Strange Stories concerning Bridges

 
 


Singing

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Town Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounds of singing, pipes and drums are said to be occasionally heard from the bridge.


 
 


Lucette

Location: Clayton le Moors (Lancashire) - Dunkenhalgh Hall (currently a hotel?) and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A former maid at the hall, Lucette fell pregnant after a torrid affair with the master - he was not interested in her long term future, so Lucette took her own life. The maid's misty white form now comes back around Christmas to remind others of her fate.


 
 


Blood Stains

Location: Clitheroe (Lancashire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly blood from a man murdered on the bridge is said to periodically pool here.


 
 


Hannah Corbridge

Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Laneshaw Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered in the 1780s by her boyfriend after he discovered she was pregnant, Hannah still appears near the scene of the crime.


 
 


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.


 
 


Pongay

Location: Coppull (Lancashire) - Darkland Bridge and surrounding area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Part dog and part ghost, Pongay was once often blamed for accidents and mishaps in the area.


 
 


Rustling Woman

Location: Cornwood (Devon) - Fardel Hall (also called Fardell Hall), area between hall and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in dark clothing, this feminine shade protects a hoard of buried treasure. The silk of the ghost's dress can normally be heard in the wind. One field in the area is said to be impossible to cultivate.


 
 


Highlander with Hounds

Location: Corrieyairack Pass (Highland) - Bridge over a stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty weather
Further Comments: This shade is said to guide people to the bridge when the weather becomes treacherous.


 
 


Thomas Wildey

Location: Coventry (West Midlands) - Ryton Bridge, River Avon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wildey murdered a mother and her daughter, for which he was hanged. His body was then placed in a gibbet by the bridge where it slowly rotted for many years. The strange patchy mist that hangs over the area is blamed on the ghost of the man, as are the lights seen to flitter nearby.


 
 


Fighting

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Cadover Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of battle can be heard near the bridge, the screams of the dying and injured, and the clash of sword and shield.


 
 


Sounds of Combat

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Gidleigh bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small battle has been heard on the bridge. The area is also haunted by the shade of a woman who drowned here.


 
 


Nun in a Carriage

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - St Mary's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling in a royal carriage, a nun passes over the bridge only to vanish shortly after reaching the other side.


 
 


Screaming

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Well Street - St Mary's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bridge was once used to display the bodies and limbs of executed criminals and priests - their cries are a reminder of the method of their deaths.


 
 


Cheated Devil

Location: Devil's Bridge (Dyfed) - Lowest of the three bridges
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge was built by Old Nick by the request of an old woman who needed to cross the water to reach her livestock. In return for his work, the Devil demanded the soul of the first living creature to walk over it. The old woman was not prepared to lose her own soul, and sent her dog over the bridge first; the Devil left angry and empty handed.


 
 


Screams of the Drowning

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Deey Bridge and canal lock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A passenger boat sunk here in the eighteenth century; many of the occupants drowned, and their psychic screams continue to this day.


 
 


Lock Keeper

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Rathmines Bridge, Portobello Harbour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1861
Further Comments: The hostile phantom of a former lock keeper has been blamed for the deaths of seven people over the years - it takes the form of a blinding light which causes disorientation in witnesses, resulting in them falling into the waters below and drowning.


 
 


The Cries of Jews

Location: EC3 (Greater London) - Old London Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area of the river under the bridge is thought to be the location where dozens of Jews drowned in 1210, when a ship removing them from the country sank. Their screams and cries have been reported in the area.


 
 


Searching Monk

Location: Egglestone (Durham) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1928
Further Comments: This figure, dressed in brown habit, has his head down as he scours the bank for a lost item.


 
 


Steam Locomotive

Location: Elsham (Lincolnshire) - Ancholme Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy weather
Further Comments: Said to reappear in the same spot since an accident in the 1920s which killed four people, this large steam locomotive gently glows in its foggy environment.


 
 


Northumbrian Pipes

Location: Elvet (Durham) - Elvet Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The horse rustler Jimmy Allen died in this former cell days before his pardon arrived - he can still be heard playing on his pipes from beneath the bridge.


 
 


Lady Charlotte Watson-Taylor

Location: Erlestoke (Wiltshire) - Erlestoke Prison and village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Both prison workers and villagers have reported seeing this phantom lady inspecting the prison grounds, and even driving her horse and carriage over a road close by where a bridge once stood.


 
 


Built by the Devil

Location: Exmoor (Devon) - Tarr Bridge (also known as Tarr Steps)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Dating back thousands of years, it is said that a local giant made a wager with Old Nick that he couldn't build the bridge overnight. Old Nick promptly proved him wrong. The Devil then took ownership of the bridge, refusing to let anyone cross safely until a priest drove him away.


 
 


Bottled Spirit

Location: Finnis (County Down) - Dead sycamore tree in the village, near the Dree Hill Road bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century (though tree still stands)
Further Comments: The bridge was once home to a malevolent spirit, until a brave village priest exorcised the ghost, trapping it in a bottle which was placed in the sycamore tree. It is said that no villager will touch the tree, and will prevent others from doing so.


 
 


Skeletal Woman

Location: Garstang (Lancashire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered on the bridge, this ghoul now extracts revenge by standing by the roadside with a hood covering her face - when approached, she reveals the white skull that is now her face.


 
 


Susan and Grumpy

Location: Geldeston (Norfolk) - Lock bridge and the old Lock House (now an inn), next to the river Waveney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989, Summer, 02:30h
Further Comments: Camping outside the pub, the witness awoke to visit the bathroom. While looking for a suitable location, he watched an old lady appear on the lock footbridge, holding a candle in a jam jar, closely followed by a large goose. The duo disappeared next to the closed doors of the inn. Asking the landlord the following morning, the young man was told that the old woman he had described was Susan, who had died a few years previous, and the goose her pet named 'Grumpy'.


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