|Stocksbridge Bypass - Haunted?|
The below news article reminded me of the report of the Stocksbridge bypass ghosts on the excellent and now sadly missed, `Strange But True` TV series.
The video from this show is shared courtesy of `GhostWatching` on Youtube.
There have certainly been a number of reports of fatal accidents and ghostly sightings on this road, and the `ghostly` not being in the response from South Yorkshire Police who claim statistically that the road has no higher or lower death rates than any other road.
I`ve carried out some research on sightings in this location and here is a piece written by someone who claims this personal experience.
"I was riding my motorcycle just out side of Stocksbridge some years ago.
It was about 3am and very cold,as I rode along the road,I saw what looked like a women walking in the verge coming towards me.
When she got close I slowed down,she seemed to be wearing a long white gown,and she was looking at the floor as she walked.
Her hair looked long and white but I couldn't see any facial features, I rode past her and looked back over my shoulder,there wasn't anyone there when I looked back".
And here is an update on the two security guards subject of the film report on the TV program.
This makes interesting reading with regard to one who found religion afterwards ..
"This is the definitive story of the security guards and the ghost. Two security guards employed by Constant security of Mexborough were working patrolling the road which was still being constructed. About a mile on the Tankersley side of Peayroyd Lane bridge they saw a group of children in medieval costume dancing round a bush.
Shocked they carried on in silence for some distance finally stopping near to Pearoyd Bridge.
When they attempted to leave the vehicle a large inhuman presence held the driver and then the passenger side door closed. The presence behaved in a threatening way then vanished.
Both men panicked and went to the local vicarage in a state of terror, they were then sent to the Police station eventually returning to their office in Mexborough where they were sent home.12 hours later they were interviewed by their employer who stated that in his opinion they were "traumatized".
Neither man has worked again, one lives in Barnsley with his family and is under constant medical supervision. the other, affected even more badly lives in a Roman Catholic seminary in Montreal (Canada) where, within the last few years he has received visits from clergymen of the Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish religions and where in 1994 he was visited by the Muslim grand mufti of Jerusalem.
I worked with these men and new them well, I have never seen a ghost nor do I particularly believe in them, however what happened was far from funny and has ruined the lives of to decent ordinary working men".
However, I digress. Hope you enjoy the news report and of course, the clips from `Strange But True`.
`THE background: It had long been known as the Haunted Road before TV ghost expert Richard Jones investigated.
But what the Most Haunted Live presenter found terrified him so much he labelled the Stocksbridge Bypass one of the scariest places in the UK.
During his investigations of the A616 thoroughfare last year, he said it’s history was so ghastly it could only be the work of the paranormal.
But - wait, before you dismiss him as a self-serving charlatan - there might be something in what he says.
Back in 1987, after all, this very newspaper reported how, before the road opened, two Ecclesfield police officers Dick Ellis and John Beet spied a robed torso near to Pearoyd Bridge.
“I got a brief sighting of it next to the car and then something banged on the vehicle,” PC Ellis told our man. “It was unnerving. There was definitely something supernatural.”
Since then several accidents have been blamed on apparitions - by ghost writers, if not necessarily by police. One explanation for the so-called haunting is that a mediaeval monk haunts the area.
The rationale: South Yorkshire Police say the number of deaths and accidents on the bypass makes it no more dangerous than any other road in the area`.
Source: The Star