In a Get Surrey article entitled ‘Ghosts of girls, donkey and bus – paranormal sightings in Surrey’ (31 October 2014), Natasha Solomon mentions the following encounter from the 1960s on the Hog’s Back stretch...
Category: Road Ghosts
Champion jockey Fred Archer grew up at The Kings Arms as his father was the landlord there between 1861 and 1873. Prior to this his mother’s father was the landlord. Archer is associated with haunting Newmarket Racecourse and possibly around The Kings Arms which is now a carvery.
‘There is the popular legend of the ‘Radiant Boy’ — a strange boy with a shining face, who has been seen in certain Lincolnshire houses and elsewhere. This ghost was described to Mr. Baring-Gould by a Yorkshire farmer, who, as he was riding one night to Thirsk, suddenly saw pass by him a ‘radiant boy’ on a white horse.
There is a story associated with the road between Beck Row and Holywell Row. One version suggests a large figure appeared before a group of people near to Aspal Hall saying either "Don’t fear me – fear my follower!" (or ‘Don’t fear me, fear what follows me’). As he vanished there was a huge gust of wind.
‘In the little village of Acton, Suffolk, a legend was current not many years ago, that on certain occasions, which, by the way, were never accurately defined, the park gates were wont to fly open at midnight “withouten hands," and a carriage drawn by four spectral horses, and accompanied by headless grooms and outriders, proceeded with great rapidity from the park to a spot called