3 Haunted Places in Salisbury
Stewart | On 28, Sep 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
Poultry Cross, Salisbury
You’ll find Poultry Cross situated where Silver Street, Minster Street and Butcher Row meet.
It’s a Grade I listed market cross which marks the spot of former markets in Salisbury.
The structure dates back to the 15th century but was updated in the 18th century.
There’s actually been a market cross on the spot since 1307.
Parts of the present stone Poultry Cross were designed by the architect Owen Browne Carter.
It’s the only remaining of four market crosses that once stood in Salisbury.
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a man standing under the cross.
They describe him as being unassuming and wearing a modern day grey three-piece suit.
Apparently, once spotted, he just vanishes into thin air!
The Haunch of Venison, Salisbury
You’ll find the Haunch of Venison pub situated along Minster Street close to the Poultry Cross.
The historic pub is said to be the oldest in Salisbury dating back to 1320 when it started life out as a place to house the craftsmen working on the Cathedral’s spire.
The Grade II* listed building is infamous for its smoked preserved mummified hand which was found by workmen in 1903.
It’s said that the mummified hand belonged to a demented whist player who visited the pub one evening in the 1820’s.
He was caught cheating during a card game by a local butcher who then chopped off his hand with a meat cleaver as punishment!
Some people don’t believe this tale but think the hand is actually a ‘Hand of Glory’ which was used during the practice of witchcraft.
Traditionally, the Hand of Glory was a dried or pickled hand cut from a dead felon who had been hung in a gibbet.
The fat of the felon was made into a candle which was place into the Hand of Glory.
Once lit, the candle was believed to have great powers!
The pub’s hand has been stolen a few times but it has always been returned.
Today, it’s now locked behind a secure iron gate in a former bread oven next to the pub’s fireplace.
The Haunch of Venison is said to be haunted by the restless ghost of the man who lost his hand.
His ghost has been blamed for the hiding of objects, opening and closing doors, the moving of glasses across tables and for turning on and off taps, switches and electrical items.
His ghostly presence is often accompanied by the strong smell of freshly turned soil.
The manageress who lived on the top floor of the pub once woke up in the middle of the night to find a ghostly man standing by her bed.
She described the man as being middle-aged and wearing old brown trousers with a shirt.
He had his arms crossed and was just standing there watching her lying in bed.
This ghostly man has been seen on numerous occasions and is said to be the spirit of the cheating card player.
It’s said that he stands with his arms crossed so that you can’t see that one of his hands has been cut off!
Another ghost is also said to haunt the pub.
The ghostly apparition of a black haired lady wearing a long white Victorian dress has been seen wandering around the pub.
Sometimes she’s accompanied by the smell of flowers.
The ghostly woman is said to be the mother of a young boy who vanished on his way to the pub when she sent him to buy some bottles of drink.
Nobody knows exactly what happened to the lad but it’s said that the ghostly woman is forever searching for him.
Blue Boar Row, Salisbury
Blue Boar Row is located in the centre of Salisbury.
It’s named after the Blue Boar Inn which was demolished in 1756.
In 1483, the Blue Boar Inn was the site where Henry Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham was executed after a failed coup attempt against Richard III.
Today, the site is occupied by a building which houses a well-known department store but the old Blue Boar courtyard, where the Duke of Buckingham was executed, still exists in the form of an open space.
This area is said to be haunted by his ghost.
Paranormal activity has also been reported in the department store building.
In 2002, doors were flung wide open and security alarms set off by something unknown.
During the Second World War, fire-watchers refused to go in the building.
And recently, a telephone engineer felt somebody touch him on the shoulder whist he was working alone in the attic room of the building.
The street in front of the department building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a happy Victorian girl who’s been seen skipping there.
The building on the corner of Blue Boar Row and Endless Street is said to be haunted by a ghostly teenage girl called Matilda who sadly died from diphtheria.
Between this building and the department store there’s a shop that’s said to be haunted by a woman in an Edwardian dress.
Frogg Moody and Richard Nash (2012) Haunted Salisbury. The History Press