VIDEO: We spend a night in Bolton's 'most haunted' pub

This Is Lancashire: Liam Thorp and Jeremy Culley survive a night in Bolton’s 'haunted' pub Liam Thorp and Jeremy Culley survive a night in Bolton’s 'haunted' pub

WITH fans awaiting the third instalment of the Ghostbusters movie franchise — The Bolton News reporters Liam Thorp and Jeremy Culley made their case for starring roles as they set out on a ghost hunting mission at Bolton’s haunted pub

WHEN CCTV footage emerged of what appeared to be a ghostly presence at Bolton’s oldest pub — Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate — myself and Jeremy decided to build up the “spirit” to spend a night searching for the pub’s paranormal patron.

As we set off on our mission, I think it is safe to say we were both sceptical.

We thought the figure on the CCTV footage was most likely a camera trick or possibly a confused regular who had missed the call for last orders.

But after a night of spooky sounds and haunting happenings, we left the pub with our minds considerably more open to the possibility of paranormal activity.

Legend has it that the seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley, has haunted the pub since he was executed outside the building for his part in the Bolton massacre in 1644.

The Royalist commander is thought to have spent his last few hours in Ye Olde Man and Scythe and the chair he was sitting in is still in the pub today.


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As we toured the inside of the pub, my usually unflappable colleague Mr Culley could be seen to become slightly nervous.

He said: “There is certainly something a little bit spooky about Ye Olde Man and Scythe.

“Whether it’s simply the age of the building or the unease created by some of the gruesome displays, I certainly didn’t feel comfortable when the lights went out.”

After a short while, we realised this would be very different to our usual trips to the pub so we decided to record our experiences throughout the evening.

Perhaps the spookiest moment was when a glass smashed inexplicably behind the bar.

Using our combined journalistic knowhow we agreed that this must be the work of a ghoulish, and quite frankly, destructive presence in the pub.

Sufficiently spooked, we headed for the exit — but not before we were treated to some pasties by the pub’s manager Tony Dooley, who recognised that all this ghost hunting lark can really build up an appetite.

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1:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Janch1 says...

Well, Liam and Jeremy, you are braver than me!!! That place used to spook me years ago when I used to go in. No explanation for those glasses smashing behind the bar etc. I would have been out of there so fast!! Lovely old pub though!
Well, Liam and Jeremy, you are braver than me!!! That place used to spook me years ago when I used to go in. No explanation for those glasses smashing behind the bar etc. I would have been out of there so fast!! Lovely old pub though! Janch1
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3:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

whiskygal says...

Liam & jeremy , you are both pussycats you have got to talk to the spirts and ask questions not just stand or sit there . But you both made me laugh with the way you was & couldn't wait get it over with lol . Me and my daughter inlaw would of loved being in your shoes doing that communication with the spirts would of got you along way
Liam & jeremy , you are both pussycats you have got to talk to the spirts and ask questions not just stand or sit there . But you both made me laugh with the way you was & couldn't wait get it over with lol . Me and my daughter inlaw would of loved being in your shoes doing that communication with the spirts would of got you along way whiskygal
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Did a ghost sit there years ago got some good pictures would do it again great fun
Did a ghost sit there years ago got some good pictures would do it again great fun steverock6@sky.com
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11:58am Sat 15 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

And adrenaline comes in yellowy wet trickles down ones inside trouser legs.

Well done to the pair of you, and I hope you were still on the BN payroll for 'that job' - lol.
And adrenaline comes in yellowy wet trickles down ones inside trouser legs. Well done to the pair of you, and I hope you were still on the BN payroll for 'that job' - lol. wsw69
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