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July 2003, 1600 BST
Haunted Reading
Forbury Lion
The Forbury Lions

Now Reading has many ghosts lurking about that have been spotted on numerous occasions throughout the years.
Here we will meet a few restless spirits who haunt this old market town.


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Sir BartholemewAh 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.

Right, 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.

Let's 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!

Ghostly stairsHear him stumbling down the stairs, out the door, and hear his footsteps on the gravel now - there's no one there now you see.
He died in mysteriously circumstances in this very place apparently.

Let's 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.

He 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.

Is it Samuel Watlington?Now 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 oppressive atmosphere.

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