Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Nan

Location: Buxted (Sussex) - Nan Tucks Lane, and Hadlow Down Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nan was accused of witchcraft in the village - the road named after her is the one she reportedly used to escape a local mob who tried to lynch her. Nan later took her own life in a nearby forest, and her shade still runs along her escape route.


Speed Wolf

Location: Buxton (Derbyshire) - A6 northeast of Buxton
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although this creature is reported to resemble a normal wolf, it moves at fantastic speeds and covers great distances in a single bound. It is unclear whether the wolf is a physical entity, but the nearby village of Wormhill claims to be the location where the last wolf in England was killed in the sixteenth century.


King Arthur

Location: Cadbury (Somerset) - Cadbury Castle, and road between North Barrow and South Barrow villages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons traverses this route back to Camelot (as Cadbury is thought to be) on this day in June. One witness said that on 23 June 1995 they encountered an armoured man (more dark age than medieval) holding a standard on horseback - the figure disappeared around a corner, though there was no place that he could have gone. One legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.


Man Wearing Hessian

Location: Caistor (Lincolnshire) - Corner of Riby Road and A1173
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 February 2020, 22:00h
Further Comments: As a driver slowed down to take the sharp corner, he spotted an old man, stooped over wearing dark trousers, old hobnail boots and a jacket. The jacket was made from hessian, not dissimilar to an old grain sack. The man had string holding his trousers up. The driver looked again and there was nothing.


Red Eared Pigs

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - A419?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Several small white swine with red ears cross the road once a year on Christmas Eve.


Coach

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - Bridge in the area (A419?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This coach, pulled by a team of four horses, crosses a bridge close to Calcutt.


Coach

Location: Caledon (County Tyrone) - Road leading to Tynan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach is said to travel the road in this area.


White Figure

Location: Calne (Wiltshire) - Road along Derry Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a white figure in the road in front of them as they drove late at night. Their sighting tied in with a local legend about the road being haunted by a person in white.


Naked Man

Location: Calne (Wiltshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A naked man is said to haunt a road in this area. One story says that the figure was a highwayman who stripped and oiled himself up, to ensure that no one could grab him.


Miners

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Road leading to Calstock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This area of road is said to be haunted by a group of miners wearing out fashioned outfits and carrying candles.


Scared Workmen

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - Calverton Hall (no longer standing), Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: This haunting entity was less than impressed when its home was knocked down to make way for the Miner's Welfare building (also no longer standing) and scared two of the workers away. The area is now known as Old Hall Close, and the phantom woman is said to stand on the side of the nearby road.


Person on Back Seat of Car

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - George's Lane and George's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, 2016
Further Comments: A ghostly entity is reported to materialise on the back seat of passing cars in both these locations - on the lane the figure takes the form of an old lady, and on the hill the figure wears a black hooded garment. Normally the witness only sees the entity in the rear view mirror; when they turn around, the figure has vanished. In 2016 a cowled figure was spotted in a car park on two separate occasions.


Ginger Bearded Man

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The main road leading through Calverton is said to be haunted by two ghosts - a man wearing a tweed suit and sporting a ginger beard walks along the path, while a phantom white lady waits patiently at a bus stop.


Police Officer

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Chesterton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 August 2012, 14:30h
Further Comments: Taking a shortcut through a car park and past an office block, this witness looked up to see a police officer in 1940s uniform with a gasmask case slung over his arm. The officer was floating. The witness froze briefly in terror before taking haste.


Girl in Blue

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Huntington Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 July 2014, around 22:00h
Further Comments: A fast moving, slightly out of focus, young girl with light brown hair and in a blue raincoat looked at this witness and disappeared into a bush, creating no noise. The witness looked for the girl, but she had gone.


Large Furry Penguin-Like Creature

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Newmarket Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once seen in Merton Hall, this strange creature has been more recently reported waddling along the Newmarket Road. A local paranormal group examining the case came to the plausible conclusion that the ghost may be that of a doctor in a cloak, wearing a beak-like mask which they believed would protect them from the plague.


Cyclist

Location: Camelford (Cornwall) - Road between town and Bodmin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: This grey figure was seen peddling away along the road before vanishing without warning.


Cammeringham Light

Location: Cammeringham (Lincolnshire) - Area around Ermine Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This large white misty shape has been observed as it travels around the village. Some believe this to be the ghost of Boadicea who fought her final battle nearby.


White Figure with Red Band on Chest

Location: Canewdon (Essex) - Larkhill Road, near Puelsey Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969, 1970
Further Comments: This area is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Crusader, seen several times by local people.


Cloudy Horse

Location: Cannington (Somerset) - A39, between the Apple Tree Pub and the roundabout
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 November 2016
Further Comments: A driver observed a white cloudy horse run across the road and jump into a hedge on the opposite side.


One Time Mayor

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Central city streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding his bicycle around the city he loved, the mayor has proved to be quite harmless.


Headless Horseman

Location: Cantley (Norfolk) - Road into village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emerging from a deep pit near to Cantley, this headless spirit on horseback rides off towards the nearby village.


Black Blob

Location: Cappagh White (or Cappawhite?) (County Tipperary) - Road approaching Ironmills bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: While travelling on his bicycle, Thomas Fahey stated that a strange black blob landed on his handlebars. The weird entity slowed the bicycle down considerably, before moving off and disappearing along a path.


Faceless Man

Location: Carbis (Cornwall) - Road between village and Lelant, between Longstone and Boskerris Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1850s, summer night
Further Comments: A woman walking home spotted a man in a tall hat standing by a bush. She expected the man to say, 'good evening', but as she neared the figure, realised he had a blank space where his face should have been. She ran home and promptly fainted upon arrival. No one believed her story until a local preacher admitted he had also seen the figure.


Whitfield

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - A6, Barrock Hill near Carlisle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An infamous highwayman, Whitfield was finally caught and hanged for murder - but the rope was not tight enough and several days later a passing coachman heard Whitfield crying and moaning, dangling from the noose. To end the suffering, the coachman shot the hanging man; Whitfield's ghost can still be heard today crying for help.


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