jamaica inn - bodmin moor cornwall

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A man in a tricorn hat walking through doors, eerie footsteps and ghostly hooves are just a few of the many ghostly goings on in this world famous inn. Originally built in 1750 as a coaching inn on the windswept wilds of Bodmin Moor, the Inn gave world renowned writer Daphne du Maurier the inspiration to write her novel "Jamaica Inn" detailing the legendary smuggling history of the building. The inn was a turnpike between Launceston and Bodmin and was used by many travellers some of which used the inn in order to hide away smugglers contraband which had been brought to shore due to its isolated location. It was commonly believed that it was so named due to the rum stored there believed to have come from Jamaica. However its name actually derives from the local Trelawney family who were very important to the area and served as Jamaican governors in the 18th century.

The Inn is well known for its hauntings, with its haunted bedrooms on the first floor of the old part of the Inn which you will have access to. Disembodied voices heard in various areas, also the museum which was once the stable block has an eerie feeling with people feeling ill at ease including the staff .Then there is the bar and restaurant area with knocks and bangs heard, glasses smashing on their own. There have been many sightings and incidents of paranormal nature both inside and outside the building including staff hearing conversations uttered in a foreign language (could it have actually been old Cornish?). Other incidents are the sound of horse's hooves and the sound of metal rims turning on the outside courtyard at the front of the building however on investigation, nothing is there!People pacing the upstairs corridors have been heard and a man in a tricorn hat is seen to walk through solid doors.

There is also the story of a possible murder whereby a male leaving the inn after being summoned outside leaving his drink unfinished. He was never seen alive again. Instead, his body was found the next morning on the moor. It is his footsteps that are heard tramping along the passage to the bar? Some staff believe it is. Could it have been this same male that many people have seen outside sitting on the wall who doesn't acknowledge people walking past?