Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

AA Man

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - A52 (or A42) road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s onwards?
Further Comments: A patrolman belonging to the Automobile Association is said to ride his motorbike along this road. It is not known whether he stops to help broken down motorists.


Bus Catcher

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Outside Redhill Cemetery, Mansfield Road, Arnold
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A slight retelling of the phantom hitchhiker myth, it is reported that a man waiting outside the cemetery caught a bus late one night. He walked past the conductor and climbed to the top deck. When the conductor followed him up, he was nowhere to be seen.


Young Girl

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - St. Matthias Church and St. Matthias Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The churchyard is said to be haunted by a young girl and possibly the ghost of an unknown man. The man may also haunt the road - there are reports of both a young male ghost and the spirit of an older man who have been observed here.


Screaming Woman

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Stonebridge Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Phantom sounds appear to be quite at home along Stonebridge Road - the sound of a factory siren is still heard, even though the building no longer stands, and a woman can be heard screaming in the early hours of the morning. A phantom man, however, has been seen in the area, though there is no description of what he looks like.


Highwayman

Location: Nuneaton (Warwickshire) - A5 between town and Hinckley (Watling Street)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1926 (wearing jacket), February 1927 (riding horseback), 1979 (shimmering shape)
Further Comments: One version of this tale says that, wearing a jacket with sleeves of bright crimson, a phantom highwayman lurks along the roadside with a tricorn hat hiding the face. Another version names him as Dick Turpin and when last seen, he was riding his horse across common land. It may have been the same entity seen in 1979, reduced to a shimmering shape which swirled like water. The witness to this event had an accident close to the spot later in the day.


Vanishing Hitchhiker

Location: Nunney (Wiltshire) - Gibbet Hill, lane between village and Frome
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: Reports in the national press stated a motorist had stopped in the lane to pick up a hitchhiker, who vanished once in the car. The same hitcher is also reported around the area of Nunney castle.


Old Man in Brown

Location: NW3 (Greater London) - East Heath Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This smiling old man, dressed in a brown overcoat, follows witnesses along the road, quickly fading into the air if challenged.


Searching Woman

Location: Oakley (Hampshire) - Sheardown Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost, no longer seen as much as she once was, runs up to horse riders and carefully stares at them before turning and vanishing.


Headless Driver

Location: Oare (Wiltshire) - A345 heading towards Marlborough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach and four driven by a headless figure is said to travel along this road.


Woman in White

Location: Oare (Wiltshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A bus driver passing through the village was left unnerved after watching a woman dressed in white cross the road ahead of him. She disappeared suddenly.


Soldiers

Location: Oborne (Dorset) - Road heading towards Poyntington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road between these two villages was avoided at night, as Royalists and Roundheads were thought still to fight.


Horse

Location: Odstock (Wiltshire) - Lane adjoining St Marys Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 June 2017
Further Comments: A woman in the sitting in the passenger side of a car opened her window as the vehicle left the church. Suddenly both the woman and driver heard a horse trotting alongside the vehicle, even though no animal could be seen. As the vehicle reached the main road, the trotting ceased.


Road Block

Location: Offerton (Derbyshire) - Road to village from Shatton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A traveller along this road reported that his path was blocked by a Boggart, which refused to allow him to pass. Frightened, the man returned the way he came.


White Woman

Location: Old Catton (Norfolk) - White Woman Lane, and George Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Doomed to repeat her actions for reasons unknown, the woman in white has been seen on countless occasions in the area. A lad out on his early morning paper round saw her crossing a field, vanishing without warning.


Roman Legion

Location: Oldbury Camp (Wiltshire) - Roman road near the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This band of Roman troops is reported to march along roads heading towards the old Iron Age camp, a standard bearer leading the way.


Headless Horseman

Location: Onecote (Staffordshire) - Road from Leek to Onecote, and Butterton Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This headless horseman is said to either be a murdered pedlar or a knight killed in combat with the Scots. Either way, the figure is said to be unlucky (with witnesses either dying or losing livestock) and an exorcism once performed on the phantom horseman by seven preachers failed.


Lord Wolfage

Location: Orlingbury (Northamptonshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Recklessly driving his coach around the country roads, Lord Wolfage vanishes once he reaches the bridge.


Old Hitchhiker

Location: Ormskirk (Lancashire) - Road between Ormskirk and Southport, Halsall Moss area - Gregory's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: At least two drivers along this road have looked at their rear-view mirrors and seen an old man sitting in the back of the car. The uninvited guest was described as in his seventies and wearing a flat cap.


Grey Woman

Location: Orsett (Essex) - Blacksmiths Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by a highwayman, the woman's ghost now occasionally appears.


Vanishing Car

Location: Orston (Nottinghamshire) - A52
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 January 2014, 21:00h
Further Comments: An unlit car heading towards a driver and his passenger after dusk vanished just before collision. The driver said that he first thought it was his imagination, but the passenger had also witnessed the other vehicle.


Voices

Location: Otterbourne (Hampshire) - Old Forge (now a public house) and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978-1979
Further Comments: One of the homes which was eventually converted into the pub was said to be haunted by a woman killed by a horse and coach on the road outside. A witness recalled hearing raised voices in an empty part of the building, and when a baby came into the home, crying would be heard in other parts of the site. Motorists would occasionally see a ghostly woman run across the road outside.


Johnson

Location: Outer London: Barnet (Greater London) - Road between Barnet and Enfield Chase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man by the name of Johnson was said to have been murdered along this road, and the spot where the crime occurred was thought to be haunted for many years after the event. The same road was also said to be haunted by another man, a Mr Danby, who on at least one occasion, caused a horse pulling a carriage with two occupants to bolt. The ghost continued to run alongside the panicked horse until stopping by a gate - it was only then that the horse calmed.


Airmen

Location: Outer London: Bexley (Greater London) - A2 London-bound between Heath turn-off and Black Prince turn-off
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s, and 2008
Further Comments: Several witnesses were said to have seen a couple of airmen standing on the hard shoulder of the A2. One wore a leather flying helmet while the other appeared to have a medal or piece of metal near his throat. A local tale says that a Heinkel bomber crashed nearby, killing the crew who could not bail out in time, and it has been speculated that the figures belong to this aircraft.


The Ghosts' Promenade

Location: Outer London: East Barnet (Greater London) - Church Hill Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: So many phantom encounters along this road led to a Justice of the Peace to name it 'The Ghosts' Promenade'. The ghosts were said to include headless humans and dogs, and phantoms in the trees.


Black Coach

Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Bell Lane, Enfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: weeks leading up to Christmas (reoccurring), last seen November 1961
Further Comments: A popular local story tells of the Phantom Coach of Enfield, flying two metres off the ground where the road once lay. Seen a couple of times in the twentieth century, the ghostly passengers are said to be quite clear and distinct. A 14 year old boy cycling close to Albany Park School claimed to have passed through the apparition.


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