If you have been raising a glass to absent friends over the festive season, why not pop down to your local St Austell Brewery pub to do so and enliven the old seasonal spirit?
With an estate that includes some of the oldest buildings across the region, it is not surprising that quite a few of our pubs and hotels come complete with their own unpaying – though not unwelcome – ethereal guests. Yes, we’re talking ghosts – and we’d like you to tell us about your St Austell Brewery ghost stories so that we can make a compilation of spooky goings on in West Country watering holes.
Take the Dolphin Tavern down in Penzance, where “the awe-inspiring sense of history greets you as soon as you enter”. Back in 1585, John Hawkins used the tavern as his headquarters when recruiting Cornishmen to fight in the Armada, and Sir Walter Raleigh is thought to have smoked the first pipe of tobacco in England here. The tavern was also used as a courtroom in the centuries that followed and, so legend says, is home to three spirits. The most-often observed is an old sea captain dressed in his tricorn hat and ruffles. Could it be old Raleigh himself or an unfortunate victim condemned in the courtroom by the “Hanging Judge”, Judge Jeffries?
If you’ve got any supernatural stories about your St Austell Brewery local, get in touch and tell us all about it so that we can research the history and try to dig out the origins of the tale. We’ll report back on the best ones as we find out more about them in 2014.
Until then, may the spirit(s) of Christmas and the New Year be upon you as we raise our glasses to you all. Cheers from the Archive Team!
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