Flickering ghost captured on CCTV standing at bar in my local pub


Blackleaf
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CCTV has captured footage of a flickering ghost standing by the bar of a pub in the centre of my hometown.

Manager Tony Dooley discovered the spectre after heading downstairs in the early hours of the morning on Valentine's Day and stumbling upon a broken glass lying on the floor.

Thinking he had been burgled, he rushed to check CCTV footage - only to discover the figure flickering mysteriously by the bar.

The recording then shut off - for no apparent reason - at 6.18am.

The Ye Olde Man And Scythe, on Churchgate in Bolton, Greater Manchester, dates back to 1251, making it the fourth-oldest pub in Britain.

Exactly 400 years later, in 1651, James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, was beheaded outside the pub for his part in the Bolton Massacre, the only massacre of the English Civil War, which the Royalists perpetrated on the Parliamentarian-supporting town in 1644.

Stanley had his last meal inside the pub, and the very chair he sat on, and the very axe used to chop off his head, are displayed inside a glass cabinet inside the pub.

His ghost is said to be one of 25 which haunt the Ye Olde Man and Scythe and many strange happenings have occurred in the pub over the years.

James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, is also the ancestor of the former Governor of Canada, Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, who founded the Stanley Cup.


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Spooky intruder captured on CCTV at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton

Footage shows 'ghost' floating by bar after apparently smashing a glass

Historic pub dates back to 1251, making it one of Britain's oldest premises

It is reportedly haunted by ghost of James Stanley, seventh Earl of Derby

Psychics previously discovered at least 25 spirits (of the ghostly variety) present on premises


By Sophie Jane Evans
17 February 2014

Most pubs are used to disturbances on their premises, but they are usually not of the supernatural kind.


However, staff at one of Britain's oldest pubs believe they have caught a ghost on CCTV - and claim it has smashed a glass on the floor.


The spooky intruder was spotted floating by the bar at the 763-year-old Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Greater Manchester.


A ghost? This spooky figure was caught on CCTV at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Greater Manchester. It is believed to have smashed a glass on the floor of the premises, which is one of the oldest pubs in Britain


Watch the video: [FULL] Ghost Caught On Camera At Ye Olde Man and Scythe | Ghost is Caught on Pub CCTV in Bolton - YouTube


Manager Tony Dooley discovered the spectre after heading downstairs on Friday morning and stumbling upon a broken glass lying on the floor.

Thinking he had been burgled, he rushed to check CCTV footage - only to discover the figure flickering mysteriously by the bar.

The recording then shut off - for no apparent reason - at 6.18am.

'I came down and saw a glass smashed on the floor so I was instantly suspicious and went to check the CCTV and found it has stopped working,' said Mr Dooley. 'We checked the footage and it revealed this figure.


Discovery: Manager Tony Dooley discovered the spectre after stumbling upon the broken glass lying on the floor of the pub. He rushed to check CCTV footage - only to discover the figure flickering mysteriously by the bar. The pub, which dates back to 1251, is the fourth-oldest in Britain and is renowned for its ghostly occurrences



Parts of the pub were rebuilt in 1636


'To be honest I was a bit concerned - I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to ghosts but you become more of a believer when you see things like that.'

The pub, which dates from 1251, is the fourth-oldest pub in Britain and is reportedly haunted by the ghost of James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby.


Spiritual presence: The pub, which dates from 1251, is reportedly haunted by the ghost of James Stanley (pictured), the 7th Earl of Derby, who was executed outside the pub in 1651 for his part in the 1644 Bolton Massacre during the English Civil War



The 7th Earl of Derby's execution outside the Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub on Churchgate, Bolton, in 1651. 241 years later, his descendant founded the Stanley Cup


Churchgate today. The Ye Olde Man and Scythe is between the monument and the car in the picture

The royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, is believed to have spent the last hours of his life there before he was beheaded in 1651 toward the end of the Civil War.

The chair he sat in before he was executed is still in the pub today - leading some to believe his spirit also remains on the premises.

Hundreds of soldiers and civilians were also killed outside the pub during the Bolton Massacre in 1644.


With such a bloody history, the premises has long been considered a hotspot for paranormal activity - with psychics previously finding it to be haunted by at least 25 spirits.


Among these are believed to be a woman who hanged herself in the cellar several centuries ago, as well as an eight-year-old girl and a phantom dog.


'There have always been rumours it is haunted and we have had psychic readings done here in the past,' said Mr Dooley.

'Occasionally you hear things and wonder if it is just the building settling down or whether it is something else.


'It is the fourth-oldest pub in Great Britain so it’s had its fair share of deaths and whatnot.'


Mr Dooley added that he hoped his customers would not be put off by the spirits of olde - saying: 'There is a well-known haunt in Bolton and people are quite receptive of it.


'But you can’t help but get all spooked out when you see something like this. It can make your hairs stand on end.'



A ghostly orb appears in this photo of the chair that James Stanley sat on to eat his last meal, and the very axe used to behead him, both of which are displayed inside the pub

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 19th, 2014 at 02:22 PM..
 
Locutus
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Dude looks a little like Peter Criss.

