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The Crown and Horseshoes, Enfield


The Crown and Horseshoes public house is an 18th century Grade II listed building and can be found on Horse Shoe Lane, by the canal. The Crown and Horseshoes has in the past had a reputation for being haunted. “Other than the footsteps and the mysterious banging of doors, nothing much happens these days”, Joan Forman told the author and investigator Andrew Green in 1976.

An apparition has only been seen once, possibly that of a former Landlady named Mrs Clark (according to the Post Office Directory F H G Clark was the licensee from 1914 to at least 1937), by one of the pubs customers. According to ‘The Haunted Pub Guide’ (Guy Lyon Playfair 1985) ‘Brian Bullock was waiting for his usual local to open. Looking through a window, he clearly saw an old lady and wondered who it was. He wondered even more when he learned that there had been nobody on the premises at the time.’

Other experiences reported in the 1980’s included the ringing of bells and apparently the throwing of plates of sandwiches.


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Re: The Crown and Horseshoes, Enfield

The following is Andrew Green's piece on the case:

'Other than footsteps and the mysterious banging of doors, nothing much happens these days'the landlord told me in February 1976. The pub which has seen at least two sudden deaths, one in 1816 and another in 1832, has also been the site of a visible haunting. One evening only a few years ago, Brian Bullock a regular customer was walking past and glanced in to see an old woman pass one of the windows. Later he enquired as to who the lady was, he thoughts she was an elderly relative, but received assurance from the puzzled licensee that the pub had been completely empty at the time.

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Re: The Crown and Horseshoes, Enfield

 The Crown & horseshoes sounds like a very likely target for paranormal activity, but no for the reasons that are supposed.  It’s like the Three Horseshoes case that involved my wife in late 2004.  This pub is on the Hatfield road, in Smallford, St Albans, Herts.



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