Bolton's Oldest pub, 4th Oldest Pub in Britain, 5th oldest in the world and proudly serving a wide range of Ciders and Real Ales since 1251
Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton has one of the bloodiest pasts of any pub on our list. Its name was first recorded in 1251, making it one of the longest-running establishments in the UK. A cursory glance on Youtube throws up a series of Most Haunted-style clips of moving shadows and terrified paranormal professionals.
James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby, was executed outside the premises in 1651, and is said to haunt the pub today.
Well, that is until 2016, when the story got even weirder. Chinese artist Lu Pinguyan claims he stole the ghost in an act of protest against England’s colonialist past. Landlord Richard Greenwood even wrote to the artist to demand the late Earl’s safe return.
It seems Stanley is back at the gaff, however, as another ghost sighting was recorded in 2018. Then again, it could have been a different ghost.