Ghost hunters descend on Royal Oak in Winchester

Daily Echo: Hampshire pub at centre of ghost hunt Hampshire pub at centre of ghost hunt

AT more than 1,000 years old Winchester’s Royal Oak is one of the oldest pubs in Britain, so it is no surprise ghost hunters and paranormal investigators flock in search of spooky happenings.

The pub has stood in the heart of Winchester since 1002, with the earliest reference of it opening as a pub dated 1390- 1430.

Tonight it will the centre of a major investigation as ghost hunters try to find its haunting regulars.

The pub will undergo a paranormal investigation, after an ex-Winchester University student, Graham Crabb, witnessed spooky goings on four years ago whilst he was filming a project.

The team of four, part of GhostQuest UK, will explore the pub for up to five hours from 11pm, and co-founder Ana Luty said they have been looking forward to it for some time.

“The last time Graham went there it was quite unruly and aggressive. There were dark shadows moving across the room, and things were moving.

“The landlord has said we can come back for the investigation but only if we bring a medium this time because he doesn’t want us to stir anything up and bring on aggressive spirits.”

Graham said: “We were downstairs in the basement, and there were no windows. There were little orbs, or balls of light, moving around the room, bouncing up and down. We couldn’t explain it,” he said.

“Of everywhere I have investigated, the Royal Oak had the most activity.

“We did a makeshift Ouija board with a glass, and put our fingers on top, and that was moving around. When we asked them to make noises they did.”

Graham said he tried to scientifically explain the events at the Royal Oak, but admitted he couldn’t.

From 1012 to 1974 there have been approximately 30 listed occupants or landlords, including Queen Emma in 1012.

It also believed that Edward the Confessor spent part of his early years at the property, which gained its current name from the English Civil War fought between King Charles I and the Long Parliament led by Oliver Cromwell.

From 1653 to 1658 under Cromwell's rule, the Royal Oak was a notorious haunt for the city’s royalist supporters.

The pub has also recently been used as a starting point for ghost tours.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:28pm Sat 10 May 14

localnews says...

The only Spirit's you'll see are in the optic's,bunch of oddballs
The only Spirit's you'll see are in the optic's,bunch of oddballs localnews
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Sat 10 May 14

Soulrebel One says...

Rumour has it, the ghost of William Shakespeare haunts this pub but I think it's rubbish, I heard he was bard.....sorry, getting coat
Rumour has it, the ghost of William Shakespeare haunts this pub but I think it's rubbish, I heard he was bard.....sorry, getting coat Soulrebel One
  • Score: 18

8:29pm Sat 10 May 14

SOULJACKER says...

My name is Zak Bagans.....Dude!
My name is Zak Bagans.....Dude! SOULJACKER
  • Score: -3

11:54pm Sat 10 May 14

Block 42 says...

ghosts are useless..all they do is knock around old pubs...why are they never seen in the day in football atadiums etc..or in ghost cars causingvtraffic jams...
ghosts are useless..all they do is knock around old pubs...why are they never seen in the day in football atadiums etc..or in ghost cars causingvtraffic jams... Block 42
  • Score: 0

6:42am Sun 11 May 14

skeptik says...

Crikey where does the time go - 1960s, there were many more pubs then. So we have mein ghost host at the Oak!
Crikey where does the time go - 1960s, there were many more pubs then. So we have mein ghost host at the Oak! skeptik
  • Score: 0

10:56am Sun 11 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Strange - not long ago they were sending out search parties trying to find customers.
Strange - not long ago they were sending out search parties trying to find customers. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Sun 11 May 14

Kalevala says...

losers
losers Kalevala
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree