Haunted Hotels

 
Chamber Maid

Location: Pathhead (Lothian) - Stair Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location has the reputation of being haunted by a chamber maid.


 
Sighing

Location: Peebles (Borders) - Castle Venlaw Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The sounds of sighing have been reported from one bedroom here - it is thought to be the sound of a guest who leapt from the window in a suicide bid.


 
Marion Ritchie

Location: Peebles (Borders) - Cross Keys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This ghost could be mistaken for a typical public house poltergeist, though she also likes to talk to guests at the establishment. Room 5 is said to be particularly active.


 
Lavender

Location: Pembroke (Dyfed) - Port Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1940s
Further Comments: A former serving woman haunts the building, her presence being marked by the odour of lavender.


 
Jangling

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - The Bull Hotel, Westgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Footfalls and the sound of keys have been heard here, but the source never seen. A ghostly dog is also said to haunt the building.


 
Pale Lady

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - Orton Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Staff and visitors have reported seeing a phantom white lady around this building.


 
Old Lady Sitting

Location: Petworth (Sussex) - The Angel Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sad old lady watched her closest friend slip and die on the stairs. The shock of this terrible accident so badly affected the witness, she herself died a few days later; her spirit now continues to return to the place she watched her friend pass away.


 
Man in Gaiters

Location: Piercebridge (Durham) - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly gentleman wearing gaiters has been reported standing by an old clock in the hotel. The sound of two people in disagreement has been heard coming from the empty bar.


 
Walker

Location: Pluckley (Kent) - Elvey Farm Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Blamed for poltergeist activity, a phantom walker is said to frequent the farm house. There is also reports of a haunting smell, that of burning yarn or wool.


 
Screaming Children

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Crown Hotel, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Piano in 1989, other sightings unknown
Further Comments: Two children were once locked up in this building by a parent who was too embarrassed to let them run around and play in front of other people. They now let their protests be heard in the form of crying and yelling. The tinkling of a piano has also been heard in the hotel, as has the sound of a body being dragged around in the upper part of the structure.


 
Whisky Lover

Location: Port Ellen (Argyll and Bute) - Hotel (name not known)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hotel was once a distillery; a burglar fell to his death from a second floor window after drinking too much during his raid. This drunken crook still lurks the corridors looking for more liquor to consume.


 
Lady in Brown

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Portland Hotel, Portland Square (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980
Further Comments: Six sailors stayed at this hotel after their ship was unable to leave the docks due to bad weather. After spending time in the bar, the sailors headed to their rooms. Two of the men spotted a woman wearing a long brown Victorian style dress with a white bonnet and shawl on her shoulders standing outside of a room. The figure disappeared before being seen by the other four men.


 
Buster Crabb

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Keppels Head hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of two hotels claiming Crabb spending his final night here, the Navy frogman is said to haunt the building. Crabb vanished while attempting to spy on a Soviet warship which docked at Portsmouth during the Cold War.


 
Buster Crabb

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Sally Port hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of two hotels laying claim to Crabb spending his final night here, the Navy frogman is said to haunt the building. Crabb vanished while attempting to spy on a Soviet warship which docked at Portsmouth during the Cold War.


 
Drunken Dog

Location: Postbridge (Devon) - Area outside the East Dart Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After drinking left over beer left outside the pub, the dog swaggered up the nearby hill and howled at the moon - the creature enjoyed the sensation so much, it has yet to quit its actions.


 
Trotting

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - Prestbury House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom hooves are said to been heard moving around this area, while legend states a ghostly young girl moves around the garden. In June 2012, owners Linda Gardner and David Miller said that the site was not haunted, and that a former owner had invented the stories to increase trade.


 
Robert Clay

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One landlord was driven out of the building because he could not tolerate the mysterious presence of Mr Clay. The entity would manifest in the form of a tall bearded man with a deep voice, dressed in clothing which dated back two hundred years. Robert Clay is thought to have killed two young children on the site, burying the bodies in the cellar.


 
The Lady Vanishes

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - Charnock Hotel, St Annes Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: Owner Mandy Russell reported that items would be moved around the bar at night and beer pumps turned off by unseen hands. One man watched a woman enter the toilets - after several minutes passed and his concern grew, he entered the area only to find it empty.


 
Crying Girl

Location: Quothquan (Lanarkshire) - Shieldhill Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This woman had her newly born child snatched from her - she died of a broken heart soon after and her ghost is now occasionally seen or heard.


 
Foggy Column

Location: Radcliffe (Lancashire) - Commercial Hotel (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: Several workers in the building reported a strange pillar of white mist that would grow from the floor, disappearing after a couple of minutes. The apparition would be accompanied by a sharp drop in temperature.


 
Mary

Location: Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Mary is thought to be a former landlady who died in a fire on the site. The ghost is said to hate naked flames, and will blow out candles and matches.


 
Pacing Footsteps

Location: Reading (Berkshire) - Roebuck Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost can also be heard knocking on doors, and opening locked windows, much to the annoyance of the owners.


 
Chained Child

Location: Redworth (Durham) - Redworth Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Surtees had his mentally ill child chained to the fireplace - the youngster can be heard crying and wailing.


 
Young Girl

Location: Retford (Nottinghamshire) - White Hart Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been killed in a coach accident at the rear of the building, some believe that the ghost of the girl lingers on at the hotel. She may have been heard walking down the corridors by visitors to the building. A bust of the girl is contained within a display case, and bad luck is said to befall anyone who touches it.


 
An Unfaithful Wife

Location: Retford (Nottinghamshire) - West Retford Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1910s onwards
Further Comments: The ghost here is thought to be a woman who had an affair with the stable boy (who later committed suicide because of the scandal). What became of the woman is unknown, but her shade now walks the corridors, heading out across the courtyard towards where the stables once stood.


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