Harry ca Nab (also known as Harry Cannab) is traditionally thought to be the Devil’s Huntsman. This phantom is described as riding a bull or a winged horse and goes out hunting wild boar....
Specific Location: Stourbridge
The Old Cat is certainly old and was originally converted from a row of cottages which would have been around at the time of the English Civil War. Cavalier figures from the war have been seen in other parts of Wordsley and it is indeed a Royalist soldier in full attire who has startled staff mainly around the cellar area.
The Crabmill used to be known as The Oldswinford and at one time many years ago it was a Doctor’s surgery. Temporary managers are particularly wary here as they are likely to be treated to loud noises coming from the empty rooms in the early hours of the morning.
The Ashwood is a fairly modern pub at the centre of a residential estate. Whilst nothing has actually been seen at the pub, nevertheless the building is prone to some unusual phenomena. Occasionally, singing described as operatic has been heard even though there was no obvious cause.
The Starving Rascal is named after an event in Victorian times which has had lasting repercussions. A beggar turned up at the pub during a particularly harsh winter to ask for some food and drink. He was cruelly turned away by the landlord. Before he died of exposure and malnutrition outside on the steps the beggar placed a curse on the pub.
The Somerset House pub has a long history of ghostly goings on. This is possibly associated with bodies being stored in the cellar in the 1940s whilst coffins were being made on the premises.
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.
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.
The ghost story of The Cat Inn concerns an old tramp, Billy Pitt, who collapsed in the snow one bitter cold night in mid-winter. The howling of Billy’s dog, Jim, brought a group of drunks out of the inn to see what was going on. They dragged Billy into the pub and revived him by the fire.
Joanna Southcott was born in April 1750 in Taleford, and raised in the village of Gittisham in Devon, England.