Review of a haunted pub, The Brushmakers’ Arms, Upham, Hampshire
The other day I meet up with three girl friends that I have known since 1988 when we started our university degree as mature students. We have always kept in touch, and manage to get together several times a year. We chose this pub for lunch as it was fairly central for us all. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had lunch in the pub garden. The food was excellent, and a good time was had by all.
The pub building dates back over 600 years and is packed full of history, and during that time has seen many uses. Previously, it has been a private house, a school, and also a brushmakers, from which its name now originates. Oliver Cromwell reputedly used this building as a campaign headquaters for a while in 1644. The pub is a popular starting point for country walks and is surrounded by stunning countryside and much of the village now lies within the South Downs National Park. The parish is crossed by the network of footpaths including Monarch’s Way, Pilgrims’ Trail and King’s Way.
It is said that the pub is one of the twelve most haunted pubs in the country – haunted by Mr Chickett, who is thought to be the original brush maker. He was murdered during a robbery on the premises and his shadowy ghost reputedly haunts the pub looking for his lost money. He has been heard counting coins and pacing the room above the bar…….. The murder of Chickett happened on the same day as the Tudor warship the “Mary Rose” sank in Portsmouth Harbour in the year 1545 and it is rumoured that his murderer was aboard the ship. Since the raising of the “Mary Rose” in 1982, no further footsteps or chinking coins have been heard, although this has recently been disputed, with further ghostly noises and sightings recorded.
The Brushmakers is a genuine traditional country local pub on a narrow lane just a few yards from the village pond. Inside, it sports a traditional dark-beamed interior decked out with all manner of namesake brushes, regulation winter fires & cottage furniture, plus real ales on tap. It also boasts friendly rustic charm, with hungry cyclists, walkers, horse riders, families & passers-by dropping in for plates of classic pub fare and specials which are not to be missed, including seasonal game dishes on the menu.