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Living With Ghosts - My True Recollections of Being The Landlady Of A Haunted Pub

Updated on April 4, 2016

Bognor Regis

The public house I became landlady of on the 28th of February 1986. Was situated in Bognor Regis. West Sussex, England .

A Brief History Of The town

For Centuries Bognor had been a sleepy hamlet on the south coast of England and the inhabitants eeked out a living by subsistance farming, fishing and smuggling !!!

Things started to change when a wealthy hat maker from London named Richard Hotham, came to improve his health by bathing in the sea in 1784. Seawater was thought to be the miracle cure in those days for all kinds of ill´s and it became very fashionable amongst the wealthy to adjurn to the coast during summertime to bathe.

No doubt with an eye to making his fortune even greater and seeing how other resorts on the South coast were beginning to prosper. Richard Hotham started buying up land and property in and around Bognor in a bid to change it from a sleepy hamlet where smuggling was rife in to a fashionable resort capable of attracting the rich and noble.

Royalty did indeed come. Prince George came to spend a month with his mistress in 1796. Princess Charlotte also came to spend summers in Bognor. Daughter of George the third.

Queen Victoria also came as a child and is reported to have had " happy memories of the place".

No head of state ever visited to take the seawater cures in Hothams time. But following his death wealthy people did continue to visit the rather genteel and quiet resort, and the town grew slowly over the years.

Bognor was once described as " A quiet little place of eminent respectibility and unimpeachable sanitary record" .

Bognor attained a rather unfortunate reputation when it was reported that King George V uttered the fateful words " Bugger Bognor " as he drew his last breath. However this is a Myth and he was more likely to have said it as he was leaving the town where he had been recuperating from an illness, and was petitioned for the right to add Regis to the name, in honour of his visit.

He obviously recanted as Regis was added and so Bognor Regis was born.

Bognor Regis Pier

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The Claremont Public House..Our New Home

A hotel called the Claremont was built on west street in 1826 and closed in 1887.Therefore it´s very likely an alehouse must have existed on the ajoining Scott street as far back as that. So the Claremont public house which was erected in 1910 ,on that same spot had a lot of history built into it´s foundations, and I think a story it was trying to tell !!

I can´t say I was exactly ecstatic to be taking on a pub. But it had been my new husbands dream and he was so sure we could make a success of it. I had worked in pubs and the catering and hospitality industry for years and knew it was hard work, long hours and a lot of commitment. We also had 2 daughters living with us at the time. Sarah was 6 on the day we moved in and Wendy was 14. I felt I had enough on my plate working part time in someone else´s pub and looking after my family without taking on a pub of our own and I didn´t want the kids to suffer because they had both parents working really long hours. But it´s what he wanted and so it´s what we did.

The day we moved in and took over the tenancy was horrendous. We got friends in to run the bar for us the first day while Martyn went to court to get his beer, wine and spirits selling licence. And I stayed in the pub making lunch for all the brewery people and trying to sort removal men out by indicating what I wanted where, then starting to unpack and make beds up so at least the kids and Martyn and I had somewhere to sleep that first night

Of course our living accommodation was on the first floor, above the public areas, which made it rather awkward for the removal men to get the big furniture up the stairs and around a bend until one of them realised that part of the wooden framework on the bannister could in fact be removed. As they were taking this section of the bannister off I overheard the older of the two men explaining to his younger partner that this was so coffins could be easily brought up and down without dropping them and dead bodies falling out all over the place. I remembered those rather disquieting words every time I polished that section of bannister the whole time we lived in the pub.

The Long Corridor

The pub was a big building and our accommodation spacious, but very cold in the winter. We had no central heating.

To access the living quarters we had of course the staircase which led onto a long passage. This passageway had a bend in it and a step down into what appeared to be an older part of the building and was situated to the left at the top of the stairs.The bathroom a bedroom and the toilet where all along this passage. Our 3 bedrooms and the living room were situated off the passage which led from the top of the stairs to the front of the building, when you turned right. There was also a landing at the top of the staircase and a big storage cupboard there which was all fairly dark wood panneling.

It was quite a treck to the loo when you needed to go in the middle of the night, and cold to boot in the winter. I have never liked putting a light on when I wake up and need the loo as it wakes me up too much, so I make my way in the dark , running my hand along the wall to ensure I don´t bump into anything.

