13 of the world’s most haunted pubs and bars

The Red Lion, Avebury, Wiltshire

The Red Lion

A woman known as Florrie is said to haunt this family pub in Avebury, Wiltshire – the site of Europe’s largest stone circle dating from between 4,000 and 2,400BC. The story goes that Florrie was thrown down a well by her soldier husband during the time of the English Civil War. Having gone to battle, while he was away Florrie took a lover. One night her husband returned unexpectedly from duty and discovered Florrie in flagrante with said lover. In a fit of rage, he shot his love rival dead, stabbed his wife and threw her body down a well, sealing it with a boulder.

There have been several sightings of a black-clad Florrie walking around the pub looking for a man with a beard, though reports differ as to whether she is seeking her husband or lover. On one occasion, a chandelier in the restaurant started spinning at an alarming rate when a man with a bushy beard was sat underneath it.

Customers have seen Florrie disappearing into the mouth of the well in the bar area, which has been glassed over and now doubles as a table. She has also appeared in the ladies loos and a former landlady reported seeing her throw salt and pepper mills across the tables in the restaurant. Guests have also reported sightings of the ghosts of two children cowering in the corner of the Avenue bedroom, while a horse-drawn carriage has been known to pull up outside the pub in the middle of the night accompanied by the clattering of hooves.

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