1965


42
YEARS

THE FERRY BOAT INN

“On the edge of the River Ouse, just beyond Holywell, stands the ‘Ferry Boat Inn’…”

Robert James Winchester Fraser;The Ferry Boat Inn

“…haunted, for perhaps nine hundred years, by the ghost of Juliet…”

Photograph purporting to depict  Juliet Tewsley, the Ferry Boat Inn ghost.

Holywell is located in Huntingdonshire, a district in Cambridgeshire.

“[Tewsley was] a young girl

who loved a rough local woodcutter named Tom Zoul so deeply…”

“...that it became a kind of sickness...”

“…neglected by him,

she pined

and languished…”

“…and slowly her heart broke…”

“One wild spring day the grief became too much for her…”

“…[and] wearing a pink dress that Tom liked…”

“...she hanged herself on a tree beside the river.

The date was March 17th.”

“As a suicide

she could not be buried

in consecrated ground…”

“...and she was laid to rest

near the river that seemed

to share her sadness…”

“...the grave simply marked

with a plain slab of grey stone.”

“Many years passed until the builder of the ‘Ferry Boat Inn’ came along and decided to incorporate Juliet’s gravestone in the flooring of the inn...”

“There it can be seen to this day, forming part of the inn’s stone floor…”

“…for many years, people have gathered here on each March 17th to watch for Juliet’s ghost…”

“...which is said to rise…

drift out of the inn

and towards the river...”

“This is a ghost which everyone knows about but few have seen…”

‘There are certainly some very odd happenings here,’

the landlord told me…”

‘...and of course the local women don’t come near the inn…’

...on March 17th…’

Gazetteer of British Ghosts
'Holywell, Huntingdonshire'