Halloween Ghost Hunt 2018
The Royal William, Cranham
Date: Friday 26th October 2018
This quaint country pub is delightfully set in the Gloucestershire village of Cranham and welcomes visitors all year round.However, one thing that many of these visitors do not realise is that The Royal William is said to be extremely haunted by some of it’s former inhabitants.
The Cranham Suite is reportedly haunted by a sullen male who enjoys making visitors feel afraid and uneasy. Whilst the pubs restaurant is said to be home to mischievous spirit children who like to play games with unsuspecting diners.
Our first ever ghost hunting night at The Royal William also includes a delicious two course meal and a paranormal workshop before the investigation starts.
The pub hasn’t always been known as The Royal William, in fact, the name was changed to ‘The Henry VIII” as a tribute to the king visiting the area with Ann Boleyn whilst there was an epidemic in London in 1535. It is believed that the royal couple hunted in Popes Wood which forms part of the wooded area surrounding the pub.
The inn managed to survive the Civil War from 1642-1648 with Prince Rupert who was Commander in Chief to King Charles lodged at Prinknash with the Bridgman family.
In 1830 to celebrate the accession of William IV the pub was renamed as The Royal William after the king took a personal interest in the Beer Act of 1830 which abolished the beer tax and extended the opening times of licenses public houses.
Thomas Sadler became the owner in 1821 when his mother surrendered her copy-hold. 27 years later the inn was acquired by his nephew William Sadler Hall who also came to own seven other public houses in Gloucestershire, all of which were supplied with beer from his own brewery.
In 1904 William decided to retire and sell the pub to the Godsell’s brewery and in 1907 Thomas and Edith Overs had taken over the tenancy of the pub. Tom was a well respected man and a genial host. He moved his family into the hotel as it was known at the time and worked tirelessly to build the reputation of the establishment.
Thomas Overs and his family had done a wonderful job on making The Royal William one of the go to destinations in the area. Unfortunately in 1927 at the age of 60 he had a heart attack at the hotel which he wouldn’t survive. This was a massive loss to the community and the pub where he had done so much to make sure it was a success.
His son in Law Sydney Vickeridge took over the running of the pub after Thomas died but he too also fell ill and died aged 60 after suffering with heart trouble.
The Royal William became Gloucestershire’s first ever Brewers Fayre restaurant in 1985 and continued to be a success. In 2007 the pub was available for a private lease and this is when The Little Cotswold Pub Company took over with the aim to change the identity back to an individual pub instead of a pub chain.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
The current pub owners have reported seeing the spirit of a young child playing in the pubs restaurant during a previous paranormal investigation. This phenomena has also been reported by visitors to the pub too.
There’s an area in the pubs Cranham Suite where people do not like to venture alone thanks to the intimidating male who likes to stalk the passageway by the ladies toilets.
In the same area during a previous investigation by another team a figure of a small child was captured on film walking past the bay window.
Some of The Royal Williams former landlords are also said to still roam their pub overseeing the running of their much loved establishment.
The pub also boasts it’s own well underneath the bar and people have reported the feeling of being pushed out of it as though who ever was down there did not want them being there.
Your overnight ghost hunt at The Royal William includes:
- A two Course meal (Main & Dessert)
- Paranormal workshop before the vigils begin
- Vigils led by experienced investigators
- An equipment demonstration before the investigation begins
- Full use of our vast array of paranormal equipment
- Refreshments, Tea/coffee & cakes
- Lone vigils at the end of the night where time is on our side
Important factors to consider before booking:
Remaining balances and food orders must be received by Friday 12th October 2018.