Location: Stockbridge Bypass
On Saturday Night we went to Stockbridge Bypass - Deemed one of Britain's Most Haunted Roads.
The Stocksbridge Bypass is a part of the A616 that links Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire with the M1 motorway at Junction 30 then again from Junction 35A through to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. The section known as the Stocksbridge Bypass is where the road crosses the B6088 before reaching Barnsley and is within the Sheffield area. The bypass was opened in May 1988 to connect the M1 with the Woodhead Pass and the A616. The bridge around which many of the stories are based is called the Pea Royd Bridge but is known locally as Ghost Bridge and resides near to the Fox Valley Shopping Park.
I can remember many many years ago, probably on the BBC the hauntings of this bypass on one of its series of ghost stories.
In 1987 two security guards were employed during the building of the bypass and on the night of the 8th, their supervisor received a frantic call from them. Peter Owens arrived at the site to find two big, tough guys in a state of hysteria.
The men told a story that started the night before, around 12:30 am when they had been driving along Pearoyd Lane close to the steelworks at Stocksbridge. They were shocked to see children playing on the construction site that they were monitoring, close to the electricity pylon (pictured in the album). They decided to investigate and parked the car, watching the kids skipping and playing. They did notice that the children were wearing clothing, not of the current era.
As they approached the children, suddenly they were nowhere to be seen. They reached the spot where they had been playing and were further shocked to see no footprints in the muddy ground on the spot.
The following morning, they talked to other workers on the site and were told that others had heard children’s voices during the night while they were resting in the caravans provided for them.
The following night, the 8th, the two men were once again on patrol when this time they encountered something far darker. As they were approaching the Pearoyd Lane site, they saw a tall, dark figure that they described as a ‘monk’ who then promptly vanished when the headlights reached him.
It was this that caused them again to ring their supervisor and he was so concerned about their state and their story that he called the local police station, Deepcar. The officer on duty, PC Ellis.
Two officers, PC Ellis, and Special Constable John Beet were sent to the site and visited it on the 11th of September. They parked the car and waited, expecting nothing would happen. However, a short time later, movement caught their eye on the bridge. Ellis got out of the car and ran towards the bridge only to find a piece of tarpaulin flapping in the wind.
Returning to the car, Ellis expressed a strange sensation like ‘someone walking over his grave’. He glanced to the side of the vehicle only to see a dark, clothed torso pressed against the door with a white V-shaped piece of material running down its chest. No sooner had Ellis seen it than the apparition vanished, only to appear at Beet’s side of the car. Ellis jumped out of the car and investigated, to find nothing so got back in the car and started the engine – but the car wouldn’t start.
On the third attempt, the car started and the pair drove to the construction area, radioing in their location. There was then a loud bang on the car as if it had been hit by a blunt object but there was no cause in sight. Ellis climbed out again and there was another bang so he returned to the car and the pair hurriedly left the site.
Both men reported what they had encountered and said that they had never experienced fear as intense as during the encounter with the entity.
In 1997, a couple made a report that they were driving along the road on New Year’s Eve and had to swerve to avoid a figure that appeared in the middle of the road in front of them. Statistics show that the road does have a higher than an average number of accidents on it and there are a few accounts of a figure on the road or children appearing. Within 10 years of the bypass opening, 14 people had died in accidents and hundreds more injured, with a local MP labeling it a ‘accident blackspot’.
Nor are children and the monk the only ones to haunt the area. A black dog has been reported to run onto the road from surrounding fields while a woman in white has been seen along with one of the weirdest of sightings – fairies dancing around in the moonlight. Some believe that the road may have crossed one of their ‘fairy hills’ and this is the reason for the accidents.
The images are again taken in much lower light then what they perceive here due to the H20+ sorting that out itself. Obviously, it was so misty on the night the images have a huge amount of mist, breath and other naturally occurring elements in them; I will state there is nothing paranormal about them.
I didn't personally experience anything I would deem as paranormal; however, when we were walking back from out the woods at the side of the bypass we came across a vehicle and its occupants had claimed to have caught something on the bridge. As far as am aware they didn't show us any of that footage even though I believe we asked - So you can make your own mind up about that.
The light pollution which can be seen on the images from the Fox Valley Shopping park causes it to be lighter then I imaged up on top of the bypass. Stockbridge Bypass needs another couple of investigations on this fascinating area.