Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Glowing Figure

Location: Cliffsend (Kent) - Site of old gibbet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The burial site of crooks and suicides, a glowing figure appears here and has been blamed for a number of weird car accidents near the site.


Gaolai

Location: Clonakilty (County Cork) - Bealad and Clonakilty areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Gaolai was a phantom woman who haunted the roads around Brandon, Bealad and Clonakilty. She victimised men in the early hours of the morning, leaping onto their backs as they rode through the area. She is said to have been banished by a Father O'Heal.


Lamp Carrier

Location: Clones (County Monaghan) - Road between Clones and Scarva
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling along the road carrying a candlelit lamp under one arm, this tall shadowy figure wearing a long cloak is thought to have once been murdered in the area.


Hooded Monk

Location: Clophill (Bedfordshire) - Between Haynes Church End and Clophill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: A hooded monk on horseback holding a lantern was seen by a man delivering newspapers in the early hours of the morning. He said that the horse passed straight through his car.


Fast Moving Car

Location: Clyst St Mary (Devon) - Road between Clyst St Mary and Clyst St George
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 February 1997 (car), Autumn 2002 (soldier)
Further Comments: This witness was passed by a fast moving car which turned off in front of them. As the witness drove by the turning spot, they realised that the route that the fast car had taken was blocked and there was no sign of the vehicle. Five years later the same witness reported a blue soldier which manifested in the front seat of their car along the same road.


Moon or Hitchhiker

Location: Coalisland (County Tyrone) - Mullaghmoyle Road, Brackaville
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2009
Further Comments: Reports of a white phantom in the form of a woman resulted in an approximately sixty car long traffic jam as people tried to spot the spook. Local Councillor Desmond Donnelly said the 'ghost' was more likely to be the moon reflecting in the nearby river.


Woman in Black

Location: Cockenzie (Lothian) - B1348 between Cockenzie and Prestonpans
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in black clothing walks between these two places.


Spheres

Location: Coddington (Nottinghamshire) - Between Balderton and Coddington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sometime between 2004 and 2011, 20:05h
Further Comments: A freedom of information request made to Nottinghamshire Police showed that they had received a call from a woman travelling back to Coddington from Balderton. After her dog started to bark, she spotted two clusters of misty spheres on the ground some 200 yards (183 metres) in front of her. The spheres then floated to her right over open fields before gaining attitude and disappearing.


Teenage Boy

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Mersea Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver spotted a teenage boy sitting in the backseat of her car, through the rear view mirror. She turned her head to see who was sitting there, but the seat was empty. Turning back to face the road, the figure was once more visible in the mirror.


Old Woman

Location: Cold Ashby (Northamptonshire) - East bound from Long Buckby towards Cold Ashby
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999, 03:30h
Further Comments: Returning home in stormy weather after a night shift, a driver spotted an old woman in his headlights walking towards him. She was bend over, as if she had a bad back, and held a shawl close to her head. Her clothing looked as if it was from the eighteenth century. As the driver passed her, a shiver ran down his spine, and looking into his rear view mirrors, realised she had disappeared. The driver stopped to try to find her, and then drove up and down the road a couple of times, but there was no sign of the woman.


Phantom Coach

Location: Coltishall (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring) (coach)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution. A headless Black Shuck is also reputed to cross this bridge once per night.


Romans

Location: Compton Valence (Dorset) - Roman road from Dorchester to Eggardon Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old Roman road is still said to be the haunt of those who built it. A legend attached to the location says the road was built by Old Nick in a single night.


Vanishing Car

Location: Comworth (Bedfordshire) - Honeydon Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa late 1980s / early 1990s
Further Comments: Five occupants of a car driving along this road spotted another car a short distance in front of them. The vehicle ahead followed the winding road around a cutting; as the car behind did the same, the occupants realised that the other car had vanished, with nowhere to turn off or pull over.


George

Location: Congresbury (Somerset) - A370 road running through the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid - late twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought to be a local man, the ghost of George now haunts this area of road, unnerving drivers as he steps out in front of them.


Nun

Location: Cookham (Berkshire) - Whiteladyes Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lane is said to have taken its name from a local legend of a phantom nun who haunts the area.


Coach

Location: Coombe (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom coach is said to travel the roads just outside of Coombe.


Screaming Male

Location: Corby (Northamptonshire) - Rockingham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 April 2011
Further Comments: A driver and her passenger heard a male scream and glimpsed someone at the roadside. They thought someone was hurt, even suspecting they had hit a pedestrian, so turned back to have a look and called the police. Nothing could be seen, and a police search drew a blank.


Fat Man Rolling

Location: Corntown (South Glamorgan) - A48, Crack Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The strange sight of a short tubby man rolling down the hill only to vanish into a quarry has been reported here.


Grinning Skull

Location: Corsham (Wiltshire) - A4 just east of village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A truck driver claimed that he had seen a figure in the middle of the road which he had to slow down to drive around. The person then sprung onto the side of the cab of the truck, the driver realising that instead of a face, the figure had only a grinning skull. The entity vanished after a few moments.


Driverless Car

Location: Corsham (Wiltshire) - Hilly road around Pickwick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: A woman reported driving past a large American-style car heading in the opposite direction. The car had no driver and its lights on full.


Escort

Location: Cottingham (Northamptonshire) - Old Corby Road area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck was regarded as the traveller's friend, walking alongside anyone traversing the road on their lonesome. It would vanish into thin air if touched.


Lorry

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - A4028 road (now A428?) eastbound, connecting Coventry and Rugby
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom HGV travelling at speed vanishes just before hitting the vehicle travelling in front of it.


Floating Light

Location: Coverdale (Yorkshire) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This light would create an intense beam along the narrow roads, making motorists believe that a motorcyclist was coming towards them.


Soldier

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Battery Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A soldier killed by a German bomb during World War Two is reported to walk this area. A man walking his dogs encountered the ghost during the 1970s - the entity walked through a high hedge.


Cloaked Figure

Location: Cranbrook (Kent) - Road towards Marden
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 September 2011
Further Comments: A driver and passenger watched as a cloaked figure jumped down from the trees in front of their car before leaping over the vehicle. The cloak could be heard 'whooshing' over the car. The figure was too tall for the driver to see the head, although the rest of the entity was described as human-like.


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