Without exception making my way along this corridor in the dark every night never failed to give me the creeps, especially when I neared the top of the stairs. So much so I could actually feel those horrible chills and prickling sensation you get at the back of your neck when you are frightened.

I really had to steel myself before doing a run to the loo and back I can tell you, and it wasn´t just because it was so cold for half the year.

Will You Please Just Ring The Bell

During quiet days in the week I used to catch up on my cleaning upstairs. Of course I was still on call If someone wanted food or Martyn needed a hand in the bar. If I was needed Martyn just used to come up and let me know, but this got a bit much and so he installed a bell.

One day I was merrily hoovering the carpet when a shadow caught my attention, it seemed to flash past me. We had windows at both ends of this passageway and I thought the shadow was caused by Martyn coming up to let me know I was needed, and I was just about to say " why didn´t you ring the bell" but when I turned round there was no one there. Rather puzzled by this I shook my head a few times and got on with the hoovering. This thing with the shadows got to be such a regular occurrence that in the end I stopped turning round, but always´s said " Oh you´re here again are you"

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Mum- Someone Comes Into My Room At Night And Sits By My Bed

Our youngest daughter Sarah told me one night as I was tucking her into bed that a woman came and sat by the right side of her bed at night when it was dark, and also a dog sometimes on the other side. Now even though I have always believed in ghosts I do know that children can have vivid imaginations and dreams that seem real too. But I was alarmed when I heard this, especially as I too felt uncomfortable on the landing at night. Of course I didn´t want her to be frightened of going to bed, so I told her she must have been asleep and dreamt it. She was insistent that she hadn´t and went on to describe what could only have been a lady wearing Edwardian or Victorian dress. Once again I could feel my hair starting to stand on end, but had to try to convince my little girl that there was no need to be scared it would have just been a dream and to go to sleep.

I wasn´t as aware of the spirit world in those days and didn´t know that young children can often see spirits, and that´s sometimes the explanation of invisible friends. But what else could I do but try to reassure her.

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Wendy´s Bedroom

There is no doubt that there was a coldness about our other daughters bedroom. I didn´t often set foot in there as she was a typically messy teenager and to avoid fall out´s it was better that I didn´t see too much of the chaos.

One year she left to go on a student exchange to Germany and while she was away I decided to give the room a really good clean.

I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was in there, and it wasn´t just due to the state of how it had been left. It felt very cold and unwelcome and to be honest I couldn´t wait to get out of it.

When Wendy arrived back from Germany she had bought herself a cuckoo clock as a souvenir. She was understandably tired when she got home as they had traveled by coach there and back. Never the less she wanted to put the clock up right away.

20 minutes after going upstairs she came rushing down again in a right old state. She was crying and obviously frightened. She said she had put the clock on the wall and gone for a bath, but when she got back to her room the clock was laying in the middle of the floor and she felt something was in the room.

I wanted to run screaming to the bar to get Martyn to go up and check everything was alright, but he would have been busy and I didn´t want to scare Wendy more than she already was. All I could do was tell her not to be silly, there was probably a very reasonable explanation, go upstairs with her, take a deep but silent breath, and go into that room. Let me tell you that´s the last thing I fancied, but I had to grit my teeth and do it.

Of course there was nothing visibly in there, and I could see by the way Wendy had fixed it to the wall with a nail stuck into a lump of blutac, that it would have been really easy for the clock to end up on the floor. But that didn´t explain the cold and unwelcome feeling in that room. And obviously there was more frightening Wendy than finding her souvenir on the floor.

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Sunday Night Off

It was really hard work running a pub. On Sundays I used to cook roast dinners as the daily special, and the normal menu was available too. After that I didn´t open the kitchen at night. Martyn was happy to run the bar on his own or with staff helping out , so this gave me a chance to go to bed early and it was my treat to watch telly in bed and relax.

One particular Sunday I left Martyn and one of our bar staff to hold the fort and went off to bed. Jock and Martyn stayed up a couple of hours after closing time chatting and having a drink. They were great friends.
The next morning when I got up and met with Jock in the kitchen, he asked what I had been doing, wondering about the night before. I told him I hadn´t been wondering about anywhere but he wouldn´t believe a word of it.

