The Royal Oak
23 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset
This inn has a history from the 16th century. This lovely old inn is home to a little girl ghost. Witnesses see her strolling about the inn on many occasions. She is aged about seven. She is wearing white dress, white shoes, with stockings. There has also been heard the sound of phantom footsteps crossing the landing. A beautifully thatched inn at the centre of the village, it is covered by Virginia creeper on the frontage. The Royal Oak dates from 1540. Inside are three connecting rooms with open fires. There is much in the way of exposed beaming and flag-stoned floors. The furniture and décor consists of fine old wood settles, armchairs, and a huge collection of horse brasses. Nearby is St. Augustine’s Well, in a local churchyard for medieval miracle seekers. This was believed to have healing powers. The sick, crippled, and dying were brought here. They were expected to sit on the stone surrounding it, drink the waters, and pray. Locals think that the little girl who haunts the Royal Oak had been brought to this well for a miracle cure. However, she had died in the pub.