9 Haunted Pubs in West Sussex
Stewart | On 04, 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!
The Lamb Inn, Angmering
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman in the bar area and walking around the upstairs part of the pub.
They describe her as being dressed in white!
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Lamb Inn is of a man.
His cold looking ghost has been seen sitting on a stool trying to warm himself by the pub’s fire.
Witnesses describe him as wearing clothing from the Victorian era!
The Crab and Lobster Inn, Sidlesham
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall man standing in the pub.
They describe him as wearing a uniform, cloak and riding boots from the English Civil War period.
Other witnesses have also seen his apparition but this time they report him lying on the floor in a pool of blood!
His normally seen just before dawn and is said to be the ghost of the Royalist Sir Robert Earnley.
Local legend say that after a bloody encounter with Parliamentarian troops Sir Robert made his way to the inn where he later died from his wounds that he received during his skirmish with the Cromwellian soldiers.
Suter’s Yard, Shoreham-by-Sea
Local legend says that many years ago a little girl and her nanny drowned in the pub’s cellar when a high tide flooded it.
It’s now said that the pub is haunted by the ghost of a little girl and a woman!
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of a little red headed girl and a woman within the pub.
The ghostly red headed girl is said to be about six years old.
She’s been seen in the cellar, the lobby near the ladies toilets and sitting on the floor of the bar.
Witnesses have also reported hearing a young child giggling and phantom footsteps.
A former landlady once awoke with the sensation of her hair being stroked by invisible hands!
Large orb shape lights have also been witnessed in the pub.
They’ve been described as being white or blue in colour.
The Crown and Anchor, Shoreham-by-Sea
The young son of a former landlord got the shock of his life one night when he awoke to find a pair of ghostly legs hanging from his ceiling.
It’s said that a séance was performed the night before and a ghost of a hanging man was evoked.
The pub is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of two young children, a boy and a girl.
Apparently they hide a lot because they’re afraid of the hanging man!
A ghostly Spaniard and a ghost of a French girl are also said to haunt the pub.
Local legend says that French girl was brought ashore by a sailor or soldier during the Napoleonic Wars.
He abandoned her when she became pregnant.
She worked at the pub as a serving wench but tragically committed suicide by throwing herself out of the pub’s upstairs rear window.
Terrified witnesses who’ve seen her ghostly apparition describe her as being pale looking, dressed in grey and muttering a French phrase!
The Fisherman’s Joy, Selsey
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a little girl within the pub.
Another apparition seen in the Fisherman’s Joy is of a black shadow which moves across the bar area and vanishes through the window.
The window is in the spot of the original entrance door to the pub!
Members of staff at the pub have reported hearing the sounds of glasses clinking and stools moving across the wooden floor in the bar.
At first this doesn’t sound like a strange occurrence within a pub, but it always happens when the pub is closed to the public.
It’s as though the ghosts of the pub are enjoying their own private lock-in!
The Black Horse, Binsted
Spooked customers of the Black Horse pub have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of an old man sitting by the fireplace in the bar area.
A former member of staff who lived at the pub reported that one night he was awoken by the sound of someone trying to get into his bedroom.
There was banging on his bedroom door together with somebody rattling the door handle.
After the noise had ceased he ventured out of his bedroom to check the hallway but he found that nobody was there.
When he returned to his room a banging on his window started up.
This was strange because his bedroom was on the first floor of the pub.
He rushed over to his window to capture the culprit in action but when he looked out of it he found nobody there!
In 1894 an old man who was lodging at the pub was found drowned in the well situated at the back of the pub.
The verdict of his death was suicide due to mental health issues.
Could the ghostly old man seen by customers sitting in the bar area and the paranormal activity reported by the former member of staff be something to do with the spirit of this poor old man who drowned himself in the well?
The Kings Arms, Arundel
One night in the 1990s the then landlady was suddenly awoken by the eerie sensation that something was rubbing against her leg.
When she looked towards the end of her bed she saw a small hunched monochrome figure.
In the darkness of her bedroom she couldn’t tell whether the ghostly figure was male or female.
After a while it just disappeared into thin air!
Other paranormal activities have been reported to have taken place within the Kings Arms.
Glasses and trays moving by their own accord and light switches turning themselves on and off are just some of the strange events said to have taken place within the pub!
The Unicorn, Bognor Regis
It’s said that the ghostly Methodist priest turns off the pumps to the bar taps on a regular basis because he doesn’t approve of people consuming alcohol.
A spooked member of staff once reported seeing a drinks optic come away from the wall and hover in mid-air before falling to the floor where it smashed.
One evening a couple of members of staff were playing on the pub’s fruit machine when they both suddenly noticed a figure in white walk behind them in the reflection of the glass front of the fruit machine.
Thinking it was their manageress they both turned around only to discover that nobody was there.
Five minutes later their manageress walked in…
She was wearing a blue top!
Customers have reported seeing ghostly figures walk through the wall in the pool table area.
One day a young man was playing pool and just as he was going to take a shot he bumped into somebody standing behind.
He turned around to say sorry to the person but found that nobody was there!
The Chichester Inn, Chichester
The pub is said to be haunted by a ghostly Roman legionnaire who it’s believed once patrolled the nearby Roman wall.
Customers at the Chichester Inn have reported to have felt the Roman soldier brush past them.
Some spooked witnesses have even seen his ghostly apparition.
Apparently they only ever see the top half of his body.
This may be due to the fact that the ground level was at a different height during the Roman era!
Another ghost has also been witnessed at the Chichester Inn.
One day a former barmaid was cleaning a large mirror in the pub when she suddenly saw in its reflection an old lady standing in the doorway watching her.
The barmaid turned around to tell her that the pub wasn’t open yet but found that she’d completely disappeared into thin air!
Sudden temperature drops and doors mysteriously opening on their own accord have also been reported to have taken place on a regular basis within the pub.
David Scanlan (2013) Paranormal Sussex. Amberley
Aaron Weedal (2008) Haunted Chichester and Beyond. The History Press