Something was obviously bothering Jock and he wasn´t about to tell me what it was. So then I had to go and ask Martyn what was going on and he told me that the previous night they had both seen someone, a woman, pass the door into the bar and dissapear into the childrens room. Jock thought they had locked someone in when the pub was closed up for the night and went to investigate.There was no one there.

Martyn knew that what they had seen wasn´t anyone still living and simply told Jock he had just seen a ghost. What Jock said back is unprintable and he didn´t believe a word. So he searched every inch of the public areas and also our private areas on the ground floor and came to the conclusion that it had either been me or perhaps Wendy that he´d seen. It wasn´t either of us , but Jock wouldn´t believe this.

To this day he´s probably still in deniel over what he saw with his very own Glaswegian eyes.

Getting Paler By the Minute

Of course running a pub, you do get to meet a lot of lovely people , and some of them become more than just customers.

One Sunday lunchtime after closing , some friends stayed on to chat and have a drink on us. During the conversation one guy asked what it was like upstairs, so we took the party up for a look round. At the end of the sighseeing tour we stood in the passageway talking, just outside Wendy´s bedroom door. Which was situated across from the top of the staircase by the way.

As we chatted away I saw the guy who had asked what it was like upstairs, had gone very very quiet indeed, and didn´t look very happy.

We all trooped down shortly afterwards and I asked him if he was ok, knowing full well he had felt something.

His answer was, " There´s a very strange feeling up there, it felt very cold when we stood talking".

But then I already knew that.

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The Last Word

Quite a few other odd things happened during our time as landlord and landlady in the Claremont. And I´m sure Martyn saw a few things he never told me about.

We also heard that the previous tenants had felt or seen things, and they had lived there with no harm for a long time.

Please don´t think us cruel for keeping the kids there. They didn´t seem unduly bothered by the occasional happening, well except for Wendys return from Germany.

No one ever felt we must get out of there as quick as possible, and the kids didn´t mind being upstairs without us or going to bed. We just all got on with life. Living with ghosts really wasn´t so much of a problem.

But there was one thing for sure..Spirits were not only something we served from behind the bar in our Pub, No- sir- ee !!

Cheers.

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A Little About bac2basics - Thanks - And A Dedication

Hi I am bac2basics and write on many different topics here on Hubpages.Com. As well as supernatural and spiritual happenings I write recipes and gardening hints and tips, health problems and cures, travalogues and places I love to visit and the happy memories that go with them, life and wildlife in Spain, money saving ideas and frugal living suggestions amongst other topics. Really I just write about what inspires me at the time and I hope you will enjoy reading some of my other work :)

VERY MANY THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO VOTED THIS UP AND ENABLED ME TO WIN THE WEEKLY HUB NUGGET CONTEST WITH THIS HUB..I THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

Your comments and votes are really appreciated so please do leave some if you wish..Thank you

I dedicate this story to our daughter Wendy Shields who died very suddenly and far too young in 2012 . Rest in peace love xx

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      bac2basics 14 months ago

      Hi Helen Bowles.

      I would be delighted for you to use my hub, it feels like an honour, thank you. Please add a credit and link to it on Hubpages though.

      I take it you are a resident of Bognor Regis, did you visit the Claremont when my husband and I were the landlords?

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      Helen Bowles 14 months ago

      Hi Anne. I found your story on the web about Claremont and would like to use it in a collection of Bognor Ghost stories compiled for the Museum. Please could I? It is a small publication, no ISBN number, no benefit to myself......just of interest to visitors to the museum.

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      Anne 2 years ago from Spain

      I got used to company when I was hoovering upstairs, but never did get to grips with going to the loo at night in the dark, it always scared me and i used to walk or run their and back.

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      Ashley TKL 2 years ago

      Thank you Bac2basics, I have written it years back. Feel free to visit and read "Collection of true ghostly experience Pt1". I hope I wouldn't disappoint you. I'm afraid it is not as exciting as this, but I did try.

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      bac2basics 2 years ago

      Hi ginjill ashberry.

