Copyright C Walker © 2007-
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-
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.