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It was originally part of the M67 Penine Motorway, but was aborted and the road was downgraded to a dual carriageway until its present day state as a single carriageway with crawler lanes. It’s located in Stocksbridge near Sheffield.

The road gained notoriety due to a series of deaths either from poor driving, speeding or the prior design of the road. It was investigated by some TV personalities including Michael Aspel, due to a variety of reports about the hauntings down the roads.

One of the stories about the area involves a group of security guards who saw children playing near Pearoyd Bridge. They were curious because the clothes they were wearing seemed outdated, when they went over to take a look they did not find any footsteps or in the mud or signs of where they had been playing. The next day they found out from workmen in the local caravans they had heard them at night too.

Another night two drivers observed a figure on the bridge who looked a monk. They drove towards the monk who vanished, the two men there contacted the local police who didn’t really believe the story, they in turn went to the local vicar who confirmed the story with the police too.

Because of this they dispatched a couple of officers to look around, having found something around there which was blowing in the wind (they found it to be tarpaulin) and turned to go back to the car. They saw a torso in the window that vanished, then couldn’t get the car to start at the beginning but when they eventually did they pulled over to check in a little further up the road. Having pulled over they heard a crash and felt it in the car, there was no one around so they in turn high-tailed it back.

So any reality behind it? Who knows but legend has it that a disillusioned monk left Hunshelf Priory and went to work at Underbank Hall. I am not sure how this translates into a haunting as there is no mention of a violent death or some such other trouble that might lead to the monk haunting the area. Let me know…

Another article I found about it 

Eccles has the remains of a village, it was claimed by the sea in the 17th Century. The storm that night also took over seventy houses and 300 hundred lives, no doubt then that the area has a story or two to tell, and that it is said on the low tides there are places to see parts of the village under the water.  It stuck in my mind as a child when my uncle told me that people had claimed to hear the bells on the low tide but hearing them portents death and storms.

A search about this area says that skeletons from the Churchyard still wash up ashore on occasion. The tower of the church was visible in 1986 when there was a fall in the sea level low enough to expose some of the Eccles area and Happisburg looks like it might follow the same fate. A shame too as it has rather interesting little stories that might not get a chance to be visited if this does happen, Coastal erosion seems to be threatening the area but it seems that the defences are not being bolstered at this point.

And now on to  the ghost! The spectre was first reported 1765 with two farmers making their way home, they were frightened by a hump-backed shape in the moonlight and as their eyes adjusted they realised the human (?) had neither legs nor a head. However as it came near them they saw it did indeed possess a head but the strange hump was the nearly severed one that rested on its back attached to the neck by a thin strip of flesh.

The spectre/shade they reported had apparently got on sailor’s attire, and against its chest clasped a rough brown sack. It was followed by the two scared but curious men, who watched it disappear into a wall, before they left to inform the village council. It was decided they would put the story to the test and investigated the well it had disappeared into.  A man was lowered down and he found a sack which was apparently the one that matched the description of their ghost, inside they found a pair of boots in it but more disturbingly they found the man’s legs still inside them.

The well was then drained, they found another sack with a torso in sailors clothing and then attached to it by a narrow ribbon of rotted skin was the head. Around the body’s waist they found a belt with a pistol tucked into it, the villagers then traced the tracks back and found signs of a fight, it was felt that smugglers had begun a fight over their spoils and the other had been shot and hacked up before being deposited down the well.

The ghost appeared regularly on moonlit nights and was heard moaning at the bottom of the well, that is until it was closed over by a pump, all seemed well until the pump was removed and the horrid groans were heard once more. They decided to recap the well with the pump and it went quiet once more but then again when it went quiet they removed it and sure enough the ghostly figure began to float around once more.