      Thank you so much for reading and your comment. I would love to hear about your experiences in your haunted apartment, so please get writing it up ASAP :)

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      Ashley TKL 2 years ago

      Scary. I have had a couple of experiences living in a haunted apartment alone and I can relate with how you felt. I am glad you wrote this one. And yes, I never do like it when I notice the other presence. Awesome!

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Wiccan.

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read another of my hubs, and your lovely comment. I really appreciate that.

      Children are often far more aware of spirits than adults are, so it´s quite possible you did grow up in a haunted house. My youngest daughter had more to tell me than I have written in this hub and swears to this day that she didn´t imagine any of it. I have some not very nice comments about staying in a place we all believed to be haunted and in particular keeping the kids there, but honestly it never bothered any of us unduly, we just got on with our lives and accepted the occasional strange feeling or event, it really wasn´t a big deal and my youngest tells me she was really pleased to have had the experience.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Wow, what an amazing experience. I grew up in what I believe to be a haunted house (I like to keep an open mind because I was a child-- but went through many odd experiences). But these are chilling. Great writing, too (as usual!). Thanks for sharing!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Azure..Tammy. I´m glad you enjoyed the read. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment too, very much appreciated..hope the Goosebumps have gone now ;)

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      azure_sky 4 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      Oh bac2basics.....You have me entralled in your tales! I LOVE the feeling of goosebumps :) Thanks for holding my interest!

      ....Tammy

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Dear Anne, I would be most honoured to link hubs with yours. Yes I understand what you mean about the benevolent spirit who are not really harming anyone. I think we used to have one at the clinic where I worked for a little. Only appears after hours and only gave me racing heart beats but nothing worse. A bit like the harmless friendly ghosts in Harry Potter's Hogwarts :-)

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Violet. Thank you for your great comment. I felt no need to purify the pub, the other residents didn´t bother us unduly at all, we just lived with them. Had I actually seen something or they had bothered the girls then yes something would have had to be done, but we all just got along. I actually read your purification hub some time ago, but I´m going to look it up again and link it with this hub as someone reading may be having unhappy experiences in their home.

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Hi Anne, What a great hub and so wonderfully written! Voted awesome and up! I wonder have you seen find ways to cleanse a haunted place? I had to learn a few tricks rather quickly after I started to become quite clairsentient. It's in my energy purification hub if you are ever interested. It normally works well with one exception when the spirits were too heavy duty for me.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi eHealer. I have never seen anything either except for a much loved cat, thank god, I´m sure it would freak me out. But there´s no denying I have sensed things. Many thanks for reading and such a great comment.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great ghost story, I have never seen anything but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Very well written and thank you for sharing your story. Very interesting~

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Barber. I know you have psychic abilities because I have read some of your hubs. There are billions of believers in this world as well as countless who have the powers that you possess, so don´t ever think you are alone either with your beliefs or you special powers. If you remember, I told you only a day or so ago that if you could develop your skills instead of running away from them you could offer solace to so many who have lost loved ones and would like to hear from those on the other side.

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Wow! All of a sudden I felt normal. I'm glad a lot of comments here in your hub tell something about apparitions and ghosts, however they may call it. I had been guilty keeping my experiences for fear of being judged, and now I am seeing people freely writing about their own encounters. Very liberating. Glad to belong here in HP.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi wetnosedogs. I hope you managed to unpeel yourself off the screen LOL. Thank you so much for reading and your comment and follow, much appreciated. I´m going to check your stuff out too when I have finished painting for the day, must get that done before the light goes. :)

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      What a fascinating, spooky hub. I was glued to the screen reading this.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hiya Phyllis and TT. Thank you both so much for reading, voting and leaving great comments. I really appreciate it all. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      b2b, it was my pleasure to stop by for a read. I really did enjoy it and love hearing first hand accounts of mysterious things. :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great hub, Anne. I love to read about ghosts and haunted places. I have seen and felt ghosts several times throughout my life -- they have not bothered me in any way, surprised me, but no tricks or anything.

      I loved reading your story, it kept me glued from the first to last word. Very well-written and interesting. I would love to visit the pub myself.

      All up votes except funny! Yes, even beautiful, for I find beauty in the spirit world and admire the way you and your family were able to live with the ghost.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Eddy. I wish you a wonderful evening too. Many thanks indeed for your great comment. I´m going to nip over and look at your stuff now.

