Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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).


Evaporating Man

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Railway bridge, St Mary's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A driver slowed to take a better look at a man who stood on the side of the bridge which did not have a footpath. The driver thought that the man did not 'look right', which was proved correct as the driver watched the figure evaporate in the rear view mirror.


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 travelling 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.


Six Pallbearers

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Road leading to North Poorton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Six decapitated men carrying a coffin are said to slowly move along the country lanes.


Little Old Lady

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - High Street and Mill Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several witnesses have seen strange figures drifting in and around these roads, and though differ slightly in appearance, it is suggested that they are all the same entity.


Charging Horseman

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - Shaw Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed by a Lancastrian arrow in the 1400's, this glowing messenger is doomed to carry his cargo forevermore. Another story says he was decapitated by a thin wire that was placed across the road.


Farmer

Location: Preston on Stour (Warwickshire) - Alscot Park, and road by the entrance
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom figure who haunts the area around the entrance of the park is believed to be a farmer who died after falling from his horse. He reputedly appears by the entrance and crosses the road before vanishing into a wall.


Horseman

Location: Purton (Wiltshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly horseman has been heard and occasionally observed heading out of the village.


Woman in Mac

Location: Pyecombe (Sussex) - London Road, where the A281 meets the A27
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman in a pale beige raincoat runs across the dual carriageway, disappearing halfway across. Several motorists have reported hitting her and have reported the 'accident' to the police, fearing they have killed someone. Just slightly further down the A281, a ghostly girl with blonde hair has been seen stumbling alongside the road - she vanishes if approached.


Chained Dog

Location: Quemerford (Wiltshire) - Pound's Mill (no longer present), Marlborough Road, and fields in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre-First World War
Further Comments: One witness at Pound's Mill spotted a black dog with a chain hanging around its neck. The hound vanished through a closed door. The same creature is also thought to haunt other areas in the hamlet.


Elizabethan Man

Location: Quemerford (Wiltshire) - Road close to the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2013, 01:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a shadowy figure dressed in Guy Fawkes style clothing striding across the road in the early hours of the morning. The figure vanished before reaching the other side.


Middle Aged Man

Location: Quintrell Downs (Cornwall) - Likely the A3058
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 2001
Further Comments: A couple caught up in stop/start traffic watched a middle aged man in dark trousers and pullover cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air when he reached the kerb on the opposite side. There was nothing remarkable about the figure (until his disappearing act) and he carried something in his hands, although the witnesses did not notice what it was.


Headless Men

Location: Ramsbury (Wiltshire) - Road close to Hare and Hounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carrying a coffin, these two headless men were said to walk close to the old Hare and Hounds pub.


Man on Black Horse

Location: Ranworth (Norfolk) - Neighbourhood of Ranworth Broad
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Locals tell of an unknown man on a black horse that is believed to haunt the area. The devil is seen riding across the broad every 31 December; under his arm is the soul of a Colonel who had dared hunt on the Sabbath.


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