Highwayman Ghosts

February 1, 2010 by  
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One common belief about ghosts relates to the manner of their deaths. it is said that people who die suddenly, tragically or violently, often become ghosts. Perhaps because they do not realize they are dead or maybe it’s that they have vowed revenge or perhaps they are trying to atone for something that they have done during their life. Criminals seem to fit this profile very well, and that may be why so many convicts have been seen as ghosts. It also would account for the fact that prisons are a real hot spots for ghost hunters.

Throughout history especially in Europe you can find accounts of highwaymen hauntings. They have been known to haunt, their places of execution, their hideouts and their favorite spots to rob people.

One of the most famous highwaymen was the rogue Dick Turpin. Dick was born in 1705 in Essex, England. As a young man he joined the infamous band of robbers the Gregory Gang. His life of crime included, cattle theft, smuggling, highway robbery and murder. He was caught and executed in 1739.

If you want to see Dick Turpin it is said that his ghost now haunts an Inn in Kent. He has been sighted by a number of patrons quietly seated at a table writing with a quill pen. He is said to be sporting a plumed hat and wearing a green velvet jacket.

Another famous highwayman turned ghost is that of Tom Black. The man was called nicknamed Tom Black because of his jet black hair and dark complexion. Tom was eventually caught and hung at the junction of Union St and Tavistock in Bedford. The story claims that the locals were so afraid of Tom Black that when they buried him at the crossroads they put a steak through his heart to keep him from rising from the grave. Sadly according to locals this was not effective.

Many people have claimed to have seen the Ghost of Tom. And he has not been sighted alone. He is rumored to have found a ghostly friend. The second ghost has not been identified but people in years past have been so terrorized that they would not go out in the dark for fear of encountering Tom and his pal.

Lychpole Manor is another place that claims to have a resident highwayman ghost. It is said that at the turn of the 19th century travelers were set upon by a highwayman on the stretch of tracks between the village of Landing and Steying. The un-named highwayman was eventually caught and convicted.

In the tradition of the times the guilty man was hung by the crossroads. Before his execution he swore revenge on the town. He claimed that no-one would pass over his body easily, they would feel the bump and jolt of his remains forever. Strangely it is said that they actually placed his grave right across the road. The following day the towns people were shocked to discover that the head of the highway man had become unburied. This was an event that was to happen many times in the future. And people who travelled the road at night claimed that as they passed that spot they hit a rock or big bump. But when they examined the area closer there was nothing there.

For whatever reason the ghost stories surrounding highwayman are numerous and varied. These spooky, strange tales come from all over the world. Maybe it is because so many of them died in such violent ways.

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  1. Patrick Quinn on October 1st, 2010 9:49 pm

    I REMEMBER INVESTIGATEING A SIMILAR OCCURANCE IN THE AREA I LIVE. THER IS A PLACE THE CONFEDERATE ARMY CROSSED WITH WAGONS AND HORSES. THERE TO WAS INFENTRY. THE AREA IS KNOWN AS HIGH SHOALS. IF PER SAY YOU EITHER STAND ON THE BRIDGE OR UNDER IT WHERE THE TROOPS CROSSED, AT CERTIAN TIMES YOU SEE LANTERNS CROSSING ON THEIR OWN AND THE SOUNDS OF WAGONS, HORSES AND MEN CROSSING . BUT THERE IS NO VISIBLE EVEDENCE OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY EXCEPT THE LANTERS. EVP IS OFF THE CHART. BUT GETTING DOWN TO IT, THERE IS LOTS OF GRANIT AND MINERALS THERE. IT IS SAID THAT DUE TO ELECTROMATNETIC INPULSE YOUR BODY CREATES STATIC ELECTRISITY. THERE FOR IF A CERTIAN ACTIVITY WAS DONE OVER AND OVER IT MUST HAVE BEEN CAPUTRED LIKE A PHOTO, OR A VOICE RECORDER. IN TRAMATIC INCIDENTS THE LAST THING CAPTURED IS REPLAIED AS WELL . THIS COULD HELP IN PIN POINTING THE RE OCCURANCE OF THE SIGHTINGS AND EVP IN THIS ARTICLE

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  2. Ashley Martin (i Am Male) on March 15th, 2012 3:13 pm

    I sometimes visit an area of woodland on the beautiful longwood estate which runs around Cheeseford head close to Winchester,Hampshire this estate(Which has many,many bridle-ways)luckily for me as my father was/is a sheep farmer we many years ago in the early 1990’s had sheep on the estate and heard from a close source that one of the bridleways(I did’nt know which one)had a BIG REPUTATION(by workers and others on the estate)for being haunted(by whom I did not know) but assumed that it was by American soliders who had encampments here in world war 2 from A young age I have had a huge interest/fascination with the legendary and most well known and world Famous highwayman and rogue of All DICK TURPIN(who was England’s most wanted individual)and as you guessed it is he who turned out to be the very person who used this bridleway(which used to be a main coaching road in the 17th century)from here to cheeseford head and onto wincheser and he would hi-jack coaches at this location and YES now is known to be haunted by none other than HIMSELF I have walked down this bridle-way which cuts through an Extensive wooded area on numerous occasions and regardless of weather it is day or night have never felt comfortable it is alway’s ICEY CHILLY(Even ON Warm sunny days)a clear sign that it is Haunted,indeed I was told by a close source that this area is known to be very spooky and un-nerving despite no sightings of yet of the LEGENDARY ROGUE AND LEGENDARY HIGHWAYMAN I am convinced that this particular bridle-way is haunted and challenge any-one to say otherwise(DICK TURPIN LIVES ON FOREVER!!!!!!)

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