Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
Bouncing Beads

Location: Wrea Green (Lancashire) - Cottage between village and Warton, near the Birley Arms public house
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown - early twentieth century
Further Comments: This building was plagued by strange sounds, from small beads bouncing along the floors, to the smashing of crockery, though every time the noises were investigated, nothing was out of place. The couple living in the building finally moved out, on the verge of a nervous breakdown.


 
Shattering Glasses

Location: Wrexham (Clwyd) - Thirsty Scholar public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A vicar was summoned to bless the pub after staff reported glasses shattering in their hands and items being thrown around the building. Some say the public house was once used as a mortuary.


 
Shadows at the Bar

Location: Wroughton (Wiltshire) - Black Horse public house (now Check Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: Staff reported seeing shadowy people at the bar, but as they moved towards the area, the figures would vanish. A visiting clairvoyant said that she could see a man in a powered wig writing poetry using a quill.


 
Fred the Flusher

Location: Wyke (Yorkshire) - The Hypnotist public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: 'Fred' is thought to be the ghost of am engineer, based at a nearby dam, who drowned in an accident - when seen, he is described as middle aged and dripping wet. Fred is blamed for flushing the toilets when no one is around.


 
No Touching the Tankard

Location: Yateley (Hampshire) - White Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This phantom, thought to be James Rogers (the first licensee) has a particular liking for his tankard. When last moved, the alarm system kicked in during the early hours of the morning until a peace offering was made.


 
Woman with Sword

Location: Yeovil (Somerset) - Elephant and Castle public house, Middle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This lady is said to walk about the building holding both a lamp and sword (or possibly just a lamp). She was seen passing through a closed wardrobe.


 
Tizzy

Location: Yeovil (Somerset) - Ilchester Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This spirit, thought to be a teenager who died of fever, was heard typing late at night. The teen is also blamed for creating the sounds of barrels being rolled over cobbled stones - the stones had been removed many years previously.


 
Human Shape

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Dun Cow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 August 1977
Further Comments: While on honeymoon, a woman awoke to see the shape of a tall person by the window. The shape appeared to be made up of small pulsating balls of light. The figure suddenly disappeared.


 
Caped Man

Location: York (Yorkshire) - First Hussar public house, North Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A small team of men working through the night to complete a painting and decorating job all reported seeing a ghostly man dressed in a cape, who vanished through a wall.


 
Green Jenny

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Five Lions public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure has not been seen for many years, and her history is all but forgotten.


 
Highwayman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Four All's public house, A64
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 November 2006, 23:45h
Further Comments: A driver returning home from work reported passing a figure on horseback, dressed in highwayman's clothing, stood by the wall of the pub. When the witness looked into his rear view mirror, the figure had vanished. There is a local belief that the highwayman is Dick Turpin, and sightings of the highwayman are said to go back to the mid twentieth century. A sandstone cave in the area is said to have been one of Turpin's hideouts.


 
Burnt Landlord

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Punchbowl public house, Micklegate Bar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A landlord who burnt to death in a fire haunts one of the bedrooms and the cellar, while the shade of a woman who died of a broken heart has also been observed on site.


 
Splashing

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Roman Bath public house, St. Sampson's Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: From the old baths located below this pub, phantom splashing can sometimes be heard.


 
Little Girl

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Snickleway Inn, Goodramgate (was the Angler's Arms public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen as she waits on the staircase, this entity is said to radiate peace and love. She met her death when a horse and cart delivering beer ran her over just outside the pub. The ghostly presence reported down in the basement is much more sinister, and has been called evil by previous landlords. Finally, a phantom cat may rub itself against the legs of visitors.


 
Drunken Airman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - The Golden Fleece public house, Pavement Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Towards the end of World War 2, a drunken Canadian pilot fell from an upstairs window in the building, and broke his neck on the pavement below. Since then, this ghost has reportedly haunted the bedroom from which he fell.


 
Caped Figure

Location: York (Yorkshire) - The Other Tap & Spile public house, North Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shadow form has been seen in the building with a cloak or cape draped around its neck.


 
Grey Lady

Location: York (Yorkshire) - York Arms public house, High Petergate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom nun which haunts this pub was bricked up behind a wall after giving birth. The building in which this occurred no longer stands, but the pub was built on the same spot... This may be the same ghost which haunts the Theatre Royal.


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