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3 Haunted Pubs in Hemel Hempstead

| On 10, Sep 2017

The White Hart

The White Hart is extremely old with parts of the building said to date back to 1530.

It’s the stairs of the pub where all the paranormal activity is said to happen…

 


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Sensitive people get bad feelings when they approach the stairs.

Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly face of a man manifest near the stairs.

They say he appears to be in terribly distress!

Local legend says that back in the days of the Press Gangs a young man was tricked into accepting the King’s shilling.

Depending on what version of the legend you hear…

The young man was either killed by the Press Gang whilst trying to escape.

And his ghost haunts the pub today.

Or, he killed the Press Gang’s recruiting sergeant and officers.

And their ghosts now haunt the pub!

 

The Rose and Crown

Along the Hemel Hempstead High Street you’ll find the Rose and Crown pub.

The pub is really old, it dates back to 1523 when it actually started life out as a butchers.

The owner at the time brewed mead for his workers which became very popular.

So much so, that he started to make more money from his brewing than he did from being a butcher which resulted in the birth of the oldest ale house in the High Street.

The Rose and Crown is said to be haunted by a couple of ghosts…

There’s the ghost of the Grey Lady who’s said to be responsible for the instances of the kitchen lights being turned on and off on their own accord.

And there’s also the ghost of a young handicapped girl who’s believed to have once lived at the pub.

Apparently she was locked in her room because of her disability.

During recent renovation work at the pub, a pair of old fashioned girl’s shoes was discovered.

The sole on one of the shoes was said to have been built up!

 

The Olde King’s Arms

Along Hemel Hempstead’s High Street is an ancient ale house called the Olde King’s Arms.

The pub lives up to its name as it dates back to the early 1600s and is located in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town area.

It’s also rumoured that the pub was a secret meeting place for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn when they were courting.

In fact, the Olde King’s Arms is said to be haunted by King Henry VIII himself…

Terrified members of staff have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a large man resembling Henry in one of the pub’s bedrooms sitting on the bed
whilst laughing!

 
Bibliography
Damien O’Dell (2009) Paranormal Hertfordshire. Amberley