In our final post of the series we are presenting 5 Top British Pubs famous for their ghost appearance. Each of the places presented below has got its own thrilling story.
Just beware…this is not for faint-hearted!
1. Bucket of Blood – Hayle
According to the legend, Bucket of Blood got its gruesome name when a former landlord pulled a bucket from a well, only to find it filled with bloody water. An investigation soon followed and a body was found at the bottom of the well, rumoured to be that of the local taxman. Since then, there have been various sightings of ghostly figures hanging around the venue and making strange noises.
2. The Red Lion – Avebury
This pub is often quoted as one of the most haunted pubs in Britain. Its main ghost goes by the name of Florie. Dating back to the English Civil War she was thrown down a well by her soldier husband who caught her in bed with another man. Several reports have been received of Florie being dressed in black, walking around the pub, looking for a man with a beard. One report was that of a bearded man sitting under a spinning chandelier. Customers have also seen Florie in the ladies toilets and one of the past landladies reported seeing Florie throw salt and pepper across the tables and chairs in the restaurant area.
3. Ostrich Inn – Buckinghamshire
The Ostrich Inn, which is the third oldest pub in the UK has got a very gruesome history. Standing on the site of an earlier inn, a landlord and his wife murdered up to 60 rich guests. While the guests were sleeping, the murderous couple would pull a lever, which slanted the bed and sent the occupier straight into a container of boiling hot liquid. Since then, there have been sightings of female ghosts, electrical equipment switching itself on and unexplained noises.
4. Jamaica Inn – Cornwall
The 400-year-old Jamaica Inn, sitting high on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, inspired Daphne du Maurier’s murderous novel of the same name and is known as Cornwall’s most famous smuggling inn.
The Inn is said to be haunted and it even has got its own Ghost Visitors’ Book to highlight the paranormal activity guests claim to have experienced. Poltergeist activity appears to be common, along with the unaccountable sound of horses’ hooves on stone cobbles in the dead of night.
Many years ago a stranger standing by the bar and enjoying a pint of ale, was called outside and left it half finished. That was the last time he was seen alive, as his body was found the next morning on the bleak moor.
Landlords of Jamaica Inn believe that the footsteps tramping along the passage to the bar, which they regularly hear are those of the dead man’s spirit returning to finish his drink.
5. Coylet Inn – Argyll
Opened in 1650, The Coylet Inn is beautifully situated on the banks of picturesque Loch Eck, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. The legend says that the place is haunted by a ghost of “blue boy”, who is said to have drowned in the loch while staying in the inn (possibly sleepwalking). Sometimes people see the boy, but sometimes his presence occurs with the ghostly wet footprints left on the floor.