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.
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.
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