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Guests capture spooky visitor at haunted Glastonbury pub

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

Who is that peeking over the shoulder of Jason Smith and his partner Nicola Davies?

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A Glastonbury pub is living up to its reputation of the most haunted in the town after another of its resident ghosts made an appearance on camera this week.

Nicola Davies and her partner, Jason Smith from Caerphilly in Wales, were staying at the hotel to mark a birthday took a few photographs of themselves in the mirror.

But they were shocked to find that one of the photographs showed an otherworldly visitor peeking at them from behind Mr Smith’s shoulder.

“I’d visited Glastonbury before and really liked it,” said Nicola.

“So when my 44th birthday came around, Jason, took me to Glastonbury for the night to celebrate.”

Researching the pub online, the couple had discovered it was reputed to be haunted.

“I was told that room number one was the most haunted, so I said I was glad we were in room three,” Nicola said.

“Then Jason pointed out that we were booked into room one.”

She said she found the atmosphere in the pub “spooky”, but had been terrified after spotting the mysterious shape in the photograph.

“There was a woman in the bar who looked at it, and she said she thought it was a small child, but I think it looks more like a skull.”

Ms Davies was so shaken by the photograph that she says she required “a couple of drinks” to calm her down enough to sleep in the room.

But the spooky experience hasn’t scared her off for good.

“We’re coming back again later in the year,” she said. “But this time we’re coming back with about ten members of my family.”

The landlady at the George and Pilgrim, Cathy Breakwell said: “I think they were just trying to take some nice holiday snaps – they’d taken a few others in the mirror, but the shape only appears in one of them.

“The poor lady was scared witless – she was shaking. But you can definitely see it in the photographs – I think it looks a bit like a skull.”

The George and Pilgrim dates from at least 1475 as a pre-Reformation inn, and it was used by people visiting Glastonbury Abbey and, perhaps, by some monks.

Amongst the spirits said to haunt the pub include the ghost of a monk who was walled up in the tunnels beneath Glastonbury after he fell in love with a woman. The woman’s ghost is also said to roam the building.

Another reported ghost is that of Judge Jeffreys, the “hanging judge” who was Lord Chancellor and Lord High Steward under the reign of King James II of England and handed down around 300 death sentences following the Monmouth Rebellion in Somerset in 1685.

Other sightings have included orbs, cold patches, ghostly footsteps, the scent of cigar smoke, the sound of harp music and TVs turning themselves on and off.

What do you think of the couple’s photograph?

Have you ever had a supernatural experience in the George and Pilgrim, or anywhere else in Glastonbury?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact us at central@midsomnews.co.uk or write to us at Central Somerset Gazette, Southover, Wells BA5 1UH.

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