The Rose and Crown Ghost Hemel Hempstead
The Rose and Crown
"The Old Town, Hemel Hempstead"
This 16th century inn stands on one of the oldest sites in Hemel Hempstead and originally provided 4 beds and stabling for 20 horses - not available now though! As this building has such a long history you would not be surprised to hear a spooky tale or two. There are purported to be 3 ghosts. We can't admit to ever seeing the Grey Lady, though occasionally the switches in the kitchen turn themselves on and off during the night (or is it the drink?).
There is an interesting tale about a young girl who lived here in the past who was said to be locked in her room all her life because she was crippled. This story actually has some credence because when renovation work was being carried out some years ago, a pair of girl's shoes were found under the floorboards in one of the bedrooms. The sole of one shoe was built up .... The fireplace in one of the bars looks as if it needs refurbishing, but in fact has been authenticated by the English Heritage as dating back to 1575. It contains medieval graffiti, and if you look very closely you can see two figures said to be of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Apparently they used to stay often in the old hunting lodge in Gadebridge park, and did their courting in the Old High street ale houses. So as we are not allowed to cover the fireplace up it's there for all to see. The King's Arms, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
The King's Arms was certainly in existence in the 16th century, a fact borne out by the patronage of Henry VIII, in the days when he was courting Anne Boleyn, and later when the inn was visited several times by Edward VI, the son of Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour. The inn is haunted by the occasional visit of a Lady in White, and a tall fat man, who laughs. Perhaps the couple are Henry and Anne, revisiting the place they knew in their romantic courting days. The White Hart, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Many customers of this delightful pub, which dates back in parts to 1530, have experienced a feeling of sheer terror when approaching the stairs, and more than one member of the staff has actually refused to go near the stairs at all. In the 18th century, recruits for the Army and Navy were usually press-ganged into service. Any young man, who was apparently alone, could be literally grabbed and dragged off to the nearest camp to be compulsorily pressed into service.
One of these victims was a rather tall, good-looking young lad who was quietly sipping his ale one night in the bar of the White Hart, when he was confronted by a bunch of drunken soldiers, who had decided to "press him. In the ensuing fight, the lad, fighting for his freedom, put up a good struggle but died at the foot of the stairs. The feeling of sheer terror in the young lad's heart at the time has echoed down through the years, and the same feeling of terror is still often experienced in the modern day. The figure of the lad has been seen several times, standing at the foot of the staircase, still showing the intense feeling of terror in his face, as he relives the last few moments of his earthly life.