GHOST OF THE CELLAR?
11:00 - 24 January 2003
He looks like a kindly gent from a Dickens novel, but yesterday local people claimed this portly apparition could be the reason things go bump in the night at a West pub.
His presence suggests as a picture was taken more than a century ago but believers say it is less than 30 years old.
Now a West ghostbuster wants to find who the figure is and how he came to be snapped in the cellars of a Ross-on-Wye pub.
Paranormal investigator Barry Fitzpatrick stumbled across the picture of the typical Victorian while investigating rumoured hauntings at the King Charles II pub. He believes the image could be genuine.
Stories about ghostly goings-on at the Broad Street pub have been circulating for decades.
One landlord kept finding old coins in the cellar and former cooks complained about things moving about in the kitchen.
Reports of apparitions and icy chills in the corridor above the cellar are commonplace among customers.
During Barry's research former landlady Vi Boxer handed over a set of photographs taken in the 1970s. They included a shot of the ghostly apparition, which appears to be checking the cellar with a lamp.
"I always keep an open mind but it does appear to be genuine," said Barry, 66, a retired security officer from cider giant Bulmers.
"I've dated the barrels in the cellar to the early 1970s, which is when they said the photograph was taken.
"I've dated his clothes to the Victorian era but he appears too well dressed to be a drayman. I've heard that at one time they held courts in the cellar so maybe he could have been a court official."
As part of his research, Barry has held a vigil in the cellar and used a clairvoyant who confirmed the presence of a well-dressed male. But he believes his research has been hampered by mystery surrounding a secret tunnel hewn out of rock. The bricked-off passage, which appears to run between the town's two churches, is linked to the pub's cellar.
Present landlords Andy Gooding and Paul Neades took over the pub last June and say they want to find out once and for all if there are more spirits than they serve behind the bar. They dismissed the stories of hauntings until a string of strange happenings, including someone constantly turning off their gas cylinders.
The day after they took Barry down to the cellar, they went down to find a barrel had been rolled across the inside of the door to block it.
"At first we thought the stories were drink talk but now we think there is definitely something," said Paul, 31.
IS GERRY THE FERRIE SCARY PUB GHOST?
18:00 - 27 February 2003
A Symonds Yat landlady is looking for ghost experts who can tell her who Gerald - a ghostly regular who just won't listen to calls for last orders - really is.
Sonia Lewis says that the popular pub and hotel on the banks of the Wye is haunted by the 'presence' nicknamed Gerald by staff, who throws glasses, turns taps on and off and has made parts of her own pub no-go areas. "I won't go in the pool room unless it's daylight or there's someone with me," she told The Forester this week.
Sonia was herself no great believer in ghosts until she discovered she was sharing a bar with one.
"I didn't believe or disbelieve, and I've never seen anything," she said.
"This is really embarrassing, but what can you say? There's definitely somebody here."
Local legend has it that in 1927-8 a former occupant of the building committed suicide in what is now the pool room which was then a stable block.
"I won't go in there on my own to turn off the lights at night," she said, "it's a joke with everyone now that I won't."
A sense of someone being there, standing next to you, is how the landlady and several guests have described the manifestations, but they also take a more concrete form explained barmaid Nola Lewis.
"I've seen glasses come down from behind the bar," she said, "we thought it might be because of a band, or music, but it happens when there's no band on and it's really quiet as well."
According to Sonia the glasses always follow the same path and often don't smash despite a fall of well over six feet.
As well as a cavalier attitude to health and safety at work, the Ferrie's spook pays no heed to sex discrimination laws either.
"It never happens to a woman," said Nola, "I've seen it but it doesn't happen to me, or any other women.
"One barman, Owen, had five come at him in a night."
Sonia agrees: "My niece might dispute this," she said, "and she says a glass went when she was serving, but in fact she had just come out from behind the bar and a man had gone in."
The possible ghostly presence only came to light when guests asked whether the place was haunted after taps and lights got a mind of their own. One visitor found an orb had appeared in a photo he had taken, but his camera refused to focus on the fireplace. Footsteps are heard when the building is empty.
The building's owner confirmed Sonia's impression that there was 'someone there', but specific information has been hard to come by.
"We've been told that someone hanged themselves here in 1927 or 1928, and it was the biggest funeral that the Yat has ever seen," said Sonia.
"I've been told he's my keeper. I've been told he's a man called Daniel or Damien and he's about 38 years old. I've been told all sorts but you can't prove it.
"I'd love it if someone could come along and tell me who it is."
A pub quiz for Forest spirit fans.
Now it's Liz who has the locals in a tiz!
THE GHOST of the Miners Arms at Sling, near Coleford, is not, after all, ‘Old Nell.’
The ancient picture hanging in the bar is that of Elizabeth Davis who was landlady at the pub in the 1880s and 1890s.
The photograph was recognised by Mr Pat Davis, of Cinderford.
“She was my great great grandmother and kept the pub for many years,” said Pat.
“In fact the pub was in our family for around a century and I was born there,” he said.
Mrs Davis had seven daughters, six of whom are buried in Clearwell churchyard.
“If this is the image customers see at the Miners then it is definitely not old Nell – she followed later – but my ancestor. They will have to rename her,” said Pat.
Landlord Brian Penkethman was delighted to get a positive identification of the old picture.
“The pub is definitely haunted by a friendly ghost and we have loads of stories and tales to tell about things that have moved and noises we have heard,” he said.
“We’ve always called her Old Nell but now we will have to think of changing that,” he said.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd 04 April 03
(PA) Police were called to a pub toilet when a shocked licensee was left shaking by an encounter with a ghost with half a face.
