Ring o Bells
St Leonard's St, Middleton, Manchester
Some years ago, the skeletons of several bodies were unearthed from the floor of the cellars of the Ring o’ Bell. There was sufficient evidence in the way of belt buckles, weapons and other material to indicate they were from the English Civil War. Subsequently, several ghosts have made themselves obvious, for the most part as black shadows in the shape of men. One apparition observed is wearing a Cavalier style uniform with a plumed hat of that period. A more recent ghost is a man wearing a grey suit from the 1930s. The Ring O’ Bells is one of the oldest buildings in Middleton, with may well be one of its most haunted. Historically, the pub’s foundations are Saxon and legend has it that a Druids’ temple stood here. It was perhaps a place of ancient human sacrifice.