Pub staff claim ghost who ‘smells of BO’ has been caught on CCTV moving objects

Pub landlords claim their venue is haunted and they’ve captured the ghost who has a “musty” body odour on camera.

A CCTV camera caught the moment a bar measure appears to moves by itself at The White Hart in Corsely, Wiltshire.

The couple who run the pub claim it has a history of the spooky presence making itself known to staff and punters – and some even describe a feeling of a hand touching or scratching them.

The latest incident happened on July 2, when CCTV inside the pub captured the bar measure moving by itself.

Adelle Gill, who runs The White Hart with her partner, Steve Ellis, told Somerset Live : “It is not the only thing that has happened here.

“We call him Henry and believe him to be a previous landlord of the pub.

“I know it sounds bonkers but you can smell him, it’s like a musty BO smell. We smell that and then something happens.

“Before we moved in here I didn’t believe in ghosts but too much happens.”

Ms Gill added: “Our staff have put up with a lot. One time I was getting something out of the safe and I felt a hand around my leg, fingers and thumb gripping it. It was unreal.

“A couple of times I’ve had regulars walk out looking very spooked and it’s only a week or so later they admit they saw something behind the bar.

“We’ve seen it too – it’s hard to describe its like a fast-moving vapour trail, we’ve got it on CCTV too.

“The waiters have felt hands touching them too and been scratched by something. They seem to get picked on.

“Another time, a set of dishes that are usually on top of the fridge had been lined out neatly in a perfect row overnight.”

“The kitchen staff have also had things thrown at them and our chest deep freezer opens on its own, which shouldn’t be possible because it’s tough to open.

“And our ice machine opens and closes on its own.

“Not only that one of the customers said one she felt someone tug on her bag in the bathroom but there was no one there.

“Also we can hear noises sometimes from the hall which aren’t right.

“I think that Henry may be upset that we redecorated without asking his permission.

“If anyone has any history on the pub I’d appreciate them getting in touch as we’d like to know what happened here.”

Ms Gill said the otherworldly goings on do not make her want to leave the pub but that she does have to leg it upstairs each night after turning off the lights.

On its website, the pub also report Henry locking Stephen out of the pub when he has gone for a cigarette.

Adelle Gill and Steve Ellis moved in to the pub two years ago after it was empty for seven years.

Before moving in, the couple were homeless.

The pair moved to Somerset from Bradford and Leeds to take up the reigns of the Cross Keys in Corsley in August 2018.

But after a reported dispute with ownership they found themselves out on the streets.

After being taken in by a family, the couple went on to open The White Hart.

The couple carried out charitable activities during lockdown including delivering food parcels to struggling schoolchildren and frontline workers.