The George Nelson Roadside Memorial Stone
And the subsequent tales of a ghostly 1800s horse and rider that haunts the Barton Street in Lincolnshire !
George Nelson was tragically only 18 years of age when he died, he lived at Cadedby Hall in Lincolnshire and there’s a roadside monument on the A18 (near the Cadeby ‘bends’ on the left as you’re heading to Louth)
This story has come up on the site before but deserves proper coverage here. My father reminded me of the ‘gravestone’ marker by the side of the road and as I was on it yesterday with cameras in tow I stopped to record it properly.
I’ve read that the stone marks the spot that the body was found though I believe this to be erroneous, as I’ve heard it told the stone was originally in the field and subsequently moved 40 or 50 years ago by the farmer.
I’d like to get some real specifics together on this one if we can but for now here’s what I know by ‘word of mouth’
George Nelson lost his life January 16th 1885 in a horse riding accident.
Subsequently, there are tales of roadside haunting in the area causing car accidents and the like.
It is said that that people have seen the horse and rider and that the horse then appears to throw the rider but when motorists stop there’s nobody there.
There are also myths and legends suggesting car drivers have swerved to avoid mysterious a horse and rider and subsequently had an accident !
It’s worth noting that the stone is placed on a particularly tricky part of the road and a notorious accident black spot - ghostly apparitions notwithstanding !
I’d like to collate as many derivations of the tale as possible but also find out as much as possible about George himself - as always if you can help then please do leave a comment.