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Hand and Shears

Cloth Fair, Greater London, London City

Known locally as the "Fist and Clippers", this Victorian pub replaced an older 16th century building on the same site. It is alleged that the phrase "on the wagon" originates at this pub for it was here that the condemned were allowed a last drink on their way to execution at Newgate Gaol. Should the landlord ask if the unfortunate gentleman would like another drink, he would be told that the prisoner was "on the wagon". It is said that the ghost of a man wearing brown clothes and a red neckerchief haunts the pub. He has a number of head wounds and his screams have occasionally been heard. Some say he is one of the condemned men who stopped here for a last drink.
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