The New Leathern Bottle, Warfield
Dating from the late 17th century, The New Leathern Bottle is a Grade II listed building with a reputation of being haunted. According to their website a murder took place here. They state that ‘In the mid 1800s the Leathern Bottle, as it was then, was owned and run by the Careys. Hannah Carey was known to be a loose woman and would make herself available to the men of the area. John Carey, the landlord, put up with his wife’s behaviour for some time before finally deciding to publicly beat the habit out of her. Hannah took to wearing large hats to hide her bruises. One day John arrived home in a rage and threw their large heavy bed on top of his wife and then jumped on it. Hannah was mortally injured but survived for another month before finally succumbing to her injuries.’
The fatal attack took place on 21 October 1851. The date of her death was 14 November 1851. Hannah was thirty two years old and her husband John forty seven. The man with which Hannah had an affair was George Parker, a recent widower. Following her death Hannah was buried at Easthampstead Church. Though some websites cliam claim John was hanged for his crime, he was I believe found guilty of manslaughter at Reading Assizes in February 1852 and in a show of leniency due to the nature of the provocation, sentenced to seven years transportation.
It is said that there have been reports of an angry male voice and a crying woman heard, which have been attributed to Mr and Mrs Carey.