Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in Newcastle upon Tyne

Blackie Boy

11 Groat Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne

It is probably not the most politically correct of pub names these days. However, it has its history from when wealthy people had black boys as their personal servants. These boys were most fashionable in the 18th and early 19th centuries. This pub is found at Bigg Market, sometimes called the Groat Market, which may give an indication of its age. Namely, a groat or tuppence was the traditional name of a long-defunct English silver coin. This coin had been in circulation since being minted at the time of Edward 2nd. The Blackie Boy public house is on three floors. The ghost is in residence on the second storey. Staff members have been treated to this dark figure manifesting, making a violent scream, and then an angry voice shouting ‘Get out, get out’.