 
Blackleaf
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Shave off the moustache and he may do a little bit.
 
BornRuff
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Must....visit....Ye Olde Man & Scythe.....spend money.......
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Must....visit....Ye Olde Man & Scythe.....spend money.......


It's great. They do nice pints of Thatchers Cider there. And when you're drinking you can ask the bar staff about the ghosts. Or look at the ancient farming implements and beer tankards on the walls.

http://www.bolton.org.uk/manscyth.html

http://www.bolton.org.uk/churchgate.html

 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

It's great. They do nice pints of Thatchers Cider there. And when you're drinking you can ask the bar staff about the ghosts. Or look at the ancient farming implements and beer tankards on the walls.

Virtual Walk - Ye Old Man and Scythe

Virtual Walk - Churchgate, Bolton UK

Cider eh?



 
Blackleaf
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When I first saw customers in there drinking Thatchers I thought they were drinking orange juice, because of its orange colour. But then someone told me it was Thatchers Cider, which is one of the best quality ciders there is.. It turns out it's probably the pub's most popular tipple.

Just google ye olde man and scythe thatchers cider and you'll see people raving about it.

I'm also starting to think now that the ghost caught on camera could be that of the Man and Scythe's former landlord, John Jewitt, who drowned on holiday in Lanzarote in 2011.
 
darkbeaver
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It seems England requires the services of competent professional exorcists. Contact me by PM for details be prepared with details and water or fire preferences.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote:

It seems England requires the services of competent professional exorcists. Contact me by PM for details be prepared with details and water or fire preferences.

Leave the ghosts where they are. There's nothing more British than a haunted, medieval pub. Leave our poor ghosts alone. They aren't doing any harm. They scare people - like the time that the female customer in the Man and Scythe saw red liquid on her hands, looked up, and saw what looked like blood dripping from the ceiling above her, causing her to run terrified out of the pub and one of the bar staff to race upstairs thinking the landlord had got hurt, but he wasn't and the source of the blood was never found - but they don't physically hurt people.

Take away the Man and Scythe's ghosts and it will get less customers. That's why I go in there. To s ee if I can see the 7th Earl of Derby.
 
petros
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Was it riding a pink elephant?
 
darkbeaver
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You have no compassion for the poor ghosts predicament do you. Imagine left standing at the bar for eternity and unable to drink because your lips aren't. Why do English people delight in torturing the dead when relief is just a phone call away?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

You have no compassion for the poor ghosts predicament do you. Imagine left standing at the bar for eternity and unable to drink because your lips aren't. Why do English people delight in torturing the dead when relief is just a phone call away?

I'm of the belief that ghosts haunt certain locations because they like being there. They were places they were fond of when they were alive.
 
bill barilko
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Is business really that bad?

(Don't answer-we know the answer.)
 
Blackleaf
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Man and Scythe ghosts

The 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley, who was beheaded outside it in 1651.

The spirit of Geny, an eight year old girl, has been blamed for tugging at skirts, pinching people, and moving items around.

A phantom dog runs around chairs in the room which contains the old chair and axe.

A ghostly, grumpy-looking, elderly man is often seen sitting in the corner of one of the lounges, still complaining about something.

A customer once had a glass hurled at him by an invisible presence.

The ghost of Charlotte Stanley, the wife of James Stanley, whom she married on 26th June 1626. Rumour has it that she wanders the inn, pining for the loss of her husband. A portrait of her hangs in one of the pub's lounges. Lady Derby was famous for her defence of Lathom House, not far from Bolton, in the Siege of Lathom House by Parliamentary forces during the First English Civil War in 1644. During the absence of her spouse, she was left in charge of what turned out to be the last remaining Royalist stronghold in Lancashire. Immediately after the fall of Warrington, the Roundheads requested that the countess acknowledge Parliament's authority and surrender her house, but she refused on the grounds that doing so would dishonour her husband. She offered to limit herself to defending her home, and this postponed further attacks on her position. In February 1644, Lathom House (which was demolished in 1925) was sieged by the forces of Sir Thomas Fairfax. Lady Derby had fortified the castle to resist bombardment and assembled a militia of seasoned marksmen who were able to inflict significant losses by sniping, and she expressly denied repeated offers of surrender. On 27 May 1644, Prince Rupert arrived with royalist forces and the siege was broken. Lady Derby and her staff were evacuated to the Isle of Man.



A woman also allegedly committed suicide in the pub's cellar.

The owners of the pub once contacted the Most Haunted team to do an investigation, but when producers of the show visited they decided not to film an episode there as the rooms of the pub don't have doors.

As well as the chair, which the 7th earl of Derby sat on to eat his last meal in October 1651, and the axe used to behead him both being on display inside the pub, the tankard he drank from during his last meal is also on display. For many years it sat on the arm of the chair. It is the tankard from which he took his last drink. It is extremely large...although he ended up headless, rather than legless.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 20th, 2014 at 12:59 PM..
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I'm of the belief that ghosts haunt certain locations because they like being there. They were places they were fond of when they were alive.


