3 Haunted Pubs in Hastings
Stewart | On 10, Sep 2017
The Anchor Inn
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall man wearing a dark suit and top hat in the pub’s back bar.
There was once a portrait of a local judge hanging on a wall in the Anchor Inn.
It’s said that the ghostly man seen in the pub’s back bar looked very much like the judge in the painting!
The back bar is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a much love clockmaker of Hastings who died in 1811.
It’s said that if a broken timepiece is left overnight in the back bar it will be miraculously fix by the morning!
Guests staying in the upstairs rooms of the inn have reported seeing a ghostly female figure leaning over them when they’ve woken in the middle of the night.
They describe her as wearing a big floppy hat.
Strangely, they say that they never felt afraid…
In fact they report feeling calm, reassured and fell quickly back into a peaceful sleep!
The ghostly woman is believed to be the spirit of a former nanny of the house who would watch over the family’s children while they slept.
The Anchor Inn is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who was hanged.
Witnessed who’ve seen his ghostly apparition describe him as wearing high sea boots and a dark blue jersey.
Many believe the ghostly man was a former smuggler!
The Cinque Port Arms
In the past whenever there’s been alteration done to the pub the builders have reported paranormal activity taking place.
They reported that their tools would be mysteriously moved or go missing.
And on a couple of occasions they even witnessed puffs of smoke where nobody had been smoking.
The ghostly goings-on are believed to be caused by the ghost of the original architect of the building.
It’s said that he keeps his eye on the building and makes sure no harm comes to its historical architecture!
The Lord Nelson
In 1812 a young local fisherman called Joseph Swaine was mistaken for a smuggler and shot dead by a customs officer.
Joseph’s ghost is now said to haunt the Lord Nelson pub and the surrounding streets.
Both members of staff and customers alike have reported seeing his ghostly apparition within the pub.
Sometimes they’ve seen his ghost walking through the pub’s back wall!
They describe his ghostly apparition as being a young scruffy looking lad dressed in a fishing tunic and hat.
His apparition is often occupied by a sudden drop in temperature and a strange smell.
Tina Lakin (2006) Haunted Hastings. Tempus