Violin-playing ghost who likes to prop up bar
‘He is as good as gold’ says landlady
A VIOLIN-PLAYING ghost is causing much mischief in a 400-year-old pub, according to the landlady.
Ex-landlord Donald who died in the early 1900s is said to still prop up the bar at The White Hart in Chalfont St Peter.
The pub is one of many haunted watering holes in Buckinghamshire, with other strange sightings spotted in Amersham and Beaconsfield ahead of Halloween on Friday.
Landlady Rachael Bree, 43, who has worked at the pub for 27 years, says Donald has been haunting the place since she can remember.
Donald moves glasses and optics about in the night, brushes past customers and spooks pub border terrier Gunner.
“He is as good as gold with me,” said Rachael, who has heard the violin twice. “The chef asked if someone had pushed him in the fridge and another time a customer asked who was leaning on his shoulder.”
Rachael left the tap positioned in the middle of the sink a few years ago. When she came back down that same night, she says, it had somehow moved across.
She said: “That happened three times in one night. On the third time I put it back and said ‘goodnight Donald’ and it did not happen again.
“I say goodnight to him every night now.”
Donald is also a handy security guard as well, says Rachael, as he begins to move objects about and make trouble when something is amiss in the pub.
Other watering holes which are rumoured to be haunted include Chequers Inn in Wooburn Common. According to Amersham.org.uk, the pub was exorcised three times in the second half of the 20th century and the ghostly goings-on could stem from 1506 and 1521, when members of the Lollard religious group were burned to death after refusing to recant their beliefs, with their children forced to light the fires.
Over in Beaconsfield, the Royal Standard of England pub – run by Matthew O’Keeffe – has had so many spooky incidents it attracted a visit from television programme Ghost Quest UK. A shadowy male figure has often been spotted striding across the bar and disappearing in the wall next to the old fireplace in the Candle Room.
According to the pub’s website, it is believed to be an executed Cavalier or a traveller accidentally killed by the notorious Earl of Barrymore in 1788.
Landlady Rachael Bree who has been working at the pub for 27 years says Donald has been haunting the place as long as she can remember