Tour Locations | Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City
Bear & Billet
Stop here opposite the Bear & Billet.
Chester has lots of haunted pubs but the Bear and Billet is one of the best known. It's a striking building with its timbered facade, dating from 1664 — that's just two years before the Great Fire of London! The Earl of Shrewsbury owned the original townhouse and was renowned for treating his domestic staff badly — especially his young, female domestic staff.
He took a particular dislike to one young woman in his service and decided to punish her by locking her in an upstairs room overnight. His other staff, afraid of the pompous Earl, didn't dare to intervene as she cried and beat on the door all night begging for mercy. The Earl was, tragically, called away on business and left the girl without food and water. By the time he returned, she was dead. And that's why locals say they often see the pale-white face of a young woman at the window of the antic late at night.
Let's keep moving. Continue straight towards the river.