Haunted: The Black Dog Inn, Weymouth, Dorset
Stewart | On 16, Nov 2017
The Haunting of the Black Dog Inn
You’ll find the Black Dog Inn situated along St Mary Street in the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth.
Dating back to the late 16th century the Grade II* listed pub is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Weymouth.
It’s also reputed to be one of the most haunted too!
Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly fight take place between three men by the fireplace.
They describe the men as wearing rough shirts and leather jerkins.
The ghostly scene consists of two men beating a third man to the floor before all three of them disappear into thin air.
This is believed to be a ghostly re-enactment of a murder that took place within the Black Dog in 1758 when two members of the Hawkhurst smuggling gang, John ’Smoaker’ Mills and Richards Mills whipped Richard Hawkins to death.
They were both later hanged for the crime!
The ghost of a man wearing a trilby has been seen walking along the upstairs passageway of the pub.
It turns out that he’s the spirit of a former longstanding landlord of the Black Dog.
Another ghost seen in the upstairs rooms of the pub is that of a female figure.
Phantom footsteps have been heard coming up the stairs and guests sleeping overnight at the inn have reported having their hair and shoulders touch whilst asleep.
One guest actually heard somebody invisible say ‘hello’ to him whilst he was lying in bed.
Loud crashing noises, objects going missing and mysteriously reappearing, electrical equipment suddenly failing, lights switching on and off by their own accord, security and fire alarms going off even though they’ve been switched off, books flying off shelves by their own accord, glasses falling off the bar top are just some of the paranormal activity reported at the pub.
Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press