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The Punchbowl Inn. Surrey

Punchbowl Inn, parts of which date back to the 14th century (1300s)

The Punchbowl Inn located in the sleepy village of Oakwood in and is reportedly one of the most haunted in the county of surrey.

The village is also known as Okewood Hill (or Okewoodhill). The name is derives from a local stream called the Oke. The Inn can be dated back to the 14th century (1300s) and is still in use to this day. The Inn hosts the location of the Boxing Day Meet of the Surrey Union Hunt.

The hamlet of Oakwoodhill is also mentioned in the Domesday Book, which was commissioned by William the conqueror after the defeat of King Harold at The Battle Of Hastings, (which actually took place outside Hastings in the now named town of Battle!) in Kent, in the 11th century.

Does an old landlord still call time?

There have been reports of an old bearded gentleman who apparently wanders in all areas of the pub, it has been said that he has a penchant for the bar maids, it is generally believed that he may have been one of the early landlords of the pub, who still believes that he is in charge.

Ghostly Dog

In the public bar side, to the right of the building, there is a fire place, many people have reported encountering a spectral dog, which lays by the fire in the cold weather and has been known to actually growl at people who come too close to him before appearing and then promptly disappearing again!

There have been other reports of Rotating door handles and creaking floorboards accompanied by footsteps being heard in an upstairs room, in addition, the kitchen door, which leads into the bar area, is frequently opened by an invisible entity, this however didn’t  start to happen until the early 1990’s and for no apparent reason, even to this day, this is almost a daily occurrence, usually, late in the afternoon and early evening, this phenomenon has been experienced by many of the patrons many times. In addition, people have observed a ‘grey lady’ in a 17th century crinoline dress walking across the restaurant before disappearing through a wall.

Nearby Grounds

In the field opposite, which is now the cricket ground, one of the local game keepers, William Charman, who, amazingly, was 73 at the time, was fatally thrown from his horse on July 19, 1861 and his ghostly figure can be frequently seen standing by what is now, and believed to have been at that time, the entrance to the field directly opposite to the punchbowl pub. Behind the pub, which is now the car park, there are some old pig stys, these have now been listed and are prohibited from being demolished.

Untimely departing!

During their construction, a worker was mysteriously taken ill, however, he insisted on continuing to work but collapsed, and by the time a doctor was summoned, the poor chap had expired, no apparent reason could be established for his demise, but it is reported that he is occasionally seen sitting on an invisible wall eating his lunch. Perhaps he is trying to give us a clue to his untimely departing.

The Ancient Ram Inn. Gloucestershire

Built in 1145, in Wotton-under-Edge, the old inn is reputedly the most haunted in Britain.

Built in 1145, in Wotton-under-Edge, the old inn is reputedly the most haunted in Britain.

The Inn is a Grade II listed building, and ceased to be a working pub in the 1960’s. A large black cat is often seen in the Beaufort Room, which is reported to be the most haunted room in what is now a house. Highwaymen regularly stayed at the Inn and some say they might still visit in spirit form. Investigators have managed to capture some very ghostly images on camera at the Ram, including white vapour, ghost lights, and most convincingly a man in a lace collar who’s face is reflected in a photograph of a grandfather clock.

UPDATE: 14th Feb 2014 – is this Britain’s most haunted B&B – where terrified guests have been left so scared they have even jumped out of the windows.

“I knew nothing of the hauntings when I bought the place. It wasn’t until the first night, when I felt a pair of cold, hairy hands pulling me out of bed, that I knew something strange was going on at the Ram. My daughters regularly saw a large black cat like creature and I have since found out that this animal – an evil incubus – features in many paranormal situations. Several of our visitors have been thrown out of chairs and others have felt icy hands in bed”.
John Humphries, Owner.

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White Horse, Broughton Astley.

The White Horse Pub

Has recent building work at the White Horse Public House in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, disturbed the spirit of a former landlady?

Since having a series of building work carried out on the property both the staff and the guests have reported, these reportings have only come to light since the  old cellar floor was dug up.

The paranormal occurrences have been witnessed and subsequently reported, include radios which turn on when unplugged, objects which are moved from one room to another, items thrown about, doors and rooms when locked the night before are found open the following morning.

There are also reports of black ghostly shadows being spotted in mirrors and the figure of a woman seen when the pub should have been empty.

Phantom Policman, Broughton Astley

This phantom figure of a Victorian policeman was seen standing outside the Bulls Head public house by a man walking home in the early hours of the morning. Continue reading →

Kirkstone Pass Inn, Ambleside

At 1500ft The Inn is one of the highest Haunted Inns in England

The Kirkstone Pass Inn  is believed to be linked to an ancient 15th Century monastery

Records for the Kirkstone Pass Inn date back to 1496AD. In the early 1800’s the tall stone building at the North end was built as a coach house, the extra height was needed to take the coaches of the day.

At almost 1,500 ft, the Kirkstone Inn is the third highest pub in England. It offers wonderful views over some of the Lake District. The area is of such natural beauty that was immortalised by the poetry of William Wordsworth.

During its years the inn has had plenty of time to pick up stories of ghosts and the supernatural. Quite a few ghosts and phantoms have been spotted in and around the inn. Some are believed to be the spirits of unlucky travellers who died while making a perilous journey through the difficult mountain terrain during a heavy snowstorm.

Several other ghosts include one ghost is believed to be that of a woman who murdered her own child, a young boy that was killed by a coach outside of the building. And another, that of a 17th century coachman who once lurked around the bar, was even captured in a photograph taken by a visiting family staying at the inn in 1993. It is reported that this particular ghost followed the tourists home and now lives with them as a member of the family!