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17 May 2009

Search out Smithfield's pervy pub ghost

The Rising Sun, on Cloth Fair, is another Sam Smiths establishment, and another of London's haunted pubs.

The pub itself is a fairly cosy establishment, and is notable as one of very pubs in Smithfields open on a Sunday. Legend has it that in the 19th Century a gang of body snatchers used to drink here before going on raids of nearby St Bartholemew's Hospital in search of corpses. It is said that when they failed sometimes regulars at the pub would go missing and never be seen again. It is also said that the small area of grass in front of St Bartholomew the Great, opposite, conceals a plague pit and hundreds of victims of the Black Death were speedily buried there.

The ghost here, however, seems devoted to more simple pleasures of the flesh. He is known for his sexually predatory tendencies and two Brazilian barmaids, who worked here in the eighties and lived upstairs, were sometimes woken by a 'presence' who would sit on the end of their bed, and slowly pull the bed clothes off them.

Another story concerns a landlady who was showering when she heard the bathroom door open and close. The shower curtain was promptly pulled aside and an ice-cold hand run down her back. When she turned around, however, there was no one there.

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