The Black Bear
High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
There are continuing reports of a spirit plaguing staff at the Black Bear, , locals knew, as ‘Fred’. Pictures and decorations, fixed to the wall, have mysteriously dropped away, bottles have levitated from shelves and eerie footsteps perceived. Some residents have reported waking up in the night following a dream that a man was bending over them. In one room, hot and cold-water taps have been activated without human hand. A couple, driving to this inn some years ago, saw a figure dart across the road in front of them. They explained to the licensee at the Black Bear that it was a grey coloured figure, only a coat or long jacket without head or legs showing. They were advised this is a common occurrence, with of no serious concern. The Curfew Tower at Moreton-in-Marsh is probably 17th century. This type of tower and bell was widely used throughout England. It was to enable guards ensure the extinction of fires by a certain hour and a bell signalled that inhabitants should not be out of their homes.