I own this former pub, and I have a few old photos but they are too big
for me to scan. I met the former manager/landlord who mentioned he once
served Dick Turpin (gave me a copy of his credit card slip as proof) and
he served David Frost and David Bellamy in what is now my living room.
There used to be several outbuildings as it was also a small holding until
about the 1960s and one of these was used as a morgue, so it is supposedly
haunted. Indeed, my father, who lives in an extension on the site of the
outbuildings, has had some odd happenings, such as doors opening by
themselves, his playing cards being put away while he had a nap, and the
smell of pipe smoke in his hall.
It dates from about 1750 and is thought to be on the site of an older
The owners before us tried unsuccessfully to get planning permission for a
number of projects, such as housing and a caravan site, but instead used
the house as a 'dungeon' for special 'parties'.
I am in the ambulance service, and colleagues recall being called here
over the years to various complaints, but report it was being used as a
brothel, a story many locals have also confirmed.