Japanese film crew shoots paranormal TV show at 'haunted' Bolton pub Ye Olde Man and Scythe

Japanese film crew shoots paranormal TV show at 'haunted' Bolton pub

Ye Olde Man and Scythe manager Richard Greenwood is interviewed outside the pub for Japanese TV station, Fuji TV

The photograph which caught ghostly images at the windows

CCTV footage showing a ghostly figure at Ye Olde Man and Scythe on February 14 this year

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON’S oldest pub could be big in Japan — after a film crew from the country flew to the UK to document ghostly sightings at the historic boozer.

Regulars at Ye Olde Man and Scythe have seen many strange sights over the years — including, some say, ghosts at the haunted public house — but none so strange as the team from Fuji TV who travelled 6,000 miles to try to catch a glimpse of a ghoul.

Fuji TV — one of Japan’s largest television stations — selected the pub in Churchgate as one of its stops in filming a show on paranormal activity in the UK.

And producers were baffled as to why the pub still remained popular with locals — despite its spooky reputation.

The pub’s owner Richard Greenwood said: “They just could not understand why we were not bothered about the sightings. They said in Japan nobody would go near the place.

“It was funny watching their faces as I told the stories, but they were really nice guys and it all seemed to go well.

“They seemed happy with what they filmed and the regulars enjoyed it. It’s all a bit of fun.”

The pub hit the headlines after three ghostly sightings were caught on film, with a CCTV clip of a strange figure appearing at the end of the bar while the pub was closed, becoming an internet sensation.

After a tour of the pub, which included the spots of the recent sightings, the crew asked questions about its history and chatted to regulars.

Mr Greenwood said Fuji did not say when the footage would be aired, but promised to send him some footage, once it has been broadcast. In February, two reporters from The Bolton News spent the night at the pub — which dates back to 1251 — on the hunt for any spooky presences.

Earlier this month, a picture taken from an upper floor of a nearby building appeared to show a mysterious figure in one of the pub’s upstairs windows, while the landlord was working downstairs.

The pub is the fourth oldest in Britain and is said to be haunted by James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby, with his execution chair still on display next to the bar.

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.

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12:28pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Trouble at t'mill says...

"They just could not understand why we were not bothered about the sightings"
Probably because they are such obvious fakes.
"They just could not understand why we were not bothered about the sightings" Probably because they are such obvious fakes. Trouble at t'mill
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

I've seen many strange sighting in that pub over the years its a good place to go if you love the paranormal.
I've seen many strange sighting in that pub over the years its a good place to go if you love the paranormal. johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

The chair in the pub is a copy and the place was re built after a fire would you like me to submit a report on the History of The Man and Scythe ?
ie The Queen has never seen the pub as she has to pass it in a closed carriage when she visits . 75% of Boltonians where Slaughtered after the Beheading of the earle of Darby and just exactly who is Alicia Cockerell ?
The chair in the pub is a copy and the place was re built after a fire would you like me to submit a report on the History of The Man and Scythe ? ie The Queen has never seen the pub as she has to pass it in a closed carriage when she visits . 75% of Boltonians where Slaughtered after the Beheading of the earle of Darby and just exactly who is Alicia Cockerell ? Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Thu 28 Aug 14

dressit says...

Think you'll find the 75% of Boltonians were slaughterd at the storming of Bolton by Prince Rupert, the Earl of Derby was brought to Bolton after his quarter (pardon) was disallowed. He was beheaded in Churchgate...there is actually no link to him staying at the Man and Scythe, it's just local speculation that he did.
Think you'll find the 75% of Boltonians were slaughterd at the storming of Bolton by Prince Rupert, the Earl of Derby was brought to Bolton after his quarter (pardon) was disallowed. He was beheaded in Churchgate...there is actually no link to him staying at the Man and Scythe, it's just local speculation that he did. dressit
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

johnnykilroy4 wrote:
I've seen many strange sighting in that pub over the years its a good place to go if you love the paranormal.
Try taking more water with it.
[quote][p][bold]johnnykilroy4[/bold] wrote: I've seen many strange sighting in that pub over the years its a good place to go if you love the paranormal.[/p][/quote]Try taking more water with it. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 3

12:52am Fri 29 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Haunted my hairy ar5e!! No such things as ghosts and ghouls, although I see enough freaks around Bolton during daylight hours.

It's all a bit of fun, and if it brings in business and punters, as well as the odd film crew from abroad, then it's not a bad thing.
Haunted my hairy ar5e!! No such things as ghosts and ghouls, although I see enough freaks around Bolton during daylight hours. It's all a bit of fun, and if it brings in business and punters, as well as the odd film crew from abroad, then it's not a bad thing. wsw69
  • Score: 2

9:43am Fri 29 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

A Ghostly Pantomime.
A Ghostly Pantomime. Gore Seer
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