Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
 


George

Location: Stockport (Cheshire) - Star and Garter public house and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young boy who was murdered nearby in 1861, George is still said to play with living children.


 
 


Woman

Location: Stockport (Cheshire) - Thatched House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lurking in the cellar, this female shade is said to horrify anyone who encounter her. Another ghost, Doctor James Briscall, is said to sit at the bar - the doctor set the building up as the town's first infirmary.


 
 


Red Head

Location: Stockton (Warwickshire) - Blue Lias public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: between March and November (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen walking through the pub after opening hours, this red headed male is thought to have been killed long ago when he was discovered in bed with another man's wife.


 
 


Esmeralda

Location: Stoke Golding (Leicestershire) - Three Horseshoes public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: In the early twentieth century, Esmeralda fell into the well at this pub and drowned. Nothing supernatural occurred until renovations took place in the 1970s, after which poltergeist activity was experienced in the kitchen, footsteps were heard around the site, and occasionally a young woman in a long skirt was seen walking through a wall.


 
 


Unknown Woman

Location: Stonham (Suffolk) - Magpie Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: Newly arrived owners Mark and Belinda Rudderham reported windows opening themselves and the television switching itself on and off. A figure was spotted by Belinda and a member of the bar staff, who at first thought it was Mark, though he was asleep upstairs at the time. A former landlord had previously encountered a phantom woman on site.


 
 


Bella

Location: Stourbridge (West Midlands) - Badgers Sett public house (was Gypsy’s Tent pub)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Nicknamed Bella, the phantom woman said to haunt the cellar and bar area is said to be connected to the body of a female which was found in Wych Hazel nearby. A ghostly male in uniform has also been spotted on the road outside the pub.


 
 


Pie Eating Madman

Location: Stow Bardolph (Norfolk) - The Hares Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Capon is believed to be one of the first landlords to run the pub, and he killed himself after eating a pie that his wife made for him - some think she spiked her baking with a heavy metal, which drove him mad.


 
 


Long haired Man

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: This figure, wearing a nightshirt, has always given a wave to witnesses before disappearing.


 
 


Tiny Frolicsome People

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Tavern Street
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing only at night, tiny people were often seen dancing and singing along Tavern Street, disappearing only after becoming aware that they were being watched.


 
 


Ada Holmes

Location: Sunderland (Durham) - Crowtree public house, Crowtree Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: A very popular landlady, Ada died in 1965, though her ghost wearing a colourful dress has been seen since.


 
 


Child in the Cellar

Location: Sutton (Surrey) - Angel Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A former manager of the pub reported hearing a child's voice in the cellar, where doors would shut and barrels shift with no human intervention. A strange man would also be seen walking up and down the side of the pub in the mornings.


 
 


Greencoat

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Greencoat Boy public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is a former hospital which housed seventeenth century children who had lost their fathers during wartime. The ghost is thought to date from this period, and now haunts the bar area.


 
 


Prisoners

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Morpeth Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The basement of this pub was used to prevent high risk prisoners escaping from the nearby Millbank Prison over two hundred years ago - the ghosts of those held are said to prod anyone in the cellar who they take a disliking to.


 
 


Lady in Black

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Shakespeare Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pub is said to be haunted by a woman wearing a black Victorian dress, and has been encountered by both staff and visitors.


 
 


Grenadier Climbing Stairs

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - The Grenadier public house, Wilton Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This young trooper was killed after it was discovered he cheated in a card game in the public house - the grenadier only appears in the month of September, as he walks around the building, looking into rooms and pacing along corridors.


 
 


Lord Buckhurst

Location: SW11 (Greater London) - Old Swan public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Lord Buckhurst hasn't really been seen since it was rebuilt in the 1960s.


 
 


James Gully

Location: SW12 (Greater London) - Bedford public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is reputed to be haunted by one Doctor James Gully, convicted when the Bedford was a courthouse in Victorian England.


 
 


Flustered by Women

Location: SW3 (Greater London) - King's Head & Eight Bells public house, Cheyne Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: The agent at work here is antagonised whenever a new female member of staff begins work - for a few days afterwards, it pushes past patrons on the stairs and plays with the gas taps and the heating in the basement. Cheyne Walk itself is reportedly haunted by a bear - it once was a popular place for bearbaiting.


 
 


Sarah

Location: SW4 (Greater London) - Plough public house, Clapham Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Dressed in white, Sarah has been seen standing in the pub's bedrooms, her raven hair running over her shoulders. The ghost may be linked to the discovery of a secret, bricked up room in 1970.


 
 


Cat

Location: Swaffham (Norfolk) - Market Cross public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July 2007
Further Comments: A cat has been seen in the building running across the bar area. A member of staff who spotted the animal in July 2007 mistook it for a real creature, only to be told otherwise when she mentioned her encounter to others. There are also stories of a phantom man who sits by the fireplace with a beer.


 
 


Waiting Wife

Location: Swanbridge (South Glamorgan) - Captain's Wife public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This public house is named after a local tale which says a phantom fisherman's wife haunts the area, awaiting the return of her husband who was lost during a storm. Another legend says when the captain's wife died, her body was kept in a box - the box was stolen, mistaken for treasure.


 
 


Sky Ship

Location: Swanscombe (Kent) - Church and nearby Blue Anchor public house
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1211
Further Comments: A group here for Sunday service watched a strange ship drop anchor from the heavens, which became entangled around a gravestone. One of the crew jumped overboard and headed towards the anchor, moving as if swimming. Witnesses grabbed the stranger as he reached the ground; he struggled briefly before drowning, even though on dry land. The remaining crew in the ship severed the rope of the anchor and sailed away; the strange artefact was melted down and used to make the hinges on the local church doors.


 
 


Returning Items

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Boundary House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Manager Dave Howells called in a paranormal investigation team after he noticed items which had vanished turn up again years later. The team claimed to have found five ghosts in total; Catherine and James in the bar, Amy and Tilly in the upper part of the building, and Alf in the basement.


 
 


Attack in the Cellar

Location: Swinton (Yorkshire) - Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two men were attacked in the cellar by an unknown presence, one requiring several stitches to a head wound. Phantom voices have also been heard on the telephone, and footsteps have been heard echoing around.


 
 


Maggie Stobbart

Location: Talkin (Cumbria) - Blacksmith's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Stobbart was the landlady at the pub at around the Victorian era - her form has been reported since her death.


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