The Lord Hill
Main Rd, Ketley Bank, Telford, Shropshire
It is clear from early Victorian prints that the Lord Hill was a much larger building than presents now. Its name was after the first Viscount Hill, who served with Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars. For many years, village pubs were used as mortuaries to hold bodies of local people who had died or killed in accidents. In the cellars of the Lord Hill are three coffin shelves or recesses, where they could store those bodies before church burial. Possibly many hundreds of corpses were temporarily kept here. This may well be at the heart of the ghosts and phantoms that have taken up residence at the Lord Hill. For the most part, it has been poltergeist activity, with licensees being locked in the cellar or the ghostly shapes of figures walking across the bar.