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Six Bells

The Street, Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex

An 18th century hostelry, the Six Bells is opposite the village church and there are many artefacts in the bar including a Pianola with rolls of music, stuffed animals, prints and old political cartoons. A huge inglenook fireplace has a seat at each end, with there are high backed settles throughout. The pub exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include a large grey phantom cat, seen by people driving into the car park. A local woman, who poisoned her husband with an onion pie, was the last woman to be hanged publicly in 1856 at Lewes. Her ghost has been witnessed in one bar of the Six Bells, holding a wooden mixing bowl and spoon. She was Mary French. The story is that Mary met a young fellow she liked. However, she despaired of her husband. Therefore, she poisoned the spouse by feeding him an onion pie laced with arsenic. Many years ago, Customs officers ambushed some armed smugglers at Chiddingly. During the battle, one of the smugglers was seriously wounded, with staggered to a nearby farm where he died. Frequently, his stumbling ghost is observed reeling along that pathway.