CCTV captured strange goings on at a village pub that have left staff and regulars with the heebie-jeebies.
Bosses at the Tyler’s Kiln, in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent say motion sensors have captured things moving in the dead of night, sparking claims the pub is haunted.
Staff have also reported shadows passing doors, glasses flying off shelves and lights turning on mysteriously.
Owner Allister Collins has now put together a collection of creepy clips, captured on the the pub’s surveillance footage over a two-month period from August 4, highlighting the number of strange incidents.
In it, chairs are mysteriously pulled out, saloon doors swing open and a garden umbrella opens unaided. Items also move on tables and a cushion moves from a sofa.
Mr Collins says he has been overwhelmed by the interest in the footage, which he says is unedited, since he posted it on Facebook.
He said: “It has been quite surprising just how much reaction there has been.
“I’d always heard stories about the pub being haunted, and staff are always talking of hearing footsteps when no one else is around.
“There’s also a cold spot immediately in front of the bar, even with full heating on. Customers regularly move from that spot due to the lower temperature.”
The clip has clearly left some viewers unnerved – Rebecca Benzies commented on Facebook: “Creepy stuff! Wouldn’t want to be on my own there!”
Maureen Tizzard added: “Wow, seems like spirits and not the bottle kind.”
Pippa Connelly posted: “Looks scary to me! Can’t be to drum up trade – I would run a mile not go back!!!”
Pub cleaner Amanda Gilbert has experienced several ‘haunted happenings’ while at the venue.
She adds: “I can hear the saloon swing-gates swing when I am cleaning the front of the pub, and when I go to have a look they are still swinging slightly, but no one else is in.
“One time I walked past the drinks storage cupboard and it was shut with the lights off, but when I came back the cupboard door had opened and the lights were on.
“The electricians checked the CCTV because they didn’t believe me, but it just showed weird distortion and the light coming on.
“Sometimes I hear someone walking around upstairs. There are very heavy footsteps, but there is never anybody up there.
“Leaflet holders also disappear from the snug and then re-appear, and when I’m cleaning the toilets downstairs shadows go past the door.
“I’ve always said there’s something creepy about it.”
Such is the number of incidents that a local paranormal group now wants to carry out an investigation at the pub.
The ghost of a local mechanic has been suggested as one likely suspect, but Suzanne Sherwood, whose parents used to run the pub when it was the Ivy House, thinks she knows who is to blame.
“That’ll be Gilbert,” she said. “My mum and dad used to live there and run the Ivy House many moons ago and Gilbert made his presence felt, a former landlord.
“Prawn cocktail crisp bags disappeared regularly.”