Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Shadow-like Man

Location: Scopwick (Lincolnshire) - Road parallel to RAF Digby
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 17:25h, 29 January 2007
Further Comments: Two men travelling back to Waddington spotted a figure wearing a long cloak or tail coat disappearing into a hedge row towards the airbase. One witness said the figure was transparent or shadowlike, and did not appear to have any legs.


Spencer

Location: Scrooby (Nottinghamshire) - Great North Road
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1952
Further Comments: A man walking home witnessed a figure entering a small cottage. A few seconds, a couple of screams followed, and two figures ran from the cottage, one with a head injury. The witness panicked, convinced he had watched a robbery and ran off. Lost in the dark, he ran in a circle, returning to the scene of the crime, only there was no cottage... It is speculated he witnessed the murder of a gatekeeper and his wife, killed by John Spencer in 1779. The ghost of Spencer, or maybe the gatekeeper, has also been seen standing on the roadside.


Vanishing Girl

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Lay-by near Keadby Bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported picking up a fare from this location; a young girl, who sent a shiver down his spine, asked to be dropped near the football ground. As he reached the destination, he realised she had vanished.


Protective Shuck

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Road between Scunthorpe and Crosby
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: This guardian dog appeared by the side of a woman, preventing a gang of labourers from attacking her. It vanished as she reached home.


Lord John Angerstein

Location: SE10 (Greater London) - Trafalgar Road to Vanbrugh Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord John's coach, pulled by four headless horses and driven by the lord himself, is said to leave Trafalgar Road and return to his former home on Vanbrugh Road.


White Lady

Location: SE18 (Greater London) - Shooter's Hill, Blackheath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost is believed to be that of a woman who died of head trauma - a skull found in the 1830s near the site possessed a large hole caused by a blunt object. Shooter's Hill also made the news in 1963, as it was combed by police and soldiers looking for a puma like creature that had been seen by members of the public.


RAF Pilot

Location: SE28 (Greater London) - Abbey Road and Tavy Bridge (former Erith Marshes), Thamesmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pilot died when his spitfire crashed into the marshes during World War 2. This tall, dark uniformed man has been reported in several buildings along the road. Some also report that the sound of a German aircraft crashing into the marshes here can still be heard.


Victorian Lady

Location: SE3 (Greater London) - Hare and Billet Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This ghostly figure tragically hanged herself from a tree on the heathland when she discovered her lover had run off. She still patrols the area seeking him.


Screams

Location: SE3 (Greater London) - Kidbroke Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1800s
Further Comments: The screams of a murder victim could be heard here for years after the crime committed.


Alice Grant

Location: SE6 (Greater London) - Bromley Road & Southend Lane, Bellingham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Knocked from her bike and killed at this junction, Grant has since been seen at the location, dressed in black Victorian clothing.


Victorian Woman

Location: SE9 (Greater London) - Avery Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom woman wearing Victorian clothing is reputed to walk this region of London.


Car Crash

Location: Seaford (Sussex) - Road along coastline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1976
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched a car as it lost control and hit a three foot high sea wall - it passed straight through and disappeared on the other side.


Long Legs

Location: Seascale (Yorkshire) - Road between Seascale and Whitby
Type: Other
Date / Time: 05 August 2013
Further Comments: Driving back to a campsite, the passenger of a vehicle spotted a pair of extremely long white male legs, to just above the thigh, quickly bound across the road. The stride was too long and too fast to be human. Despite the passenger crying out 'what's that?', the driver did not see anything.


Woman in White

Location: Seaton (Leicestershire) - B672 Road, under the Seaton Viaduct bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 April 2007, 01:01h
Further Comments: While travelling home, a driver spotted a woman in white clothing, with a pale face, standing by a gate by one of the bridge arches. Finding it strange for someone to be there, the driver slowed down to take a closer look. The figure was completely motionless. The driver passed her, and looking into the rear view mirror, realised the figure had vanished.


Bus

Location: Seend (Wiltshire) - A361
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1921 or 1922
Further Comments: A cyclist spotted a bus approaching in the distance, but it disappeared before reaching him.


Gliding Girl

Location: Selsey (Sussex) - Cricket ground and nearby road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Several people in the village are said to have encountered the dark haired girl in a Victorian dress. She emerges from the cricket pitch, crosses the road, and vanishes when she enters a nearby field.


Suicide Shuck

Location: Selworthy (Somerset) - Road leading to Tivington
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck is thought to contain the soul of a local man who committed suicide.


Giggling

Location: Sevenhampton (Wiltshire) - Road outside Elipses Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2014, 23:00h
Further Comments: In order to make a telephone call, a driver pulled off the A420 and stopped outside a farm. The driver then heard a girl giggle in the darkness and spotted a white shape in the driver's wing mirror and the rear-view mirror, although the shape vanished when they turned their head.


Old Lady

Location: Sevenoaks (Kent) - Maidstone Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed in a road traffic accident in 1959, this ghostly figure now steps out in front of traffic on the anniversary of her death.


Stretch of Road

Location: Sevenoaks (Kent) - Sevenoaks bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1979
Further Comments: A witness reported that the road she was driving on faded from view, and a ghostly one appeared to her right - potentially leading to a head-on crash with other vehicles. It is thought this phenomenon has been responsible for several fatal accidents along this road.


Irish Wolfhound

Location: Shapwick (Dorset) - Road surrounding Badbury Rings
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large phantom dog that has been reported running along the road is thought to be an Irish Wolfhound looking for his master.


Man on Fire

Location: Shelfanger (Norfolk) - Wash Lane, near the church and ford
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A ten year old girl travelling with her mother in a car was horrified by the appearance of a burning man who ran in front of the car.


Coach and Four

Location: Shepley (Yorkshire) - Roads around the Shepley War Memorial
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing at night, this phantom coach pulled by four horses would move at breakneck speed along the roads in and around the village.


Nun with a Bag

Location: Shepshed (Leicestershire) - Grace Dieu Priory and road running by
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This aging figure is thought to be a nun, though the fact that she carries a shopping bag appears to cast doubt on this belief. She has also been seen on the roadside, and at least one bus has stopped to pick her up.


Nancy Camel

Location: Shepton Mallet (Somerset) - Streets and lanes of the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Night
Further Comments: This local old hag disappeared without trace many moons ago - she was renowned for walking the streets with her donkey in tow. Now she and her beast can be heard as they search the streets for people to take.


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