England's Most Haunted City
2002, Chester's unusual Barlow's pub occupied
two-storeys at 30 Bridge Street. It had two
bars: one on the street and the other off the Row
above - but with no interconnecting doors or stairs
between the two!
Now converted into a soulless, upmarket shop, the
building is still haunted by a disapproving former
Previously known as 'Ye Olde Vaults', and dating
from 1789, the pub was later named after William
Barlow, the devoted landlord in 1898. His sole purpose
in life seemed to be maintaining the excellence
of his pub and its beer. But the pub was refurbished
in 1900 and other landlords came and went; and few
of the changes were for the better. Which didn't
go down well with old Mr Barlow. For many decades,
regulars claimed to hear loud bangs, groans and
wails emanating from his disgusted spirit.
During the recent renovations, the site foreman
corroborated these claims: 'All of us felt we was
being watched', he said. 'It was definitely the
creepiest place we've ever worked.'