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Beer and Spirits: A Guide to Haunted Pubs in the Black Country and Surrounding Area [Paperback]

David Taylor , Andrew Homer
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18 Oct 2010
Beer and Spirits offers a fascinating insight into the stories behind some of Central England's most haunted pubs. With over 50,000 public houses in the United Kingdom, the local pub has become an essential part of British culture. Samuel Pepys described the inn as the heart of England. Pubs have been an integral part of British culture since Roman times. The lives and dramas, intrigues and mysteries of the people who visited them form the rich tapestry of any local pub. As a result there are often many stories and histories that are inherently part of the place, and naturally ghost stories and haunted reputations form a dynamic feature of many local pubs. From spectral monks and phantom coaches, to ghostly highwaymen and supernatural hounds, the authors examine some well known and not so well known aspects of Black Country pub history and folklore. While the stories and accounts in this book are not meant to offer any proof or conclusive evidence of ghosts, they do offer a fresh look at new and more traditional accounts of haunted pubs in the Black Country and the surrounding area.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (18 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848682662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848682665
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars BEER AND SPIRITS 4 Dec 2010
By Leander
If you want to be a ghostbuster, where better to do your research than in pubs. Here, haunted hostelries and the demon drink combine to produce a spirited spookfest of West Midlands psychic phenomena. The intrepid paranormalists cover taverns with wraiths, from a lesbian landlady to a topless woman boxer, highwayman Dick Turpin to bizarre beermat portraits of Mario Lanza, with Spring-Heeled Jack and a phantom hitch-hiker to round the survey up on a modern note. the accounts of extraordinary hauntings are accompanied by b&w photos of the pubs covered. A solid, regional cornucopia of ghostly happenings to spook even the boldest Blackcountryman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Black Country Ghost Books 2 Oct 2011
By Mike P
This is a quite outstanding book that covers a much neglected part of the country. It is well written, well researched and a valuable addition to any serious paranormal enthusiast. On a completely different level to the truely awful Philip Solomon books (Haunted Telford and Haunted Black Country) this is a perfect example of the very best of books on ghosts (I have read over 600 so I should know) and I would recommend it to anyone. So even if you are not from the area you should still add this book to your collection and if you are from the area then you should already own it.
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