- Nov 14, 2005
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Many years ago I used to drink in a pub in East London called the Kings Head (locally called 'The Nuthouse'). It was quite a big old pub and was situated across the road from West Ham Church which has a history going back to the Norman period. One night, during an after hours "late night tasting" with the landlord and his wife we got to talking about the history of the pub. During the conversation June, the landlady, laughed and said "you probably wont believe this but the ladies toilets are haunted". She explained that a couple of customers had reported seeing a misty figure in the Ladies that gradually faded away. We had a good laugh and carried on chatting. Didn't give this much thought until about 5 years later when my future Mother in Law, Jenny, came up London from South Wales for a visit and I took her into the pub for a drink. She often claimed that she could see ghosts and often attended a Spiritualist Church in Swansea. As we were about to leave the pub she said she needed to spend a penny and popped into the Ladies. When she came out she asked me if the toilets were haunted! She said that as she was washing her hands she saw a misty figure of a lady that gradually faded from the feet up. I had only known Jenny for a few months and had never even mentioned the pub let alone the haunted toilets. What has always puzzled me is that in such a big old pub the ladies toilet is the most unlikely place to harbour a ghost story so was it just a bizarre coincidence or did Jenny really see a ghost?