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The ghosts of Lymington's coaching inns

The ghosts of Lymington's coaching inns

Paranormal activity and ghostly sightings have been reported at the Angel and Blue Pig and the Ferryman.

High Street Lymington c1900

Possibly one of the most haunted pubs in Great Britain, the Angel and Blue Pig in Lymington High Street has several ghosts. Dating back to the sixteenth century, this coaching inn was once known as the Angel Inn and before that the George Inn.

One of the ghosts seen frequently at the inn is the ghost of a former coachman, who is often seen in the kitchen area of the hotel, with his nose up against the window whilst he waits for his free supper.

Another story tells of a sailor or shipbuilder who appeared late at night in the pub area during the 1970s. The tall, bearded man was dressed in an old mariner's coat with shiny brass buttons.

On another occasion the sound of a someone playing the piano energetically was heard by guests in the bedroom next door to the old ballroom. Despite a search no piano or pianist was found. And the inn's piano had been removed the day before as it was in disrepair...

Other ghostly goings-on include footsteps, a phantom blonde female has been spotted flitting around the second floor of the inn and giggles have been heard in that area of the hotel.

Waggon and Horses in 1864, one year after the double shooting tragedyMeanwhile, across the river from Lymington a tragedy lies behind the haunting of The Ferryman pub at Walhampton, previously known as the Waggon and Horses* and before that the Waggon Ale House*.

In 1893, the body of a farmer was found lying in a local field. He had been shot in the back from a single blast from his own shotgun, although he had no enemies nor motive for killing himself. It was known as the Ardlamont Shooting case.

At the Waggon Ale House, Walhampton Gamekeeper Henry Card was demonstrating to Mr John Bligh, a visitor from London, how it would be easy for a person to accidentally shoot themselves if they were carrying the gun in such a way. He believed his double-barrelled shotgun to be empty. Tragically, Card’s gun was loaded and he shot himself in exactly the same manner as the farmer. He died instantly and his ghost has since often been seen in the bar of the pub.

 

* Wagon and waggon are different spellings of the same word meaning, among other things, a sturdy four-wheeled vehicle for transporting things. Waggon was preferred in British English until a century ago, now the version with one g is preferred.

Images: 

  • Lymington High Street c1900 - An Album of Lymington and Milford on Sea - Chris Hobby
  • The Waggon & Horses c1894 - Lymington in Old Picture Postcards

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