Red Lion at Avebury is unique in that it is the only public house
in the world that actually resides inside a stone circle.
only that but it is the only watering hole in a two
mile radius. As a result, the tourists that descend on the small
village from all over the world are only too happy to savour its
hospitality after a long day sight-seeing.
Manager Richard Bounds has been running the Red Lion for three years
and in that time has had to deal with all manner of situations.
job is unpredictable to say the least!", he says. "Some
days there are only a few visitors to the area and on others we
might get three coach-loads of American tourists arrive from London."
well as tackling the many international tourists there is also the
small matter of the inn's very own ghost to contend with!
story goes that during the Civil War of the 17th century, a woman
called Florrie and her soldier husband lived at the inn. He was
called away to the war and Florrie, left behind, subsequently took
night her husband returned unexpectedly from the battle and discovered
his wife's infidelity.
a fit of rage he shot dead his rival and slit his wife's throat.
He then threw her body down the Inn's well and sealed it with a
stones at Avebury
to Richard, it is said that since then her ghost has haunted the
seen shadows and things have gone missing", he said. "Some
guests at the Inn have refused to stay a night longer."
of ghost busters also visit the inn on a regular basis to conducts
not all spooky stories though, the tourists provide a constant source
said; "We used to sell dowsing rods for water divining and
the American tourists were always asking what they were.
couple bought a pair and were seen out in the fields holding their
rods with the long end!"
is also a fair bit of drama among the stones from time to time too,
as Richard recounts:
Millennium Eve, one local guy brought along his own home-made fireworks
to set off as the clock hit midnight. He went to ignite one and
blew his fingers off."
is a very calming area
was also dismay when villagers awoke one morning
to find two of the stones covered in red and green paint. A group
had vandalised them in protest at genetically modified crops.
apparently cost the National Trust £25,000 to restore them."
certainly seems that since taking over the Red Lion, Richard has
never had a dull moment. He does, however, find living in the village
explained; "Before I moved here I thought what is all the fuss
about? However I've found that it is a very calming area. Outside
the stone circle I can’t sleep at night but in here I sleep like