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At Gainsborough, several times a year, can be seen a phenomenon known as the "Trent Aegir". This is a large tidal bore which rolls down from the Humber. It is known to have happened since at least the Viking era, as the name Aegir is taken from the Norse god of the sea. Read More »
As well as having a great jazz atmosphere The Trumpet sometimes has a more supernatural one. Cold spots, mysterious bangs and flashing lights have all been experienced here. The staff have also reported feeling uneasy when working on their own in the cellar at times as if someone was down there with them. Read More »
The Two Brewers public house is a Grade II listed building which according to the 1907 ‘Olney, Bucks’ almanac by Oliver Ratcliff has a Devil legend associated with it. ‘There is an inn, called the Two Brewers, which he used to visit frequently, causing the host to play the fool and dance at his bidding. Read More »
Hills, mounds and burial sites. Places which have a timeless allure. Such places can be seen and regarded as mythically liminal, a place that it is not a place. A place outside of time. A place where the living freely walk with the dead. Barrows are just such places. Read More »
The Unicorn is a very traditional hostelry dating back to 1859. The pub has been subject to quite specific poltergeist type activity over the years which has been experienced mainly by the customers. This is put down to the presence of a previous landlord remaining attached the pub. Read More »
The Volunteer public house on Baker Street (so named as it recruiting up station during the war) is reputedly built upon the site of a large 17th Century house that was once owned by the Neville family. This building burnt down in 1654 and the Nevilles were lost in the flames. However, Rupert Neville is said to haunt the pubs cellars. Read More »
Walworth Castle, near Darlington, County Durham, is a Best Western Hotel, with an extensive and complicated history. The current building is Grade 1 listed, and its medieval style was commissioned by its one time owner Thomas Jenison (died 1586), and completed circa 1600. Read More »
[Please note the views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mysterious Britain team]
To the average tourist the West Kennet Long Barrow is another ancient monument to look over and wonder at the way in which it was constructed, with numerous slabs of sarsen stone laid one upon another. Read More »
The Wheatsheaf is a very old hostelry and was certainly recorded as trading in 1801. A great deal of paranormal activity has reputedly taken place here including the banging of doors and footsteps heard in the bar area after the pub is closed late at night. Footsteps have also been heard on the stairs. Read More »
The White Hart Hotel was originally an 18th century coaching inn and is said to be reputedly haunted, though I am unsure as of yet what the details of the haunting may be.
Dating from the 16th century, the White Hart was originally the courthouse. In 1967 it is said there were claims of ghostly footsteps, the sound of loud banging on a particular door and lights that would switch off on their own. These reports were attributed to a ghostly monk. There are no reports of the pub being haunted these days.
Rochester Castle is situated in the City of Rochester, one side is the River Medway, Rochester Cathedral stands opposite and many Victorian and older buildings surround on all sides. The moat has long since silted up and was used as a graveyard. Read More »
The reputedly haunted 16th century White Swan Hotel can be found on High Street in Henley-in-Arden. Built on the site of an earlier Inn which dated 1352, the present White Swan was built around 1550. Read More »
The original Whittington Inn dates back to 1310 and it comes as no surprise to discover that the present building is haunted. Prior to becoming an inn in the 18th century it was the manor house of the De Whittington family of Dick Whittingham fame. One of the ghosts seen here is that of a monk who may have hidden in one of the priest holes in the building. Read More »
A whole host of acitivity has been reported at The Windmill, including cold spots, strange footsteps, the apparition of a 18th centry ostler and spontaneous glass and bottle shattering.
The following legend of 'The Wise Woman Of Littondale' appeared in 'The Table Book' (1827) by William Hone (Born 3 June 1780 – Died 8 November 1842) and partially reprinted in ‘Yorkshire Legends and Traditions’ by Rev Thomas Parkinson (1888). Read More »
The Woodman has been subject to continued poltergeist activity over the years. In the upstairs kitchen all the plates were smashed except one which was left in the middle of the floor. A large key went missing only to reappear the following day in the middle of a bed which had only just been made. Read More »
According to The Woolpack Inn's website, this Grade II listed 600 year old building is haunted by a friendly Grey Lady that reputedly wanders the main building.
The Worlds End public house in Ecton dates from the 17th century and is said to be haunted by the ghost of barmaid who was killed by her jealous suitor. First mentioned in 1678 when it was then known as the Globe, it was rebuilt in 1765. Read More »
The Worm of Sexhow, according to ‘Yorkshire Legends and Traditions’ by Rev Thomas Parkinson (1888): ’Sexhow is a small hamlet or township in the parish of Rudby, some four miles from the town of Stokesley, in Cleveland. Upon a round knoll at this place a most pestilent dragon, or worm, took up its abode; whence it came, or what was its origin, no one knew. Read More »
A large inscribed stone measuring eight feet long, two feet wide and one and a half feet deep was placed beside a old road (now known as Written Stone Lane) in Dilworth during the 17th century. The reason why the stone was placed is unknown, though several stories have grown up around it. The following account was published in 'Lancashire Legends' (1873) by John Harland & T T Wilkinson. Read More »
The York Arms is haunted by a Grey Lady. She also haunts the Theatre RoyalTheatre Royal, which stands across from it, this sounds like a linked legend, and it may be worth noting if there is a legend about a connecting tunnel.