Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Henry Skinner

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Trocadero public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Murdered in the late nineteenth century, former landlord Henry Skinner is held accountable for throwing around small change and beer mats. A former landlord claimed to have encountered Henry. Two other phantoms, girls who fell to their deaths on a staircase are also reputed to haunt the site.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Bishop's Stortford (Hertfordshire) - Boar's Head public house, Water Lane and St Michael's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1922
Further Comments: Locals say that this shade travels through the town, stopping at a couple of watering holes, before continuing on to the church. The phantom drifted silently passed a mother and child along Water Lane in 1922, heading towards the church. Both witnesses fled.


 
 


Murph

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Eagle and Child public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former highwayman, Murph can sometimes be heard mumbling and moaning at the bar late at night.


 
 


Priest

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Foxhall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several figures are thought to haunt this building, and although details are fleeting, they are thought to include priests and smugglers.


 
 


Drowned Nun

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Raikes Hall (currently a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a convent, one of its former inhabitants who drowned herself nearby would once come back to visit from beyond the grave.


 
 


Pincher

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - The Lobster Pot public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom is said to grab female members of staff so hard it leaves red blemishes on the skin.


 
 


Dorothy Forster

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Old Hexham Road, and Lord Crewe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom Dorothy is still reported to drift down the road, heading towards the pub where she also haunts.


 
 


Observing

Location: Bluntisham (Cambridgeshire) - Former public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007 onwards
Further Comments: An occupier of this property has reported the feeling of being watched and of doors closing themselves, although the presence is non threatening.


 
 


Woman in Sweeping Black Dress

Location: Bodfari (Clwyd) - Dinorben public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Many staff and patrons have reported this spooky woman with long dark hair over the years, which is normally seen moving around the upper part of the building.


 
 


Gipsy Woman

Location: Bollington (Cheshire) - Ye Olde No. 3 public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: The ghostly woman once reported here was said to be on the run from the police, and she drowned in a flooded stream nearby. A little girl was seen by a former landlady, who said the entity was dressed in blue and wearing a poke bonnet, and walked straight through a closed bedroom door.


 
 


Woman in RTA

Location: Bolney (Sussex) - A23 near the Queens Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: A woman in a grey dress stepped out in front of a car and was hit - the car then crashed off the road. However, the woman in grey had disappeared once the three people in the car climbed out. Two other witnesses reported that they too had seen the woman in front of the car.


 
 


Slamming

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - The Kings Head public house, Wigan Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Doors would slam closed, and the landlord was once awoken by an oppressive atmosphere that flooded his bedroom. The pub is said to have been built on top of a graveyard, the haunting attributed by some to be carried out by phantom Cavaliers.


 
 


Older Woman

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Wilton Arms public house, Belmont Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1998
Further Comments: Sharing a drink with the landlord after locking up, a witness looked across to the fireplace and smiled at an older lady, between 60 and 70 years of age, who sat there. She smiled and nodded back. The witness continued drinking for a minute before realising that all the doors were locked. Turning back to talk to the woman, she had vanished - all doors remained locked and a search of the pub found no one.


 
 


Bloodied Hands

Location: Bolton (Lancashire) - Ye Olde Man and Scythe public house, Churchgate
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (blood story), and 2000s (Geny)
Further Comments: A woman drinking at the public house found her hands covered in blood as she started to leave, though she had no wounds of her own, and no other source for the liquid could be discovered. More recently, the spirit of Geny, an eight year old girl, has be blamed for tugging at skirts, pinching people, and moving items around, while a phantom dog runs around chairs in the museum room.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Botley (Hampshire) - Dolphin public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Echoing footfalls have been reported from this public house, as have strange sounds from the cellar. It has been speculated that the pub is haunted by a man hanged here after a mock trial went tragically wrong.


 
 


Smuggler

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Gullivers public house (was The Dolphin), Kinson
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980, and 2008
Further Comments: When this public house was known as The Dolphin, one witness reported waking during the night to the sounds of clinking. Leaving their room to investigate further, they came across the apparition of a man perched on a chest, counting gold coins. More recently, mild poltergeist activity has been reported, including glasses and pool cues being thrown around, and footsteps heard in empty parts of the building.


 
 


Cleaning Lady

Location: Bracknell (Berkshire) - Horse and Groom public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub is haunted by a phantom old woman who goes around silently cleaning.


 
 


Old Fred and Bert

Location: Bracknell (Berkshire) - Old Manor public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Fred unknown, Bert late twentieth century
Further Comments: Old Fred is said to be a hooded priest, who once hid within the building. Bert is thought to be an old regular of the pub, and can be recognised by his red face and handlebar moustache.


 
 


Apparition on Staircase

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Angel public house, Notley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s - 1980s
Further Comments: While only a vague form has been reported on the staircase, the presence is better known for upsetting dogs and creating footfalls around the building.


 
 


Blurred Figure

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Horse and Groom public house, Rayne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2011
Further Comments: Ron Bowers, a medium, photographed a blurred figure within the building which looked suspiciously like a small object held close to the camera. In 2010, another medium visited the site and picked up on spirits of youngsters, soldiers, servants and a dog.


 
 


Man in Dark Grey

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Kings Head public house, Bradford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009 onwards
Further Comments: A number of paranormal occurrences are reported from his pub, including a man in dark grey who watches customers from the bar (he vanishes when looked at), footsteps on the second floor, unexplained shadows in the men's toilets, doors opening and lights turning off. The ghost has earned the nickname 'Frank'.


 
 


Lady Howard

Location: Bridestone (Devon) - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach carrying Lady Howard has been spotted just outside the public house, though it is more likely to just be heard by those nearby.


 
 


Footfalls

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - Rose and Crown public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty first century
Further Comments: Unexplained footsteps are often heard all over the pub, even after closing hours when all occupiers are accounted for.


 
 


Woman in Black

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Pump House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A barmaid spotted a woman in black standing at the bar and spoke to her - the figure faded away. When the building is closed, footsteps and voices have been heard by witnesses working in the cellar, although when investigated, no one is found.


 
 


Tall, Thin Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Regency Tavern, Russell Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, possibly a former landlady and seemingly made of misty material, was seen as it drifted through a startled barman. It may have been responsible for the brief outbreak of poltergeist activity that occurred earlier in the twentieth century, or that could be attributed to the ghost of a young disabled girl who jumped from a window.


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