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Road Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Whitacre Heath (Warwickshire) - Halloughton Grange Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s and January 2010, around 20:45h
Further Comments: During the 1930s a cyclist heading towards Kingsbury along this road swerved to avoid a nurse as she stepped out in front of him - he failed and passed straight through her. The encounter left him shaken, and when he finally spoke of the incident, he was told that a nurse had been killed in an accident on the spot several years previous. In 2010 a transparent figure in a cape was seen standing by the roadside where the road folks - once again the witness was left shaken.


Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Esk Terrace
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 September 2011, 00:20h
Further Comments: While staying in a house along this road, a witness heard a horse walking outside on the gravel - when they looked from the window, nothing could be seen.

Old Lady in Black

Location: Whitehills (Aberdeenshire) - Red Well Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1 January 1990
Further Comments: A sixteen year old boy was terrified by the ghost of an old woman who walked straight through him. As he ran back home, the spirit kept pace with him, and passed through him a second time. Soon after reaching home and going to bed, the teenager woke up choking, only to see a black cloud drift out of his bedroom window.

White Ball

Location: Whitley (Cheshire) - A49
Type: Other
Date / Time: October 2022, 21:00h
Further Comments: A white ball of light bounced across the bonnet of a car before entering the vehicle. The driver experienced distorted vision and headaches for a few days following the incident.

Victorian Road Crossers

Location: Whittlesford (Cambridgeshire) - Whittlesford Road to Cambridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s, 04 January 2005
Further Comments: In 2005, a driver reported three male figures dressed in Victorian clothing which walked across the road in front of his car. The vehicle went straight through them, leaving the witness cold, sick, and very shaken. A few years prior to this, a man was thrown from his horse after he briefly spotted three Victorian men on the road. After the rider picked himself up, the men had vanished, although the horse refused to walk in the direction they were heading.

Vanishing Dog Walker

Location: Wicken (Cambridgeshire) - Wicken Road, between Wicken and Deanshanger
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2016
Further Comments: A driver passing along this road with high banks slowed as he approached a person walking their dog. The driver checked the mirror as they braked, and upon looking ahead again, the figure had vanished, although there was no side roads or paths.

Young Girl Thumbing Lift

Location: Wickford (Essex) - Roundabout on Southend Bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Probably local urban mythology, the ghost of a girl who died in a motorcycle accident is reported to thumb a lift here, wanting to go to Southend - her destination before dying.

Coach and Horses

Location: Wickford (Essex) - Runwell Hall (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: After a spectral horse and carriage stops at the top of the driveway, a woman climbs out and walks to the hall's door to be met by a long dead butler. A similar story says that Anne Boleyn travels in a coach along the roads surrounding the Hall around the same time of year.


Location: Wickham (Hampshire) - Road heading towards Droxford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: A driver spotted a white horse crossing the road ahead and commented to her passenger, who said she could not see anything. As the driver reached the spot the horse crossed, she realised there was nowhere the horse could have gone.

Traffic Dodger

Location: Wigglesworth (Yorkshire) - Road leading to Tosside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early winter mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A couple of car accidents that occurred along this road were blamed on a flitting female form which ran out in front of the vehicle before disappearing. Locals say it is a girl who drowned nearby.

Phantom woman in black.

Former Witch

Location: Wilden (sometimes incorrectly called Willesden) (Bedfordshire) - Road between Wilden and Ravensden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1873
Further Comments: This phantom old woman, dressed in black clothing, haunts the road between her former village and the neighbouring one. Her face is said to be pure malevolence. The entity may have been last seen gliding along a grass verge by a mother and daughter.

Rabbit-sized Demon

Location: Willoughton (Lincolnshire) - Country lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sober witness stated that, while cycling, a small bipedal creature with horns ran out in front of him, travelling just as fast as the bicycle. It disappeared as it hopped on a grass verge.


Location: Wimborne (Dorset) - B3078, close to Clapgate Junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coffin has been spotted on the roadside here, though it disappears if looked at closely. Some believe it belongs to someone who committed suicide, denying them the right to be buried in a churchyard, being buried close to this spot instead. A phantom black horse is also said to haunt this area.


Location: Wimborne (Dorset) - Mill Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former mill worker, Annie drowned in the River Allen while running away from the mill. Employees at the Riverside Cafe reported seeing the ghostly figure of a woman wearing a long dress in the area.

Monk with No Legs

Location: Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) - Cowl Lane, Pike Bank area, and Old Corner Cupboard Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: Reports of a ghostly black monk coming from these areas are not uncommon, some saying that the figure looked as if he sunk slightly into the ground, others saying he floats two foot above the path.

Man in Overcoat

Location: Winsford (Cheshire) - Bostock Road, Wharton Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 November 2010, 00:20h
Further Comments: While cycling home, this witness spotted a man drifting along the road. The phantom wore a heavy long coat with a hat not too dissimilar to that which a cowboy would wear. The figure's legs were not visible. The witness watched the figure for around ten seconds and when eye contact was made, the apparition vanished.


Location: Winterborne Monkton (Dorset) - Pool of water off the A354 near Winterborne Monkton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident resulted in a coach, passengers and a team of horses all drowning in this pool. The accident is said to periodically reoccur.

Strange Woman

Location: Wissett (Suffolk) - Rumburgh Road, Cole's Arch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This spooky figure was seen sitting on the bridge before disappearing.


Location: Woodborough (Wiltshire) - Road between village and Allington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Returning home one night, a driver encountered a man wearing Cavalier-style clothing. The figure was accompanied by a large black dog. The driver sped away, rather than investigate further.

Young Airman

Location: Woodford (Essex) - M11 Southbound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly German airman has not been seen since the road layout changed and the M11 now joins the A406. Prior to this, a witness reported seeing the figure a half dozen times standing on the hard shoulder.

Talking Shuck

Location: Woolpit (Suffolk) - Road approaching the village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The shuck in this yarn caught a man and spoke, informing the unfortunate gentleman that he would be dead within a week. Not surprisingly, he died the following night.


Location: Wootton Rivers (Wiltshire) - Crossroad in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - early to mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Horses were said to be startled at the location where a suicide was buried. The phantom was said to be heard on a nightly basis; on the hour of his death, ghostly swinging could be heard.


Location: Worlingworth (Suffolk) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s, November, early hours of the morning
Further Comments: While driving to work, one witness reported seeing in his rear view mirror a motorcycle which disappeared. Others have also seen the phantom motorbike.

The ghost of Dick Turpin.


Location: Woughton on the Green (has also mistakenly been called 'Wroughton') (Buckinghamshire) - Bury Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a highwayman, thought to be Dick Turpin, haunts the Bury Lane approach towards the Old Swan Inn that once acted as one of his many hideouts.

Tall Figure

Location: Wrexham (Clwyd) - Oak Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999, early evening
Further Comments: A driver and passenger driving along this road watched a tall dark figure cross the road ahead of them. The figure appeared to be hovering.

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