That's superstitious nonsense, science has proven that they are stuck where ever they are and denied the usual services accessable to the departed.
 
petros
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I'm going to return as a ghost in the machine and f-ck up BL's porn passwords.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

That's superstitious nonsense, science has proven that they are stuck where ever they are and denied the usual services accessable to the departed.


Nah. Ghosts are able to return here at will and go back to places they are fond of.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I'm going to return as a ghost in the machine and f-ck up BL's porn passwords.

ghostinmyunderware
 
Blackleaf
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Last year a ghost at the Whitstable Nutrition Centre in Whitstable, Kent caused packets of teabags to float down aisles.

Security cameras recorded a supermarket a ghost Whitstable Canterbury United Kingdom - YouTube

 
Locutus
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*heavy sigh*
 
Blackleaf
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More strange happenings have been occurring at my local Man and Scythe pub. More strange flickering ghostly apparitions.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe is Britain fourth-oldest pub, dating back to 1251 with parts of its rebuilt in 1636, and probably its most haunted.

Tony Dooley, who runs the pub, feared his premises were haunted earlier this year when CCTV appeared to show a flickering ghostly figure standing at his bar during the early hours of Valentine's Day.

He now says he's been left in no doubt that there are ghosts in the pub after another video, apparently shot by a tourist, emerged showing a second apparition.

The latest video is believed to have been filmed by a Portuguese visitor to the area who was talking about the original incident, which happened at the 763-year-old pub earlier this year.

As he describes the pub's haunted history, and its "crazy cider that gets you wasted" (Thatchers), a strange light appears at an upstairs window. The strange light flickers, similar to the way the ghostly figure standing at the bar during the early hours of Valentine's Day flickered.

Manager Mr Dooley, 36, says the footage has left him certain that he is living among ghosts.

In 1651, the Cavalier, James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby (the ancestor of Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, who invented hockey on ice's Stanley Cup), was beheaded outside the pub for his part in the Bolton Massacre, the only massacre of the English Civil War, which the Cavaliers perpetrated on the Parliamentarian-supporting town in 1644.

Stanley had his last meal inside the pub, and the very chair he sat on, and the very axe used to chop off his head, are displayed inside a glass cabinet inside the pub. His ghost is said to be one of the many spooks which wander the ancient hostelry.


Is this Britain's oldest and most haunted pub? New footage reveals flickering 'ghost' at window of 763-year-old Ye Olde Man and Scythe


Centuries-old tavern in Bolton is said be haunted by famous royalist
Manager spooked earlier this year by CCTV showing figure at the bar
Another video, shot by a tourist, now shows second incident at pub
Upstairs window appears to flicker shortly after ghosts are talked about
Comes after manager mysteriously woke up with wet feet during night

By Richard Spillett
14 July 2014

Daily Mail

A bar in Bolton has renewed its claim to be 'Britain's most haunted pub' after new footage emerged of a 'ghost' appearing at an upstairs window.

Tony Dooley, who runs Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Greater Manchester, feared his premises were haunted earlier this year when CCTV appeared to show a ghostly figure standing at his bar during the night.

He now says he's been left in no doubt that there are ghosts in the pub after another video, apparently shot by a tourist, emerged showing a second apparition.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton has appeared in a second spooky video after a tourist filmed a strange flickering light in an upstairs window of the centuries-old tavern



The latest video is believed to have been filmed by a Portuguese visitor to the area who was talking about the original incident, which happened at the 763-year-old pub earlier this year.

As he describes the pub's 'haunted' history, a strange flickering light appears at an upstairs window.

Manager Mr Dooley, 36, says the footage has left him certain that he is living among ghosts.


He said: 'I'm not too happy about it. That's my flat behind the window. My attitude before I became the manager nine months ago was not to believe in ghosts. I'm convinced now.'

He also claims that, a few weeks ago, he was woken by what he thought was his partner's pet dog, Kallie, licking his feet, but he looked over to discover the animal was asleep.

He added: 'My feet were clammy and wet, like sweaty palms only worse. I went straight to the bathroom and took a shower with the dog in the room making sure nothing else happened.'

Mr Dooley, manager of the pub, lives in a flat behind the window where the flickering light appeared

James Stanley?:This image of a ghostly figure standing by the bar was captured by CCTV in the early hours of Valentine's Day

He said: 'It was creepy, but my attitude is as long the ghost doesn't harm me then that's fine.'

In February, Mr Dooley investigated smashing glass in the bar area overnight and saw a 'figure' appear on CCTV footage.

It is claimed the pub, the fourth-oldest in Britain, is haunted by the ghost of James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby and royalist.

It is believed he spent the last hours of his life at the inn before he was beheaded in 1651 in the final months of the English Civil War.

Hundreds of soldiers and civilians were also killed outside the pub, which dates from 1251, during the Bolton Massacre in 1644.

Mr Dooley (left) now believes stories that the pub may be haunted by James Stanley (right), a 17th century earl who was beheaded outside the pub in 1651 for his part in the 1644 Bolton Massacre during the English Civil War



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Locutus
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*re-sigh*
 
Corduroy
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It's not a ghost.
 
darkbeaver
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It's the poor hanging of the panes of glass which are in multiple planes. stupid limeys.
 
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