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A phantom lady in a white shawl has been seen in the street outside and also staring out from the inn's upper floors towards St Thomas's church, behind the pub; she indulges in playful antics with the staff, such as moving crockery back to the bar after it had been taken to the kitchen. She may be the lady seen walking up the stairs to the restaurant. The legend is that the lady sent her son to the pub to fetch a few bottles but he never returned and the distraught mother went to there to find out if he was still there. She continued her search until she died. Additionally, footsteps have been heard upstairs in the half hour before midnight. The most active spectre is known as "The Demented Whist Player"; he was a traveller in 1820 who was joined in the local's game and proved to be extremely adept - this angered a butcher who was seated nearby and cut off the man's right hand which is still on display. His spectre is said to throw things around, and opens and closes doors, and leaves lights and taps switched on - even exchanging white napkins in the restaurant for red overnight. Sometimes there is an earthy smell and cold spots and on one occasion, a man in old brown trousers and a shirt was seen next to the owner's bed.

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