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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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Fleece Inn. Bretforton

The ghost of Lola Taplin, a former landlady of the Fleece Inn

Bretforton village has several local legends of ghosts, ghouls and murder…

Bretforton village has changed little over the centuries: the earliest documented record of the villge name dates back to 709AD.  The settlement is distinguished historically by an unusual system of land ownership.

Some of the more notable ghosts within the village and surrounding areas includes the ghost of Lola Taplin, a former landlady of the Fleece Inn. It is is said that Lola Taplin haunts the bar area of the inn, throwing food, glasses and other objects at both the staff and visitors alike.

The haunting of Spot Loggins Well is also well known in the locals of Bretforton, its is reported that this water well has been in use for over four hundred years and is named after a cattle driver called Spot Loggins who drowned in a cattle spring in the 17th century.

Local legend states that any who runs around the well three times while blindfolded will lose anything they are carrying.The Water Well is located on the old Bretforton House Farm of the Appleby family and the Spot Loggin ghost is celebrated locally in November at the local Fleece Inn.

The Church at Bretforton also plays a large part in ghostly happenings and the supernatural at Bretforton, there have been several reports over the years of a phantom funeral procession arriving at the church, and disappearing into the ether as quickly as it appears, for whom it represents is a mystery even till this day.

The fields on either side of the church are said to be haunted by a decapitated woman, carrying her head under arm. It is suggested the decapitated woman is the ghost of Ann Cormell, who was murdered on 4th February 1707 by John Allen of Bretforton, Giles Hunt, Tom Dun, Thomas Palmer and Thomas Symonds.

John Allen was later hung in a gibbet in Bretforton at what is now known as “Allen’s Barn”

Blackfriars Priory. Gloucester

A massive Dominican priory complex built in 1239 with a church, and east and south cloister range and a study dormer

‘A massive Dominican priory complex built in 1239 with a church, and east and south cloister range and a study dormer’ (Department of the Environment description).

In the last ten years restoration work has been carried out, and a dungeon uncovered containing the remains of a young child. This discovery is often linked to sighting of a ghost monk. The monk is seen warring a black habit, and walking amongst the ruins. Staff members on the sight, have reported doors `mysteriously locking themselves`, and several have seen the ghostly monk near the site of the dungeon.

Charfield’s Ghost Railway Children. Gloucestershire

At about 5.30am on October 13th, 1928. A Leeds to Bristol mail train crashed in Charfield.

At about 5.30am on October 13th, 1928. A Leeds to Bristol mail train crashed in Charfield.

Fifteen people were killed and 23 badly injured, two small bodies remained unidentified.

One body was a child (of about five), and the other of a child between twelve and seventeen. A granite cross was erected as a memorial to the victims. On it’s front ten names were inscribed followed by the poignant inscription “two unknown”.

From about 1929 a strange woman dressed in black visited the graves of the two unknown children. She continued her visits right into the 1950s, Joe Kloiber saw the woman:

“The poor lady is at rest now I suppose… All I can tell you is that she was frail, always dressed in black, and came to the grave two or three times a year. She always arrived in a chauffeur-driven limousine, the car was not black, but I cannot remember the colour. She would put flowers on the grave and prey there. “

Two lonely and lost ghostly railway children, walking hand in hand have been reported near the site of the crash.

Woodchester Mansion. Gloucestershire

An architectural masterpiece, the Victorian Gothic revival mansion, is home to ghostly sights such as a headless horse and a floating coffin.

Located 15 miles south of Gloucester and 25 miles north of Bristol.

An architectural masterpiece, the Victorian Gothic revival mansion, is home to ghostly sights such as a headless horse and a floating coffin.

Built of Cotswold stone by the freemason William Leigh in 1852, it was never completed and fully lived in. It has remained untouched by time since the mid-1870s when construction workers and craftsmen mysteriously downed tools.

In 1902 a local vicar saw a strange apparition at the gates to the mansion and a few years later a phantom horseman was also seen on the drive.

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