Jamaica Inn
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LOCATION: Bolventor, Cornwall, UK

DATE BUILT: 1750

GRADE LISTED: Grade II

ORIGINAL PURPOSE: A coaching inn

OTHER USES: The building remains to be an inn offering accommodation, with the additions of a shop, restaurant and museum.

PREVIOUS BUILDINGS ON THE SITE: Unknown

Jamaica Inn WindowCLAIM TO FAME: Author Daphne Du Maurier visited Jamaica Inn in the winter of 1930. The inn and its surroundings inspired Du Maurier so, that she wrote the famous novel 'Jamaica Inn'. There has since been a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939, a TV film in 1983 starring Jane Seymour, and a 3 part TV series by the BBC in 2014, all based on Du Maurier's work. 

 

INTERESTING FACTS: If you go up the stairs and turn right, you will see a small, square window to your right hand side. This window faces a hill called 'Brown Willy'. This window was a signalling point to the smugglers, with a light being lit to give the all clear. (Not this lamp, obviously!)

American General George S. Patton stayed at the inn in June 1944.

8,000 G.I.s were billeted on the moor just outside the inn in early summer of 1944, shortly before the D-Day landings in Normandy. 

 

GRIZZLY HISTORY: The inn has always provided a resting place for weary travellers. However, it is not the comfy beds and ales that makes Jamaica Inn so popular. It was a regular haunt, excuse the pun, for smugglers and wreckers. They would signal to unsuspecting approaching ships along the coast, directing them purposefully onto the awaiting rocks. The ships would there be looted of their cargo by these wreckers. Polperro, Boscastle, Trebarwith and Tintagel were well used wrecking sites. Jamaica Inn, with its isolated location up on the moor, provided the perfect location for stashing goods on their way into the country. Tea, brandy, silk and tobacco were the most common items smuggled into Cornwall. 

 

DEATHS: With the inn's history rich as a smuggler's retreat, there were no doubt many fights, and quite likely deaths. On the floor in the bar, you will see this plaque set into the carpet. 

Jamaica Inn Plaque

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RESIDENT GHOSTS: 

• The unknown 'murdered man' who has been seen sitting on the wall outside the inn. He was first reported in 1911.

• The man in a tricorn hat and cloak, possibly the notorious smuggler Jack Travellis. Seen in the restaurant area.

• The woman with a crying baby. In 1831, single woman Mary sued her landlord, the married Thomas Dunn. She wanted him to recognise their bastard son.

• Children 

• A young girl. She is seen regularly by staff at the end of the corridor to the gift shop. This corridor was oncean outside walkway to the church.

 

REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:

Audible: Footsteps heard pacing along the corridors. A baby's crying. Children giggling. Conversations in a foreign language. Horses hooves and cartwheels heard on the gravel outside. Other unexplained noises. Tapping on bedroom doors, when opened no one there. Scratching on the wall of Room 3.

Visual: Dark shadows. Partial apparitions. Wet footprints on the floor. 

Intelligent: Unexplained tapping on request on investigators.

Sensory: Cold spots in the bedrooms. People report being touched by unseen hands. Hair being pulled.

Poltergeist: Furniture moving on its own in Room 6. Toys and books are regularly found on the floor by staff when opening up the gift shop in the mornings. The ladies toilet door regularly opens on its own, despite having a swing hinge. Investigators have experienced things ebing thrown in the museum attic. 

 

HAUNTED HOTSPOTS: • Bedrooms 3, 4, 5 & 6. • The Smuggler's Bar • The Stable Bar (museum) • The gift shop • The old generator room (now the hotel reception)

 

TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: For over 100 years people have been reporting hauntings here. Sightings of the 'murdered man' were being recorded in the early 1900s.

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PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF INTEREST: 

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: 

"I was walking down by the gift shop and through into the restaurant one night and a top half of a torso lunged at me and disappeared" 

Jayne Mortimer, North Cornwall Paranormal

 

"My wife and I have stayed there on a few occasions in the old part of the building and at night the room would go very cold. That's all I'm going to say - it's totally unexplainable"

Mr John Watts, previous owner of Jamaica Inn for 41 years

 

"As a birthday treat my wife Lesley arranged a 2 night stay at this famous old coaching inn. I Thought wow but in hindsight perhaps I shouldn’t have been so hasty

Room 5 is supposed to be the haunted room but let me tell you room 6 is no pushover 🙄

As we opened the door to room 6 I felt a sharp intake of breath was needed as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. The large 4 poster bed looked inviting but was warm on one side & freezing on the other (no where near a window by the way). We went down to dinner for a nice cooked meal. We were given tissues to hold the plates with as they where so hot. We sat at a table inside and Lesley went to eat her meal & it was cold along with the plate. Mine you still could not hand hold but why, that incident remains a mystery.

Nothing really happened until about 9.30 pm when filming in the room I recorded a large bright orb come straight out from the wooden headboard & hover over a trigger object placed on the bed before disappearing very quickly.

It was about 12.30am we decided to go to bed & just laying came 3 massive bangs from the ensuite bathroom but I didn’t get up to investigate until the morning. At one point I saw a golden orb zip across the room with my naked eye & as it headed towards a lit bedside lamp which dimmed right down to nothing before brightening back up as the orb moved off & disappear

About 3.am I heard buckled boots walking down the corridor & then the worst,the gun metal door latch being rattled. I was petrified (wife fast asleep ) when the footsteps

moved off into the distance. I jumped up opened the door & there was nothing there anywhere & we were the only guests on that top floor that night

Eventually daylight started to appear over Bodmin moor & I felt safe so I settled down to sleep finally .

That was a mistake as soon I felt someone watching me so I took a peep just to see but it was ok so I lay back down & started to feel icy cold and cobwebbbing going down my back which unnerved me but not as much as the bed covers lifting off my shoulder and sliding down to my ankles (Lesley still fast asleep on other side of the bed & I couldn’t even reach her so I know it wasn’t her). That was it I was up & into the bathroom where I found lumps of plaster on the floor. What a night I experienced in the not so famous room 6. I have stayed in room 5 and never experienced anything like that."

Pete Barry

INVESTIGATION FOOTAGE: Click on a team image below to watch their investigation at Jamaica Inn

 

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