The Ancient Ram Inn has been investigated by many paranormal researchers, particularly for TV shows like Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted. The former Bishop of Gloucester, Reverend John Yates, tried (and failed) to exorcise one of the rooms and was quoted in the Western Daily Press as saying the inn is “the most evil place I have ever had the misfortune to visit.”
A Spooky Encounter
When researching for this article, I had the pleasure of speaking to Gary Coupe, who describes himself as being ‘quite the sceptic’. Gary has visited the Ram on numerous occasions, as a guest and as part of a paranormal investigation group:
“A group of about a dozen of us were in the attic. In order to get there, we had to climb a set of about eight stairs, and as the last person to go up, I closed a latched door behind me.
I then set up a motion alarm at the bottom of the stairs, an EMF meter mid-way, and another motion alarm at the top (they are the standard ‘magic eye’ type alarms, which create a beam between two sensors. A light will flash/sound if this beam is broken).
The group asked if a spirit was willing to make their presence known. We had a number of EMF meters being held by various members of the group, and several of them activated. We asked if the spirit could walk in a circle around the group, and in turn, activate the EMF meters just one at a time. This happened around 30 seconds later.
We then asked if the spirit would be willing to move downstairs, and communicate with another group. The EMF meters activated in sequence, following a line towards the staircase. At that point, the motion alarm atop the stairs activated, followed by the EMF meter mid-way, and then the motion alarm at the foot of the stairs.
Finally, the door latch clicked, and the door opened just a fraction – enough to elicit a few screams from our group.
As a member of staff, I know 100% that we do not manipulate any of the equipment (to be honest, none of us have the required knowledge to do so)…Therefore, if paranormal is defined as ‘something you can’t attribute to normal, everyday things’, then I believe what I experienced that night was indeed paranormal.”