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The Kings Arms

The most active ghost here is never seen but heralds its presence with a slamming door, then heavy footsteps along the upstairs corridor - then silence for a while as the steps reach a window, followed by the sound of a woman crying. This may be connected to the sound of hob-nail boots being heard on a stone staircase, which don't exist in the current pub. A phantom miner from the 19th century is reputed to be observed at this pub too; he is connected to an accident at a local mine, and the inquest was held here as it had a large room. The magistrate was suspicious as he felt he was not getting the information he needed to investigate the death. Soon after, one of the witnesses, a miner, died, and his ghost was then seen walking from the mine to the front door of the pub where he then vanished. During renovation work in the 1980s, the landlady was approached by two men who told her that "no good will come of your work here" - and they promptly vanished! In the lane outside the pub can be heard a shrieking woman. She died when her horse bolted and she was thrown from the carriage. A black monk is also to be seen, but walking away from the pub to a small building at a nearby spring known as The Monk's Conduit, where he was found dead in the 11th century (he may also have been seen inside the pub too; some versions say that he died at his desk in the place now occupied by the bar). Poltergeist-like activity has also been reported, for instance crockery being broken, taps being turned on, glasses jumping from shelves, lights switching on and off, the sound of laughter and items moving without assistance. Other small small phenomena are: a toilet roll placed in the middle of the bedroom floor; interference with the cutlery in the restaurant during the night; and a freezer and washing machine being tipped over in the room above the bar. Finally,the sound of a large bird flying around the bar has been heard, but it is never seen; this is also accompanied by a drop in temperature. The bird is heard to fly through a wall and head off into the distance.


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