Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
Thirsty Carving

Location: Braintree (Essex) - Six Bells public house (no longer operational)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When this location was a pub, it housed a carved wooden figure which was said to have been found in a local river. At midnight the figure would go back to the river for a quick drink.


 
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.


 
Black Lady

Location: Bridgnorth (Shropshire) - Magpie House Restaurant (now Bassa Villa public house)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom's children were drowned in the cellar of Magpie House when the River Severn broke its banks. The woman in black has been observed moving around the building and is sometimes heard crying.


 
Footfalls

Location: Bridgwater (Somerset) - Rose and Crown public house (no longer operational)
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.


 
Deryck Carver

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Black Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards
Further Comments: Deryck Carver was burnt in a barrel of Tar in 1555 and is believed to have been the first brewer in Brighton and the first Protestant martyr in England to be put to death. Since the 1940s it has been claimed his ghost haunts the cellar, and in 2006 the manager of the building claimed have felt a unnerving presence in that area on several occasions. A builder in the upper part of the building spotted a shadowy figure in 1995.


 
Hooded Figure

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Druid's Head public house, Market Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Always seen from the corner of one's eye, a good description of this spirit was never forthcoming (although it may be the ghost of a smuggler who died after tripping on the staircase in the basement). However, another ghost in the building moves slightly slower - a woman in a red dress has been seen on one occasion in vicinity of the main bar.


 
White Lady

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Sussex Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Nothing is really known about this phantom white lady, and it is questionable whether she still exists.


 
Shouting

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - King & Queen Public House, Marlborough Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s - 2000s
Further Comments: Windows have been known to open themselves and shouting has been heard coming from an empty bar.


 
Shadow

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Franklin Tavern, Lewes Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A former barmaid claimed to have seen a shadowy figure on three different occasions behind the bar while working here. Whether this sighting relates to the rumour the site is haunted by a former owner and his wife is unknown.


 
Young Girl

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Fishbowl public house, East Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: Seen by a Mr Dutton in 1992, a phantom young girl is said to haunt the cellar. Another witness felt a presence push past while working alone - looking up, the witness briefly spotted the shadowy figure of a tall, twenty-something woman before the entity vanished.


 
Grey Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Font public house, Union Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995 onwards
Further Comments: Seen peering through the window of this converted church, the phantom woman is wears a grey shawl over her head. One witness said the woman looked in her thirties and also wore a grey dress.


 
Woman in Grey

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Dyke Tavern, Dyke Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A worker spotted a woman dressed in a grey dress standing by the fireplace in the empty bar. The woman also had a grey face, and after a period of time, faded away.


 
Coach Driver

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Brighton Rocks public house (formerly Battle of Waterloo), Rock Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996, 2000s
Further Comments: This figure, complete with cloak, was seen in the 1990s drifting around the front door and the gentlemen's toilets. He was said to be the driver of a local mayor who was murdered by a highwayman shortly after leaving the pub. More recently, cupboards held shut by bricks have flung themselves open, heavy filing cabinets have fallen over, and a dog is either terrified of nothing or plays with something invisible.


 
Groaning

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Ali Cats public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: During refurbishment work in this pub, workmen were said to have heard strange human groans and encountered unexplained cold spots.


 
Shapes

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Fisherman's Rest public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The landlord was reported to have caught ghostly activity on CCTV in this public house. Strange shapes are said to have been seen, and draughts rise and fall without apparent reason.


 
Pale Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Marlborough Tavern (theatre), Princes Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: The phantom woman observed in this tavern is thought to be the murdered wife of a former landlord - he tried to kill her by pushing the woman down the stairs, and when that failed, left her in the cellar mortally wounded. When last seen, the woman was floating across the stage area.


 
Martha

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Mash Tun public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: This pub is said to be haunted by the landlady who managed the site during the First World War. Her footsteps have been reported from the building, and a former landlord watched several articles of clothing being thrown down the staircase by an unseen force. Glasses have been observed moving across a table and falling to the floor.


 
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.


 
Name Calling

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Caroline Of Brunswick public house, Ditchling Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: An unknown phantom in this pub reputedly calls out to staff using their first name.


 
Blonde Woman

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Volks Tavern, Madeira Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen dancing within this tavern, the blonde woman was speculated to once have haunted the ruined West Pier.


 
Couple

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Old Ship public house, King's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A maid who entered one west wing room which she thought was empty was started to apologise after meeting a man and woman sitting on the bed. Before the words could leave her lips, the couple vanished. One member of staff claimed to have seen a shadowy figure move across the ballroom.


 
Female Jailor

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - George Beard public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman has been seen on the steps leading down to the cellar, though locals say she hasn't put in an appearance recently.


 
Henry Metcalf?

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Sidewinder public house (was The Lion), Kemp Town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Former landlord Metcalf was involved in a murder/suicide in 1936, and he is now thought responsible for the hostile presence reported in the basement. A benevolent small boy has also been sighted darting around from room to room.


 
Known by Name

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Aquarium Public House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unknown voice is said to call out to staff and customers using their first names.


 
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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