Osgodsby Lane, Osgodby, North Yorkshire, Scarborough
The unusual village name may be from the days of the Vikings, as it is from Old Scandinavian, Asgautr. The Poachers Barn is a fine stone built pub. Over the years, it has gathered a bevy of ghosts within its building, including poltergeists. For example, there is Old Fred’s Chair where, whenever a person sits on it, strange matters have occurred. A recent proprietor, Mrs Gawthorpe, said she had been sitting in this chair when nuts in a bag flew from her hands. She tried to hold the top of the bag tight. However, on two further occasions, they were thrown from her. A customer, who had seen, th, people have claimed, Old Fred’s ghost was being naughty. Mrs Gawthorpe went on to say that on one Christmas Day, she was filming her six-year-old son, Jake, on her mobile phone. When she re-ran the footage, she noticed a white orb moving around his head. She said, “There was a big white ball, which soars from the Christmas tree, flies in front of his face, with then off the screen.” A television company was invited to investigate the pub’s ghosts, accompanied by a psychic medium. They reported a great deal of ghostly banging noises on camera. Footsteps have been detected following people, with pictures taken from their secured position on walls.