Posts Tagged ‘old’

‘The Trip’ is an Inn  in Nottingham, England located on the side of its castle. The In n lays in the sandstone below the castle, the sign outside indicates the presence of the inn as of 1189 at the very least. It was the year that Richard the Lionheart began the third crusade. Legend would have us believe that the knights would meet at the Inn before journeying to Jerusalem.

In ‘The Trip’ you can see the Haunted Galleon, a model of a ship that has been cursed. If anyone tries to clean the ship it brings death to that person. So it’s currently encased in glss and covered in dust to avoid anyone befalling the curse.

The most famous landlord of the Inn was George Henry Ward, nicknamed ‘Yorky’, he was the licensee from 1894 until his death in 1914. It’s now said his ghost haunted the cellar where he likes to play tricks on the staff and move things around.

This is one choice for the writer as a local pub, good food and creepy tales to go with it? If you are in Nottingham it’s a good place to go.

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Built in 1930’s it is situated at Netheravon Road, Changi Villages, Singapore. It’s design is typical of the buildings from the British Colonial architects in the 1920’s. During the assault of the Japanese aggression from Malaya in February 1942 Changi was one of the first attack points.

In a day or two later it was occupied by the Japanese army, soon after OCH was converted into a military hospital, after the occupation ended it was converted back and later had a military ward on the 3rd level.

February 1997, it was replaced with the new hospital, it was isolated and left vacant. Stories about the building being haunted started in 1940’s, with 70+ years of rich history from the dreadful World War II. It witnessed the fall of Singapore and the brutal torture of Prisoners of War.

A quick net search shows me that they have a footage style horror set there, whilst I could not find anything solid on hauntings it seems that there are people making stories for the place anyway.

The area of Narrow Marsh was demolished and redeveloped but I felt it served to be an interesting subject, given that I live in Nottingham anyway. On of the names that is still known for the area is Red Lion Street and despite renaming it to this little seems to have been an improvement, hence it’s eventual destruction.

The area was known by the name from around 1315, or just after the Battle of Bannockburn, in those days it was called Parvus Mariscus, or Little Marsh. It sounds a lot better in Latin doesn’t it? It was one of the oldest thoroughfares in Nottingham and likely was used way before the mention in 1315. It’s use as a main business route meant it was even taxed, 1523 the subsidy was called for and the towns collection for the time was around a thousand pounds in today’s Monday. It was taxed then at £7 13s 2d whereas Long Row, one of the important streets of the time, only paid £2 9s 6d.

The area was set out like narrow stripes of houses; a rear access to the property would be in there, with courts and alleys joining the roads. The lay-out was a very early part of the history of architectural styles. Long Row in Nottingham is another area which is known for this but Narrow Marsh was considered to have been earlier than this.  The Leen swamps must have made this place a nightmare of unpleasant diseases and likely contributing to rheumatism, also it’s known that in 1795 and 1809 the area flooded and traffic was unable to pass.

The “King’s Head” pub in Narrowmarsh was supposed to have been a resort for the infamous Dick Turpin. There was a pamphlet published in 1924 by Mr Louis Mellard that says that Tobias K was living a double life as both a farmer and then as a fencer for the highwaymen, Turpin being one.