Saturday, 25 September 2021

Take part in a Halloween ghost hunt

BRAKSPEAR is offering a “ghost hunt” tour of three haunted pubs for Halloween.

BRAKSPEAR is offering a “ghost hunt” tour of three haunted pubs for Halloween.

Up to 30 people will be able to go on the tour on Monday, October 31, which will be led by Henley town councillor David Eggleton, of Henley Ghost Tours.

The tour will take place in three Brakspear pubs with a spooky story — the Little Angel in Remenham, the Row Barge in West Street and the Bull on Bell Street.

The Little Angel was the last refuge of Henley’s famous murderer Mary Blandy, who was convicted of poisoning her father with arsenic after her lover suggested she slip him a “love potion” so that he approved of their relationship. She is said to haunt the upper rooms of the pub, now staff accommodation, and can sometimes be heard to cry in the staircase.

At the historic Row Barge many previous landlords and staff members have described falling mirrors and slamming doors upstairs when no one has been up there. There have also been reports of a growling noise in the cellar.

At the Bull some people have noticed the smell of snuffed candles at one of the bar while one weary traveller staying there reported to have been woken up with a cowled figure leaning over him, apparently that of a young woman.

All three pubs are featured on Brakspear’s new, haunted hostelries website, www.brakspear.co.uk/boo

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “Ghostly goings-on and pubs go hand in hand and many inns can tell tales of unexplained noises, strange apparitions or bottles that jump off the shelf in an empty bar.

“It’s true some of them are reported by customers after a particularly enjoyable night in the pub, but not all!

“With a historic pub estate like Brakspear’s, it’s not surprising that we have our fair share of strange sightings and sounds, so we decided to gather our haunted histories together on one website for the many people who find them fascinating.”

The tour starts at 6pm and places must be booked (over-18s only) by calling Brakspear on (01491) 570 205 or emailing janet@brakspear.co.uk

The cost is £5 with all proceeds going to the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.



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