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Viaduct Tavern

By tony64  
The start of a new series 'London's Most Haunted pubs'.

The Viaduct Tavern. Newgate Street. EC1.

The Viaduct Tavern stands opposite the Central Criminal Courts (better known the world over as the Old Bailey after the road in which they stand). It dates from 1875, and is the last example of a late Victorian gin palace left in the City of London.

It is also prone to suffer from bouts of poltergeist activity. “Poltergeist” is derived from two German terms Poltern meaning “to knock” and Geist meaning “spirit.”

The restless spirit that haunts the Viaduct Tavern has a propensity to haunt the pubs cellars where several members have staff have experienced its unwelcome attentions.

In 1996, a manager was tidying the cellar one Saturday morning, when the door suddenly slammed shut and the lights went out. Feeling his way to the door, he found that no matter how hard he pushed it just would not open. Fortunately, his wife heard his cries for help and came down stairs to investigate. She found that the doors, which would not open from the inside, were unlocked and easily pushed open from the outside.

In May 199 two electricians, working in one of the pubs upstairs rooms, also attracted the ghosts unwelcome attentions. They had rolled the carpet up and were taking up the floorboards, when one of them felt a hand tap him on the shoulder. Thinking it was his workmate he turned round, but found that he was on the other side of the room. Believing he’s imagined it he went back to work and yet again he felt a tap on his shoulder. Standing up, he went over to his friend to ask if he was playing a prank, but the man denied any involvement. As he was about to return to his chores, both men watched as the heavy carpet, that lay rolled up by the window, was lifted into the air and dropped heavily onto the floor.

Tags: Photo journalism London Architecture Pubsign Viaduct tavern Holburn Humour and fun

Voters: TyChee, spikemoz, G3 and 12 more

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TyChee 17 275 1 United States
31 Jan 2009 1:38AM
The bridge on this sign looks a lot like the one that is in front of Grand Central Station in NY. Well captured.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 8:46AM
Love both of these, excellent processing and presentation in V1, V2 is classic.
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 8:58AM
Another fabulous sign, Tony. I wonder how old it is - the sign, I mean? Although the scene is contemporary with the building, of course.....Not that it matters in the least, it's a thoughtful work by whoever painted it and a good rendition of the Holborn Viaduct.
V2 is excellent, it's a particular style of urban architecture that I enjoy very much. And the excellent write-up - well, I would drink there but I doubt I'd take a job there Smile
Sezz 17 619 15 England
31 Jan 2009 10:50AM
Inn' teresting shots Tony and write up Smile

Sarah *
tony64 18 204 9 England
31 Jan 2009 11:33AM
Thanks Ty, Bill, Moira and Sarah!
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 4:28PM
That looks a great location and love the narative
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 10:19PM
Interesting building as well as sign Tony
Rende 15 38 4 Netherlands
31 Jan 2009 11:09PM
Lovely addition to the pub series and a very interesting write up.

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