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Bridge Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Caped Figure

Location: Aberbeeg (Gwent) - Bridge by the side of the river
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman walking along the river to her place of work passed by a man wearing a cape and tall hat. She did not pay much attention, but as she walked by, she suddenly felt cold and the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. She turned to face the man, but he had vanished. A few weeks later a close friend drowned at the exact spot of her encounter.

Radiant Maiden

Location: Abertridwr (Gwent) - Area around the Old Mill footbridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: At least one witness watched this glowing figure cross the bridge late one dark night. She has also been seen on the nearby football field, gliding towards the footbridge.

Cheated Devil

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is said to have built the bridge for an old lady - he expected her soul as a reward but ended up with that of a dog instead. Crossing the bridge at night is said to risk the Devil pushing you off as revenge for the old woman's treachery. Another legend says that a ghost that haunted a nearby house was banished to a cavern under the bridge where it now works.

Burge's Pooling Blood

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 April (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Josiah Burge was murdered by a man seeking revenge for the death of his sister. Josiah's blood is now reported to pool at the location on the day of the fatal attack. The stories state that Burge's ghost appeared only once - returning to kill his murderer.

Weaver

Location: Annagh (County Cork) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Laden with thread, this phantom was believed to be a tailor who had immorally acquired the thin yarn during his lifetime and was repenting his sins by carrying it upon his back (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').

Headless Man

Location: Ashbourne (Derbyshire) - Hanging bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that the bridge is said to be haunted by two ghosts. A headless figure is sometimes seen standing on the bridge, while another ghost is seen leaping off the edge into the River Henmore.

Haunted No More

Location: Auchencheyne, Thornhill (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nothing is known about the ghost which haunted this bridge, other than it no longer does so.

Vanished

Location: Auchentrown (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nothing is known about the ghost which haunted this bridge, other than it no longer does so.

Phantom Coach

Location: Aylsham (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (Reoccurring)
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.

Old Soldiers

Location: Balcombe (Sussex) - Railway tunnel, line to Three Bridges
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen mid 1990?
Further Comments: Killed by a train whilst sheltering from a storm, these three (or four, depending on the source) First World War soldiers have made several appearances; they always slowly fade away when approached.

Sprites & Pixies

Location: Ballona (Isle of Man) - Ballona Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On this day, the fairy population comes out in force. If they are not acknowledged by anyone crossing the bridge, the fairy folk have no hesitation in making their presence felt.

White Woman

Location: Ballygarvan (County Cork) - Small bridge over a stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small bridge over a stream near Ballygarvan was home to a white woman. After appearing to one man who fell critically ill the following day, a priest went to the site and banished her.

Farmer

Location: Bamford (Derbyshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom farmer holding a lantern is said to haunt this bridge, though he has not been seen for around one hundred years. Another witness encountered a ghostly animal, 'neither dog or ram', which blocked his path.

Shuck Haunt

Location: Barnby (Suffolk) - Bridge over Hundred Stream
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend states the stream to be the haunt of a Shuck, though no further information could be found.

Fighting Fairies

Location: Battlebridge (County Roscommon) - Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer from Sheemore (Co Leitrim) who once helped the fairies had his cattle taken by bailiffs. The bailiffs drove the cattle for a few miles before being intercepted by the fairies at a bridge, where the bailiffs were beaten by invisible foes and scared away. Legend says this is how Battlebridge received its name.

Grey Lady

Location: Beamish (Durham) - Beamish Hall, and Starling Bridge crossing Beamish Burn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: This woman suffocated after hiding in a trunk to avoid a prearranged marriage. Her mournful shade has been seen in both the aforementioned places, most recently by a vet who spent a night in the haunted house to raise money for charity.

Hooded Figure

Location: Beeston (Cheshire) - Wharton Lock Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 11 August 2008 21:30h
Further Comments: A hooded figure crossing the bridge was spotted by a witness as she closed the lock gate. The woman's husband was travelling under the bridge at the time, and although did not see anything, felt immense sadness and experienced a tingling on his face.

Phantom Coach

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
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.

Headless Monk

Location: Bentley (Suffolk) - Bridge on road linking Brantham and Bentley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once based at Dodnash Priory that once stood nearby, this monk now haunts the road between two villages. A single stone remains at the site of the priory, and it is said treasure is concealed underneath.

Coach and Horse

Location: Betws y Coed (Clwyd) - Waterloo Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge and the surrounding area are said to be frequented by a phantom horse and coach.

Alexander Cruwys

Location: Bickleigh (Devon) - Bridge over the River Exe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This shade returns once a year to the place where he murdered a man, throwing the body over the bridge into the waters below.

Pact

Location: Bideford (Devon) - Road behind the churchyard
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch once claimed (likely under duress) that she met the Devil in human form along this road, where she made a deal with him. As a side note, the Devil is thought to have tried to hamper the construction of the bridge here.

Haunted No More

Location: Blackstone (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nothing is really known about the ghost which haunted this listed bridge, other than it no longer does so.

Suicides

Location: Blandford Forum (Dorset) - Bridge over the River Stour, close to The Crown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small cross on the bridge is said to be the marker where a person committed suicide. A few people have been named as the suicide (including a nun and a nanny), though there is little evidence indicating exactly who the ghost seen here is. A phantom hound it also said to haunt the area, though it is unclear whether is it a shuck.

Woman

Location: Blyth (Nottinghamshire) - Bridge along A634
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 1970
Further Comments: A ghostly woman is said to haunt this bridge, her death involving a local gamekeeper, and was last encountered by a motorist who sensed her presence in his car.

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