This article will be cover the paranormal reports linked to the 900-year-old history of The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex, England – thought to be one of the most haunted accommodations in this part of Britain…
The Mermaid Inn Ghosts
The most famous ‘paranormal room’ in The Mermaid Inn is Room 1 – also known as ‘The James’.
Many visitors to this room have woke up in the middle of the night to find that they are no longer alone. A lady dressed in white (sometimes gray) sits in the chair next to the fireplace with a blank expression on her face.
In some cases, she has looked straight at the shocked Inn visitor, as they sit in bed. But most of the time she justs stares aimlessly at the fireplace, before slowly fading after about a minute of being visible.
Another room at the Inn, named ‘The Fleur de Lys’, also has it’s own resident specter. This is the spirit of a man who walks through the bathroom wall, crosses past the bed to disappear near the opposite wall.
Over the years a total of five rooms within this old inn have been reported as having some sort of paranormal resident.
But where do all these ghosts come from?
Let’s take a closer look…
The Old Inn
The Mermaid Inn is thought to date as far back as 1156 – this dating was done through the cellar area of the building. In 1377 the French attacked Rye, and the Inn was one of the buildings that was burned to the ground.
It was rebuilt 50 years later, with the original cellars still in tact.
The Mermaid became very prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries. It became well known for brewing it’s own high quality ales and serving good food with accommodation.
Unfortunately, the inn lost it’s popularity in the mid 1700’s when the infamous and bloodthirsty Hawkhurst Gang started using it as a meeting place for their smuggling plans.
At first, the public in Rye seemed to like the idea of the gang – they provided good work and brought money into the area…but soon they became linked to a number of local murders.
Enough was enough – a militia was formed and the gang was defeated. Many of these members ended up being hung publicly in 1749.
Paranormal experts have concluded that two members of the Hawkhurst Gang now haunt The Mermaid Inn – George Gray and his unfortunate girlfriend.
After the gang was defeated, the inn closed down for a number of years. It eventually got bought, and converted into a home, but it then turned back into an inn during 1913.
The Haunted Mermaid Inn in Rye
These days The Mermaid Inn is considered a paranormal hot spot by many paranormal investigators – the apparitions and ghostly incidents have never ceased.
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