Sharow Lane, Sharow, Ripon
Another haunted pub near Ripon, the Half Moon was spoken of in bated breath by the children of the city. This pub was haunted by a most dreadful ghost. He said he had heard his father and mother discussing it. Reports say it was child-eating ghost. However, was unable to find a name for him. ‘Sin eating’ was a custom dating to the pre-Christian era. It was still being employed as a religious ritual into the mid-19th century. This man was summoned to the bedside of a dead person, with on the body was a tankard of ale, a coin and a piece of bread. The Sin Eater drank the ale and ate the bread, symbolically taking in the sins of the dead person so they arrive before God in a cleansed and purified state. He then took the coin for payment. It is , locals knew, that the tradition persisted in Ripon until the mid-19th century. Could he have been the Sin Eater?