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The Red Lion Inn

Location of haunted place: Avebury, Wiltshire


Origin of the haunting: 17th Century


Background: The Red Lion is the only pub in the world which is inside a prehistoric stone circle. It became a licensed premises in 1802 having been a farmhouse since it was built in the early 1600s. There are said to be several ghosts on or around the premises and the ghost of Florrie, a woman who may have lived at the inn, tells her story.


Ghost Story: I cared for my husband but he was away fighting in the Civil War. I became lonely and found love in the arms of another man. I know it was wrong but I wasn't sure if my husband would ever come home. But he did.

He wasn't expected and he caught me in the arms of my lover. He didn't give us a chance to explain. He shot my lover and then slit my throat. We didn't deserve that horrible end to our lives. When my husband saw what he had done he put my body down the well and put a huge boulder on top of it.

The well is still in one of the rooms of the pub and has a glass top. Sometimes you will see me leaving or returning to the well. Some people say I am searching for my lover, some say I'm looking for my husband. I will not say until I find him.

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