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The Marsden Grotto

The caves were created by blasting explosives in the rock face by local miner Jack Bates, nicknamed Jack the Blaster. After he died the caves were fashioned into a pub and for a time was the place where smugglers would hide their fare. One smuggler was killed by a custom's official and the legend is that his tankard (which has since been stolen) would be found empty in the morning when filled at night to placate his ghost. Additionally, a ghostly cat, unexplained footsteps, banging and whispering, lights being turned on and off, the sounds of a party, objects moving and dark shadows being seen in the caves have been reported. Some say that the screams of long-dead smugglers who were murdered by their comrades or drowned at high tide have been heard. A variant of this story is that a smuggler named Jack the Jibber was left to starve to death in a barrel here and it is his screams that have been heard. This was his punishment after he informed the authorities of his comrade's illegal activities and they sought vengeance.


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