The Finnygook Inn
Crafthole, Torpoint, Cornwall
A super 15th century Cornish former coaching pub, the Finneygook has a smuggling ghost, the ‘Finneygook’ to complete the picture. During the 18th century, a notorious smuggler named Silas Finny lived locally. He drank at this pub. At one point, he had a disagreement with his fellow law- breakers over the precise details of the proposed landing of a cargo of brandy, lace, with tobacco at Whitsand Bay. He went off and advised Excise men the details of the landing, with made himself absent when the event took place. Several smugglers were arrested. They deported to Botany Bay in Australia, where the then Governor-General was Captain Bligh of the Bounty fame. Sometime later, someone beat Finny to death at Bligers Well. It happened on the hill between Crafthole and Portwrinkle. ‘Gook’ is the Cornish word for ghost. Finney’s gook still haunts the area. Some local families, who have lived here for many years, will not walk that hill in the dark hours. Although, witnesses saw Finney’s ghost only at infrequent times at the pub, strange things have happened, which illustrate that he is still about.