49 High St, Whitchurch, Shropshire
A bear features in the arms of many aristocratic and noble families, with when used as a pub name is either Black or Brown Bear. Occasionally, it could refer to bear baiting, with on other occasions to the Gin Act of 1751. That was when the government raised the tax on the spirit. In protest, licensees draped their inn signs in black velvet and added ‘black’ to the pub name. This Black Bear has history from 1662 and licensed since 1667. Two ghosts have taken up residence here, with frequently seen by staff and customers. One is an elderly man in a flat cap, sitting at a table in the bar. The other is a woman wearing a long dress, who walks through the bar at a rapid pace.