Views: 121 (36 Unique) 
Vote 20
Award Shortlist   

The Skirrid Inn! UK Oldest most Haunted Pub

By achieverswales
The interior shots were very difficult because of one very small window and very dark inside. did not have my external flash gun with me. The people outside were students from the USA.

The Skirrid Mountain Inn was built over nine centuries ago, with it first being mentioned on record in 1110, thus making it the oldest pub in Wales. It is also one of the leading claimants to be the oldest standing pub in Great Britain.

The inn is so called because of the mountain that looms over it, 'Skirrid Mountain', which is sometimes called 'Holy Mountain'. Legend has it that it cracked in two at the time of Christ's crucifixion. The ancient 'mounting stone' in the forecourt is said to have been used by many Welsh and English Kings over the centuries, and Owain Glyndwr, the great Welsh rebel, supposedly rallied his troops at this very stone before his famous attack on
Pontrilas during the 14th Century.

'Hanging' Judge Jeffries is thought to have started his infamous career at The Skirrid Inn, although records are unclear. According to folklore, between the 12th and 17th Centuries over 180 people were hanged from a beam on the staircase. It is claimed that this beam still remains in place today, complete with apparent rope marks. It is also thought that the first floor would have been a fully functioning court room; complete with a cell in which prisoners spent their last night - presumably listening to the jovial festivities of their prosecutor and executioner in the bar below.

In an atmosphere of misty legends and ancient folklore, of terrifying incarceration and merciless executions it is unsurprising that The Skirrid Inn is a very haunted building. It attracted the attention of popular TV show 'Most Haunted', a particularly memorable episode, as well as featuring on ITV's 'Extreme Ghost Stories' in January 2006. Haunted pubs expert Richard Jones even recently declared The Skirrid to be the most haunted in the UK.

Glasses often fly across the bar by themselves, faces have been seen at the windows, guests feel a ghostly noose slip around their necks, things mysteriously disappear only to turn up weeks later and residents wake to an icy cold room and the feeling they are being watched. It is thought that one of the main spirits at the inn is that of 17th Century barmaid Fanny Price. Numerous mediums have given this name in connection to the paranormal activity, including Most Haunted's Derek Acorah.

However, it is clear that more than one spirit is responsible for the spooky experiences to be had at The Skirrid Inn. Maybe Eerie Evenings' very own mediums will be able to shed some light on the ghostly perpetrators, or at least give some insight into the truth of the historical legends surrounding the building.

The Skirrid Mountain Inn is one of the scariest places you will ever visit. Believer, sceptic or in-between, an Eerie Evening at The Skirrid Inn will be an experience like no other.

Tags: Beer Photo journalism Dark Pub Old Ghost Wood Haunted Creepy Spook Haunt

Voters: saeidNL, digital_boi, Gray_ina and 17 more

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


2 May 2011 10:08AM
Excellent and great set of images,all very beautiful,V2 is for me,

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

2 May 2011 10:12AM
Whats not to like it has ale and entertainment!!! ...good god i hope the flying glasses are not full what a waste of ale...nice image Trevor bright and clear and sun shining
Hi Trev , Great shots and history, regards gray
2 May 2011 10:22AM
Good set with a excellent accompanying history - thank you for sharing. A
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
2 May 2011 10:28AM
Thanks everyone.


davey_griffo Plus
6 213 165 England
2 May 2011 10:38AM
Excellent (if rather contrasty) images, & a good yarn to go with them.

Fanny Price? There's a joke in there, but I'm not going to be the one to bear the brunt of the ladies ire! Smile
like the inside shots, very atmospheric...not so sure about #1 a bit high in contrast and saturation for me...interesting read too...
2 May 2011 11:05AM
had to come back Trevor as i could not see V2/3/4 oh yes V2 and 3 really give you the feel of the place have you experienced anything personally there one wonders great stuff click Grin
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
2 May 2011 11:46AM
Thanks everyone, Graham (digital_boi) funny you should say that I felt a spirit go down my throat while sitting at the bar.


2 May 2011 11:53AM
Ok Ok guess who wont be visiting in the near future
Spirit down the throat or not !!!

Great shots .... and a very big thanks for the write up
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
2 May 2011 12:27PM
Well captured Trev. I've visited it many times over the years.

CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
2 May 2011 12:34PM
An excellent write-up and images of this rather spooky looking Inn, Trev, very well captured. Carol
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
2 May 2011 1:45PM
Great set of images and write up Trev.

Drove past there about a week ago when out with the wife for a drive...not been in there for a few years now but the place has a real atmosphere to it Wink
Alvar Plus
9 23 2 France
2 May 2011 2:13PM
Lovely set Trevor plus usual fascinating narrative.
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
2 May 2011 3:02PM
Thanks everyone.


User_Removed 7 26 2 United States
2 May 2011 3:35PM
The outside looks so pleasant but the inside is ominous-looking. Why were they hanging people inside? I thought it used to be a spectator sport and done outside so everyone could watch! Great shots, Trev. Too bad you couldn't get a ghost in the pictures.
2 May 2011 5:02PM
A great set and info Trev, thanks.
V1 for me mate, having had a haunted studio in a castle I should be ok with this one Grin
Hope you put a pint behind the bar for us all.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 7:41PM
fine set but going with V1
2 May 2011 8:21PM
A great set Trev with an excellent write up, love V1 with superb tones and comp.

What a great set of images and what a story Trev, not the kind of thing I should be reading whilst having a cuppa in the dark because I can't sleep lol ! Now, I must go and visit this place one day.

3 May 2011 10:04AM
Looks a great watering hole and very interesting write up. Thanks for sharing it Trevor. paul
Hey! Trev. you have found my dream home, all I have to do is kick out the punters, lock the door, put the feet up and enjoy the spirits.Tongue
Spot on mate.

Dymuniadau gorau


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.