In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints ... and gods.

STEVEN PINKER, How the Mind Works

Friday, February 15, 2013

Is the ancient Ram Inn one of the most active buildings in the World?

It is certainly arguable over which building in the U.K or indeed, the world is the most haunted.
There are many contenders, from small houses to country estates, the list is seemingly endless.

One that is claimed but certainly not proven. is the Ancient Ram Inn a former pub located in Wotton-under-Edge, a market town within the Stroud district of Gloucestershire, England.

The building certainly has history and a well documented past, and dates back to around 1145 AD when on that date, builders engaged in the construction of the village church were lodged there.

The land the pub was built on is claimed to have been an ancient pagan burial ground, although I have seen little evidence of that, aside from the claims made by the current owner, John Humphries who purchased the building from it`s brewery owners in 1968 for £2,600.

Since then Mr Humphries has strived to restore the building by opening up the place to television companies and paranormal investigators.

It is claimed that in the 16th century a witch was burned at the stake there, and perhaps rather conveniently, the witch had previously taken lodgings at the inn. Today, there is a room called `The Witches Room`, where it is claimed she had lived.

According to Mr Humphries, he has also found evidence of black magic and ritual sacrifice too. He discovered the skeletal remains of children just under the staircase with broken daggers amongst their bones.

Until this day, he claims to be haunted and attacked by various entities in the house on a regular basis. There have been many sightings of previous owners of the inn seen residing and sitting together with the patron’s of today’s time.

The most claimed haunted room, is that named The Bishop`s Room`, and most people who attempt to sleep there have been forced to flee in the middle of the night. Allegedly, this room is haunted by a monk.

Other ghosts include that of a Roman Centurion on horse back who appeared before a plumber, and also that of a succubus, and lastly the site crosses two ley lines.

These entities and more have been regularly investigated by ghost hunters and paranormal investigators alike from both foreign and domestic groups. Yet in terms of hard evidence, the building does not fare much more differently than the majority of ancient and haunted homes.

I do not personally doubt that this ancient and beautiful inn is haunted, but with regular investigations and visits with large numbers of people, (and I say that with regard to more than 4 investigators being present) it is less likely that your time and investment in getting there would yield the results you are looking for.

The truth is that old houses like to be left alone. Constant investigation has a detrimental effect to being able to capture activity, And the less people there are, the better the results.

For sure the inn has yielded video of anomalous activity, and many photographic stills over the years, but never in any quantity that would justly award the building the honour of being one of the world`s most haunted locations.

The more remote and less human active the location, the better (generally) the results.


Story: Chris Halton