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The Boot Inn

124 North Allington, Bridport, Dorset

Usually this pub name can refer to the long leather boots worn by the Duke of Wellington. These boots covered the knee at the front. Behind the knee, it was cut away. Some Boot Inns refer to the 13th century priest, John Shorne, who trapped the Devil in a boot and threw it into a lake or mere. This inn appears to have been named after the Duke of Wellington’s boots. A former proprietor appears as a phantom on the first floor. However, she only makes an appearance when someone is seriously ill. Two other ghosts are in residence here; a soldier dressed in fatigues, with a Victorian man who died after he was shot in the head in an accident with a shotgun. His body had been brought here for police and a doctor to attend, to arrange an inquest.