Shepton Mallet

South of this village, at an intersection of five roads, stands Cannard’s Grave Inn. This is named after Giles Cannard, a former landlord in the eighteenth century who grew rich by helping highwaymen and smugglers; he is also alleged to have deliberately made customers drunk in order to rob them, or even to murder them. He also committed forgery, and when this was discovered he hanged himself rather than stand trial. He was buried at the crossroads, which he now haunts.



Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008

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