Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Sheppard

Location: Bampton (Oxfordshire) - Road between town and Clanfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, dressed in old clothing (although one story says he appeared naked) appears to lonely travellers along the road.


Monk

Location: Banchory (Aberdeenshire) - A980, Upper Lochton (approximately 1 mile north of Banchory)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: A figure wearing a habit stepped in front of the car of a man returning from Aberdeen. The driver braked hard, convinced an accident would occur, but the figure vanished around three metres away from the vehicle.


Woman on Horseback

Location: Bandon (County Cork) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom woman on a white horse once rode around this area. She is said to have given local man Owen Kelly a lift after he failed to recognise her as a spirit - after riding around in circles and crossing the river three times she vanished, leaving Owen by the fence of his farmland.


Footmen

Location: Barford (Norfolk) - Watton Road, between Barford and Kimberly
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 September 2013, 01:15h
Further Comments: A driver had to swerve to avoid three figures standing in the road. One wore a long red cloak, while the other two were dressed as eighteenth century footmen. The figures paid no attention to the car. The driver later contacted nearby Kimberly Hall to see if they had a fancy dress event on that evening - they had not.


Rough Coated Dog with Large Yellow Eyes

Location: Barham (Suffolk) - Along the main Norwich Road, Barham Church Lane, just past Barham Hall gates.
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1910s?
Further Comments: The dog harassed a couple of men walking back from work - one of them reported trying to hit the creature with a stick, but the piece of wood passed straight through the dog's body. Another version of the story states the dog disappears into a solid wall.


Tom Faggus

Location: Barnstaple (Devon) - Ashleigh Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2005
Further Comments: Two people witnessed the ghost of a man riding a large horse in this area. The witnesses carried out some research and believe they had encountered the ghost of Tom Faggus, a Robin Hood-like figure who operated in the area.


Thing

Location: Barnton (Cheshire) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Little is known about this phantom. One witness, returning from market with her pony and cart, described it as a large white 'thing'.


Vanishing Man

Location: Barrow-In-Furness (Cumbria) - Clive Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2008
Further Comments: Driving along Clive Street on a dark rainy night, a driver and his daughter spotted a male figure crossing the road in a diagonal path from left to right. As the driver slowed to let him cross, the figure just vanished. The driver's daughter yelled 'Stop the car, dad, that man just disappeared'. The driver stopped and climbed out the car, but the man was nowhere to be seen.


Large Cat

Location: Barrow-upon-Soar (Leicestershire) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2011
Further Comments: A large white or ginger cat ran out in front of a car before the driver had a chance to react and disappeared under the vehicle. Both driver and passenger felt a bump and, stopping the car, leap out to check on the animal. However, they could find no blood, fur, or any other evidence they had hit something either on, under or near the car. Reflecting on the incident, one of the witnesses thought the creature was very large, seemed too visible under the lighting conditions, and seemed to suddenly appear.


Hit by a Cart

Location: Basildon (Essex) - Church Road, coming in from Clay Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Either one or two ghosts haunt this road - a spirit was blamed for throwing men over a bush as they returned home from the local pub, and the shade of a little girl has been reported, killed by a cart.


Old Man

Location: Batford (Hertfordshire) - Lower Luton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March and May 2014
Further Comments: A driver had to swerve to avoid an older man standing in the road. When the driver looked for the figure, he had gone. A couple of months later a similar figure was seen again, this time by two witnesses, who said the man had a bandage on his head and held an old fashioned rifle.


Horses

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Laura Place and connecting streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound (never the sight) of horses and drawn carriages is said to linger here.


Charlie

Location: Battle (Sussex) - Corner of Netherfield Road and London Road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness saw his gardener standing at this corner, though several hours had passed since the ghostly figure had committed suicide.


Coach Wheels

Location: Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire) - Road towards Beaconsfield from Gerrards Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Several times during the 1920s, the sound of coach wheels could be heard travelling along the road, though nothing was ever seen. It is thought they are related to an accident involving a coach and horses occurring in the early nineteenth century.


Coach

Location: Beaminster (Dorset) - Lane leading to Stoke Abbott
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Condemned to drive his coach and four horses along this lane, a wicked landowner haunts this area.


Rider with Large Hat

Location: Bearsted (Kent) - Road leading to Pilgrim's Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This man on horseback is described as wearing a large hat and possessing silver spurs. Some stories say that various people have engaged the man in conversation, not realising he was a ghost until he vanished.


Nun

Location: Bebington (Lancashire) - Poulton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1970
Further Comments: This phantom woman is believed to be a nun who was killed travelling back to the nunnery. A driver in 1970 stopped his car when he saw a woman standing in the middle of the road. She vanished.


Man in Tricorn

Location: Beckhampton (Wiltshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is reputed to haunt this road. There is also a story that a ghostly horse and coach have been heard along the Beckhampton Road.


Misty Figure

Location: Bedale (Yorkshire) - A684 road, leading to Leyburn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road leading west from Bedale is reputedly home to a grey misty figure. The mist is also said to haunt a nearby wooded area.


Nun

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Bellairs Avenue and Dowty Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1996
Further Comments: Walking down Bellairs Avenue with his brother, this witness could see a nun walking towards them in the middle of the road. He commented on the figure to his brother, who could not see her. As a car drove up the road, she vanished. The same witness said he spotted the same figure a few weeks later in Dowty Avenue.


Black Tom

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Junction of Tavistock Street, Union Street and Clapham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas, 1990s
Further Comments: A nineteenth century highwayman, Black Tom was executed and buried at this junction with a stake driven through his heart to prevent his return. The ritual failed, and both he and another unknown ghost were seen countless times for years following his death. A 1960s sighting of Tom took place in broad daylight, with witnesses stating they saw a gruesome figure with a broken neck staggering down the road, vanishing into thin air seconds later. The witness who spotted Tom during the 1990s thought he was just a drunk man in fancy dress, until he suddenly disappeared.


White Lady

Location: Bedworth (Warwickshire) - Bedworth Road, aka Rabbit Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Seen 2005, 28 May 2012, 16 December 2012 (01:15h)
Further Comments: A woman who was left traumatised after being attacked along the road later committed suicide. Her phantom is said to stand by the roadside, waiting for a lift. One witness who spotted her said she wore a long white dress, possibly a nightdress, and had long black matted hair. Another driver heading towards Astley in May 2012 said she spotted a figure on the roadside with her hands against her face which was holding a dreadful expression. Two more witnesses in December 2012 described a figure standing by the road with long black matted hair, although this time the figure was dressed in black.


RAF Pilot

Location: Belsay (Northumberland) - A696, just outside of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015
Further Comments: Media outlets reported that Rob Davies and Chris Felton had filmed a figure which resembled a 'RAF pilot' standing on the roadside late at night. Although the footage was poor, the witnesses said the figure was dressed all in beige and held his arm out as if hitchhiking. When they turned the car around and drove back for another look, the figure had vanished.


Coach

Location: Bennett End (Buckinghamshire) - Road between village and Radnage Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says that a phantom coach with horses sometimes travels down this road at night.


Headless Monk

Location: Bentley (Suffolk) - Bridge on road linking Brantham and Bentley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once based at Dodnash Priory that once stood nearby, this monk now haunts the road between two villages. A single stone remains at the site of the priory, and it is said treasure is concealed underneath.


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