Joule's Brewery Back On Track To Re-Open A Historic Haunted Watering Hole

The re-opening is now in sight. The BUTCHERS ARMS, FORSBROOK, acquired by Joule’s Brewery earlier this year is due to re-open its doors this autumn, following extensive building work & full refurbishment, despite workers leaving the site for 3 weeks whilst the pub was investigated by Team Spiritz Paranormal Investigations.


The team were called in after workman experienced a series of strange happenings amid tales of the pub being haunted and bizarre facts that it had been used as a mortuary in the 19th century.  Joules called in Team Spritz to put the builder’s minds at rest.  For more info contact:

Andy Bavington

Team Spiritz

Paranormal Investigations


Team Spiritz reported extensive activity at the old pub but happily the presence detected were benign and workers were re-assured that all was well at the pub, and the mortuary was in fact only an outbuilding rather than the pub itself.  Eddie Chapman Smith, Site foreman, ‘We all feel a bit like chumps now, but we felt really uneasy, we had lights and power especially affected and we got the jitters. Joule’s said they had a contact who would investigate, so we all agreed.  Since the all clear, a couple of the lads have tried to play a couple of tricks but we are all fine now and right back at it.  The progress is really good; the pub is going to be fantastic’.


Travellers passing along the A523 from Blythe Bridge to Cheadle during the last few months could not have failed to observe the extensive building work that has been undertaken at the BUTCHERS ARMS in FORSBROOK.  The iconic landmark which has graced the village for at least 200 years is now benefitting a much needed facelift by Joule’s Brewery in Market Drayton.  It is the Brewery’s largest investment project, creating a flagship Tap House in a strategic area of the Joule’s estate.


Trudie Meredith, Sales & Marketing Manager for Joule’s commented, ‘The Brewery has given the Butchers Arms a great deal of sympathy for its historical traditional heritage and village background and we intend to put our Joule’s stamp on the building. Attention to detail, when carrying out such a big refurbishment project such as this is paramount; creating a warm, cosy and friendly atmosphere.  The Butchers Arms will be a pure ‘real ale’ pub, a bit old fashioned, but in a really good way – just our kind of pub,’


Although much of the ‘black and white’ building seen from the road is covered only be a thin timber cladding façade, closer examination revealed an older and earlier timber structure and pointed to a significantly earlier date.  A site map, ‘Bates and Timmis Tithe map’  of c1840 clearly shows a building present on the site and given its location, it would logically follow that it would make an ideal ‘watering hole’ for the carters bringing material such as limestone from the Derbyshire Hills to the Grand Trunk Canal, which opened in 1777.  Through the Victorian era, early and trade directories record the ‘public house’ serving refreshments to passing travellers along with at least three other hostelries in the village.


The Tap House will showcase the Brewery’s three core beers, Pale Ale, Blonde & Slumbering Monk and the food will be fresh, simple and well prepared pub favourites, served up in sensitive and thoughtful surroundings using high quality materials and presented with emotion.


The Butchers Arms will form part of a Tap Estate of 19 beautifully restored Joule’s Houses across the Brewery’s heartland of Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire

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