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Old Ferryboat Inn

Location of the haunted place: Holywell, nr St Ives, Cambridgeshire


Origin of the haunting: 1050 AD


Background: The inn was built in Anglo-Saxon times. Its records show that liquor was served as early as 560 AD. There is a slab in the floor of the inn which marks the burial place of 17year old Juliet Tewsley. Her ghost tells the story.


Ghost story: I loved Thomas Roul, the woodcutter, with a passion. I thought about him night and day; nothing else mattered. I wandered the woodland paths hoping for a glimpse of him. Then one day there he was, walking towards me. I didn't know what to do. My heart was pounding and I didn't know what to say. I stepped forward and held out some flowers that I had picked. He was so cruel. He rejected me, sneering at my foolishness. He went into the nearby inn laughing.

I ran home and spent the whole night crying for my love. How could he be so cruel? I loved him so much but he did not feel the same way about me. There was nothing left for me. As dawn broke I took some rope and hanged myself from a tree in full view of the inn.

I was found guilty of self murder and they would not bury me in consecrated ground. So you will find my grave inside the inn. My ghost returns here on the anniversary of my death, 17th March, looking for my lost love.

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