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It's All Hallows' Eve, a night when even more things than usual will be going bump in the night, as all manner of ghouls, ghosts and zombies take to the streets. Across the UK, pubs seem to be among the most haunted of buildings and Brighton is no exception, with tales of murder most foul abounding in its dimly lit streets and lanes.
We've been doing a bit of paranormal research, to find the spookiest pubs to visit this Halloween evening:
The Bath Arms is said to be home of a Victorian gentleman who frequents the bar area and is often sensed standing by a pillar late at night. Sometimes the chandelier in the bar will begin to shake and rattle as if moved by a ghostly presence (or perhaps by the tumble dryer upstairs)…
The Fiddler's Elbow has been plagued by ghostly tales over the years from staff past and present, who have witnessed doors opening and closing by themselves, glasses leaping from shelves and footsteps following them around the building. Boyce's Street itself is said to be home to the ghost of James Botting, a hangman who executed 175 people during his career.
The Mash Tun is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a First World War landlady; staff have observed glasses moving across tables and the manager reports a sense of 'being watched' late at night as well as hearing noises in the pub whilst alone in the cellar…
Down on spooky East Street, the Fishbowl's cellar is home to many spirits, including the ghost of a young girl, who's been spotted several times by staff over the years.
A stone plaque outside the Black Lion commemorates Brighton's first brewer, Deryck Carver, who was burned at the stake back in the 1500's for his religious beliefs. His ghost is said to haunt the pub (which was once his brewery), but you'll have to wait 'til July for his next visit, as he only appears during the month of his execution.
Most spine-chilling of all is the tragic tale surrounding the Marlborough Theatre, whose landlady was brutally attacked by her husband in the late 1800's and left in the cellar to die. Her ghost has been witnessed countless times over the years, floating across the theatre stage and moving objects around the building. Happily, the present managers report her presence as a benevolent and helpful one, occasionally even helping to tidy up the bar at the end of the night.
So ends our little tour of Brighton's spookiest boozers- don't have nightmares!
Date: Thursday 31st October 2013