The following article by Matthew Lodge entitled ‘The ‘haunted’ stretch of Lincolnshire road which has left drivers quaking’ appeared in Lincolnshire Live on 22 October 2019. ‘From footsteps heard in the middle of the...
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
Apparently there have been reports of a black dog that has been seen seen on the road between Spinkhill and Killamarsh. It is thought to appears to lone drivers.
The ruins of Grace Dieu Priory have a reputation of being haunted. The Priory was founded between 1235 and 1241 for Augustinian nuns by Rose de Verdon and was closed during the Dissolution in October 1538.
I’ve known Mel for over 20 years, meeting though ASSAP while investigating paranormal cases in the North of England. We share a passion for collecting stories and coming from Lancashire myself I have been looking forward to reading Mel’s new book and revisiting some of the old stories, coming across some new ones..and of course, I can now add the book to my collection!
The following extract is taken from ‘Notes on the Folk-lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders by William Henderson’ (1879). ‘The Headless Coach, or more correctly coach with headless coachman, appears again in Norfolk. Mr.