Bristol Live have named five pubs in and around the city of Bristol which they claim are the most haunted. Many locations around the city are supposedly notoriously haunted by ghosts
and spirits, but when it comes to pubs these are Bristol's top picks.
The three-and-a-half-minute long video features five of the city's most historic and most haunted pubs, here they are in no particular order...
The White Hart
The first pub on Bristol Live's list is the 17th century White Hart on Lower Mauldin Street. The pub is so haunted that rumour has it the television show 'Most Haunted' asked to film their during their mammoth, three-night live show in the city back in 2007. The pub was originally part of St. James Priory and is situated not too far from a plague pit. To this day fresh flowers are always placed in the pub's front window to appease the mischievous ghosts who are said to haunt the building, especially the men's toilets.
The Hatchet Inn
The Hatchet Inn on Frogmore Street dates back to 1606 making it the oldest operating pub in Bristol. Locals believe the watering hole is haunted, perhaps the main reason for this claim is the fact that the inn's door is made from human skin. The skin of an executed criminal is said to be stretched over the door and hidden under coats of paint. It's also said that pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard, drank there.
The Bowl Inn
Situated on the outskirts of Bristol in the village of Almondsbury, this historic pub pre-dates the others in this list. The pub is known locally for its haunted reputation, something we can attest to as regulars to this particular pub, which is pretty close to Higgypop HQ.
The pub is said to be haunted by the spirit of a six-year-old French girl named Elizabeth Maronne and her five-year-old brother, John. It's claimed that they were murdered by their father in the building in the 16th century. Their lingering spirits have been blamed for poltergeist-like activity and the eerie disembodied voice of a young girl singing nursery rhymes.
The Highbury Vaults
Located close to Bristol University and the hospital, The Highbury Vaults is a traditional pub with a macabre past. In the mid to late 19th century, condemned criminals were taken to the pub for their final meal and kept downstairs in the vaults, before being executed at the top of the road where the roundabout is today. Drinkers claim that the pub is haunted by the spirits of these desperate souls and their disembodied screams have even been heard.
The allegedly very haunted Llandoger Trow on King Street is without a doubt one of the most haunted locations in Bristol, boasting 15 ghosts, most famously the ghost of a young boy. The historic pub is located near the old city centre docks and was named by a sailor who owned the pub. Llandoger is a village in Wales which built a type of flat bottom boat known as a trow.
The black and white timbered building was legendary in its heyday and is the place where Daniel Defoe was inspired to write Robinson Crusoe and the pub which Robert Louis Stevenson based the the inn on in Treasure Island.
Many staff and guests to the pub have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, even more have heard his footsteps. Some say he was murdered in the inn and has been heard wandering around the building ever since. They hear his footsteps going along the landing and up and down an old staircase in the heart of the old building. The boy was said to be disabled which made the sound of his feet clomping on the wooden floor boards even more apparent.