Haunted: The Bear Inn, Stock, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings at the Bear Inn
The four hundred year old Bear Inn is said to be haunted by a guy called Charlie, nicknamed the Spider!
Back in the 1800’s he worked at the inn as an ostler.
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The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
This meant he cared for the horses of the guests who were staying at the inn.
Well, it was said that he liked the odd pint or two or even three.
But only being a humble ostler he had limited amounts of funds to pay for he’s drinking habit!
So, as a side line, he took on the alter ego of Spider to entertain the punters at the pub in return for some loose change and a beer or two.
His spider act went something like this…
In each room of the Bear Inn was a huge fireplace with a large chimney.
He would take his pint of beer and disappear up the chimney in one of the pub’s rooms.
He would then drink his pint in peace in the bacon curing loft which was located at the junction of the chimneys in the roof.
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The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
Once he’d finished his pint, he would descend down a different chimney only to appear in the fireplace of another room resulting in startling the pub’s regulars!
Well, sometimes the drunken locals would play a little trick on him when he was up a chimney…
They would light a fire to smoke him out!
On one Christmas Eve, Charlie had done his disappearing act up a chimney with a pint of beer.
He was gone for some time and the bored locals decided to smoke him out.
Tragically, he never came down again…
It’s believed that he was overcome by fumes and died in the chimney.
Legend says that although the chimneys were swept many times, his body was never recovered.
And some say that his well-cured remains are still somewhere up there in one of the chimneys!
Well, I doubt if you’ll be surprised if I told you that he’s ghost is said to haunt the Bear Inn.
Witnesses have described seeing a ghostly apparition of a man dressed in white breeches and leather boots exiting the chimney.
Some have even seen him hanging upside down in one of the chimney’s large fireplaces.
Black footprints and sooty deposits mysteriously appearing on the pub’s carpet are just some of the paranormal happenings which are believed to be caused by his spirit.
Two ex-landlords of the Bear Inn have both witnessed his cheerful ghost describing him as likable!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
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The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!