      By the way..have you read my hub about Criccieth..I shall be visiting again when I eventually move back to the UK. Wonderful place with tons of happy memories for me and mine. :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So clever,entertaining and gripping.

      I now look forward to so many more by you.

      I wish you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hiya TT. Thank you so much for reading and your great comment. I know you are a very busy lady writing your own stuff, so it´s an honour for me to see you here reading mine. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      bac2basics, what a great story! A very enjoyable read and so interesting! Thank you for sharing your experiences, I found it very fascinating! :)

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Lynda. Yes same thing, but suspenders in England are things for holding ladies stockings up, that´s why I was laughing so much. I know in America they use " Fanny" as a term for "bottom", but it means something completely different in England..and Americans would get a bit of a look by some people if they used it whilst visiting the UK, for sure. ;)

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bracers - yes - and suspenders the same thing I guess. Those straps that go over your shoulder and clip on to your pants - LOL. We have to get used to each other's way of speaking! : )

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Lynda.It seems that lots of pubs have their own ghosts, it´s the same in the UK. I had to laugh when you wrote about the man wearing overalls with suspenders..was he a transvestite ? The I realised you meant bracers, as we refer to them in England .You have just made my day love :) Thanks for reading Lynda and your great comment..which has me still grinning.. Anne .

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A very entertaining story Anne, and something to remember forever. There is a pub in the small town that I live near and there is supposed to be a ghost in there. I have never seen it, but others have, especially staff members who are there often. They see a man come out of a door behind the bar and go through the restaurant part and he is in overalls with suspenders. This pub used to be a livery years ago where they kept horses.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Thelma. Thank you for your praise, and for reading me too. I shall have a look at your experiences a little later on.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I really enjoyed reading your ghost story. I have experienced this kind of an unidentified chill. I have written this experience in this site.

      Your hub is very well written. Thanks for sharing.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Marian...I can´t find your hub...please advise.

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      Marian Carter 5 years ago

      bac2basics, my hub is up, and it is detailed. Check it out.

      Those things do exist, and I have had numerous experiences, as you shall see.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jama and Rahul.

      Thanks for your great comments.Good idea not to read this around midnight Jama. Don´t think you are the only wuss in the world, I can´t even watch a scary film.

      Loved your comment Rahul and totally agree.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Some stories are better off unexplained and unquestioned!

      I was very intrigued by yours

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      b2b, around midnight last night I considered coming back to read more of your ghost tales, but this one was so creepy that I decided to wait until daylight. Guess that shows I'm really a wuss when it comes to scary stories! ;D

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      WoW Jama, way to go !!!! My husband had a similar experience when he was guarding a completely empty building.First he felt the hairs on the back of his neck rising because he felt a presence following him, and than a door which he had just walked through and which had been wedged open, slammed shut behind him. He turned round and told the ghost to stop playing games and to go away, and then wedged the door back open. My reaction would have been to leave the building as fast as my legs would carry me..change my trousers..ring the company I was working for...and tell them to send a replacement. Many thanks for your really interesting stories Jama, I´m glad to be reading in the day time.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      No, I didn't leave until after I married and impending motherhood forced me to quit. However, I did get rid of one particularly irritating ghost who'd stand in the archway between the new and old parts. One warm (but breezeless) evening I had the front door open and was setting up the cash register, which meant I was facing the mirror on the wall behind the cash register. I was so irritated at being watched that I yelled "Why don't you just leave!".

      To my surprise, in the mirror I saw my "stalker" walk past the bar toward the front door, and as I turned toward the door, it slammed shut! Hard! As I said, it was a calm evening, no breeze whatsever, and for the next 30 minutes or so, no matter how far I opened the front door, it didn't move. That was also the last time I ever saw, or was aware of, the ghost watching from the archway!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Beata. Many thanks for you great comment. I´m so pleased you enjoyed reading this hub.I see you are now following me, so I will be following you too. :)

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      A beautifully written...a mysterious and intriguing hub worth of nomination, we just love mysteries and you have fullfiled our longing for unexplained with your story, thanks for sharing:) B

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      wow Jamma, that´s some story. Did you continue working there after the night you got freaked out ? I´d have been out of there like a shot. Had I seen what martyn and Jock saw on that Sunday night I think I´d have done likewise. Thanks so mcu for sharing that.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I used to manage a haunted pub that was in the basement of our town's first hotel (built in 1870s or thereabouts). Part of my job was to open the place Mon thru Sat at 5:00p, and some evenings there'd be no customers until 7:00 or 8:00.

