Cirencester: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Cirencester is the largest town in the Cotswolds. This picturesque Gloucestershire market town on the River Churn has a long and interesting history all the way back to Roman times. Here are some of the many notable hauntings that have been experienced there.

The Market Place in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, circa 1900.
The Market Place in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, circa 1900.

The Black Horse Pub, Cirencester

Castle Street, Cirencester GL7 1QD

The well-known Black Horse Pub has been the site of several ghost sightings. For example, there’s a tale from 1933 about a guest waking up to discover an evil-looking old woman bathed in green light. The following morning, the word “W John” was found scrawled into dark glass. Apparently, the mark existed until 1992, when the window was smashed and had to be replaced.

Mysterious lavender has been smelt by others near the pub’s hearth. The ghost of a former cleaner who liked to spray lavender polish around the fireplace is blamed for the eerie odour.

The Kings Head Hotel

24 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NW

The King’s Head Hotel is widely believed to be one of Cirencester’s most haunted locations. One employee allegedly quit her job at the inn because she was frightened by a phantom monk who had no face. Unusual paranormal occurrences, such as doors opening by themselves and an armoured figure strolling around the ballroom, have also been reported by guests.

Cirencester Memorial Hospital

Sheep Street, Cirencester GL7 1RQ

Several eerie stories have come in of a little girl dressed all in white standing in an upper window Cirencester Memorial Hosital.

Many people who have seen the girl describe how she makes them smile and waves with her skeletal arm before vanishing in the blink of an eye. Some others who have seen the girl have been overcome with emotion and moved to tears.

Cirencester Postcard

Church of St John the Baptist Church

Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX

There’s a legend that a grey woman who always has a bouquet of flowers in her hand haunts the pretty Church of St John the Baptist Church in Cirencester.  Supposedly, she is leading them to the burial of her child, who succumbed to smallpox.

The Fleece Hotel

Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NZ

The Fleece Hotel in Cirencester is said to be haunted, with staff members reporting seeing a ghostly cavalier and an elderly lady roaming the halls. At the hotel, guests have reported hearing footsteps, seeing boxes fly off desks, and experiencing chairs toppling over.

Have you seen a ghost in Cirencester? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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