Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

John's Armour and a Tree

Location: Upsall (Yorkshire) - Road between village and Thirsk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur at midnight when an east wind blows (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Baron John de Mowbray tried to escape his pursuers along this road, running from the Battle of Boroughbridge. Not fast enough however, as he was caught and had his head chopped off. John's armour was removed and placed in the branches of a tall oak. Although tree and armour have been gone for many years, when midnight comes, the armour can be heard rattling in the non-existent branches.


Person in Black

Location: Uttoxeter (Staffordshire) - Road to Chartley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004, 05:30h
Further Comments: A figure dressed in black walked by two men out early one morning. The men turned to have another look, but the figure had vanished.


White Fuzz

Location: Vange (Essex) - Level crossing at the Fobbing turn, and the A13 near the Five Bells Inn
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa summer 1990, 21:30h - 22:00h
Further Comments: While approaching the level crossing, one driver reported seeing a fuzzy, humanoid shape on the pavement by the barrier. The witness drove past the entity, and looked in the rear view mirror, but it had vanished. Other reports of a white shape have been made, the entity moving from the church towards the rail crossing.


Woman Speaking olde English

Location: Veryan (Cornwall) - Unstated road in village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 January 2004, midnight
Further Comments: This witness was chased by two strange characters; a man waving a flaming torch, and a woman groaning, and shouting about the end of the world. They appeared to be arguing, but when his presence was known, the figures chased him for several hundred metres - they made no sound while moving, but the witness stated that he could hear the sound of wolves howling.


Double Decker Bus

Location: W10 (Greater London) - Between Cambridge Gardens and St Mark's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom variant of the well known large red mode of public transport was spotted several times in the 1930s, fading from view as it reaches St Mark's road. When the road was altered and improved, the bus was thought to have gone, though it began to appear again in the 1990s.


Carriage

Location: W2 (Greater London) - Bayswater Road, area near Hyde Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Coach unknown, woman possibly early twentieth century
Further Comments: A nineteenth century coach and horses are said to still run along this stretch of road. Another ghost reported was a shadowy woman in shabby clothing with a face which resembled death incarnate.


Faceless Motorcyclist

Location: Waddon (Surrey) - Roundshaw Housing Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: The motorcyclist was seen early in the morning, dressed in old clothing. It is thought he was stationed on this site during World War 2, which was a RAF base. Other airfield ghosts reported around the area include a Dutch pilot killed when his airplane crashed in fog in the 1930s and three nuns who died when their plane crashed in 1947. Phantom singing has also been reported on the estate.


Poacher with Bag

Location: Wadhurst (Sussex) - Beggars Bush, Bestbeech Hill Crossroads area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn evenings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This thieving ghost in a tan coloured coat is seen struggling along the road, his brown sack bulging with stolen food.


Henry Bennett

Location: Wallstown (County Cork) - Road near Wallstown Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several years following 1642
Further Comments: Henry Bennett was killed during the siege of the castle, which resulted in the structure being burnt down. For several years following his death, Bennett would be seen dressed in Cavalier uniform and holding a pole which he used to block travellers from using the road. If asked to move the pole, he would do so.


Hooded Figure

Location: Wannock (Sussex) - Filching Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 1996
Further Comments: Thought to be a monk, this character nearly caused an accident as it crossed the nearby road. An unknown 'spooky' presence is said to have been felt dozens of times near a hangar containing motorbikes.


Strangulation

Location: Wardlow (Derbyshire) - Road near the Three Stags Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: A cyclist who paused for breath just down the road from the pub felt himself being strangled by a pair of unseen hands. After the sensation had left, he hurried to the Three Stags Head and was told the story of how a toll keeper was murdered near the spot.


Old Car

Location: Ware (Hertfordshire) - Ware High Street at the roundabout in front of 'The Waterfront' public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: A very old fashioned car driven by a determined looking man materialised along the road here, causing a female motorist to perform an emergency stop. The vehicle then vanished as quickly as it had appeared, leaving one very puzzled witness.


