The Ancient Ram Inn
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LOCATION: Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

DATE BUILT: Around 1145, and was remodelled between the mid to late 1500s

PURPOSE: The building was originally the priest's house, situated just across the road from the church

OTHER USES: As the name suggests, the building served as an inn for some time, up until 1968

PREVIOUS BUILDINGS ON THE SITE: According to John Humphries, the owner of the building, the site was a pagan burial ground, some 5000 years ago

CLAIM TO FAME: Author Daphne Du Maurier visited Jamaica Inn in the winter on 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 Marier's work. 

 

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. 

RESIDENT GHOSTS: John claims that the inn is haunted by an incubus and succubus. These are male and female demons who engage in sexual activities with humans. Other reported spirits are a cavalier, a shepherd and his dog, two monks, a witch, a Roman Centurian on horseback, a crippled child who waves from a window, and a 'blue lady' referred to as Elizabeth. It is believed that Elizabeth was murdered by two highwaymen.

 

REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: People have reported being pushed and even lifted off the floor by unseen hands at the inn. Sounds have been heard coming from unknown sources including screams and dragging sounds coming from the attic. Many different full bodied apparitions have been seen, and a face is said to appear in an old grandfather clock.  Poltergeist activity seems a common occurence, with furniture apparently able to fly around the room on its own....

 

HAUNTED HOTSPOTS: The Bishop's Room, the stables, the attic and the Witch's room

 

TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: There are reports of hauntings from 1930s onwards

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: Yet to be discovered....

 

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Taken by Debs Thomas outside The Ancient Ram Inn. She assures me no one was smoking at the time the photo was taken.