Ye Olde Man & Scythe

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Ye Olde Man & Scythe

    The following article entitled "VIDEO: Ghostly goings-on at historic Bolton pub" by Tracey Scott appeared in ‘This Is Lancashire’, 26 December 2007.

    Go to Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in Bolton and you are likely to get a different kind of spirit.

    For spooky goings-on have been caught on CCTV at the Churchgate pub, according to a paranormal investigator.

    Spiritualist medium David Holt, aged 24, from Westhoughton, spent a Friday night at the pub in the hope of recording some ghostly activity.

    Armed with his ghost tracking kit – including Electro-Voice Phenomena (EVPs) and night vision camcorders – Mr Holt and nine fellow spirit hunters spent more than seven hours watching and waiting.

    Mr Holt, who claims to have seen his first spirit at the age of four, said: "We held a number of experiments with the spirit world and managed to get some voice phenomena and footage of orbs – circular lights seen in the picture on the right.

    "We held a séance, asked the famous question Is anyone here?’ and a voice replied, Can I help you?’ A woman at the seance asked if anyone was around her and a young boy answered, Ian’. Her cousin Ian died earlier this year, he was just a little boy."

    The orbs caught on camera are said to be a representation of spirit manifestation, possibly deceased loved ones or guardian angels. Fans of Living TV’s Most Haunted will be familiar with them. Spiritual-sceptics, however, believe they are dust particles bouncing from light.

    Mr Holt said: "Orbs are very significant. They represent a lot in paranormal investigations. They can interact on request and random dust particles cannot do that."

    According to David, non-believers should beware.

    "One day you will definitely find out if the spirit world is there, whether you want to or not," he said.

    "To sceptics I’d invite them to look at the evidence themselves. As a spiritualist medium it is my job to enlighten people, not frighten people.

    "You can only go so far as to give evidence, and that is what I try to do – give evidence."

    Ye Olde Man and Scythe is the oldest pub in Bolton, dating back to 1251. The building has seen many historical events, including the "Massacre of Bolton" in 1644, which saw the death of 500 soldiers. It was also the scene of the beheading of Earl of Derby in 1651.

    Mr Holt holds a meeting at Ye Olde Man and Scythe every month.

  2. Ian Topham says:

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    This pub was closed 15 October 2012 and the stafff were told by text that they had lost their jobs. The manner in which this happened made national news.

  3. Ricky says:

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    I have visited this pub on several occasions and can happily agree that it certainly has an old world feel to it.  The floors are slabs of cold ancient rock and all unlevel, the each room has walled filled with artifacts and historic stories lit by lamps in glass boxes.  It has an old cellar system where barrels are hauled from the top to bottom with a strange looking winch.  Its also said that there used to be a tunnel that went from the pub to the church up the road where monks and other saintly types would go to and from transporting wine.