Two Adrian Browns

Location: Wareham (Dorset) - Undisclosed area of road
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A security worker, Adrian Brown tells the story of driving his van down a road in the area, only to see himself driving the same van in the opposite direction. He was reportedly slightly freaked out at the time.


Man with Slick White Hair

Location: Warrington (Cheshire) - A50 leading to Warrington from Knutford
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: May 1995
Further Comments: A driver speeding down the A50 passed a man in the road who was trying to flag him down. The figure had slicked back white hair and wore black clothing. The driver decided to go back and help the man, stopping about a kilometre further along the road, but to his horror realised the man was now standing a couple of metres behind his car - it would have been impossible for the figure to catch up with the vehicle in such a short period of time. The driver drove off again, not wanting to engage with the man with the white hair.


Female Hitchhiker

Location: Waterlooville (Hampshire) - Hulbert Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976
Further Comments: Apparently seen several times, this girl stands in front of incoming traffic, vanishing when hit. She is said to be the ghost of a hitchhiker who was hit by a car along the road.


Floating Woman

Location: Watnall (Nottinghamshire) - Nuthall to Moorgreen road, just before the Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: Riding a motorbike, this witness narrowly avoided hitting a woman who was crossing the road on a bend. Turning around to shout at the woman, the witness then realised she was actually floating across the road.


Dickens

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - Doughty Street, road outside Dickens's museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Dickens' ghost, dressed in black with a top hat, has been seen pacing along the street where he once lived.


Hooded Monk

Location: Weeley (Essex) - Outside Hillside House, along lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A couple passing the house reported seeing a ghostly monk near the building, crossing the road and walking down the lane leading to Great Bentley.


Palmer's Post

Location: Welford (Berkshire) - M4 Motorway near the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: Used by a local wise man as a place to banish evil spirits to, the post was uprooted when the motorway was constructed; subsequent mishaps on the road have been attributed to the incident.


Man with Torch

Location: Wellington (Somerset) - A38, near the Heatherton Grange Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Appearing to be a man in a raincoat, this phantom uses his torch to try to flag passing cars down. One woman who refused to stop narrowly avoided hitting him. A truck driver reported once giving the ghostly man a lift to Holcombe Bridge, not realising the man was a ghost until a short time later; the driver almost hit the man as he stood in the same place where he was first picked up. Stopping to ensure that the hitcher was okay, the truck driver watched as the stranger vanished before his eyes. This may be the same entity which has been seen at Taunton.


Cyclist

Location: West Ashby (Lincolnshire) - A153
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: During the early part of the twentieth century, a man driving a horse and cart home reported his horse bolting after nearing a cyclist who was travelling on the wrong side of the road. When the horse was brought under control, the cyclist had vanished. Another source stated that between 1988 and 1998 there were three accidents along the road caused by vehicles swerving to avoid a bike, although the bike could never be seen after the event.


Speeding Horseman

Location: West Auckland (Durham) - Route between town and Hamsterley Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen galloping at the speed of an arrow, this horseman vanishes once he enters the dense woodland.


Man in a Cap

Location: West Hendred (Berkshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964, and summer 2010, circa 23:30h
Further Comments: This phantom man darts in front of incoming traffic - the drivers brake or swerve, always believing it to be too late to avoid an accident, but the figure is gone. He was seen by two sisters in their car in 1964, three years after the event which had killed him, and may have been seen again in 2010 by a woman who swerved slight to miss a figure which ran out in front of her car.


Coach

Location: West Kennett (Wiltshire) - Road, exact area unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by a team of four horses, a spectral coach haunts the area.


Headless Driver

Location: West Lulworth (Dorset) - Lane along Coach Lane Gates (gates may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach pulled by horses and driven by a headless coachman reportedly travels along this lane. The coachman was said to have been decapitated during a highway robbery.


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