Reports of Haunted Inns from the Paranormal Database

Gladys Saxton

Location: Wigglesworth (Yorkshire) - Plough Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1945 onwards
Further Comments: Gladys Saxton and her maid Margaret Harrison were killed in a fire at the building in 1945. Since that date, a woman wearing a long black dress has been seen by guests at the building. There is also a report of a phantom highwayman being spotted standing in a doorway.


Monk with No Legs

Location: Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) - Cowl Lane, Pike Bank area, and Old Corner Cupboard Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: Reports of a ghostly black monk coming from these areas are not uncommon, some saying that the figure looked as if he sunk slightly into the ground, others saying he floats two foot above the path.


Henry

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Jolly Farmer inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Hanged somewhere close to the inn for theft, the shade now torments the bar staff by periodically playing with the pumps.


Chef

Location: Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) - Angel Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is claimed that the pub is haunted by a former chef.


Fading Trio

Location: Withington (Gloucestershire) - The Mill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen standing by the fireplace together, this small group of shades featured a woman with a large hat being flanked by two men. She could be a former landlady who drowned in the nearby river.


White Lady

Location: Woburn (Bedfordshire) - The Inn (was the Bedford Arms Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The misty white lady is not alone in her haunting of this building. A ghostly figure is also reported to sit by the fireplace smoking a pipe, a little phantom dog by his side.


Falling Pint

Location: Wolviston (Durham) - Ship Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: June 2019
Further Comments: A video shared by the media in showed a pint glass moving across a work surface and smashing after it fell off the edge. Several rational explanations were offered.


Large Figure

Location: Woolacombe (Devon) - Grass embankment opposite the Old Mill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 October 2006
Further Comments: A large dark figure was reported standing by this embankment. The figure disappeared from view and never reappeared.


Customer

Location: Wootton (Bedfordshire) - Chequers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few staff have seen a potential customer, standing at the bar, out of the corner of their eye. Turning to serve them, the figure has always vanished.


Pay Out

Location: Wootton Bridge (Isle of Wight) - Sloop Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fruit machine is said to be haunted in this inn; it has been heard paying out after everyone has left for the night and the power cut off.


Thrower

Location: Worchester (Hereford & Worcester) - Five Ways Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This misbehaving spirit reportedly threw several heavy items at one witness.


Dead Pagans

Location: Wotton under Edge (Gloucestershire) - Ancient Ram Inn, currently a private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Built on the site of a burial pit, this former public house is said to have a heavy, oppressive atmosphere. A misty entity appeared on one photograph taken here, while several ghost hunts have turned up numerous displaced spirits.


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.


Legs

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Black Swan Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen descending a staircase in the building, only the lower part of this male body appears. Two other spirits can be found in the bar area; that of a workman wearing a bowler hat (dressed in Victorian clothing) and a lady in a white dress who watches the fireplace.


Man with Big Nose

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Cock and Bottle Inn, Skeldergate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought to be the Royalist and alchemist George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham, this ghostly figure, with black wavy hair and a large nose, has been spotted in the public house. The building was built on the top of a site once owned by Villiers, which would explain his reluctance to leave.


Green Jenny

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Five Lions public house (now Watergate Inn)
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.


Guido

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Guy Fawkes Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The birthplace of Guy 'Guido' Fawkes is perhaps unsurprisingly haunted by the man himself, although what form he takes is not really known. Two children who died of cholera are also reputed to lurk around the site.


Laughing Figures

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Old White Swan Inn, Goodramgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting is said to be centred around one of the fireplaces, and is variously described as a presence or a group of shadowy figures who laugh amongst themselves. One theory is that the entities are a group of catholic priests planning to escape to France, although whether their escape plan was successful is not known. The pub also featured in the local press in November 2018 after an unconvincing ghost photograph came to light.


The Calmness

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Small graveyard along alleyway by the Cock and Bottle Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The imprints of the old walls of a demolished church can still be seen on the grass - many have said that they feel a sense of calmness when standing inside the outside.


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.


Screams

Location: York (Yorkshire) - The Olde Starr Inn, Stonegate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another building which once housed injured Civil War troops, the basement is said to be the place where amputations occurred, which explains the sound of cries and screams. Two black cats are also reported to haunt the pub, and an old woman has been seen on the stairs.


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