Market Lavington Museum

The Drummer Boy ghost


This blog has many entries about The Drummer Boy Pub. It was a name given to the former New Inn in Market Lavington when that stopped providing overnight accommodation, so could no longer be called an inn. Along with most of the pubs in the village, The Drummer Boy has stopped trading and its sign and a lamp are now to be found over the stairwell in the museum.

See The Drummer Boy Post for more about the Ingoldsby legend poem about the Dead Drummer of Salisbury Plain which gave rise to the pub’s name.

In one of our scrapbooks at the museum, we have two very similar newscuttings featuring the landlord and landlady, soon after their move to Market Lavington in 1999. Apparently, Mrs Cook felt the pub was haunted by the dead drummer, having been woken up by drumming in the night.

This was reported in the Wiltshire Gazette newpaper. The other cutting has very similar wording and a colour picture.

For more blog entries about The Drummer Boy, see St George’s Day at the Drummer Boy, Music at the Drummer Boy, Drummer Boy postcards, The Drummer Boy Pub Sign, A memory of the Drummer Boy, and Drummer Boy memories.