      But I was NEVER alone. Sometimes I saw an actual "person, sometimes only a shadow walking past me, and sometimes only felt a presence. Wouldn't tell my boss lest he think I'd gone totally batty...until one day the resident spirits freaked me out so bad that I took refuge on the stairs that went up to the hotel, and the boss happened to be the first (living) soul to come in. So of course I had to tell him WHY I was hiding on the stairs. No big deal to him because many times he'd seen the ghosts of the twin barbers who'd run a barber shop for decades in what was now the other half of the pub! He didn't mention it before because he didn't want ME to think HE'd gone batty! ;D

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Eviejo. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. Yes I think you are exactly right, none of the spirits meant any harm at all, even if they did give us one or two shocks from time to time. Great time to read during a thunderstorm, but next time switch off the pc or you might get a bigger shock than you planned on!!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jools. Many thanks for reading and your great comment. I really appreciate it.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Bac3basics, great story, very creepy! You paced this really well, kept me hanging onto your every word!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Eviejo 5 years ago from Denver, CO

      This was a very intriguing piece and well put together. I must say that I have lived with entities of all kinds my whole life, both good and bad, and the ones in your pub seem to simply be comfortable and seem to mean no harm.

      Read this right before a storm knocked out the electricity so it really set the ambiance! lol Great piece!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi kaili. Many thanks for reading and liking. I really do appreciate people leaving comments. Love you hubs too.

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      What a fantastic story....chills reading it. Voted up and more. Welcome to the community and I look forward to reading more from you.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Pamela99. Many thanks for reading and leaving a comment too. This story has actually been put forward for this weeks Hub nuggets awards.Most of the time the pub just felt like a normal family home, had it not, I´d have been out of there like a shot..believe me. Many thanks once again for reading.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This sounds like a very scary place to live. This is a very well written hub, which certainly holds you attention. Voted up and interesting.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Cheers Nell. Don´t forget to follow the advice I sent you..it does work.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Annie, voted! followed the link and did it, and Good Luck! yeah!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Bradley. I shall indeed be very interested in reading your hub when it´s published. Sounds intriguing.Many thanks for reading and your comment. This hub is up for a hub nugget award this week so if you would like to vote for me please follow this link Thanks. http://redelf.hubpages.com/hub/I-Left-My-HubNugget...

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      Bradley1946 5 years ago from Hollywood, South Carolina, U.S.A.

      Well, I can tell you that ghosts do exist! I had my own experiences, which shall be posted on my Hub very soon. You would be surprised to know that I eventually discovered why they were there, and after then, I began a process which eventually evicted them/him/it. I can tell you this: The process began when I was about 8 - 13 years old, and began to manifest over the past 30 years. i can tell you that it was because of my Subconscious Mind.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Georgina. Wow what a coincidence. My daughter also heard voices when she was in the lounge ( upstairs) and I used to tell her it was coming from the bar but she insisted and still does that they weren´t. Many many thanks for reading and voting. Really appreciated.

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      Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor

      Really great hub. I too used to live in a haunted pub and your writing struck a chord with me. My Mum and Dad also used to tell me that I'd dreamt things - didn't believe them at all! Voted for you in the hub-nugget comp, and rating up.

      Thanks for commenting on my how to paint a sunset hub, I just found out I've won a place in the Britain's Got Artists final (am gobsmacked to say the least). Good luck with the hubnugget!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Ripplemaker. Thank you so much for giving me clear instructions on how people can vote for me in the hug nugget competition. I really do appreciate your help.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Global-Chica and Redelf. Thank you so much for your praise, I really do appreciate it so much. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks also red for your help in advising me about voting for the hub nugget award.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Your hub had me glued to the screen from beginning to end.. great job and very engaging! You tell stories very well. Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Anne, the Hubnuggets is a special program of Hubpages. We are volunteers of the Hubnuggets team. The team selects each week hubs written by newbies (people who have signed up recently) and people will get the chance to vote. The hubs with the highest per category will be featured in the Hubpages newsletter which will be circulated to all the members.

      https://hubpages.com/community/I-Left-My-HubNugget...

