Ghost called Barnard terrorising staff of Bickley pub

This Is Local London: Robert Stratford with bar worker Jaime Smith. The latter had a terrifying experience when she stayed at the pub earlier this year. Robert Stratford with bar worker Jaime Smith. The latter had a terrifying experience when she stayed at the pub earlier this year.

STAFF at an old Bickley pub, reportedly haunted by the spirit of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, are being terrorised by a ghost.

After two incidents this year, even the sceptical manager of The Chequers pub in Southborough Lane has accepted there may be no other explanation for the strange goings-on.

Robert Stratford, 49, said: "I'm not a big believer in these things, but it seems strange things seem to keep happening here.

This Is Local London:

Robert Stratford does not believe in ghosts, but thinks there may be no other explanation for recent events.

"Back in February when we had all that snow, one of the girls who works here, Jaime, was staying overnight because she couldn't get home.

"She was sleeping in the spare bedroom upstairs, in the old part of the pub when, in the middle of the night, at around two or three o'clock, she was woken by footsteps and keys outside the door.

"She initially thought nothing of it as she thought either myself or the assistant manageress had come back for something.

"But then she suddenly remembered not hearing the alarm trigger either downstairs or in the flat upstairs.

"She was quite scared and she was cowering under her sheets.

"Then she felt really cold air on the back of her neck.

"She tried to snuggle into the pillow and she felt someone touching her hair.

"Her hair was moved to the side and someone shouted 'Who are you?'

"She was absolutely terrified but she worked up the courage to get up and turn on the light but when she did no one was there."

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Jaime Smith has vowed never to sleep at the pub again.

Mr Stratford says he and a number of staff and customers have also seen a silhouette of a man at the end of the bar, smoking a pipe.

As well as Dick Turpin, other ghosts believed to be haunting the pub include a French Soldier called Barnard.

Barnard is said to have been brutally knifed to death as he awoke to find people robbing him when he was staying in an upstairs bedroom, and it is he who may have approached Jaime.

Mr Stratford said the assistant manageress, Emma, had a similarly paranormal experience last month.

He said: "At the beginning of August another girl, Emma, was covering running the pub while I was away and she stayed over for a couple of nights.

"Throughout the night the door kept being blown open and she heard footsteps but when she looked out no one was there.

"She ended up pushing her suitcase against the door.

"She went to sleep but was awoken when the case was knocked over and the door pushed wide open.

"Both the girls have said they'll never sleep in the pub again."

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10:20am Tue 17 Sep 13

TooHonest says...

What ever happened to real news..
What ever happened to real news.. TooHonest
  • Score: 1

10:36am Tue 17 Sep 13

banjo8 says...

TooHonest, lighten up and don't be such a spoilsport, this is great stuff.
Just for the record, if Jaime and her co-worker are having trouble sleeping at the pub I'm prepared to to pop round and kip with them just to keep the goulies away. It would be a dream come true - sleep at a pub with two young lovelies.
TooHonest, lighten up and don't be such a spoilsport, this is great stuff. Just for the record, if Jaime and her co-worker are having trouble sleeping at the pub I'm prepared to to pop round and kip with them just to keep the goulies away. It would be a dream come true - sleep at a pub with two young lovelies. banjo8
  • Score: 12

10:54am Tue 17 Sep 13

HearTheFacts says...

Maybe it's a traffic warden locked in?. As these are the modern day Dick Turpins!.
Maybe it's a traffic warden locked in?. As these are the modern day Dick Turpins!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: -3

11:08am Tue 17 Sep 13

cookster says...

Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature cookster
  • Score: 7

2:16pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Petras says...

Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand.

Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper
Fact 2. The first part of the name says News
Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper
Fact 4. This story is not News
Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.
Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand. Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper Fact 2. The first part of the name says News Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper Fact 4. This story is not News Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler. Petras
  • Score: -12

2:22pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Marty1979 says...

Dick Turpin???

Was the pub around in the 1700's? And I didn't know there were highway robberies in Bickley
Dick Turpin??? Was the pub around in the 1700's? And I didn't know there were highway robberies in Bickley Marty1979
  • Score: 4

2:54pm Tue 17 Sep 13

rojo174 says...

Do they serve spirits?
Do they serve spirits? rojo174
  • Score: 12

3:09pm Tue 17 Sep 13

banjo8 says...

Take another look at some parts of Bickley - there are examples of highway robbery all over the place.
Fact 1 'Newshopper' (sic), written as one word, with one s - and you're quoting factually?
Take another look at some parts of Bickley - there are examples of highway robbery all over the place. Fact 1 'Newshopper' (sic), written as one word, with one s - and you're quoting factually? banjo8
  • Score: -2

3:22pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Simon Bull says...

