The Kings Arms
High Street, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Fred Archer, the famous Victorian jockey, lived at this inn. He haunts the Kings Arms, as well as the racecourse at Newmarket. He was only 13 when he competed in his first race, with over the following 16 years, had 2,746 mounts. He was the winner of 2,000 races, with the Derby on four occasions. Over the years, many people have reported seeing his ghost in the Kings Arms, holding a glass, with dressed in racing kit. In the 1970s, on Gold Cup Night, four women were standing outside the Kings Arms. They saw a man standing opposite on the kerb, waiting to cross the road. The man was dressed as a jockey with a peaked cap. The figure started crossing the road. However, then disappeared before getting half way across. This jockey ghost , witnesses saw, crossing the road again, with walk around the corner. Prestbury has another ghost, not far from the Kings Arms. A woman, Peggy Mayhew lived at the old Post Office as a child. She described how a poltergeist would move things as often as two or three times a week. She and her brother would ‘test it’ by putting items right at the back of the shelves. However, still they would be on the floor the next day. The Black Abbot apparition also manifests in the village streets on three church festivals, Christmas, Easter and All Saints Day. One photographer, taking pictures in the churchyard, found an image of that abbot on his last slide.