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Haunted: Brewers Quay, Weymouth, Dorset

| On 12, Nov 2017

The Hauntings at Brewers Quay

You’ll find Brewers Quay situated on Hope Street in the Dorset coastal town of Weymouth.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the Victorian period.

It was originally the Devenish Brewery which was then converted into an indoor shopping complex which also housed heritage and science exhibits.

The complex was closed in 2010 and the building later housed an antiques emporium which also closed.

At the time of posting the building is awaiting redevelopment.

During the years when the building was used as a shopping complex it gained a reputation for being haunted.

The Village store was housed in the oldest part of the building.

Spooked members of staff would often find jars and other shop objects neatly stacked on the floor when they opened up in the mornings.

Goods would suddenly fall or fly off shelves by their own accord.

Shoppers and staff members would often see an apparition of a male figure standing in the shop or queueing up with customers waiting to pay for their items.

When staff at the craft store opened up in the mornings they would often find a book opened up on the floor with a doll mysteriously placed by it.

The book was always opened at a page with a dog on it!

Teddy bears would also be moved about and placed on certain shelves.

A female staff member once reported having her hair and face stroked by somebody invisible.

With another female staff member and sometimes female customers reporting having been tapped on their shoulder by somebody unseen.

Staff members working alone in the craft store would often hear somebody picking up things and putting them on shelves together with phantom whispering.

The store was said to be haunted by the spirits of a former cooper called Jack and a little blonde girl who the staff nicknamed Matilda.

Local legend says Matilda was the daughter of a former brewery manager who came to work with him one day and tragically fell into a vat of ale where she drowned.

The Timewalk attraction was said to be haunted by the ghost of a former brewery engine-house worker called Gabrielle who tragically died when he became entangled in a beam-engine’s machinery.

Visitors to the attraction also reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman wearing shabby clothing in the plague section of the Timewalk.

In the administration office staff members reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall slim woman carrying a tea tray along a corridor.

They described her as wearing Edwardian clothing consisting of a long straight skirt and a high-neck blouse.

The stockroom which was known as Hope was said to be haunted by a ghost that liked to move objects about and tug at the clothing of female staff members.

Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press