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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.

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.

Haunted Ashdown House, Oxfordshire

Haunting & Manifestation of Ashdown House & Grounds

The Haunting & Manifestations of Ashdown House & Grounds

Ashdown House (also known as Ashdown Park) is a 17th century country house in the  county of Oxfordshire. Until recent boundary changes in 1974 the house was in the county of Berkshire.

Several ghosts have been reputed to haunt the house and the vast grounds that surround the estate. Visitors to the house and the estate have reported hearing and on some occasions glimpsing a phantom crying child in the nearby Ashdown Woods, while other visitors have suggested the stables on the grounds are home to a ghostly groom who hung himself. A grey lady is also said to gaze from a window on the second floor of the house.

Public access is restricted to the stairs and roof, with broad views of Berkshire Downs. There is also public access to the neighbouring Ashdown Woods. Admission is by guided tour daily from April to October.

Besford Court. Pershore

Besford Court haunted by the Ghost of a Grey Lady

A ghost of a Grey lady is reported to Haunt the Grade 2 listed building in Besford. Nr Pershore

Besford is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 147. The village is near Pershore, off the road from Upton-upon-Severn. A historic house, Besford Court (a grade II* listed building), is located in the village. Besford Court was once used as a school known as Besford Court Hospital

It has been reported by both present day residents and by pupils of the former school that a lady in grey haunts the rooms of the old building, she is often accompanied by a subtle but distinctive flowery perfume.

The Crown Inn. Suffolk

This 15th Century Inn, is inhabited by the ghost of a Grey Lady.

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.