Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Vanishing Biker

Location: Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire) - Road passing Berkhamsted golf club, before left turn to castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976, around 23:00h
Further Comments: On a clear night with no other traffic on the road, a driver caught up with a Honda 50 type motorbike. The outline of the bike and rider were visible, and the driver maintained 25 yards (23 metres) between car and bike. Passing Berkhamsted golf club, the bike disappeared, 'as if someone had turned off a light'. The driver thought the biker may have come off into a ditch so stopped to look - there was no ditch nor any turnings the bike could have taken.


Coach

Location: Bettiscombe (Dorset) - Road between Manor and the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: One night a year (but date unknown)
Further Comments: The phantom coach which leaves the manor and heads towards the church is said to be connected to the manor's skull, but the reasons why are unknown.


Jocelyn Percy

Location: Beverley (Yorkshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Jocelyn has been reported driving his coach and four headless horses around the streets of this otherwise quiet neighbourhood. Another version of the legend says he flies above the street, pausing briefly over an unnamed house.


Gliding Old Man

Location: Billingshurst (Sussex) - Crossroads known as Buck Barn, between Billingshurst & Hayward's Heath, and Horsham & Worthing. Now a dual carriageway.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1947, onwards
Further Comments: Said to look like a traditional tramp or hobo, the old man sits on a milestone by crossroads, before gliding in front of incoming traffic. When the vehicle stops, there is no evidence of the figure existing. The reports have trailed off since the road updates.


Horse and Rider

Location: Binfield (Berkshire) - Forest Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2007
Further Comments: A witness travelling along this road had just driven past the Warren pub towards the A321 when they spotted a fast moving horse and rider in woodland on the right hand side of the road. The rider appeared to be topless and looked as if they were sitting where the horse's head should have been, the witness speculating that the entity could have been a centaur. The phantom rode into heavier woodland and the witness lost sight.


Maid

Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Area of former Birkenhead Hall (no longer standing), Pouton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pretty maid was murdered by her jealous mistress, who was convinced she was having an affair with the property's master. It was not the case, and the little maid now haunts the former grounds, and has taken to being mistaken for a hitchhiker along the nearby road.


Older Lady

Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Woodchurch Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: Dressed in black and wearing a bonnet, an older lady would be briefly seen along this road before suddenly vanishing. A newspaper reported cyclists had to break sharply to avoid hitting her. Other witnesses spotted a small ball of fire which quickly disappeared.


Screaming

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Brightstone Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03:00h (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Screams can be heard coming from an unknown point along this road in the early hours of the morning. Some people have also claimed to have seen a pale young boy in tears.


Wilfred Barwick

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Coleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: The ghost of Barwick, a local butcher murdered in 1780, is said to haunt the road where he was killed. He was last seen stepping out in front of a Securicor van, vanishing as the driver tried to talk to him.


Overturned Cars

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Drews Lane (between 175 and the corner shop), Ward End
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Quoted in the Tarmac report on haunted roads, former Drews Lane resident Jackie said 'I used to hear cars that used to roll over while driving. Hundreds of cars have been heard and seen upside down with no reason or rhyme. There were a couple a week sometimes, nothing to explain it. There were never any other cars involved, just that when they came down our road, they would turn over.'


Orange Man

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Gunter Road, Erdington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1970, 07:30h
Further Comments: A young lad on his way to school spotted a glowing orange man. The entity's features were not clear, and it remained for around twenty seconds before vanishing. The figure is also said to have appeared along other streets in the area.


Jumping Grey Thing

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Icknield street, Hockley
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2014
Further Comments: A couple in their car watched as a grey humanoid creature jump across the road, kangaroo-like, although seemingly gaining momentum by swinging its arms. The entity stopped in the road and looked at the car before turning and moving back into the grounds of a cemetery.


Small Pickup Truck

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - M6 near Birmingham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Author Paul Devereux reported overtaking a phantom pickup truck along this stretch of motorway, apparently with no driver. The truck disappeared once Mr Devereux had finished overtaking.


Old Paper Man

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Sherburne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur around 03:00h
Further Comments: Wearing a top hat and old fashioned clothing, this phantom man is said to walk along picking up papers.


Frilly Woman

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Victoria Road, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade dressed in green is reported to just 'appear' in the middle of the road or on the kerb before drifting across the street before vanishing again.


Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.


Woman with Bike

Location: Bishops Waltham (Hampshire) - Undisclosed main road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A woman dressed in black holding a bike asked two friends for directions to Dean. They gave the directions, during which the woman would only say 'yes', and afterwards she climbed onto her bike and disappeared seemingly into thin air when the two witnesses momentarily looked away. One of the friends later said that the bike was Victorian and the woman's clothing 'odd'.


Woman in Black

Location: Black Heddon (Northumberland) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly girl forlornly drifts around the village - it is thought that she was accidentally trampled to death by horsemen many years ago. This ghost should not be confused with the other Black Heddon spirit; familiarly known as Silky, it jumps on the backs of passing horse riders, scaring them and often causing the horse to bolt.


Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.


Black Dog

Location: Blakeney (Norfolk) - Little Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is a favoured haunt for the black shuck. The same lane is reportedly haunted by a ghostly horse and carriage.


Dorothy Forster

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Old Hexham Road, and Lord Crewe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom Dorothy is still reported to drift down the road, heading towards the pub where she also haunts.


Moving Head

Location: Bleak Rivington (Lancashire) - Road near the vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The head of a man is said to move rapidly at ground level - they say that it belongs to a ghostly rider, but his mount and body can no longer be seen as the road has been built up over the years.


Smoky Human Cloud

Location: Blorenge (Gwent) - B4246
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 April 2016, 22:30h
Further Comments: A driver and their passenger spotted a human-sized, white/blue cloud moving along this road. The driver could not make out any specific details, although the passenger could make it out as a human-like figure.


Monk?

Location: Blundeston (Suffolk) - Flixton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 September 2009, 21:30h, and earlier
Further Comments: Returning home in their car, two people encountered a small monk-like figure as it glided across the road ahead of them. It wore a hessian type garment, and the figure had an aura-like glow about it. Once out of the car's headlights, the figure was not be seen again. The entity may have been seen twice previously close to the prison.


Female in Long Dress with Highwayman

Location: Blythburgh (Suffolk) - A12 from Ipswich, towards Kessingland, near Blythburgh common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: Sometimes appearing with a horse, the unknown woman and highwayman have been reported a few times over the past two hundred years.


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