There is perhaps no building more British than the humble pub. For hundreds of years residents have been taking frequent trips down to their local in order to unwind and enjoy a nice refreshing pint. As such, many of these establishments are very old, some said to be as old as the tradition itself. This means they’ve seen plenty of locals in their time and some it would seem have never left. Up and down the country there have been many pubs that have had reported sightings of spooky figures and ghostly going-ons and some of these places have seen more than others. From unknown maidens to famous characters like the well-known highwayman Dick Turpin, there seems to be no escaping these spectres. So, come along with us and let’s take a look at some of Great Britain’s most haunted haunts.
The Grenadier – London
Sitting in London’s Belgravia district is The Grenadier, a pub that is decorated in the red, white and blue of the British flag and is decorated with all sorts of old military equipment and paraphernalia, it even has an old guard post outside. This pub takes its name from its history, once being frequented by the Grenadier Guards of one of Britain’s most celebrated officers, the Duke of Wellington himself. Not only that but the upper floors of the establishments were once used by a local army barracks as an officers’ mess. As you can imagine with all this history, a troublesome tale is sure to follow.
It is said that during this time, a particularly tense game of cards led to an altercation when one of the soldiers was found cheating. Things quickly got out of hand and the soldier was beaten to death before being thrown down a set of stairs. This is said to have happened in the month of September which is supposedly the time when ghostly activities are their highest here. Sightings include a man slowly moving across rooms, tables rattling, footsteps have been heard from empty rooms and wisps of smoke appearing out of thin air.
The Skirrid Inn – Wales
The Skirrid Inn sits in Llanvihangel Crucorney, Monmouthshire and is named after the mountain that resides beside it. This is oldest pub in Wales and dates beck to 1100, though much of its most gruesome history takes place in the 17th century when the pub also served as a courtroom, not only were serious offenders tried here but if they were found guilty, they were also punished here too. In fact, around 180 insurgents from the Monmouth Rebellion were hung in the building, from a wooden beam that sat over a staircase just outside the courtroom. In the past, customers at the inn have stated that they have felt as if a noose was tied around their neck whilst others have even complained of welts on their neck that resemble rope burns. Other sightings include gleasses sliding across the bar, faces appearing in windows, phantom smells and even sighting of the courts judge, Baron George Jeffreys.