The Marsden Grotto, locally known as The Grotto, is a unique public house located in a cave on the coast, making it one of the very few 'cave bars' in Europe. The Grotto is partly dug into the cliff face and fronted with a more conventional building opening onto the beach.
The pub is reputedly haunted by a number of ghosts. These include a smuggler that betrayed some of his gang, the remaining members hanged him in chains and let him stare to death in the caves. His moans have been reported coming from the shaft pictured above. Also reported is a ghost that likes to consume their own pint, which has resulted in the tradition of a tankard of ale being left for the thirsty spirit each night upon closing. Cheers!
For more information, please read Haunted Britain by Richard Jones; Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.
The National Trust describe Souter as "an iconic beacon... Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear". Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be actually designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse technology of its day. It was opened in 1871. It is now in the care of the National Trust and is open to the public.
The lighthouse is reputedly haunted. The apparition of a man in an "old-fashioned uniform" has been sighted. Objects have levitated infront of witnesses; the sounds of running footsteps and slamming doors have been heard; presences felt; sudden drops in temperature and the smell of tobacco have also been reported.
Pictured left is Souter Lighthouse courtesy of Glenn Scott.
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For more information, please read Haunted Britain by Richard Jones and Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.