‘Geranium Jane’ haunts this pub. She met her end when a pot of Geraniums fell on her head.
At the time she was pregnant by the proprietor and the accident is believed to have been murder. Her ghost appears to members of staff – one employee was shocked to be pushed around the bedroom while still in bed. Jane only appears to men, and often hides things, switches lights on and off etc.
Built in 1050 the inn dates from the Anglo-Saxon age.
The Inn is reputed to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl (who is buried under the floor of the Inn). The Ghost of 17-year-old Juliet Tewsley is said to return to the Inn on the anniversary of her death to look for her lost love. Tewsley had hung herself from a tree outside of the Inn after being rejected by her lover.
This pub is remote and inaccessible – situated at the end of a bumpy track.
The story goes that on a snowy Christmas Eve when the Landlord had gone to bed. He heard a banging at the door, but ignored it and shouted that he was in bed and would not get up ‘for man or devil’. In the morning the Landlord awoke to find a corpse in the doorstep covered in snow. It was the body of a shipwrecked sailor who had struggled through the wintry night in soaking wet clothes, and had come to the pub in search of help. The ghost of the sailor haunts the pub, and a strong smell of decay can often be smelt before his spirit manifests.
Situated opposite the church of St Thomas a Beckett, The Highwayman Inn is haunted by a number of ghostly apparitions.
In the Inn’s ‘Galleon Bar’ the door of the bar was taken from the ship ‘Diana’. In 1868, 13 members of the ships crew perished when the ‘Diana’ became trapped in Arctic pack ice. Investigations into the paranormal happenings in the Galleon Bar have suggested that the apparitions are of dead mariners, who’s spirits remained locked in the fabric of the door. Other eerie events have included items moving around the bar by themselves, orbs hovering in the air and most notably a drifting figure of a man in a feathered cap.
This 15th Century Inn, is inhabited by the ghost of a Grey Lady.
She has been seen at a window waving farewell to customers as they leave. In addition to the Grey Lady are two ghostly children in Victorian dress, who have appeared to guests. And a spectre of an old man in a tri-cornered hat had been seen sitting in a corner of the main bar.