Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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.


Old Witch

Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Hadley Road, Enfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Cold, misty nights
Further Comments: An old woman who once lived along this stretch of road was executed in 1622 for being a witch - on cold misty nights, her ghostly form now returns.


Mr Danby

Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Road between Enfield and Barnet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Mr Danby died on the road in 1832, his throat slashed by an unknown assassin. A few years later his ghost returned and gave chase to a passing horse-drawn carriage (much to the horror of the occupants).


Monk with No Legs

Location: Outer London: Havering (Greater London) - St Mary's Lane, Cranham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (Reoccurring) - last reported 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom monk is said to float silently across the road.


Man walking Dog

Location: Outer London: Stanmore (Greater London) - A41
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 October 1985
Further Comments: A driver reported to the police that he had just run over a man walking a dog - both pedestrian and animal had gone over his car bonnet in the collision, but when the driver stopped and climbed out of his vehicle, he could not find either man or dog, nor damage to his car.


Sounds of a Tornado

Location: Outer London: Stanmore (Greater London) - Honeypot Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nobody has been able to fully describe the entity that races around the area on cold dark nights, sounding like high wind and just as cold. It is speculated that the haunting is connected to a battle in which Roman soldiers fought.


Napier

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Banbury Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Found guilty of heinous crimes, Napier was executed, and his body cut into segments that were scattered around the city boundaries. Napier's ghost has found all his body but not his head, and now travels along Banbury Road searching for the missing piece.


Phantom Coach

Location: Oxnead (Norfolk) - Oxnead Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


Grey Lady

Location: Oxney Bottom (Kent) - Road between town and Dover
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973?
Further Comments: This figure in a dark grey cloak is said to look so real that people have tried to speak to her, not realising what she is. The entity has also been blamed for causing several accidents as she drifts in front of incoming traffic. A bus conductor once saw her climb on board his vehicle and walk up the stairs - when he went up to collect the fare, she had vanished.


White Woman

Location: Passage West (County Cork) - Road towards Cork
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Not much is known about the phantom woman who was said to haunt this road.


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.


White Lady

Location: Pawlett (Somerset) - A370 road towards Weston Super Mere
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1988, between 23:00h - 02:00h
Further Comments: A driver had to bring his vehicle to a stop after hitting a white female figure on the road - the figure had disappeared without trace.


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.


Clark

Location: Penn (Buckinghamshire) - Roads in the area, and area near Penn Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: Four farmers on horseback are said to have pursued the phantoms of a man named Clark and his mare. They managed to keep up with Clark until he reached the church - both ghosts evaporated into grey mist, and the farmers' mounts bolted with fear.


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.


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 did not hit the woman.


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.


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.


Old Car

Location: Pillaton (Cornwall) - Lane leading to the Weary Friar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: Four people driving towards the Weary Friar pub encountered a 1900s car heading towards them. Two of the witnesses shouted a warning to the driver of the old car, but the vehicle vanished in front of them.


Dog that is not There

Location: Pimperne (Dorset) - Road between village and Letton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1970s
Further Comments: Heard dragging chains as it ran, this phantom hound is said to be invisible, though it has been touched by witnesses as it passes them. A similar story is told in Stourpaine, Dorset.


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.


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