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Creepy tale of a haunted pub where the lights don’t go out until you say goodnight Julia

A Cambridgeshire pub is considered one of the busiest in the country, tracking spooky events dating back to a romantic and tragic 11th-century tale.

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Inside Cambridgeshire’s spookiest pub

A pub where the lights don’t go out unless you say “Goodnight, Julia” is rumored to be one of the busiest in the country.

The Old Ferry Boat Inn in St Ives, Cambridgeshire has hanging baskets, a white facade and idyllic river views, but it also hides a tragic history.

There is a tomb under the bar and staff and customers have reported strange happenings – from lights refusing to turn off to things getting bumpy at night, CambridgeshireLive reports.

Following a heartbreaking tale of unrequited love, the spirit of Juliet Tewsley is said to rise every year on the anniversary of her death, giving the Inn’s guests sleepless nights.







The Old Ferry Boat Inn at Holywell
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A former pub manager has shared his paranormal experiences, including stories about things that happen at night.

On March 17, 1050, a local girl, then only 17 years old, fell passionately in love with a forester named Tom Zoul.

Unfortunately, Tom didn’t return her love and Julia, heartbroken, hanged herself from a tree near the inn so Tom could see her body on the way to work.

In another version of the story, Juliet drowned herself in the River Ouse.

But whatever the cause of her untimely death, Julia was buried in the unholy ground near the inn.

Because of the stigma attached to suicide in the 11th century, her grave was marked only with a plain stone slab.







The grave under the bar at The Old Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell
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Corresponding Countryfile Magazineover the years the pub has been expanded and extended, Julia’s gravestone has become part of the interior decoration.

The record can be seen at the bar today, and rumor has it that Juliet’s ghostly form rises from the river at midnight each year on March 17th and glides to her grave.

Many people claim to have seen the heartbroken Phantom, while others have commented on the eerie feeling associated with the old pub.

Jamie Toms, former team leader and manager on duty at The Old Ferry Boat Inn, spoke to CambridgeshireLive in 2019 about some of the spooky experiences he’s encountered working – and living – in the pub.







The colorful history of the Old Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell
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The colorful history of the Old Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell
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He said: “A lot of things happen in the pub that people can’t really explain.

“Sometimes the lights just won’t go out unless you say ‘Goodnight, Juliet.’ Or the menus just appear on the floor.

“Sometimes when you are alone here you also hear things like banging and the sound of doors opening.

“We have never seen an apparition, but some guests and customers have said they felt someone was watching them in the bar, or felt very cold even with the heat turned up full blast.

“Sometimes it can make you nervous but I’m pretty relaxed, we know we have to respect the building and remember it’s their building.”







Toby Brown (left) and Jamie Toms of the Old Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell.
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Speaking of Julia’s death anniversary, Jamie said: “The week leading up to the day is usually worse than the day itself.

“In the days leading up, the lights will pulse or get brighter without anyone touching the controls.

“Or the guests come down in the morning and say they slept badly – when that happens we always ask if they walked over the grave, which is in the restaurant. I’ve been a manager here for eight weeks, and I still won’t go over it.”

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