Get up close with Jarman the murdering Ostrich landlord … at a paranormal vigil!

Anybody fascinated in the macabre history of The Ostrich, or the large number of reports of ghostly goings-on over the years, will be interested in an overnight event being hosted at the pub over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of this month.

The TV series 'Most Haunted' visited the pub in 2002.

The TV series ‘Most Haunted’ visited the pub in 2002.

This one’s not for the feint hearted.  If you fancy a sleepover at one of the most haunted places in the country, read on.

Psychic Quest, an organisation specialising in holding psychic, spiritual and paranormal events in and around Hampshire and surrounding areas, is hosting a paranormal investigation at The Ostrich later this month.

The one-off event will kick-off at 8:30pm on Saturday 27th August 2016 and continue through to 2am on Sunday morning.

Previous after hours investigations held at the pub have revealed high levels of electromagnetic activity, shooting orbs of light, ghostly apparitions, reports of feeling suddenly cold, and the sensation of invisible figures in close proximity.  Contact has reportedly been made with spirits during paranormal encounters.

The Ostrich Inn is (possibly) the third oldest inn in England, founded over 900 years ago in 1106.  The present structure is a re-building from sometime around 1500 when King Henry I was on the throne.  Local legend has it that Dick Turpin used the Inn as a hideout to escape the Bow Street runners ... and King John stayed there on the way to signing the Magna Carta ... and, most notorious of all, sixty murders are said to have been committed there by the one time landlord Jarman and his wife ...

Psychic Quest have thrown down the gauntlet:

The Ostrich has seen it’s fair share of murders and they say that over 60 were committed here. Most famous of all were those committed in the 17th century by the landlord of the time a lot of activity here, so who’s up for this FRIGHT NIGHT with us? Hope you can make it IF YOU DARE!!

The long history of The Ostrich dates back to 1106, while the current building was built around 1500, around the time of the War of the Roses.

The long history of The Ostrich dates back to 1106, while the current building was built around 1500, around the time of the War of the Roses.

Psychic Quest says that The Ostrich “is the only place that has frightened away some of the best mediums” and challenges folk to “dare to join us to see who we can meet in spirit”.

The event isn’t cheap at £35.00 per person but with the remodelling of the derelict wing of the pub currently under way and some of that long history likely to be lost forever, this could be a never to be repeated opportunity.

See the event on Facebook.

Previous investigations

2002 BBC TV’s Most Haunted, hosted by Yvette Fielding, spent 24 hours in the pub.

2003 The Ghost Club, overnight vigil by 17 members of “the world’s oldest organisation associated with psychical research”.

2009 Mystic Paranormal conducts “a real-life ghost hunt” at the Ostrich Inn, attended by the Slough Observer.

2013 Beyond the Grave, a team of paranormal investigators stayed overnight in the pub from 10pm until 3am.

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