here we arrive in Reading, this town certainly has a few ghosts
hovering about - no you can't go to Brannigans sir, we are off
to the Roebuck Hotel in Tilehurst.
let's enter shall we, but mind the old admiral, he's a little
mischievous you know, despite his old age. Let's go upstairs,
there's a guestroom he particularly favours.
get the key in the lock, everyone in! Stand in the middle and
watch! Ooh! Jumped there! Here he is hammering on the wall, I
suspect he wants us to get out! And watch the chair, he's shifting
that one to the wall - ohhh quick head for the door, it's slamming
shut and he's going to lock us in, run! Ah just in time. Phew!
him stumbling down the stairs, out the door, and hear his footsteps
on the gravel now - there's no one there now you see.
died in mysteriously circumstances in this very place apparently.
move on. Now follow me to Watlington House, in Watlington St.
Here we have the oldest secular building in the town. It was built
by the clothmaker, Samuel Watlington, in 1688 but from 1794 it
was the residence of Captain Edward Purvis.
fought in the Peninsular War (at Corunna) with the 4th Regiment
of Foot; and, as an adjutant, trained the Berkshire Militia in
Orts meadow near his home.
look through the window there, can you see a figure? There he
sits, just like he used to when alive, pigtailed and in his red
military jacket smoking a pipe. I wonder what he's thinking, how
the street outside has so dramatically changed I'd expect. Avoid
the attic at night like the plague in this house, it has a deeply
on an area of a map or place name to go elsewhere in Berkshire's
ghost world - not for the faint-hearted.