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Pubs with History


Pubs with History

Leicester & Leicestershire is a pub-lover’s paradise.

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Various Locations, Leicester, LE1 1SB

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Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


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  • Uncover the story - A trip to the pub is a British tradition that goes back centuries, and Leicestershire has many historic buildings where spirits of all kinds, including those that go bump in the night, are found.<hr> One of Leicester’s oldest pubs, The Globe has been serving beer for over 300 years, and as the haunt of stockingers in the 1800s, is where hosiery giant Corah began. Also used to house women awaiting execution, it’s supposedly home to several ghosts, including a boy who turns off the beer.<hr> The Marquis Wellington’s resident ghost is Victorian detective and possible Sherlock Holmes inspiration Francis ‘Tanky’ Smith. His former house, decorated by carvings of the master of disguise, is near this London Road pub.<hr> A mischievous Georgian boy is said to haunt medieval Wygston’s House, a stylish bar/restaurant inside Leicester’s oldest dwelling, and paranormal investigators have reported ghostly goings-on here including noises on the stairs and tipping tables. <hr>The Blue Boar inn is part of Leicester’s history, as accommodation for Richard III before the Battle of Bosworth, and the spot where 17th century landlady Agnes Clarke was murdered. Her spirit moved when the pub did in 1876, but has yet to be spotted haunting its Millstone Lane location. <hr>Female customers wishing to avoid the roaming hands of bottom-pinching spirit ‘Five to Four Fred’ should plan their visit to The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland carefully, as he’s named after the time he’s said to pounce! However, it’s customers who need to keep their hands to themselves in Market Harborough’s The Three Swans. A haunted portrait of 1930s landlord John Fothergill hangs in the bar, and bad luck befalls anyone daring to remove it. <hr>Taking the crown as the county’s most famous pub is former Melton Mowbray priory, the Anne of Cleves, where an eerie headless woman roams. As one of Henry VIII’s wives who didn’t lose her head, it’s clearly not her.

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