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The Most Haunted Pubs in Britain – Part 2

The Golden Fleece – York

The Golden Fleece was first opened in the early 1500s and has a reputation of being one of the countries spookiest pubs. There are a whole host of different sightings with ghosts from different eras each having a go at haunting the pubs customers. One of the most noted spectres the reside here is a Lady Anne Peckett, once wife to the Mayor of York, John Peckett. She has been seen by both staff and patrons strolling up and down the corridors and making her way up and down the stairs. Another resident member of the deceased here is a Canadian airman named Geoff Monroe; he dies in 1945 when he leapt from the window of Room 4. People who have stayed in this room have complained of a drastic drop in temperature and have reported seeing a man dressed up in full uniform watching over them.

The Spaniard’s Inn – London

Many illustrious characters from the countries history have visited The Spaniard’s Inn in London and as such it would seem to host a list of A-List ghosts as it’s residents. The pub was a frequent haunt of literary giants such as Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats who wrote his Ode to a Nightingale in the pubs garden where it is said that a ghostly woman in white can sometimes be seen of a night. Its most famous resident though is likely history’s most famous highwayman, the rogue known as Dick Turpin. According to a local legend the man was actually born here in this pub and later used it as a base of operations for his robberies. Since his death people have reported seeing him on the road outside the pub as well as hearing him talk in the upstairs rooms of the inn. Until recently the pub had his original pistols sitting over the bar however (and somewhat ironically) they were stolen. The pub is named after the two former landlords of the pub, Juan and Francisco Porero, two brothers from Spain who fought in a duel over the love of a woman. Francisco won the duel and it is said that Juan still haunts the building today.

The Red Lion – Wiltshire

The Red Lion is one of the most common pub names in the country, but this pub in Avebury, Wiltshire stands out amongst the masses thanks to its haunted history. This pub is said to be frequented by one particular ghost, a lady named Florrie that was supposedly thrown down a well by her husband, a soldier in the Civil War. The story goes that whilst away she had taken another lover, he returned to find them together and in a fit of jealousy killed her. There have been many sightings of Florrie roaming the halls searching for a man with a beard and throwing about objects. The well she was thrown down has since been covered with a sheet of glass and is used at a table where people have stated that they have seen disappearing into the darkness.