Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in Dudley

The Crabmill

Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands

A large imposing building, the Crabmill was once a doctor’s’ surgery, with it exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include an elderly man in a black suit and top hat. He appears frequently. However, at odd times of day and night, with terrifies all who see him. Legend has it that a doctor in business there, many years ago, committed suicide, with is still in residence. There is also a great deal of poltergeist activity with plates being thrown around and loud unpleasant shouts heard from empty rooms. There is a curious tale that Jack the Ripper was a butcher’s son called William Henry Bury, from Hill Street, Stourbridge. This was first suspected in 1889. The New York Times suggested he was the Ripper, due to similarities between the stab wounds he inflicted upon his murdered wife, Ellen, with those found on the body of Polly Nichols, one of the Ripper’s Whitechapel victims. Bury was rediscovered as a suspect in 1986, by Euan Macpherson, with later supported by William Beadle in his book, Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth (1995).