      That's the link you can tell your friends to go to. Tell them to go to the Religion and Philosophy nominees and on the right side is the poll section. They will just click on the circle where your hub's title is and then click submit. Hope this helps.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Congrats on your nomination, bac2basics. This hub is certainly a worthy contender! ...and welcome to HubPages, btw.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Andera and Natashalh.

      Thank you both very much for your comments, I do appreceiate your reading my hub etc.

      Natasha..your comment had a lot of sense to it and I agree with your sentiments, good idea to tread the middle ground on these things..you never know !!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm not saying I believe in ghosts...but...I lived in a haunted house once. And I used to work in buildings everyone else swears are haunted. I had a very strict policy about ghosts. I believe that (if they exist) they neither want to be antagonized nor ignored. I would announce that I was just their to do my job and I would be gone again as soon as possible. It seemed to work for me. Some of my coworkers would actually say good morning and goodnight to the buildings!

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      Andera 5 years ago

      I'm rather skeptical about these things. Very skeptical, as a matter of fact.

      The Hub is written very nicely, though, and while I was reading, I couldn't help but embrace the idea with an open heart.

      It had to be an incredible experience, finding yourself in the middle of these events. Then again, part of that mystical flare comes from the way you described them.

      A wonderful read, thank you for sharing this!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jcielo. Thank you so much. I swear every word is true, it all really did happen. Many thanks indeed for taking the time to read and comment..couldn´t have done any of this without you.

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      JCielo 5 years ago from England

      I didn't want it to end. You are a brilliant story-teller. Voted up and awesome.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Ripplemaker..wow that´s really something.It has also made me think maybe that´s why when my mum died although I really really wanted to see her, I was also scared, so I didn´t. I was only 6 at the time. Many thanks for reading and your comment too..I still don´t know why I have been nominated for the hub nugget or how people know I have, wish I knew how to let more people know, but whatever, I do feel honoured to be selected and also that people are reading my hub...Many thanks once again.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Since I don't want to "see" I can't but I can feel. I have a friend who does and one time he told me that there was an old woman who was following me. I felt that she wanted me to pray for her and I did. Later my friend told me she had already left. But she had told him that she saw me and thought, 'here was somebody who could help." Then I understood then she was trying to get my attention because the dvd player in the car just started to play even if I didn't press any button. :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To read and vote this way please https://hubpages.com/community/I-Left-My-HubNugget...

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi joanveronica. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment...much appreciated. Please may I ask how you knew I was up for the hub nugget award..I was wondering how to get the word out,but seems it already is. Thanks in advance for your help to answer this question.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Good Hub, and welcome to Hubpages. Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Voted up and more.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi CMHypno.I don´t think the spirits where at all malevolent,and also most of the time the pub just felt like any normal family home..without ghosts.As you say though, if I had shown fear the night Wendy returned from Germany or when Sarah told me about the woman and dog visiting her at night, the girls would have become nervous and upset and we would probably have had to move.Not so easy when your home is also your business.Thanks for reading, glad you liked it.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Fascinating story bac2basics and some spooky goings on. I don't think that children get so freaked out by spirit activity as adults do, and they just tend to accept it and get on. I think that it is when the adults around them start getting frightened that they start to think that there must be something to get alarmed about.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. Thanks for reading.I´m glad you enjoyed the story. High praise indeed coming from a great scribbler such as you. Very Much appreciated.Take care.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi bac, that totally sent chills up my back! urghhh! lol! I know Bognor well, I have been down there a few times, and maybe even drank in that pub! I can totally understand where you are coming from, I have been in lots of pubs over the years, and most of them are fine, but some of them I just want to run out screaming! really enjoyed your ghost story, I just wish I had read it in the daylight! lol!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Thank you so much crazyhorsesghost. Very much appreciated. I´m going to be having a look at your stuff later. Seems we are into some of the same things.

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Really great Hub. And well written. I really enjoyed it. Voted up and shared.

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