Bird in Hand
Waterloo St, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire
It has been a popular pub name since the 17th century. It is traditionally shown on the inn sign as a falcon sitting on a mailed glove of a knight. They are proud of their antiquity at this eccentrically shaped building with an outline of the famous iron bridge on one wall. The caption to it reads ‘The Bird in Hand, 1774'. The building dates from before the Iron Bridge. That bridge dates from 1779, leading to the area to be , locals knew, as Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The dining room, with an inglenook fireplace and beamed ceilings, is the stage where the pub ghost manifests; a man called Henry. Although licensees knew it was haunted, it was not until two elderly travellers stopped for a meal this was confirmed. After dining, one man said that the pub exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include a man called Henry, who had lost an arm whilst working on the Iron Bridge. ‘He is a friendly ghost and sat with us during our meal. He is always here and sits in a corner’ he said. One proprietor noticed a curious anomaly in pictures of the Iron Bridge hanging in the bar. When viewed from a particular angle, one picture revealed the image of a man’s face. In another picture, it appears as though a man’s arm is showing above a chimneystack.