A door slammed shut and a man heard the words, “There’s just us two down here now.”
On this episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane investigate Viaduct Tavern in London.
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The Viaduct Tavern first opened in 1869 as a gin palace (gin was popular amongst poor Londoners because it was cheaper than beer).
The tavern drew diverse crowds that included the working class, lawyers, government officials, and even criminals, due to nearby prisons.
Public executions were held near The Viaduct, and a place across the street called Magpie & Stump had viewing rooms for folks who wanted to see the executions up close.
There’s said to be a ghost that steals people’s drinks when they aren’t looking, but a few of the other paranormal encounters described are a little scarier.
Here are a few of them.
In 1982, the landlord’s daughter was reading a newspaper in the upstairs loft, when she reportedly heard footsteps coming quickly up the stairs.
The door swung open, the newspaper was thrown from her hands, then the door shut, and she heard footsteps descending down the stairs. She searched the pub afterwards, but didnt' find anyone around.
In 1999, two electricians were workings upstairs. One claimed to feel a tap on his shoulder, though nobody was present.
A few minutes later, the two reportedly witnessed a roll of carpeting rise in the air, and fall back to the floor. This makes folks believe there's some sort of poltergeist in the loft above the tavern, and that it's responsible for these strange occurrences.
In the 1980s, a landlord was in the cellar when the lights suddenly went out, the cellar door slammed shut behind him, and he heard, “There’s just us two down here now.”
Incidents like this are the reason the tavern's cellar is allegedly the most haunted part of the entire building.
During Shane and Ryan’s investigation of the tavern, they went to the haunted upstairs loft and the cellar below.
Whether or not the spirit box picked up any voices is uncertain, but Ryan was more convinced that the tavern held spirits than Shane, who was skeptical of any paranormal shenanigans taking place.