The Public House is probably one of the most archetypal of English images and its role as an important centre of both urban and rural social life remains little diminished in the 21st Century. Many of the country's Inns and Ale Houses can trace their origins back over the centuries and have stood as silent witnesses through changing times and historic events. Perhaps it is their unique position as common ground where anyone with the price of a pint is welcome that has led to so many of them gaining a reputation for being haunted. Could it simply be that having so many people through their doors over the years, makes a ghostly guest who would really rather linger longer, more likely?
Whatever the reason, from Cornwall to Northumberland, the "Haunted Pub" is almost so commonplace as to be a tautology and wherever the visitor may travel, there is almost certain to be a local tavern with its own ghostly tale to tell.