The Old Man & Scythe Bolton
The Old Man and Scythe pub is said to be haunted by James Stanley. Our video taken from the scary Bolton pub's own CCTV late at night, shows a ghostly figure by the bar. Stanley was beheaded outside the pub in 1651. He's been waiting a long time for a pint though.
Chilling CCTV footage has cemented the Ye Olde Man and Scythe’s place among Britain’s most haunted pubs. Founded in 1251, it has been the scene of several eerie encounters.
The famous watering hole is said to be haunted by no less than 25 spirits.
Its most famous ghoulish occupant is said to be that of royalist James Stanley, Seventh Earl of Derby, whose family originally owned the inn.
James led the Bolton Massacre in 1644, which resulted in the death of 1,600 people. For this, he was sentenced to death. He spent the last hours of his life in the pub before being beheaded.
CCTV appears to support these claims. In the footage, you can see a figure appearing at the bar and lights flickering in the early hours of the morning.
Are you brave enough to sit alongside James Stanley and join us for a drink?
Check out our video below, if you don’t believe us.
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