Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
Colonel John Bright

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Carbrook Hall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A close friend and ally of Cromwell, the well built ghost of Colonel Bright has been observed standing at the top of the stairs. Other ghosts reported here include the sounds of children, an elderly woman from the 1920s, a phantom Roundhead, a monk, and another shadowy figure who throws items around the bar.


 
Peering Face

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Industry public house, Darnall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: When the Sheffield Paranormal Society carried out a vigil of this property, photographs were taken inside the back room. When they came back from being developed, a face could be seen peering through a window, even though nothing was seen at the time.


 
Highwayman

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Mail Coach public house, 149 West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: Wearing the clothing of a robber, this figure was seen lurking in the shadows prior to mysteriously disappearing.


 
White Figure

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Manor Castle public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: The landlord of this public house moved out after only three weeks, claiming that his child and pets had been constantly upset by a white human form.


 
Beer Drinker

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Old Queen's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen and felt sitting by the stone fireplace, the phantom of an aging patron firmly holding his jugs of beer still returns to the oldest pub in Sheffield.


 
Horse and Cart

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - The Crofts public house, Mosborough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: This phantom horse and cart would be seen in the car park and were frequently mistaken as being 'real'. When a pond on the grounds was filled in, the apparition never returned.


 
Sobbing Woman

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Three Tuns public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard but never seen, this crying woman may also haunt the cellar - it is said that no animal has the courage to have gone down. Patrons have reported being prodded by an unseen finger.


 
Dark Figure

Location: Sheffield (Yorkshire) - Ye Olde Harrow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1994 - February 2001, and late 1970s
Further Comments: A former tenant reported several strange experiences during their time in this pub, including encountering a dark figure, doors which closed themselves and items which disappeared and reappeared up to a month later. A former occupier of the site remembered the shadow and closing doors from the 1970s.


 
Giles Cannard

Location: Shepton Mallet (Somerset) - Area of Cannard's Grave public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Giles took his own life to escape arrest for sheep stealing (or forgery or robbery, depending on the story); as many suicides in this day, he was buried at a crossroads with a stake through his heart to prevent his return. This preventive measure failed, and now his ghost reportedly walks the area.


 
Monk

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Dun Cow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980
Further Comments: Seen in the pub by the wife of the landlord, this phantom monk was said to have bright colours speckled over his habit. A Dutch officer is also rumoured to haunt the building.


 
Lady Sarah

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Hole in the Wall public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing during the dead of night, this female phantom walks through the bar area before vanishing.


 
Eerie Sounds

Location: Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Nag's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While the haunting entities have yet to be seen, the combined sounds of crying, moaning and footsteps are said to be enough to unnerve the bravest of souls.


 
Sir Robert Earnley

Location: Sidlesham (Sussex) - Crab & Lobster public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Robert Earnley was killed by a gang of Cromwell's soldiers, his dying breath coming from inside the pub after he managed to drag himself there. His tall, proudly uniformed ghost is now seen prior to dawn, though has also been seen once lying on the floor in a pool of blood.


 
Elizabeth Grey

Location: Silsoe (Bedfordshire) - Old George public house, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: Lady Elizabeth Grey was drowned in a coaching accident down the road from this public house. She had been using the building as a hideout while escaping her father who had prevented her marriage to the man she loved. Her grey form was reported several times by the landlady.


 
Silent Woman

Location: Slaithwaite (Yorkshire) - Silent Woman public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is named after the headless ghost that resides between the canal and a viaduct that carries the railway.


 
Elizabeth Davis

Location: Sling (Gloucestershire) - Miners Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Formally known as Old Nell, this ghost had a name change after being identified as a landlady from the 1880s. She is described as friendly, and enjoys moving items around the building.


 
Lady

Location: Smalley (Derbyshire) - Former Old Nag's Head public house (closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: Walking past this derelict site, a witness spotted a female figure standing by the window who vanished soon after.


 
Servant

Location: Southam (Warwickshire) - Olde Mint (now a public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This medieval building, and a neighbouring building, were said to be haunted by a servant who could be heard but not seen.


 
Chair of Despair

Location: Southport (Lancashire) - Oast House public house
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A chair in this public house has reported as being cursed after eight people who sat there died.


 
Free Top Ups

Location: Southsea (Hampshire) - Apsley House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2009
Further Comments: The resident ghost was nicknamed 'Reedy', and was reported to add an 'extra inch of beer' to half empty glasses.


 
Barrel Problems

Location: Southwell (Nottinghamshire) - Bramley Apple public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unseen hand is said to periodically stop the flow from the barrels in the cellar.


 
Laugh

Location: Southwell (Nottinghamshire) - Hearty Goodfellow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two witnesses heard the laughter of a young boy in the pub, even though no one else was present at the time.


 
Victorian Lost Boy

Location: Spalding (Lincolnshire) - Red Lion public house, Hillgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters which stayed here one night claimed to make contact with a young boy wearing breeches and a flat cap who claimed to have arrived at the public house by train, and was now unable to leave. Another ghost took the form of an elderly gentleman dressed in grey.


 
Lady Clad in Blue Gown

Location: Spixworth (Norfolk) - Longe Arms public house and surrounding area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom lady in a blue gown was said to have escorted a man named 'Old John' back from the Longe Arms every night. After he died she was never seen again, though it is said you can hear her crying on stormy nights.


 
Sobbing

Location: St Albans (Hertfordshire) - Wicked Lady public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of a lady's gentle sobs has been heard diffusing through the fabric of the pub. The common outside the pub is home to a highway woman on horseback, after whom the building is named.


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