roadside. She climbed into the back of the car, and as he drove away he felt the air grow cold - the woman in green had vanished.


Pallbearers

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Lane leading to West Milton, once known as 'The Cutting'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carrying a coffin, a small group of pallbearers move along this lane. It is not known if this is the same group that move towards North Poorton.


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