Petras wrote:
Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand.

Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper
Fact 2. The first part of the name says News
Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper
Fact 4. This story is not News
Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.
Hello Petras, let me make a few things clear to you in simple terms too.

1. It's News Shopper.
2. The definition of news is the reporting of recent events.
3. This is currently our most read article of the day.
4. Therefore, it is news which people are interested in.
5. If you don't like it don't click on it.
[quote][p][bold]Petras[/bold] wrote: Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand. Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper Fact 2. The first part of the name says News Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper Fact 4. This story is not News Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.[/p][/quote]Hello Petras, let me make a few things clear to you in simple terms too. 1. It's News Shopper. 2. The definition of news is the reporting of recent events. 3. This is currently our most read article of the day. 4. Therefore, it is news which people are interested in. 5. If you don't like it don't click on it. Simon Bull
  • Score: 22

4:53pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Karmababy says...

Been talk of ghosts in that pub for years, wouldn't be surprised if Ramblers rest as some to.
Been talk of ghosts in that pub for years, wouldn't be surprised if Ramblers rest as some to. Karmababy
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Donna_T says...

I wouldn't believe a word a blonde says.

'Richard' head.
I wouldn't believe a word a blonde says. 'Richard' head. Donna_T
  • Score: -7

7:23pm Tue 17 Sep 13

donkeyconkey says...

TooHonest wrote:
What ever happened to real news..
t
[quote][p][bold]TooHonest[/bold] wrote: What ever happened to real news..[/p][/quote]t donkeyconkey
  • Score: -5

7:30pm Tue 17 Sep 13

donkeyconkey says...

sure there is a ghost, i go there with my pockets full on a sunday afternoon and come home to find them empty!! Rob is either a magician or the ghost of Bernard !!
WHICH ONE IS IT ROBERTO, ?
sure there is a ghost, i go there with my pockets full on a sunday afternoon and come home to find them empty!! Rob is either a magician or the ghost of Bernard !! WHICH ONE IS IT ROBERTO, ? donkeyconkey
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Tue 17 Sep 13

donkeyconkey says...

I think Bernard also stole a few of my child chicken nuggets off the plate, As there wasn't many on the plate when it was served.
Bernard! Or Roberto !
I think Bernard also stole a few of my child chicken nuggets off the plate, As there wasn't many on the plate when it was served. Bernard! Or Roberto ! donkeyconkey
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Tue 17 Sep 13

swanleyperson says...

I don't know about you lads but that bird is hot. Ill be printing these pages off me thinks ;)
I don't know about you lads but that bird is hot. Ill be printing these pages off me thinks ;) swanleyperson
  • Score: -1

6:46am Wed 18 Sep 13

reasonable75 says...

swanleyperson wrote:
I don't know about you lads but that bird is hot. Ill be printing these pages off me thinks ;)
Now now, why not pop along and have a look for yourself

And after this publicity I'd be interested in the increase in customers
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: I don't know about you lads but that bird is hot. Ill be printing these pages off me thinks ;)[/p][/quote]Now now, why not pop along and have a look for yourself And after this publicity I'd be interested in the increase in customers reasonable75
  • Score: 6

6:49am Wed 18 Sep 13

Stop_Whining says...

Ask Mr Stratford (aka Stratters) what his days were like at Sequel Logic - he loves a good old natter about the olden days, the good ol' days.
Ask Mr Stratford (aka Stratters) what his days were like at Sequel Logic - he loves a good old natter about the olden days, the good ol' days. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 3

12:24pm Wed 18 Sep 13

JoeBlobbs says...

Petras wrote:
Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand.

Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper
Fact 2. The first part of the name says News
Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper
Fact 4. This story is not News
Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.
So Petras, considering your patronising comments towards the NS journalists I can only assume that you work in journalism also. I am also deducting that your publication concentrates purely on hard news so that removes many from the equation. Go on tell me please, am intrigued as to where you place your obviously high brow pieces. These articles must be good if you feel they give you the right to make such comments towards those who work for the NewS Shopper.

Dear NS, please keep going with the light hearted stories. The world can be too serious a place sometimes and I for one enjoy reading them.
[quote][p][bold]Petras[/bold] wrote: Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand. Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper Fact 2. The first part of the name says News Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper Fact 4. This story is not News Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.[/p][/quote]So Petras, considering your patronising comments towards the NS journalists I can only assume that you work in journalism also. I am also deducting that your publication concentrates purely on hard news so that removes many from the equation. Go on tell me please, am intrigued as to where you place your obviously high brow pieces. These articles must be good if you feel they give you the right to make such comments towards those who work for the NewS Shopper. Dear NS, please keep going with the light hearted stories. The world can be too serious a place sometimes and I for one enjoy reading them. JoeBlobbs
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Wed 18 Sep 13

DinoFish says...

