3 Haunted Hotels in Wiltshire
Stewart | On 02, Mar 2017
The Cross Guns, Bradford-on-Avon
You’ll find the Cross Guns pub situated in the picturesque hamlet of Avoncliff.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 17th century when it was originally called the Carpenter‘s Arms.
The pub gets its name after the 9th Battalion of the Wiltshire Rifle Volunteers who established a rifle range beside the pub in the 1790s.
The Cross Guns is reputed to be very haunted…
The most frequent witnessed ghost at the pub is that of the Blue Lady.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the lady’s toilet and in the pub’s garden looking down at the river.
Witnesses describe her as having wild staring eyes and wearing a Victorian style blue-grey dress with ankle length boots.
They also say that just before the Blue Lady appear the surrounding temperature drops dramatically!
Another ghostly female figure has been seen at the Cross Guns…
Two ladies sitting in the pub’s garden once saw the apparition of an old lady wearing a white bonnet looking and smiling at them from the first floor window of the Cross Guns.
The ghostly old woman then proceeded to disappear into thin air!
The pub’s chef reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a portly woman wearing a Victorian housekeeper’s outfit standing in the doorway of the kitchen on many occasions.
Another member of staff saw the same apparition reflected in the mirror situated in the adjoining room to the kitchen.
Members of staff have also reported seeing the ghostly apparition of an elderly man sitting on one of the settees in the public bar area.
They describe him as looking like an 18th century bargee.
The ghostly apparition of a monk like figure has been seen standing by the inglenook fireplace and also close to the cellar door.Click Here to Stay in the Cross Guns
The Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
The Grade I listed Old Bell Hotel in the beautiful market town of Malmesbury is said to be the oldest existing hotel in England.
You see, it’s built on the foundations of the remains of Malmesbury Abbey outbuildings that date back to 1220.
The ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady has been witnessed by terrified members of staff and guests alike in the pub.
She’s often seen in the James Ody Room!
She’s said to be in a forlorn state and local legend says she was a woman who was unhappily married in the nearby Abbey.
Both the Danvers Room and the Foe Room have had spooky goings-on within them.
Frightened guests in the Danvers Room have reported their belongings being thrown across the bedroom by unseen hands…
Their bed sheets were also pulled off of them in the middle of the night by an unknown entity!
On another occasion, guests staying in the Foe Room had a problem entering it because a heavy wardrobe had been jammed up against the door.
On entering the bedroom they found it empty…
Nobody knew or could explain how the wardrobe ended up against the door!Click Here to Stay in the Old Bell Hotel
The Sign of the Angel, Lacock
You’ll find the Sign of the Angel inn situated along Church Street in the village of Lacock.
The Grade II* listed building dates back to the late 15th century when it started life off as a private house for a wealthy wool merchant.
The inn gets its unusual name from the gold ‘Angel’ coin which was in circulation when the building first became a pub.
Over the years a ghostly apparition of an elderly woman has been seen frequently at the inn.
It’s believed that she’s the ghost of a former owner of the pub.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen sitting patiently at one of the tables in the lounge bar by spooked members of staff and diners alike.
It’s said that when she’s spoken too, she smiles and then disappears into thin air.
She’s also been seen in a couple of the inn’s bedrooms.
On one occasion in the late 1960s a carpet fitter got the shock of his life when he saw her ghostly apparition suddenly appear from the entrance of the pub and wander about the premises!Click Here to Stay in the Sign of the Angel