The New Inn
14 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset
Originally, an eleventh century building, the New Inn was at one time used to house pilgrims. Visitors to the abbey, which itself had been founded in AD 987. The inn was rebuilt in the 16th century for the coaching trade. This inn exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include a man wearing 19th century clothing of a long jacket, waistcoat, with riding boots. He is middle-aged. He stands with his back to the wall near the fireplace. Outside, the garden exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include young children wearing white cotton dresses, running, skipping, with singing. Nearby is the Cerne Abbas giant, said to be a Bronze Age fertility symbol carved into the hillside. Legend has it that it is still a miracle of fecundity. The women sit on the outline of the giant in the hope of becoming pregnant.