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Ghost sightings at historic pub

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: March 04, 2009

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Ghostbusters sighted a blond- haired boy dressed in blue and heard a woman sighing during a night spent at a 700-year-old pub in Norton St Philip.

The Wiltshire-based Pheonix of Wessex paranormal research team spent last Friday night at The George Inn after reports of spooky sightings.

The George is one of the oldest pubs in the country; past visitors have included Samuel Pepys and the Duke of Monmouth, who stayed at the pub during the Monmouth rebellion in the 17th century, when 12 men were hanged at the nearby crossroads by the infamous Judge Jeffries.

Pub manager for the past 18 months, Mark Jenkinson, has already experienced unexplained happenings such as nine-gallon beer barrels being moved.

There have been a variety of ghost sightings at the pub, including the ghost of a young boy seen in one of the guest rooms.

Also, items have mysteriously moved about in the bar area and guests have reported being woken during the night by extreme cold.

Dave Wichard from the team said the night spent at the pub had been very eventful.

He said: "We took along a medium with us and he saw a child he described as blond- haired wearing blue stockings, breeches and a tunic."

The investigators also placed a line of coins in the former dungeon and locked the room behind them.

"In the morning the coins had been moved.

Mr Wichard said: "At one stage, as we sat quietly in one of the rooms, we distinctly heard the noise of a woman sighing and several members of the team said they experienced what they described as a heavy atmosphere in a number of the rooms.

"It was a very eventful night and we are now examining the photographs and readings we took while we were there."

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    fiona, Midlands  |  June 09 2009, 1:26PM

    I'm open minded. I spent a night at the The George,in the Abbots room about 8 years ago. I usually sleep soundly, but I had a very restless night, during which I was convinced I was not alone, and I dreamt I was trying to fly out of the room, but couldn't escape. I could have imagined it, but I didn't know anything about the Inn or the history of the village at the time, or that it was reputed to be haunted. I would not be at all surprised if it is. Brings me out in goosebumps just remembering the experience.

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    maddy evans, nr rudge  |  March 05 2009, 4:40PM

    been in this pub many times. spookey, but the red lion at woolverton far worse. the myth of the headless highwayman reins true, have heard horses hooves in car park at that pub sent cold shiver down mine and friends spines.

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    Sceptic, Frome  |  March 04 2009, 11:31AM

    So as the article states there was not a sighting as such instead a "medium" described a boy. No evidence of this will ever exist. Mediums are frauds and charlitans. I expect the photos however to contain "evidence" of ghosts in the form of "orbs" (aka dust near the lens) and the media to report as real.