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9 Haunted Pubs in Cambridgeshire

| On 06, Apr 2017


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The Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell

You’ll find the Old Ferryboat Inn overlooking the Great Ouse river along Holywell Front in the hamlet of Holywell.

The Grade II listed thatched pub dates back to the 17th century and is reputed to be the oldest pub in England!

Part of the inn was built over the grave of a beautiful seventeen year old girl called Juliet Tewsley who died over nine hundred years ago.

On 17th March, 1050 Juliet tragically committed suicide after being jilted by her woodcutter lover.

It’s now said that on the anniversary of her death, her spirit in the form of a White Lady ghost appears by the pub and walks towards the nearby river!

 

Pickerel Inn, Cambridge

The Pickerel Inn situated in Magdalene Street dates back to 1608 making it the oldest licensed premises in Cambridge.

With such a historic building you’ll probably won’t be too surprised to discover that it’s reputed to be haunted…

Many of the former landlords of the inn have sadly committed suicide.

Two hung themselves from a hook in the pub’s cellar and another drowned herself in the nearby River Cam.

It’s her ghost that is said to haunt the building!

Members of the Pickerel staff often remark that they can feel her presence within the pub.

And on a few occasions her ghost has actually been witnessed in the upstairs rooms of the building.

 

The Eagle, Cambridge

Along Cambridge’s historic Bene’t Street you’ll come across the 17th century Eagle pub.

The pub is well-known for its RAF bar which has graffiti on its walls and ceilings by airmen from the Second World War.

The pub is said to be haunted not by airmen but by two young boys who apparently died in suspicious circumstances.

Spooked witnesses have seen their apparitions staring out of the upstairs window.

The ghost of a young Victorian girl in a black dress is also said to haunt the pub…

She was seen in 1957 carry a silver lighted candlestick and was said to be bathed in a glowing lighter.

Later in 1977 she was witnessed again on the pub’s staircase!

Shocked punters at the Eagle have also reported that their table had mysteriously tilted up on its own accord resulting in their drinks being spilled.

 

The Red Cow, Cambridge

The Red Cow pub was once situated on Corn Exchange Street in the centre of Cambridge.

The Grade 2 listed pub was said to have been haunted by a ghostly figure of a man.

Terrified witnesses have only seen his apparition from the knees upwards.

It’s believed that over the years the floors of the building have been altered to a higher level which probably explains why his ghostly figure seems to be cut off at the knees!

 

The New Inn, St Neots

The New Inn situated along the High Street in St Neots was in times gone by an old coaching inn.

In 1648, during the English Civil War, Henry Rich the 1st Earl of Holland marched into St Neots with four hundred troops.

The next day, Parliamentarian Roundheads turned up and the battle of St Neots commenced.

Holland took refuge in the New Inn but was eventually arrested by the Roundheads.

He was put on trial in London and then executed as a traitor at the Tower of London.

Punters having a quiet drink in the bar of the New Inn have been spooked when they have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a tall man wearing an ankle length cloak…

The ghostly figure then proceeds to walk across the bar and into the yard.

This apparition is believed to be Henry Rich the 1st Earl of Holland himself!

 

Bell Inn, Stilton

The 17th century Bell Inn is situated along the High Street in the village.

The present building dates back to 1642 but there’s actually been a Bell Inn on the spot since the 1500s.

It has a reputation for being haunted by no other that the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

Legend says that when he was on the run from the authorities he stayed at the inn for nine weeks.

He eventually fled the Bell on his famed horse Black Bess when he was surprised by a raid on the inn.

One of the inn’s bedrooms which Dick Turpin is alleged to have stayed in is said to be haunted by his ghost.

Wednesday night is said to be the night that the highwayman’s spirit likes to haunt the bedroom and roam the hotel’s corridors.

Terrified guests have reported to have been awoken in the middle of the night to see a ghostly apparition of a highwayman in dark clothing standing at the bottom of their bed.

A dark ghostly figure on horseback believed to be Dick Turpin’s ghost has also been witnessed outside the Bell Inn.

Another ghost believed to be the spirit of a former employee is said to haunt the inn too…

Spooked guests have reported seeing a ghostly female figure in period clothing walking along the inn’s corridor.

Members of staff have reported objects mysteriously be moved or going missing in the bar area as well as the kitchen!

 

The Carpenter’s Arms, Great Wilbraham

You’ll find the Carpenter’s Arms situated along the High Street in the small village of Great Wilbraham.

The Grade II listed pub dates back to the late 17th century when it started life off as a private cottage.

The Carpenter’s Arms is reputed to be haunted by at least three ghosts.

Witnesses have reported hearing heavy phantom footsteps walking across the upper floor of the pub which always stop in the exact spot.

Door knobs would also be rattled by something unseen!

The ghostly apparition of a tall man dressed in an 18th century grey suit has been seen in the pub.

It’s believed that this ghost is the spirit of a man who was once held in the Carpenter’s Arms as a prisoner before he was publicly hanged in the village!

 

The Dog and Duck, Linton

Situated half way along the High Street near to the bridge at the side of the old ford you’ll find the Dog and Duck pub.

The pub dates back to 1850 and is rumoured to have a resident ghost.

The ghost is said to heavily tap people who have upset him on their shoulder.

Chairs have been heard being moved around the bar by someone unknown in the middle of the night.

Some spooked customers have even witnessed a ghostly elderly man sitting in the corner of the pub!

 

The Black Bull Inn, Whittlesey

You’ll find the Black Bull Inn along Market Street in the ancient market town of Whittlesey.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the mid-17th century.

The pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old man called Charlie Presence.

 
Bibliography
Stuart Orme (2012) Haunted Peterborough. The History Press
Damien O’Dell (2013) Paranormal Cambridgeshire. Amberley