Another 'ghostly' sighting of creepy face in window at Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub

Who is the creepy face in the window? Another 'ghostly' sighting at pub

The ghostly apparition at Ye Olde Man and Scythe's window. Picture by Gerry Baines.

Owner of the pub Richard Greenwood in Ye Olde Man and Scythe's courtyard

CCTV footage from the pub from February

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THERE has been yet another "ghostly" sighting at Bolton’s spookiest pub.

A strange figure appeared at one of the pub’s back windows upstairs — while the live-in manager was on holiday and his replacement was downstairs.

The haunting, unexplained picture was taken by a neighbour of Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate.

It appears to show a face, with a beard and mouth, at the window, which is above a sink.

It is the third time Ye Olde Man and Scythe has reported a supernatural occurrence in the last eight months and underlines its international tag of Britain’s most haunted pub.

The pub first hit the headlines in February when a CCTV video released on YouTube seemed to show a ghost appear at the end of the bar in the middle of the night.

Then last month, a Portuguese tourist — one of many intrigued visitors to the ‘haunted’ pub since it shot to fame — caught a mysterious flash of light on film which appeared at an upstairs window.

Owner Richard Greenwood says he has no idea what the face in the window could be.

He added: “I don’t know the guy who took it is but he posted it on Facebook.

“People started saying ‘what is looking down from the window’?

“We had a look and thought it looked a bit spooky so why not put it up.

“Tony, the landlord, is away and John, his replacement, was serving in the pub, so nobody could have been up there.”

The latest spooky sighting will only add to the reputation Bolton’s oldest pub has now acquired — as Britain’s most haunted.

Mr Greenwood said: “I suppose all this is good for business.

“At the weekend people just come in to take pictures. They come from all over the place, as they’ve heard it’s the most haunted pub in the world. The more pictures they take, the more chance they have of capturing something.”

Mr Greenwood was contacted by Japanese TV giant Fuji, to discuss the possibility of filming an episode of a series on paranormal activity at the pub, but a date has yet to be agreed.

The pub, which dates back to 1251, is the fourth-oldest in Britain and is reputedly haunted by James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby.

It is said that the Royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, spent the last hours of his life there before being beheaded in 1651 during the Civil War.

The chair in which he was executed is still in the pub.

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6:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

From what I can see it looks like someone with shades on and a cup of coffee in their hands. Must be a recent ghost
From what I can see it looks like someone with shades on and a cup of coffee in their hands. Must be a recent ghost Ernagy2
  • Score: 18

9:07pm Wed 13 Aug 14

What I think 222 says...

I'd be more likely to believe it if the window had been closed.
I'd be more likely to believe it if the window had been closed. What I think 222
  • Score: 6

9:44pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

Why was the neighbour taking non-descript B&W photos of a pub back yard? What does the "ghost" look like in colour? It is strange that the ghosts in this pub like having their snaps taken isn't it?
Why was the neighbour taking non-descript B&W photos of a pub back yard? What does the "ghost" look like in colour? It is strange that the ghosts in this pub like having their snaps taken isn't it? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 17

9:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

It's Gore Seer, he gets everywhere he shouldn't do in Bolton.
It's Gore Seer, he gets everywhere he shouldn't do in Bolton. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 12

9:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
It's Gore Seer, he gets everywhere he shouldn't do in Bolton.
Ha ha! Too funny lol.
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: It's Gore Seer, he gets everywhere he shouldn't do in Bolton.[/p][/quote]Ha ha! Too funny lol. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 9

11:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

boltonnut says...

Evil spirits.
Evil spirits. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

8:46am Thu 14 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Blimey I Need My Eyes Testing, I Cant See A Flipping Thing, The Pic I Sent In To BN Is Better But I Bet It Will Never Get Published.
Blimey I Need My Eyes Testing, I Cant See A Flipping Thing, The Pic I Sent In To BN Is Better But I Bet It Will Never Get Published. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Why was the neighbour taking non-descript B&W photos of a pub back yard? What does the "ghost" look like in colour? It is strange that the ghosts in this pub like having their snaps taken isn't it?
Never mind that what was he doing suspending himself from the roof taking pictures whilst his friend was away ? To take that shot in that position there is a brick wall


OMG the cameraman is the Ghost he was hovering near the back wall !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Why was the neighbour taking non-descript B&W photos of a pub back yard? What does the "ghost" look like in colour? It is strange that the ghosts in this pub like having their snaps taken isn't it?[/p][/quote]Never mind that what was he doing suspending himself from the roof taking pictures whilst his friend was away ? To take that shot in that position there is a brick wall OMG the cameraman is the Ghost he was hovering near the back wall !!!! Lancashire always
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Thu 14 Aug 14

ReginaldLong says...

Wow that's so scary, I must visit this pub to see if it's real.

Wonder if anyone would actually think that. Must be a slow news day eh?
Wow that's so scary, I must visit this pub to see if it's real. Wonder if anyone would actually think that. Must be a slow news day eh? ReginaldLong
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

If the landlord took up exercising, would that get rid of the ghost?
If the landlord took up exercising, would that get rid of the ghost? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 1

6:57am Fri 15 Aug 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Is someone taking the p1ss? What a cr4ppy photo, we're in 2014 not 1914!
Is someone taking the p1ss? What a cr4ppy photo, we're in 2014 not 1914! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: -2

1:20pm Fri 15 Aug 14

pendletrotter says...

Obviously 8 pints and can't find the Loo
Obviously 8 pints and can't find the Loo pendletrotter
  • Score: 1

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