VIDEO: Another 'ghost' sighting at Bolton's most haunted pub

New footage purporting to show the 'ghost' at Ye Olde Man & Scythe

New footage purporting to show the 'ghost' at Ye Olde Man & Scythe

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THE spookiest pub in Bolton has set spines tingling again after a tourist caught another ghostly sighting on camera.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe, in Churchgate, hit the headlines in February when a CCTV video became an internet hit.

It appeared to show a "ghost" appearing at the end of the bar during the night while the pub was shut.

Now, a 19-second YouTube video, purportedly shot by a tourist speaking in Portuguese, shows an upstairs window spookily flicker - during the day with customers sitting outside.

The 763-year-old pub is described by the tourist as "one of the oldest in England" and "the most haunted".

As the man is talking about the pub's "crazy cider" a strange shimmer of light appears in the window.

In February, reporters Jeremy Culley and Liam Thorp staked the pub out overnight after the first video was released, to determine once and for all whether it was haunted or not.

The pub, which dates back to 1251, is the fourth-oldest in Britain and is reputedly haunted by James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby.

It is said that the royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, spent the last hours of his life there before being beheaded in 1651 during the Civil War.

The chair in which he was executed is still in the pub.


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11:28am Mon 14 Jul 14

mrs philainsy says...

I cant "make out" anything myself, but I am sure Chrome 1 will be on here, any minute now - claiming its the ghost of Gazza, the Geordie Footballer he seems to bang on and on about..........deary me!!!
I cant "make out" anything myself, but I am sure Chrome 1 will be on here, any minute now - claiming its the ghost of Gazza, the Geordie Footballer he seems to bang on and on about..........deary me!!! mrs philainsy
  • Score: -9

11:41am Mon 14 Jul 14

Reed Lover says...

Well that video is one way of getting 30 secs of advertising money for someone.
Regarding the "ghost"; makes sense to me, if unable to explain anything it is always best to plump for the least plausible explanation.
Well that video is one way of getting 30 secs of advertising money for someone. Regarding the "ghost"; makes sense to me, if unable to explain anything it is always best to plump for the least plausible explanation. Reed Lover
  • Score: -17

1:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

Well with spirits on sale it will only attract other spirits :-)
Well with spirits on sale it will only attract other spirits :-) DAUBHILL85
  • Score: -13

1:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Lancashire always says...

Wasnt the Man and Scythe burnt down and re built on the same site about 250 years ago ? I cant see anything in the windows sorry and i couldnt see anything last time` perhaps 6 halves of Addlestons might help it did when i met my future ex he was Gorgeous !!!!
Wasnt the Man and Scythe burnt down and re built on the same site about 250 years ago ? I cant see anything in the windows sorry and i couldnt see anything last time` perhaps 6 halves of Addlestons might help it did when i met my future ex he was Gorgeous !!!! Lancashire always
  • Score: -14

1:28pm Mon 14 Jul 14

hoppyhol says...

All I can see is reflections in the windows...

Good free advertising though.
All I can see is reflections in the windows... Good free advertising though. hoppyhol
  • Score: -85

1:38pm Mon 14 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

I think the "crazy cider" and a camera flash might have something to do with it. Excellent come on to attract the gullible tourist.Good luck with it.
I think the "crazy cider" and a camera flash might have something to do with it. Excellent come on to attract the gullible tourist.Good luck with it. boltonnut
  • Score: -7

4:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Lmao at Darren in the camouflage combats nonchalantly going about his business in the footage. Ha ha! Had a few Thatchers pal?

Whether this is paranormal phenomena or not you can't help but love the Scythe, I was in there last night.

Congratulations to Tony and his partner who are going to be parents.
Lmao at Darren in the camouflage combats nonchalantly going about his business in the footage. Ha ha! Had a few Thatchers pal? Whether this is paranormal phenomena or not you can't help but love the Scythe, I was in there last night. Congratulations to Tony and his partner who are going to be parents. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

pecky2k says...

Seems like yet another hoax by the staff at the pub, surely trade can't be that bad??
Similar ruse by landlord of the Vic in Farnworth telling folk it's about to close, be sold as flats or even flattened has not worked either!
Serving good beer at reasonable prices should be enough to draw custom.
Seems like yet another hoax by the staff at the pub, surely trade can't be that bad?? Similar ruse by landlord of the Vic in Farnworth telling folk it's about to close, be sold as flats or even flattened has not worked either! Serving good beer at reasonable prices should be enough to draw custom. pecky2k
  • Score: -33

6:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Donkey Stone says...

This paper is a ghost of the original which sadly died a few years ago.
This paper is a ghost of the original which sadly died a few years ago. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -39

6:47pm Mon 14 Jul 14

127001 says...

That's quite clearly a fake.

Jeremy my old son, I guess this means you can apply for a position at The Sun.
That's quite clearly a fake. Jeremy my old son, I guess this means you can apply for a position at The Sun. 127001
  • Score: -58

9:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

davidjb says...

wow what a terrible edit
wow what a terrible edit davidjb
  • Score: -1

10:20pm Mon 14 Jul 14

127001 says...

I don't know what to laugh at more, my -57 score or the fact this video is possibly the worst CGI rendered video I've ever watched!!!
I don't know what to laugh at more, my -57 score or the fact this video is possibly the worst CGI rendered video I've ever watched!!! 127001
  • Score: 3

10:47pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Wolfie190 says...

Dearest pub in Bolton town centre a third more expensive. Rip off.
Dearest pub in Bolton town centre a third more expensive. Rip off. Wolfie190
  • Score: 1

12:53am Tue 15 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
This paper is a ghost of the original which sadly died a few years ago.
Bolton news are seriously running out of news........I think the comments section gets more attention than the article!!!
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: This paper is a ghost of the original which sadly died a few years ago.[/p][/quote]Bolton news are seriously running out of news........I think the comments section gets more attention than the article!!! pradagucci
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Dearest pub in Bolton town centre a third more expensive. Rip off.
I used to have a similar opinion to you but the prices filter out the undesirable clientele. Can you imagine Thatchers and other ciders being offered at £2 a pint? I shudder to think of what would become of the Man & Scythe. The Greyhound and Blue Boar cater for the needs of the alcohol-dependent.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Dearest pub in Bolton town centre a third more expensive. Rip off.[/p][/quote]I used to have a similar opinion to you but the prices filter out the undesirable clientele. Can you imagine Thatchers and other ciders being offered at £2 a pint? I shudder to think of what would become of the Man & Scythe. The Greyhound and Blue Boar cater for the needs of the alcohol-dependent. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 1

8:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

What a coincidence that they happened to be recording at the time when nothing else was happening?
What a coincidence that they happened to be recording at the time when nothing else was happening? Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 1

1:28am Wed 16 Jul 14

wild one says...

trade must be chite....
trade must be chite.... wild one
  • Score: -1

5:06pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

What does Derek Acorah say about it?
What does Derek Acorah say about it? Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mrs philainsy says...

Ghosts..........purl
eeeeeze.
Ghosts..........purl eeeeeze. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 0

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