3 Haunted Pubs in Poole
Stewart | On 28, Oct 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!
The Angel, Poole
The pub is a former coaching house dating back to the late 18th century.
In the 1980’s a couple visiting the town walked pass the Angel and noticed two young children looking out at them from the top window of the pub.
The little girl and boy were cheekily pulling faces at the couple and the couple pulled faces back and waved to them as they carried on their journey.
Later in the day, the couple returned to the pub for a drink and remarked to the landlord how cute his children were that were pulling faces at them from the upstairs window earlier in the day.
The landlord looked puzzled, he told them that he didn’t have any children and no children had been in the pub that day let alone upstairs.
Nobody knows who the children are, but in the late 1800’s the landlady of the pub did have two children – a boy and a girl!
The Cow, Parkstone
You’ll find the Cow situated along Station Road in the Parkstone area of Poole.
The Cow restaurant and pub is housed in an old Victorian building that dates back to 1855.
The building was originally the Parkstone Hotel and it’s said that some of its former staff members from the 1920’s and 1930’s haunt the building today.
One of the Cow’s waitresses reported somebody invisible barge pass her whilst she was carrying a tray.
And on another occasion a pile of cutlery was mysteriously polished and laid out on a tray overnight by somebody unknown.
It’s said that the spirit of a former maid of the Parkstone Hotel called Molly is responsible for the haunting of the building.
The King Charles, Poole
You’ll find the King Charles pub located at the Quay end of Thames Street.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 16th century.
It became an inn in 1770 when it was known as the New Inn.
It later changed its name in honour of Charles X of France when he docked at Poole Quay in 1830.
The pub is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a former landlady and a young sailor from the 18th century.
Local legend says that they fell in love but he had to go to sea for some months.
On his return there was a terrible storm and when his ship never arrived back she feared that he’d been lost at sea.
Heartbroken she committed suicide by hanging herself.
A couple of days later, the weary sailor returned from sea to find the pub locked up.
When he broke in, he found his lover’s body hanging from a beam in an upstairs room.
He cut down her body and in utter despair killed himself with his own knife.
Bottles and glasses smashing on their own accord, phantom footsteps, objects mysteriously disappearing, pets refusing to go into some of the upstairs rooms, temperature drops, the smell of lavender water and the sense of sadness have all been reported at the inn.
Julie Harwood (2011) Haunted Poole. The History Press