The Most Haunted Pubs in Britain – Part 3

The Ostrich Inn – Berkshire

Formerly named The Hospice, The Ostrich Inn has a particularly dark and grizzly past. It was first established in 1106 and has since been the scene of over 60 murders within it’s walls. The bulk of these murders were committed in the 16th Century by none other than the pubs landlord and his wife, Mr and Mrs Jarman. In what would seem like something from a fiction, the pair acted out a particularly sinister scheme in which they would murder their richer guests in their sleep using a particularly gruesome method. In one of the bedrooms the couple had built a trap door beneath the bed, while the guest slept, they would activate said door which would throw the unfortunate tenant into a vat of scolding liquid. Once dead they would sell their belonging to local gypsies. As you can imagine the victims of this horrid crime have been linked to many a spooky going on here since, things like ghostly figures, bizarre noises and objects moving of their own accord. The most common sightings take place in the restaurant upstairs where the murders took place and the ladies’ toilets, this is where the bodies were supposedly stored.

Jamaica Inn – Cornwall

The Jamaica Inn in Cornwall has a colourful past, once involved in the major alcohol smuggling schemes of Cornwall, it was once a great host for pirate activity. The Inn actually appeared on TV’s Most Haunted, the creators even described it as one of the spookiest shows they’ve recorded to date. There have been plenty of spectre sightings here at the Jamaica Inn including the sounds of horse’s hooves clattering across the cobbled floor outside the pub, as well several reports of their resident spirit, a man whose corpse was found on a nearby more, his death still remains a mystery today. Since then he has been seen seated, motionless on the wall outside the inn, landlords have also told of hearing footsteps around the bar. In a certain room of the pub furniture has been reported to move by itself and a handprint even appears on the window at times.

The Old Bank of England – London

Though the story of Sweeney Todd is something of a legend with very little documentation of actual incident outside of a single newspaper article written for a French paper there are several customers of the Fleet Street pub The Old Bank of England that couldn’t be surer of its truth. The pub lies between where Todd’s barbershop and Mrs Lovett’s pie shop were said to have once stood. For those that don’t know the tale, Sweeney Todd murdered his customers and they were butchered and used as the filling for Mrs Lovett’s meat pies in which her customers unknowingly gobbled up. The tunnels and vaults below this pub are supposedly the place in which the victims were hacked up and have been linked to several sightings and the feeling of a dark presence that cannot be explained.