Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Coach

Location: Bradford Peverell (Dorset) - Road west of village, near River Frome, leading towards Muckleford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer months at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A coach that crashed into the river, killing the horse and driver, is said to periodically repeat the accident. Another report says that the coach overturned into a boggy area.


Lightless Cyclist on Wrong Side of Road

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Road near Faulkbourne Hall, south of Braintree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cycling like a madman, this ghostly rider charges at mortal cyclists and tries to knock them over!


Treasure Hunter

Location: Braishfield (Hampshire) - Dark Lane, and the surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is reportedly haunted by the shade of an Edwardian woman looking for a hoard of treasure she hid while living in a building along the road. She is said to be more likely to be seen by dogs, which react by howling for no apparent reason, rather than people.


Highwayman

Location: Bramshot (Hampshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Roads running in and through the village are reportedly home to several phantom entities. A highwayman, a cavalier, a small group of Tudors have all been reported here.


Teenage Lad

Location: Brandon (Suffolk) - A1065 heading towards Lakenheath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011, around 06:00h, and February 2014
Further Comments: A lone driver heading away from Brandon in 2011 glanced into her rear-view mirror and spotted a lad, around fourteen years of age, sitting in the backseat of her car. She looked again, only to see he had gone. A similar occurrence occurred to a male driver three years later.


Sow with Litter

Location: Bransby (Lincolnshire) - Bonnewells Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This spectral sow with her young appears along this lane on Halloween. The same stretch of road is also haunted by a woman in a silken dress which rustles as she moves, and there have been reports of a shuck.


Misty Figure

Location: Branston (Derbyshire) - Clays Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 March 2019
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that a couple had encountered a misty figure which ran out in front of their car before vanishing.


Funeral

Location: Bratton (Wiltshire) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horse drawn funeral procession occasionally passes by the area.


Woman in Floral Dress

Location: Bretby (Derbyshire) - Mount Road and Ashby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A local newspaper carried two stories about drivers who had spotted a woman in a floral dress standing on the roadside. On one occasion she stood with a bicycle. As one driver passed her, they looked in their rear view mirror and noticed that she had vanished.


Single Headlight

Location: Briantspuddle (Dorset) - Rogers Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: A police officer driver their patrol car at night approached a bend in this road and spotted a single headlight coming from the other direction. The officer dipped their headlights, but when turning the bend, the other light could not be seen. The officer was later told that some years earlier there had been a fatal accident at that spot and several people had reported the vanishing single headlight.


Nick's Hole

Location: Briantspuddle Heath (Dorset) - Culpepper's Dish
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend said that this deep, naturally occurring pit was dug out by the devil.


Funeral

Location: Briantspuddle Heath (Dorset) - Lane passing by Culpepper's Dish
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Four ghostly figures carrying a coffin have been spotted walking along this country lane.


Pocock

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - A39 between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1980s
Further Comments: Pocock was a highwayman who was badly injured in a fight but managed to escape, only to die of his wounds in a secret cave which has never been discovered. His ghost has been seen on horseback, curiously galloping on the spot, and has been blamed for several accidents in the area.


Hymns

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - Road from Bridgwater to Weston Zoyland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: As the Duke of Monmouth retreated after their defeat, his troops sang hymns to try to boost their morale. Their song can still be heard.


Grey Lady

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Gipsy Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: There have been several reports of a grey Edwardian woman along this road - her skin is the same ash grey colour as her clothing.


Lady in Red

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Road in Bridport or Dorchester area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver remembers stopping at a roundabout on a busy single lane road and seeing the lady in red ahead. The driver looked right to see whether any traffic was coming, but when they looked straight again the lady had gone.


One of Three Shucks

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - Bridge along Wrawby road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of three bridges in Lincolnshire that is said to be a haunt of the black shuck, this one normally manifesting on a Saturday night.


Lost Lady

Location: Brigg (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: An old lady who left her house to beg for money to buy her Christmas lunch became lost in the snow and fog, and froze to death. Her ghost is sometimes seen, asking for directions home.


Hooded Man

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Nile Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a monk from the small chapel of St Bartholomew which stood here before being destroyed in 1514, a hooded figure is reputed to haunt the street.


Woman in White

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - A38 near Barrow Gurney Reservoir
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A certain part of the road is said to be covered in skid marks where various cars have had to brake to avoid hitting a phantom woman dressed in a white coat. The figure always vanishes immediately afterwards.


Old Lady

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Highworth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: The ghost of an elderly woman who frequented a house down this road was exorcised by a local priest.


Jenkins Protheroe

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Pembroke Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Executed nearby, Protheroe (or Protheror) was once a beggar who discovered that more money could be made by murder (until he was caught and hanged).


Long Haired Figure

Location: Broad Blunsdon (Wiltshire) - Road near the 'Fork-ed Elm'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Two men driving past this spot encountered a white figure standing by the roadside. Though the figure had long hair, they could not define the sex, and the most striking aspect of the entity was it appeared to float thirty centimetres above the ground.


Funeral Possession

Location: Broadwindsor (Dorset) - B3162, leading from Drimpton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hearse pulled by four black horses, followed by a large crowd of people, is said to head into the village, though the possession suddenly vanishes before reaching the church.


Swerving Coach

Location: Brockley (Somerset) - Road leading to Brockley Combe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Horseman at midnight on moonless nights, others unknown
Further Comments: This coach and four is said to charge at oncoming traffic, causing accidents and chaos. Some have also reported a headless huntsman in the same zone. A phantom horseman is also said to appear on moonless nights, and finally the area is home to a 'bounding' ghost, a figure that runs ahead of people, only to vanish without trace.


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