Probably just someone still waiting for their order.....
Probably just someone still waiting for their order..... DinoFish
  • Score: 7

12:59pm Wed 18 Sep 13

JoeBlobbs says...

Simon Bull wrote:
Petras wrote:
Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand.

Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper
Fact 2. The first part of the name says News
Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper
Fact 4. This story is not News
Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.
Hello Petras, let me make a few things clear to you in simple terms too.

1. It's News Shopper.
2. The definition of news is the reporting of recent events.
3. This is currently our most read article of the day.
4. Therefore, it is news which people are interested in.
5. If you don't like it don't click on it.
Well said Sir.

Perhaps give Petras a guest slot on here one time then we can all see the quality of his/her work.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Petras[/bold] wrote: Now I know this is a bit simple but it needs to be for NS so called journalists to understand. Fact 1. You work for the Newshopper Fact 2. The first part of the name says News Fact 3. There is a clue in the word News about the purpose of the paper Fact 4. This story is not News Therefore question. Is that understood. If not will try to make it even simpler.[/p][/quote]Hello Petras, let me make a few things clear to you in simple terms too. 1. It's News Shopper. 2. The definition of news is the reporting of recent events. 3. This is currently our most read article of the day. 4. Therefore, it is news which people are interested in. 5. If you don't like it don't click on it.[/p][/quote]Well said Sir. Perhaps give Petras a guest slot on here one time then we can all see the quality of his/her work. JoeBlobbs
  • Score: 5

4:04pm Wed 18 Sep 13

GerardX says...

Purely in the interest of psychic research, I would be prepared to put myself at great risk and take part in an all night vigil in search of said ghosts. This would depend on the bar remaning open, of course, in order to provide refreshments during such a dangerous and very thirsty undertaking.
Purely in the interest of psychic research, I would be prepared to put myself at great risk and take part in an all night vigil in search of said ghosts. This would depend on the bar remaning open, of course, in order to provide refreshments during such a dangerous and very thirsty undertaking. GerardX
  • Score: 9

4:14pm Wed 18 Sep 13

reasonable75 says...

GerardX wrote:
Purely in the interest of psychic research, I would be prepared to put myself at great risk and take part in an all night vigil in search of said ghosts. This would depend on the bar remaning open, of course, in order to provide refreshments during such a dangerous and very thirsty undertaking.
But you'd be comatose so wouldn't notice anything
[quote][p][bold]GerardX[/bold] wrote: Purely in the interest of psychic research, I would be prepared to put myself at great risk and take part in an all night vigil in search of said ghosts. This would depend on the bar remaning open, of course, in order to provide refreshments during such a dangerous and very thirsty undertaking.[/p][/quote]But you'd be comatose so wouldn't notice anything reasonable75
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Wed 18 Sep 13

Oldchap says...

Now I wouldn't want to sound cynical, but there's another article on NS

http://www.newsshopp
er.co.uk/news/bromle
y/10677015.Haunted_B
romley__The_borough_
s_pub_ghosts/

the article's by Neil Arnold about haunted pubs and, surprise, he's written a book about them
Now I wouldn't want to sound cynical, but there's another article on NS http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/bromle y/10677015.Haunted_B romley__The_borough_ s_pub_ghosts/ the article's by Neil Arnold about haunted pubs and, surprise, he's written a book about them Oldchap
  • Score: 6

12:14am Thu 19 Sep 13

Stop_Whining says...

If I was the young girl and I had Bernard screaming in to my ear then needless to say that I would be out of that pub in no time - never to return. Set cameras up Stratters, get us some hard proof that Bernie is haunting your gaff and I'll take my hat off to you. Until then, get back behind the bar and in to the kitchen to whip some of those tasty nuggets, ya nugget!
If I was the young girl and I had Bernard screaming in to my ear then needless to say that I would be out of that pub in no time - never to return. Set cameras up Stratters, get us some hard proof that Bernie is haunting your gaff and I'll take my hat off to you. Until then, get back behind the bar and in to the kitchen to whip some of those tasty nuggets, ya nugget! Stop_Whining
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Thu 19 Sep 13

_vikkistarr says...

Where's Derek Acorah when you need him.
Where's Derek Acorah when you need him. _vikkistarr
  • Score: 4

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