Revisiting Devizes #7 by ajisaac

Revisiting Devizes #7

The Black Swan Inn in the Market Square was formally a private residence until 1737 when it became a coaching inn.

It stands opposite where the town gallows once stood. Convenient really, as the current function room used to serve as a court of judgement and later as a Masonic meeting place for the towns dignitaries in the 1700s. Maybe many a soul was placed on trial and found guilty within the confines of the building.

Guest bedroom No.4 is reputedly haunted by a woman dressed in white. She stands by the window gazing solemnly out onto Market Square below. Those who have seen her describe a ghostly presence silently gliding from the window then passing through a wall directly behind the bed. Who she is, and why she should haunt room 4 is unknown. Some say she may be the ghost of a woman who became trapped and perished during a fire in the hotel in the mid 1700s.
It looks like a great place and I'd visit during the day. Too easily spooked to stay overnight though! :)
August 25th, 2018  
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