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Two spectral sword fighters have been seen in room 16; after fighting fiercely, one of the men is run through and the victor drags his opponent to the corner of the room, disappering through a wall where there is a fire escape and passage that leads down to the bar; after this, the scene vanishes. "Light anomalies" have been reported in this room, too. Other ghosts include a "chubby man" who sits on the edge of people's beds; a young woman who was murdered in the 18th century by the Hawkers (or Hawkhurst) Smugglers Gang when they felt she knew too much about their operations; and a female form seated in a chair near the fireplace in room 1 (clothes left on this chair are found to have become damp overnight). However, some versions of this tale say that this happened in room 17 and that a guest woke in the night to see the chair rocking by itself - it is said that the chair has since been removed. Additionally, in room 10, a man was seen to walk through the bathroom wall and across the room before vanishing when he met the wall behind the bed; the couple who witnessed this spent the night asleep downstairs on the couch and refused to return to the room. Room 18 is the haunt of an old man, while in room 5, a dark haired young woman has been seen. In room 19, a man in old fashioned clothes has been claimed (perhaps the "Chubby Man" above?); a guest who stayed in the room saw the figure sitting at the end of her bed, and in a state of terror, she retired to a nearby room with "the matress pulled around her head"! A barman also experienced the unnerving sight (possibly in room 16?) of all the bottles falling off the shelf - he left very soon afterwards!

Update 25/2/22: I emailed the pub asking about any recent phenomena and though this was ignored, the hotel did send an information sheet with further details, some of which are recounted in the summary above. Sadly, it is unknown whether these occurred in the near past as no dates were given:

Room 16 The Elizabethan Bedchamber - There have been on many occasions incidents of a duel being fought in the room and the loser then being thrown down the stairs of the secret passage. The body would have landed in the part of the hotel that is now the Bar. A night camera was set up by a guest, a short time ago, and movement of swords was picked up, and during the night, the shadow of a 'figure' could be seen on the film in the corner of the room. A week or so later the guest sent in some photographs he had taken of the room and the same shadow of a 'figure' could be seen in the corner of the room. We have tried from all angles to recapture this shadow on the camera but it has proved impossible. One late winter’s afternoon 2 guests had booked into the Elizabethan Bedchamber and then gone for a walk around the town. On their return through the car park they had looked up at the window of the Elizabethan Bedchamber to see silhouettes of people against the closed curtains. Upon returning to the room no-one had been inside. The barman a few years ago, was tending to the fire when all the bottles on the shelf at the other end of the room fell off. He handed in his notice the next day.

Room 17 "Kingsmill" - On occasions, it has appeared to suddenly go terribly cold in the room and the rocking chair in there would start to rock for no apparent reason. The chambermaids would only clean the room in pairs as they did not like to be in there by themselves. We have also been sent photographs of 'orbs' floating around the room with guests reporting that the room had appeared to divide into areas of 'very hot' and 'very cold'. [NB - orbs that appear on camera only are of course, nothing more than dust or particulate matter close to the lens.]

Room 5 "The Nutcracker Suite" - A "Lady-in-White" has been seen to walk through from the single room across the main room, and through the door, stooping at the foot of the bed for the moment on her way past.

Room 15 "Dr Syn’s Bedchamber" - Some time ago, a film crew was testing the strength of the light in this room prior to filming and suddenly their equipment started to pick up lighted orbs moving around the room. These were not visible to the naked eye. Last year a medium asked the owner if he could carry out a séance in this room and five members of staff agreed to take part. Once they were seated the medium warned the group that, when and if he made contact with anyone, his face and voice would change. Much to the shock of all there his face and voice did change and he told the group that a figure with a dog had entered the room and was standing in the corner. No-one could see anything but when each one was offered to put their hand out, part of their hand or arm seemed to go into what appeared to be like a shadow, and each one confirmed they had 'touched' something that felt like a dog.

Room 19 "Hawkhurst Suite" - An American lady sleeping in the single room of the suite, reported that a gentleman in old-fashioned clothes had sat on her bed during the night. When he would not go away, she pulled her mattress into the double room, where her sons were sleeping, and stayed there until morning. A few months ago, one of the owners was walking around the hotel with a clairvoyant. When they went into Room 19 the clairvoyant said she could feel a strong personal connection between the owner and the room. It transpired that Room 19 was the only room in the hotel that had some personal furniture that had once belonged to the owner’s family many years ago.

Room 3 "Moreton" - Recently a gentleman staying in this room, reported that whilst his wife was in the bathroom and he was left in bed on his own, he felt a strange sensation of being kicked in the back and then a sense of well-being washed over him. Everything went back to normal on the return of his wife.

Room 1 "James" - We have had lots of reports of a "Lady in White (or Grey)", who has been seen to sit in the chair by the fireplace. Guests, many weeks apart, have recounted the same story of having left their clothes on this chair during the night and when they have woken in the morning, they have found their clothes all wet. There are no windows or pipes near the chair! A couple reported to Reception about two years ago, that whilst spending the night in this room, the husband had been amazed to see a family consisting of what appeared to be a mother, father and child walk through the wall to the other side of the room as he lay in bed.

Room 10 "Fleur De Lys" - Several years ago, a bank manager and his wife were awakened to find a man walking through their bathroom wall and across the centre of the room. They were so frightened that they spent the rest of the night downstairs in one of the lounges and made the porter bring all their luggage downstairs, plus their clothes."

The hotel provided one more story; "There had been rumours of a haunting in the Elizabethan Bedchamber on 29th October and one year a lady, claiming to be a “Psychic” asked to sleep in the room on that night. Mrs Aldington the then owner joined her. The lady slept very well, but during the night, Mrs Aldington awoke to find a duel raging about her. The combatants were dressed in doublets and hose, fighting with rapiers. The victor disposed of the body of his opponent by throwing it down the oubliette or secret toilet situated in the corner of the room. There are two more secret ways, apart from the present staircase between the bar and Dr Syn’s Bedchamber, a moving panel in Room 18 and an entrance to the Priest’s Hole through the back of the cupboard above the Bar Fireplace."

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Link: Hastings and St Leonards Observer

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