BECKY KEANE tells us about one of England’s oldest public houses, the Ye Olde Man & Scythe in Bolton, Lancashire…
With history dating back to the English Civil War, time seems to have stopped for this 16th Century Cider House in the heart of Bolton’s town centre.
In 1644, soldiers and civilians were mercilessly slaughtered in the vicinity, some of them seem to linger at Ye Olde Man & Scythe. The 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley, a beheaded Royalist spent the last few hours on a chair inside the pub, which still remains in the pub to this day.
Paranormal activity has also given the pub a chilling reputation,a phantom dog is also said to roam the building,staff and paranormal investigators have bravely venture into the 12th century vaulted cellar only to be pushed by unseen hands.
A spirit of a young girl known as Jenny often pinches people, she has been known to move furniture and pull on ladies skirts. At the turn of the 19th Century a woman drinking in the pub noticed her hands mysteriously dripping with blood,terrified, the woman left.
In 2014 , the pub manager came downstairs to find a pint glass smashed on the floor, thinking there had been a break-in, he checked the CCTV only to find a translucent flickering figure near the bar area.
The pub’s CCTV footage then made news all over the world.
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