Worcester Road, Upton Snodsbury, Worcester
The village name absolutely resonates with ‘Ye Olde England’ and must have tourists quivering with delight. It is an ancient place named in AD 972 as Snoddesbyri, the stronghold of a man called Snodd. At one time called the Royal Oak. This pub has both stone-flagged and rough-hewn timber floors. The legend of the ghost that haunts the Oak is quite horrific. A previous proprietor had a number of children, one of whom was continually crying. He threw the mite through a window onto a stone yard where she died immediately from her wounds. Nowadays, the Oak exhibits ghostly manifestations including the sound of a crying baby silenced by a sudden short, sharp scream.