Ancient Echoes of the Ancient Ram Inn
Brian Robert Marshall / Ram Inn, Potters Pond, Wotton under Edge

In the quaint village of Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, England, the Ancient Ram Inn stands as a monument to centuries of history, mystery, and alleged supernatural occurrences. Dating back to 1145, this former inn is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in the UK. With its creaking floorboards, narrow staircases, and timeworn walls, the Ancient Ram Inn is a place where the past seems to permeate every corner, whispering tales of long-gone days and the spirits that linger.

Built on the site of an ancient pagan burial ground, the inn has served many purposes over the centuries. It was originally constructed to house the masons and other workers involved in the construction of the nearby St. Mary’s Church. Over time, it has been a public house, a private dwelling, and according to local lore, the site of dark and unsettling practices. The inn’s long and varied history is etched into its very structure, with each room telling a different story of its past.

The Ancient Ram Inn’s reputation for paranormal activity is legendary. It’s said to be haunted by a myriad of spirits, from former innkeepers and murdered young girls to demonic entities and the lost souls of pagans. One of the most famous is the witch who was burned at the stake in the 1500s; her spirit is rumored to haunt the room where she was hidden. Then there’s the Bishop’s Room, considered by many to be the epicenter of the inn’s supernatural activity, where guests report feeling an overwhelming sense of unease and experiencing unexplained phenomena.

Visitors and paranormal investigators flock to the Ancient Ram Inn, drawn by tales of its hauntings. Many have reported strange occurrences: apparitions, eerie sounds, sudden drops in temperature, and feelings of being watched or touched by unseen hands. The inn’s owner, John Humphries, who saved the property from demolition in the 1960s, lived there until his death and had countless stories of eerie encounters and unexplained happenings.

Despite its spooky reputation, or perhaps because of it, the Ancient Ram Inn is a treasure trove of history. Its architecture is a patchwork of the centuries, with original wooden beams, stone walls, and fireplaces that have witnessed hundreds of years of history. Artifacts found within its walls, from centuries-old pottery to items believed to be associated with witchcraft and ritual, speak to the building’s complex and often dark history.

The inn’s connection to the land is just as significant. It’s said to be situated at the intersection of two ley lines, which some believe carry spiritual energy from the nearby Stonehenge. The ancient burial ground beneath the inn only adds to the sense of deep, lingering history and the feeling that the inn is a place where the veil between the past and the present, the living and the dead, is exceptionally thin.

For those brave enough to visit, the Ancient Ram Inn offers an immersive journey into England’s medieval past, a chance to walk in the footsteps of those who have long since gone but perhaps not entirely left. It’s a place of creaking floorboards and chilling tales, a historic site where every room has a story, and the past feels startlingly close.

In the end, the Ancient Ram Inn is more than just a building; it’s a chapter in England’s rich and mysterious history, a place where legends and reality intertwine, and the echoes of the past are heard in every shadowy corner and whispered tale. Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of the paranormal, or just someone who appreciates the stories and places that make up our world’s tapestry, the Ancient Ram Inn is a fascinating and haunting destination, a place where the ancient echoes of history are always waiting to be heard.

Don Leith

By Don Leith

Retired from the real world. A love of research left over from my days on the debate team in college long ago led me to work on this website. Granted, not all these stories are "fun" or even "trivial" But they all are either weird, unusual or even extraordinary. Working on this website is "fun" in any case. Hope you enjoy it!