Haunted The Haunch of Venison - Salisbury
The Haunch of Venison is most famous for the ghost of a ‘Demented Whist Player’. This is believed to be an unnamed man who won a large amount of money playing cards in the 1820s. Locals thought he was cheating, so a butcher chopped off the man’s hand as retribution. The replica severed hand is available to view, if that's your thing? There are lost of other tales to be told if you visit this pub on Halloween.
The haunted Haunch of Venison has many tales to tell: from ghosts stalking the hallways to world leaders using it as a base to plan the D-Day landings.
It’s perhaps most famous, however, for the ghost of a ‘Demented Whist Player’.
This is believed to be an unnamed man who won a large amount of money playing cards in the 1820s. Locals became suspicious that he was cheating, so a butcher chopped off the man’s hand as retribution. The severed hand was cast into the fireplace and years later was rediscovered. The smoke-mummified hand was then placed on display in the pub and remained on show until it was stolen in 2010. This was later replaced with a replica.
As well as The Whist Player there are stories of two female ghosts. One is a woman looking for her son, who she sent to buy a haunch but never returned. The other is a woman in dark clothing, from a time when the house was used as a brothel.
With so many stories, the best way to take it all in is to visit this Halloween.
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