Stockbridge Bypass. Sheffield

The bypass near Stockbridge is haunted by a ghost that jumps into cars.

The bypass near Stockbridge is haunted by a ghost that jumps into cars. He has caused a number of accidents and crashes on this stretch of road resulting in at least eight deaths and eighteen seriously hurt.

Its been described as the Killer Road in recent years. Originally part of the aborted M67 Trans Pennine Motorway, it was downgraded to a dual carriageway and then to its present format of a single carriageway with crawler lanes.

Completed in 1989 it lies on the North side of the valley. Bad driving and speeding caused many deaths until a slight redesign with better signage coupled with specs cameras (these measure your average speed over a set distance – no point braking just for them!) stopped the fatalities.

Whilst still not perfect its a vast improvement on the old A616 which went through the centre of Stocksbridge, Deepcar and continued down through Wharncliffe Side and Oughtibridge. At least now the town doesn’t suffer so much from heavy goods vehicles.

It also gained notoriety in its early days with a Michael Aspel special (followed by others on various satellite channels) on its alleged haunting’s. In fact the story started during the building of the road.

A group of security guards saw a group of children late one night playing just below Pearoyd Bridge. They were curious as the children appeared to be wearing antiquated clothing. When they reached the spot where they had spotted the children they found nothing. The mud on the ground bore no footmarks. The following morning they found that workmen staying in caravans often heard children singing during the night.

The following night they observed a figure on the bridge that looked like a monk. When they drove towards him he vanished. This totally spooked the two blokes who contacted Deepcar Police station. The Police (as might be expected) didn’t believe them and joked that they needed a priest rather than a copper. They took him at his word and contacted the local vicar, who himself contacted the Police!

Later two policemen went to investigate. They parked their car so they could see the bridge. They thought they saw something move but on investigating found a tarpaulin blowing. Suddenly it appeared to go cold. Looking round they both saw a body – torso only in the window. Then it vanished. They tried to start the car but at first it didn’t start. They drove over towards the construcution area and parked up and informed the nick of their position. At this point a loud crash was felt in the car. No-one was around. As you may guess the two bobbies high tailed it back to Deepcar as fast as possible.

Legend has it that it is the ghost of a disillusioned monk that left Hunshelf Priory and went to work at Underbank Hall. Children are said to have fallen down the numerous pit shafts that litter the North side of the valley.

There have been numerous sightings of children since and the monk even appears inside the cars of people to this day. Whether its true, you can make up your own mind but if you drive late at night on the bypass on your own take care. Its a spooky place!

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

4 Comments on "Stockbridge Bypass. Sheffield"

  1. I have heard story about monks&children being seen!If you have encountered a ghost/s please email me with your stories love too hear them especially stories to do with Sheffield because that is where i live

  2. Thinlizzyfan says:

    Me, my dad and brother where driving back from a holiday in filet down the M62 towards Chesterfield approximately at five past ten at night. We where in the middle of nowhere driving down the hard shoulder. Then a figure caught the head lights at the side of the car by the passanger window sticking its arm out, my dad swerved to move out the way, he looked through the mirror and there was nobody there because another car was coming where we saw the figure and the car behinds headlights shown no figure in sight and they didn’t swerve. It was weird because it was a clear night and we would if seen a person yard in front but it just appeared next to the car, but we could see no face just a body with its arm sticking like It wanted a ride.

  3. Jenna&John says:

    On Saturday 21st September we went to the Stockbridge bypass, Pearoyd bridge and underban. During our investigation we had many weird feelings and captured what appeared to be the monk in a still picture that I had taken on my phone. This picture was very cloudy and foggy and other still pictures where crystal clear, very strange, also when driving down the bypass John felt very strange just a second after I said my phone wont let me carry on videoing and it wasn’t because of my phone because it is brand new it was almost like something was stopping me from filming in a particular area we where driving around, because the next minute it worked again. John felt very ice cold and had goosebumps all through his body his arms and his legs the type of energy felt in the body when a spirit is present, my phone however was not working as it usually does it was playing up the whole time we were investigating. The picture we took, we thoroughly studied this when we got home and you can see the monks body and head and the shape of the monk.

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