Landlord Roger Froggatt, 55, and his wife Kathryn, 49, were woken by the alarm at the Low Valley Arms, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire in the early hours of the morning. As he investigated what he thought might be an intruder he was confronted by a woman wearing a long white gown in the ladies lavatory of the pub in Darfield.
But what left 55-year-old Mr Froggatt in a state of complete shock was her face - half of which was missing. One officer went into the ladies and although the figure of the woman had gone, the toilets began to flush themselves. Mrs Froggatt and a second officer went in and the flushing continued.
LANDLORD SHAKEN BY PUB SPIRITS
By Dave Higgens, PA
Police were called to a pub toilet today when a shocked licensee was left shaking by an encounter with a ghost with half a face.
Landlord Roger Froggatt and his wife Kathryn were woken by the alarm at the Low Valley Arms, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire in the early hours of the morning.
As he investigated what he thought might be an intruder he was confronted by a woman wearing a long white gown in the ladies lavatory of the pub in Darfield.
But what left 55-year-old Mr Froggatt in a state of complete shock was her face - half of which was missing.
Mrs Froggatt, 49, who was just behind her husband before he went into the toilets, said she was so concerned about what her husband had experienced she called the police.
"He was in total shock," she said. "He was shaking, he was white and he wouldn't move.
"He just kept saying `face, face, it's horrible, it's horrible'.
"I was so worried about what he might have seen I rang the police there and then, sitting on the stairs."
But Mrs Froggatt said the bizarre goings on, which began when the couple first came downstairs to find all the televisions on in the bar, continued when the police arrived.
She said one officer went into the ladies and although the figure of the woman had gone, the toilets began to flush themselves.
Mrs Froggatt and a second officer went in and the flushing continued.
"The handles were going up and down and there was water everywhere," she said.
The landlady said she and her husband had moved into the pub a year ago and although there had been rumours of things moving around the cellar, nothing had been seen before.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to the pub at 1.35am today.
He said a search of the property revealed a small window was open but it was "far too small for any entry to be gained."
The spokesman also confirmed that the toilets in the ladies flushed themselves when the officers went in.
http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=55&ArticleID=1464196 said:Roll-call of pubs with more than one kind of spirit
Yorkshire has some of the most haunted bars in the country. Emma Dunlop takes a look at some of the more well-known.
Carbrook Hall in the Darnall area of Sheffield is reputedly the city's most haunted pub, with four different ghosts having been sighted there.
The main ghost – a short, stocky man with long, brown hair and wearing heavy, dark 17th century clothing – often appears at the top of the stairs.
The ghost is believed to be that of a Colonel John Bright, who fought in Oliver Cromwell's army in the Civil War.
In Wyke in West Yorkshire regulars at the Hypnotist pub have often encountered "Fred the Flusher", which is said to be the ghost of an engineer, based at a nearby dam, who died after an accident.
He is described as middle-aged and dripping wet and is blamed for flushing toilets when no one is around.
But it is York which stands head and shoulders above the rest of the region in terms of ghostly apparitions. It is the most haunted city in the country, with every street, alley and pub seeming to have a chilling ghost story to tell.
At the Five Lions pub there is a figure known locally as "Green Jenny", although she has not been seen for many years.
The Punchbowl, in Micklegate Bar, is regularly visited by a spectre known as the "Burnt Landlord".
This spook is the ghost of a landlord who burnt to death in a fire there and haunts one of the bedrooms and the cellar.
The ghost of a woman who died of a broken heart has also been seen on site.
Also in York, at the Snickleway Inn, on Goodramgate – formerly the Anglers' Arms – the ghost of a little girl is often seen waiting on the staircase.
She met her death when a horse and cart delivering beer ran over her just outside the pub.
There is also a much more sinister presence which haunts the basement of the same pub.
Five other pubs in the city – the Roman Bath on St Sampson's Square, the York Arms on High Petergate, the Golden Fleece on Pavement Street, the First Hussar on North Street and the Other Tap and Spile, also on North Street – can also claim ghostly fame.
They include a phantom splasher, a grey lady, a drunken airman and two caped figures.
Beware the "Ghost" House
Pub regulars shun "cursed" pub seat after numerous deaths
In a small town, in a small street, in a small pub there’s a small seat – dubbed coroner’s corner.
The seat, in The Oast House in Southport, has been given the name after it was noticed whoever sat in it had a sealed fate.
In the past year, eight pub regulars who have graced the corner have died – although landlady of the Stanley Street pub – nicknamed The Ghost House – insists it’s the friendliest pub in town.
Long-time regular of the pub, Bill Middleton, 74, said: “I’ve lost about 14 good friends after they have sat in that seat. All good old mates, mainly from the armed forces, I won’t sit there.”
Landlady Gill Cox said: “My husband Jeff and I have run the pub for the past two years and although we’ve had some strange experiences, there’s no better or friendlier atmosphere in any other pub.”
When she says strange experiences, Gill means it. She continued: “Just after we took over the pub, I was downstairs locking up late at night, and I swear I saw a person walk through the bar and through the back wall of the pub. I wasn’t scared, it was just a strange feeling.
“Jeff is even more sceptical than I am, he has never believed in anything like that, but he also saw something one night. He woke up in bed late and saw a face looking at him. Again he wasn’t scared – it was just strange. The ghost, or what ever it was is friendly, we’ve never had any bad vibes.”
The seat though is another story. Constance Bennett, 73, has drunk in the pub for 15 years, and insists she doesn’t believe in ghouls – but she won’t sit in the corner. She said: “I want to be round for a while yet, there’s no way I’m sitting in that chair.”
Gill added: “Everyone knows everyone else in the pub. New people come in and are welcomed straight away.”
fynoderee1: Has anyone heard any stories about new build pubs being haunted?