Thursday, May 31, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 2: Part 5c: Ghost/History Walk: St. Bartholomew's Hospital/Viaduct Pub

St. Bart's Hospital. Cr: Wikipedia

During our Ghost/History Walk, our guide, Richard Jones took us by St. Bartholomew's Hospital and the Viaduct Pub, both which have some interesting stories. 
1) ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL - is also known as "Barts." It's a functional hospital in the Smithfield area of London.  It was founded in 1123, and the oldest hospital in the U.K. still on its original site! Of course, it's been updated. London's only statue of King Henry VIII is located above a gate at the hospital.
Nurse's deadly tea/

THE GHOST STORY - Richard told us that the hospital has many stories where a nurse is seen bringing patients a cup of tea in their rooms. The patients have mentioned sipping tea brought from a nurse that none of the other nurses on the floor ever see. About two hours after a patient drinks the tea from the ghostly nurse, they pass away. The ghostly nurse is still reported today. 

2) THE VIADUCT PUB, LONDON - The Viaduct Pub was built in 1869  on the site of the Giltspur Comptor, a debtors' jail affiliated to Newgate Prison. In the basement, employees can still see five of the original cells. The pub was originally built as a gin palace in Victorian style.One of the ghosts that haunt the pub lingers in the cellar. Another lingers upstairs on the first floor. The pub is located near St. Paul's Cathedral.

In 1996, a manager was tidying the cellar one Saturday morning, when the door suddenly slammed shut and the lights went out. Feeling his way to the door, he found that no matter how hard he pushed it just would not open. Fortunately, his wife heard his cries for help and came down stairs to investigate. She found that the doors, which would not open from the inside, were unlocked and easily pushed open from the outside.
2) GHOST ON THE FIRST FLOOR -  Employees working on the first floor decided to call a male ghost "Fred." When Richard Jones was joined by a medium for a televised event, he said the medium was not told anything about the pub or any haunting. The medium said "there is a Scotsman here named Robert. Further, he asks that people stop calling him 'Fred!'" 
VIDEO FROM A U.K. PRODUCTION: "GHOSTS OF THE VIADUCT TAVERN" gives you a good tour of the Pub, and features Richard Jones! Now you can hear things he told us!

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