Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Female Figure

Location: Carlow (County Carlow) - Staplestown road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge is reputedly home to a female phantom who stands looking downwards as darkness falls.


Three Men

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - A40 between Carmarthen and Llangathen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, 1981
Further Comments: A heavy goods vehicle driver spotted a parked pickup truck and three men standing on the side of the road ahead of him. Moments before he was now about to pass them, one of the men was pushed onto the road, falling under the cab. There was no bump or sound, and as the truck driver gazed in his rear view mirror, truck and men had vanished.


White Boy

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - Unidentified road passing an old paper mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A man walking into the town spotted a white clad figure, the size of a twelve year old boy, standing by the roadside. As he approached the figure, it moved across a field before promptly vanishing. The man was able to walk home before collapsing through shock.


Funeral Procession

Location: Castel (Guernsey) - Mont d'Aval road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Slowly walking along carrying a coffin, this group of phantoms appear to have lost their heads.


Man in Green Jacket

Location: Castle Donington (Leicestershire) - Just past Junction 24 of the M1 Motorway, where slip road meets the motorway
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 October 2009, approximately 07:45h
Further Comments: A driver was left shaken after seeing a man wearing a green jacket, dark trousers and headwear standing in the middle lane of the motorway. The driver glanced at her rear view mirror to see whether she could safely brake (she could not) and looking back at the road in front realised the man had vanished.


Hitch-Hiker

Location: Caxton (Cambridgeshire) - Road from Caxton Gibbet to Graveley
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is rumoured that a phantom hitch-hiker thumbs his way between Caxton Gibbet and Graveley, but no witnesses appear to exist.


Nuns

Location: Chadwick End (Warwickshire) - A41, near Chadwick Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Several nuns were seen by police driving along this road at night, who narrowly missed hitting them. The police stopped and returned to talk to the nuns about the dangers of wearing black along unlit roads, but they had disappeared.


Silent Stagecoach

Location: Chalfont St Peter (Buckinghamshire) - Amersham Road and Greyhound Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty nights
Further Comments: An old fashioned stagecoach pulled by a team of ghostly horses passes along this road and vanishes as it pulls up at the Greyhound Inn.


Horse and Cart

Location: Chalton (Hampshire) - Village road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom horse pulling a cart is said to haunt this road.


German Pilot

Location: Chalvington with Ripe (Sussex) - Ripe Lane, heading towards village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This pilot is said to have died during the Second World War when his aircraft crashed near the village. He now makes the occasional appearance in the field where he died. He was last seen by a woman driving towards the village.


Fiery Eyed Hound

Location: Chapmanslade (Wiltshire) - A36, Black Dog Woods
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As the name of the location suggests, this wooded area is home to a black dog whose eyes glow as red as hot coals. To see him means death within the year. One story says the hound once belonged to a man who was killed in a duel; the dog tore out the throat of the surviving fighter.


Dog Walker

Location: Charing (Kent) - Pett Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man driving home with his mother spotted a man wearing a mackintosh walking his dog along this lane. The car slowed then stopped to let the man and hound cross, but they passed straight through the side of the car, illuminating the inside before vanishing without trace.


White Stallion

Location: Charlbury (Oxfordshire) - Countryside around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Roaming riderless, this white (or grey, according to other reports) horse jumps large hedges and runs wild in the area.


Victorian Lady

Location: Charlesworth (Derbyshire) - Main road running out of moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, estimated 22:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Four people driving into Charlesworth watched a semi-transparent lady in Victorian dress complete with ruff walk across the road and through a gate.


Figure in Long Coat

Location: Charley (Leicestershire) - Abbey Road, by Mount St Bernard's Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997, Autumn
Further Comments: A passenger in a car driving along in the direction of Shepshed noticed a figure walking towards the car on a grass verge. As they drew nearer the witness could see the figure was wearing a long coat with the hood up. The figure looked up, showing the witness that it had no face and stepped out in front of the car. The witness shouted 'stop!' and braced for impact, to which the driver slammed on the brakes. The driver had not seen the figure, and a quick look outside of the car showed nothing untoward.


Drifting Woman

Location: Charmouth (Dorset) - Road between Charmouth and Bridport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 11 September 2004, between 2230h - 2330h
Further Comments: A driver and her passenger both watched a woman in white sweep across the road as they drove towards Bridport. They both reported that the car suddenly became cold at the time of the sighting.


Royalist

Location: Chatwall (Shropshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1965
Further Comments: The ghost of a Royalist on horseback is said to ride silently around the lanes leading to this village.


Car Stopper

Location: Cheddar (Somerset) - B3135 between Green Ore & Cheddar
Type: Other
Date / Time: 23 October 2003, 19.45
Further Comments: A witness reported driving by a figure standing on the side of the road; just after passing, the vehicle cut out. While the car lights remained on, they were quite dim, and the vehicle would not turn over. After several minutes trying the engine, the figure appeared again, and moved into nearby woodland. The vehicle suddenly started, and the witness quickly drove away.


Tall Man in Cloak

Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Patching Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This tall pallid figure, wearing a top hat and cloak, was seen by a teenage witness out with a couple of friends - the figure disturbed them to such an extent, they ran off. The witness looked back to see if he was following, only to see the ghost vanish before their eyes.


Great Dane

Location: Cheriton Bishop (Devon) - Cheriton Cross, A30
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This dog leapt out in front of an incoming car - the driver thought he hit the creature but could not find any evidence of an accident when he stopped.


Man in Black

Location: Chesham (Buckinghamshire) - Pednor Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Not known
Further Comments: Within the space of a week, two motorcyclists reported a strange figure dressed in black who leapt from a gate into their path, only to vanish on impact.


Man in Purple

Location: Chesterfield (Derbyshire) - M1, close to Junction 29
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 December 2011, 22:15h
Further Comments: Travelling south along the M1, the passenger of a car spotted a tall man dressed in a purple hooded coat standing in the road ahead. Before the witness could warn the driver, the figure vanished.


Monk

Location: Chesterton (Oxfordshire) - Road between village and Weston on the Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that the monk who had the affair with 'Mad Maude' from Weston on the Green now haunts the road between two villages and chases anyone he encounters.


Madam Pigott

Location: Chetwynd Aston (Shropshire) - A41, and Chetwynd Hall & surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Having died in childbirth, Madam Pigott was seen dozens of times carrying her baby and combing its hair. Some also reported the lady also having a cat with her. She was eventually exorcised by twelve parsons, though in 1969 two motorists separately reported a white figure on the road near the church.


Shadowy Figure

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - A259, between town and Bognor, close to a Mercedes showroom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003 onwards, and 02 February 2014
Further Comments: A driver and passenger were left shocked when a shadowy figure stepped in front of their car, although there was no impact. One of the witnesses has reported seeing the figure many times since the initial incident. A different witness reported another sighting in 2014, this time the driver having to swerve to avoid a man in black.


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