The Skirrid’s reputation s of a decidedly ghastly nature A noose still hangs from the Skirrid staircase.
According to another frequently-repeated claim, the inn once offered not only food, drink and overnight accommodation, but also hosted a criminal court. Back in the days when justice was of a somewhat rough nature, that entailed the passing of a number of death sentences. The luckless souls whose lives were deemed forfeit are said to have spent their last night in the condemned cell (now a small room off the staircase) before being hanged from a beam over the staircase well. It’s hard to imagine the prisoners’ despair as they waited in the dark on their last night of life, knowing that in the morning they would slowly choke to death, often for no more serious a crime than a spot of sheep rustling.