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OLD RAM INN: Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
A wonderfully ramshackle old inn, the Ram became a private residence in the 1960s. For years the owner was more than happy to encourage ghost hunters to visit the place and enjoyed talking about his own experiences here. But you can have too much of a good thing, and the owner came to the conclusion that the investigations were making things worse. At the time of writing the Ram’s doors closed are firmly barred against ghost hunters.
The manifestations previously recorded here have been many and varied. Ghost sightings are said to have included a Cavalier, monks, a cat and a ‘witch’. The most commonly reported apparition is that of an attractive woman in a long blue dress. The ghosts are also claimed to be rather ‘hands on’, with female visitors in particular experiencing unwelcome cold caresses in a chamber known as the Bishop’s Room. The owner has also stated that he has been shoved on a couple of occasions by an invisible force.
In the June 2011 edition of Phenomena Magazine, parapsychologist Rob Young recounted his own experiences at the Ram Inn. He writes that he has seen beds shake in the Bishops Room and bar stools move across the floor in the former bar. On one occasion a table trapped him in his seat. Intriguingly, Mr Young noticed that the dramatic phenomena only occurred when a particular investigator was present – it was impossible for this person to have faked them, but could he have been an unwitting conduit, as adolescents are supposed to be in poltergeist cases? For the time being, at least, the Ram Inn will keep its secrets.
Please remember this property is now closed to ghost hunters and the general public.
[SOURCE: Paranormal Cotswolds by Anthony Poulton-Smith; Rob Young in Phenomena Magazine issue 26]