Ghostly images included in painting of haunted Halifax pub

Pub owner Sean Garvey and the mysterious flicking switches

Pub owner Sean Garvey and the mysterious flicking switches

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GHOSTLY images have been included in a painting of a haunted town centre pub.

Dean Majors, landlord of Dirty Dick’s, commissioned the work which shows how the pub (formerly the Royal Oak) used to look.

An old image, which dates back to the 18th century, was used as the basis for the painting by Joy Edwards.

She lives in Sowerby Bridge and captured the old character of the pub and painted ghostly spirits looking out of windows.

The original building was pulled down in 1929 and rebuilt in mock-Tudor style using materials, including beams and panelling, from the wooden frigate HMS Newcastle which was built in 1860.

Three ghosts are connected to the pub.

Dean said by research and talking to old regulars he had been told the last landlord before the pub was demolished had a son who was killed after his party clothes were set alight by sparking embers from a pub fire.

And, around 40 years ago a woman reported seeing a Amish-style character walking about.

“She said what she saw was as clear as day,” said Dean.

The third ghost is linked to the ship and said to be that of someone killed on board while moving gunpowder.

Dean, who has run the pub since it reopened last year, said he had witnessed poltergeist activity.

That has included a glass jumping up off a shelf and smashing on the floor; a barrel jumping off the ground and cellar switches being mysteriously flicked.

“I have an open mind - but I think if things keep happening we will get the Paranormal Society in,” he said.

Dean said the painting had rekindled interest in the pub’s history.