The Packhorse and Talbot
145 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick (W4), Greater London, Hounslow
In November 1642, an early encounter in the English Civil War took place on Turnham Green, a few hundred yards from this ancient pub. The Royalist army of 7,000-12,000 was short of ammunition and probably too small to attack the 24,000 strong Parliamentarian army. The King was advised that to engage such an oddly assorted army containing what was obviously a large contingent of armed civilians would not endear him to London. However, there were skirmishes and some men killed, with their bodies ended up at the Old Packhorse. Accounts over the years have described these men appearing as ghosts in coarse wool uniforms and leather patches with blood stained bodies. In recent years, members of employees have reported that in addition to these ghosts, there are a further three phantom men one of whom is whistling. An earlier proprietor reported seeing the phantom of a horse in the cellar. This was commonplace, as often highwaymen and publicans had an understanding, with horses were hidden away from the prying eyes of authority.