13 of the world’s most haunted pubs and bars

Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook, Berkshire

The Ostrich InnWith foundations dating back to 1106, the inn, originally named The Hospice, was used as a hideout by legendary highwayman Dick Turpin, while famous London diarist Samuel Pepys also slept within its walls. The inn is said to be the site of over 60 murders. Most famous were those committed in the 17th century by the landlord at the time, one Mr Jarman, who with his wife made a profitable sideline by murdering wealthy guests after they had retired for the night. 

The pair had a trap door built into the floor of one of their bedrooms and, when a suitably rich candidate arrived, they would tip the sleeping victim from the hinged double bed through the trap door and into a vat of boiling liquid below. The unfortunate guests’ belongings were then sold to local gypsies. Paranormal activity at the inn includes strange noises, objects moving of their own accord and ghostly figures.

A woman in Victorian dress has been seen walking the corridors, while the most haunted area of the building is the upstairs restaurant next to where the murders took place. Another common report is of cold spots in the downstairs ladies loo, which used to be the pantry where Jarman stored his victims’ bodies.

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