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A mischievous phantom nick-named "Florrie" (or "Flori") has been known to move items around, including kitchen equipment which temporarily vanish. She also turns beer taps on and off and makes the lights swing from side to side. Florrie is alleged to be attracted to men with beards; the chandelier was seen to spin when a bearded man was seated underneath! She is described as a young lady with long, dark hair and wears a long skirt with a tight bodice. She is said to be the wife of the landlord in the 17th century and she had an affair when he went off to fight in the Civil War. When he returned, he killed his rival and his wayward wife, disposing of her body in the well in the pub; her spectre is reported to be seen disappearing into and emerging from this well. Additionally, the ghosts of an old lady, children playing on the landing, a man sitting in a bar and a sedentary lady sitting in a room are also mentioned. The Private Bedroom has Beth, who looks out of the window and two children who cower in the corner of The Avenue Room as if they are threatened (these may be the children mentioned above) - sometimes in attendance is a phantom lady who is seen writing at a table, unconcerned by the terrified spectral children nearby; it is sometimes reported that this lady is the "Beth" referred to above. This latter room also has a male and female ghost who rise up from the bed or next to it, and guests mention their bed clothes being yanked off them (the room is now used by staff). A landlord who was murdered by outlaws is said to haunt the cellar, drenched in blood. An invisible coach and horses has also been heard in the courtyard on occasion, too, and its presence is said to herald the death of a near relative of the landlord; this coach is reputed to be visible from time to time, too. There are also reports of poltergeist-like activity, including a candleholder being flung around and a teaspoon flying up from a cup and hitting the ceiling. Finally, visitor's pet dogs have reacted in a terrified fashion as they are brought inside.

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