3 Haunted Pubs in Weymouth
Stewart | On 02, Dec 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 Duke of Albany
You’ll find the Duke of Albany pub on Park Street.
The Grade II listed pub dates back to the early 19th century.
The pub is reputed to be haunted with witnesses seeing glasses lift themselves off their shelf, hover in mid-air and then return back to their shelf.
Other glasses have also been seen to gently rise from their shelf and lower themselves to the ground as though somebody invisible has lifted them off the shelf and put them on the floor.
Sudden temperature drops have been reported in the bar, snug and rear storeroom areas.
Beer pumps would mysteriously run dry and gases would be turned off by somebody unknown.
It’s believed that the pub is haunted by the spirit of a former landlady who’s not happy with the beer that’s being served by the present landlord!
The Golden Lion
You’ll find the Golden Lion pub on St Edmunds Street.
The Grade II listed former coaching inn dates back to the 18th century when it replace a former 17th century inn.
Like a lot of old coaching inns up and down the country, the Golden Lion is reputed to be haunted.
It’s said to be haunted by three ghosts, an old man and two ladies.
The old man is believed to be the ghost of a local fisherman.
His apparition has been seen sitting at the end of the bar.
The ladies have been seen in the upper rooms and playing cards at a table in the corner of the main bar.
Witnesses have also reported hearing faint laughter and eerie whispering in the empty courtyard at the rear of the building!
The Black Dog Inn
You’ll find the Black Dog Inn on St Mary Street.
Dating back to the late 16th century the Grade II* listed pub is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Weymouth.
It’s also reputed to be one of the most haunted too!
Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly fight take place between three men by the fireplace.
They describe the men as wearing rough shirts and leather jerkins.
The ghostly scene consists of two men beating a third man to the floor before all three of them disappear into thin air.
This is believed to be a ghostly re-enactment of a murder that took place within the Black Dog in 1758 when two members of the Hawkhurst smuggling gang, John ’Smoaker’ Mills and Richards Mills whipped Richard Hawkins to death.
They were both later hanged for the crime!
The ghost of a man wearing a trilby has been seen walking along the upstairs passageway of the pub.
It turns out that he’s the spirit of a former longstanding landlord of the Black Dog.
Another ghost seen in the upstairs rooms of the pub is that of a female figure.
Phantom footsteps have been heard coming up the stairs and guests sleeping overnight at the inn have reported having their hair and shoulders touch whilst asleep.
One guest actually heard somebody invisible say ‘hello’ to him whilst he was lying in bed.
Loud crashing noises, objects going missing and mysteriously reappearing, electrical equipment suddenly failing, lights switching on and off by their own accord, security and fire alarms going off even though they’ve been switched off, books flying off shelves by their own accord, glasses falling off the bar top are just some of the paranormal activity reported at the pub.
Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press