Seven Kings pub ghost of drowned girl ‘warned’ family before they boarded doomed Titanic
An eerie warning by a Seven Kings pub ghost was ignored by a man who just 12 days later drowned on the Titanic.
The Cauliflower Hotel, High Road, hosted a leaving party for seven-year-old Eva Hart and her family a week before they were due to set sail on the ill-fated vessel.
It was on the night of April 2, 1912, that the ghost of Kathy, an eight-year-old orphan who was drowned in a sluice near the hotel in the late 1890s, made an appearance, according to a new book.
Haunted English Pubs by Donald Stuart claims her ghost appeared in the dining room wringing wet and waving frantically to builder Ben Hart, 47 - Eva's father. He later told his family: "It seemed like a very bad omen."
Eva and her mother survived the sinking but Ben died along with 1,513 others after the Titanic hit an iceberg.
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The Ilford Graphic reported five days after the ship sank that: "On April 2, Mr and Mrs Ben Hart were present at The Cauliflower in their honour prior to their departure for Canada. They were the recipients of a beautiful illuminated address."
The article added: "We see from the papers that Mrs Esther Hart and Miss Eva Hart are among the saved, but there is no mention made of Mr Hart, and we fear the worst."
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Mr Stuart uncovered the chilling story while he was researching his latest book, which contains more than 170 "haunted" English pubs.
He said: "I have travelled 8,000 miles gathering information on supernatural goings-on in pubs. The British Library, old magazines, local history and previous works has helped me to accumulate a lot of ghost stories that were 10 years in the making."
Employees at the Cauliflower, now a pub, which was first opened in 1900, told the Recorder they had heard rumours of the story before but had never witnessed any paranormal activity.
To order a copy of the book contact Donaldstuart10@yahoo.co.uk.