Ye Olde Man and Scythe Inn in Bolton is the fourth oldest public house in England.The vaulted cellar dates back to 1251 ,while the rest was rebuilt in 1636.
The pub saw dramatic times during the Civil War. In the Massacre of Bolton in 1644 between 100 and 500 soldiers and civilians were killed, mainly in the centre of town, in front of the pub. Horses were used to kill the soldiers. Then after the war, on 15 October 1651, the Royalist Earl of Derby, James Stanley, whose fami ly had originally owned the pub, was beheaded out side it for his part in the war. The chair he sat in before he was taken outside is still in the pub today and some say that the Earl is still around as well.
Other ghosts are also believed to haunt the pub and many different paranormal phenomena have been ex perienced there. One woman once left her seat to and her hands covered in blood. The barman believed it had dripped through the ceiling, but there was no blood tO be seen there at the time.
Even though Ye Olde Man and Scythe Inn has a bloody, troubled past and, it seems, bloody and trou bled ghosts to match — withJames Stanley’s chair lurk ing ominously in the corner as a constant reminder of their silent, watchful presence — the staff are keen to point out that the pub is a happy, lively place to visit with great food, drink, music and banter. Mosborough | Aldington | Barnsley | Barnsley | Bartholomews | Bickley | Buckinghamshire | Chester | Cornwall | Derbyshire | Devon | Dumfries | Eastwood | Eckington | Ecton | Holywell | Ireland | Norfolk | North Yorkshire | Northampshire | Northumberland | Nuneaton | Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire | Pluckley | pontefract | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone Road | Scotland | Sheffield | Shipwrights | South Yorkshire | Sussex | sussex | Wilton Row |
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