A legendary coaching house located on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
This building was erected in 1750 to give shelter to travellers as they passed over the wind-swept moors.
The inn and its shadowy past were both immortalised in Daphne du Mauriers novel, “Jamaica Inn” published in 1936. Its isolated location made it a popular stop for smugglers and today, the Jamaica Inn is also home to a Smugglers’ Museum, which comprises many artefacts from these unsavoury characters.
Reports of a strange man dressed in a tricorne hat and cloak, apparently appears in the DuMaurier restaurant and then seems to walk through solid doors.
Many people have spotted the figure of a man sitting motionless on the wall outside of the Inn. The ghost is not recognisable, but there is a story about a stranger who many years ago stood at the bar enjoying his pint. He was apparently summoned outside by someone and that was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found on the moor the next day but the manner of his death and the identity of the assailant is a mystery. Some people claim to hear strange footsteps which they claim to be the ghost of this man, returned for his pint!
On a moonlit night, horse’s hooves and the metal rims of wheels can be heard on the cobblestones…even when there’s no one there.
Some have heard a foreign tongue being spoken, when there’s nobody about. Could this be the old Cornish language?
Lights go on and off in the generator room, and staff who go in there say that they have the feeling of being watched
First broadcast: 6th April 2004