arrived at the pub about .
We were given a quick tour of the premises by the landlord. Apparently the building was once a
toll tower and also a gaol. So legend has it there
is a crypt of an older building beneath the Hotel, a Cavalier
was said to have been tortured to death and his ghost
haunts the whole building. Also the Hotel is haunted by
a highwayman who was a regular visitor to the Hotel his
name was John Lyon. And his ghost has been seen galloping
on his horse through the Village, as well as being heard. We split into two groups and went into the cellar
first. Group 1 went into the part of the cellar where
the old cell was supposed to be. Brenda said that the
first word she got was 'inquisition'. She said she had
the feeling of Catholic priests being tortured and felt
like there were loads of hands grabbing at her. She picked
up on a small man with dark matted hair, rotten teeth
(some missing) and a glass eye (left).
was a bang heard behind the boarded up part of the cellar
(we couldn't go into this part because it was flooded).
Brenda felt that the story of the cavalier didn't ring
true although she could not say why. She said she felt
it was a cell rather than a gaol, that it had originally
been part of the church and people had been chained there
'to rot'. There is a strange smell that appears to come
from the boarded up part of the cellar that seems to waft
through the entire building. There was a smell of horse
manure that was experienced by several members of the
saw a woman wrapped in a blanket, she had a child with
her and appeared to be hiding from someone or something.
The temperature dropped considerably. Something moved
behind the boarded up part of the cellar.
went into trance and a 'not very nice’ man came
through and grabbed Mick by the wrist. Mick said he had
a very strong grip. Someone called Kirby (a man) came
through and asked for water, followed by a mute girl called
Jess. She pointed to something in the corner. The temperature
dropped at this point. Jess kept touching her mouth and
shaking her head. She spelt out her name on the palm of
Mick’s hand and communicated by tapping the palm
of Mick’s hand, gesturing, nodding and shaking her
head and by counting on her fingers. She communicated
that she was 17 years old, ground flour and made food.
She was some kind of hired help during the time of Charles
1. Brenda came out of trance then we moved to the upper
rooms while group 2 went into the cellar.
2 report on cellar
Team 2- Mike,Dave,Gaz,Paul,Kelly,Katie
Although the whole building was a fairly comfortable place,
We did experience a few strange events in the cellar in
the main part which was blocked off and apparently backed
onto an old prison/holding cells.
One of the first sensations we felt was like a twisting
or buckling of our feet, with a scalding or burning sensation...this
was felt by Mike and Dave.Although it was said that this
was a prison Mike felt that people were shackled there
but not for long periods of time, it was more a go between
place where people awaited the next form of punishment.
Mike picked up on a very strong presence of a nunlike
figure. she was not in black and white as we have come
to expect but rather all in white with a cross around
her neck and a hat very similar to the shape that Dutch
milk maids used to wear (sorry closest description of
hat) she was there to get across the fact that there was
no mistreatment in this place, although if it was a prison
in this time period you would expect that to be so. The
whole team felt very nauseous and heady around this time.
especially Paul, Dave and Mike who all felt a crushing
pain to the rear of our skulls, this was fairly uncomfortable
and lasted for all a good 5 minutes. Shortly after this
the room started to feel very full like there were a number
more people there than the six of us, We all felt closed
in and Paul felt a very large presence directly behind
him, kind of leaning towards him. We approached the area
with an e.m.f meter and as drew near the presence lifted
from Paul, he felt a breeze rush past.Mike was knocked back and Dave felt something
brush past his leg towards the blocked off area. The figure
Mike picked up on was a man 30-40 years of age, although
his fe was very weathered and hard making him look older
suggesting long periods in the outdoors.He had a 2-3 inch scar under his left eye and a
mucky blond basin cut hairstyle, his clothes were dark
in colour maybe brown or maybe just muddy, He was quite
menacing and had a very sarcastic feel about him like
he was glad we were acknowledging him. This sarcastic/egotistical
feeling stayed with Mike all night. Whilst in the downstairs
area Katie was tapped on the head and there were a few
items knocked down by unseen persons.
all went upstairs and did vigils in bedrooms 1, 2 and
3 and on the landing. We did not pick up anything in any
of these areas. If there were any ghosts in these areas
then they did not show themselves while we were there.
one focal point of the pub was the staircase which was
taken from a 16th century manor house.