Mystery of Jake Bolt's coffin

Mystery of Jack Bolt's coffin

Mystery of Jack Bolt's coffin

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THE owners of a Wirral pub are calling on local history buffs to help them find out more about a mystery coffin lid discovered there.

The Pilot Boat in Magazine Brow, Wallasey, dates back hundreds of years and is thought by many to be haunted.

New licensee Kate Darroch is now keen to find out the story behind the coffin lid of a sailor and his painting hanging on a wall in the cellar.

The pub is known to have once housed a mortuary and the body of teenager Jake Bolt, whose name is on the coffin, is believed to have been examined there in 1749.

Now Kate and her colleagues are hoping to find out more information about him, and even track down any distant relatives.

She said: “The lid and Jake’s painting is hanging on our wall and we were told upon moving in that it is never to be removed.

“It is quite spooky, but also very interesting and we've found many ancient documents in the cellar, which used to be used as a mortuary for fishermen and sailors.

“We don’t know anything about Jake really, so it would be great if there are any historians out there who could offer their expertise and help us to learn more.

“If he is a local lad, there’s also a chance we may be able to find his distant family, which would be incredible.”

The area is rumoured to have a series of tunnels running underground which smugglers once used. Owners of neighbouring pub the Magazine Hotel claimed their premises were cursed following a fire there in 2010.

Kate added: “We have heard all kinds of scary stories so there must be someone out there who can lend us a hand.”

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1:04pm Thu 22 Nov 12

King Tut says...

Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe.
Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe. King Tut
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1:28pm Thu 22 Nov 12

tigerclaw says...

The Pilot Boat is actually older than it's neighbour the Magazines Hotel but suffered much modernisation over recent decades and has been practically rebuilt although the cellars are original. Up until the 1960's it had a series of small rooms. The present lay out took place inthe seventies mainly with furtehr additions such as the bare brick walls and cubicle seating appearing in the mid to late 1980's. At the same time the 'coffin lid' appeared as a decoration similar to many others appearing in other pubs at the same time.
The Pilot Boat is actually older than it's neighbour the Magazines Hotel but suffered much modernisation over recent decades and has been practically rebuilt although the cellars are original. Up until the 1960's it had a series of small rooms. The present lay out took place inthe seventies mainly with furtehr additions such as the bare brick walls and cubicle seating appearing in the mid to late 1980's. At the same time the 'coffin lid' appeared as a decoration similar to many others appearing in other pubs at the same time. tigerclaw
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1:41pm Thu 22 Nov 12

spoonsize says...

King Tut wrote:
Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe.
My 3 year old has just pointed out that it is 'articles'.
[quote][p][bold]King Tut[/bold] wrote: Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe.[/p][/quote]My 3 year old has just pointed out that it is 'articles'. spoonsize
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2:00pm Thu 22 Nov 12

King Tut says...

spoonsize wrote:
King Tut wrote: Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe.
My 3 year old has just pointed out that it is 'articles'.
I am not paid to write for a newspaper, nor do I have someone paid to proof read my work.
[quote][p][bold]spoonsize[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Tut[/bold] wrote: Who proof reads these articals, my 4 year old could do better. Its becoming more common to see this in the Globe.[/p][/quote]My 3 year old has just pointed out that it is 'articles'.[/p][/quote]I am not paid to write for a newspaper, nor do I have someone paid to proof read my work. King Tut
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7:23pm Thu 22 Nov 12

tigerclaw says...

Yeh the 'coffin lid' dates from about 1986
Yeh the 'coffin lid' dates from about 1986 tigerclaw
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4:19pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Jack Boot says...

Where have the comments gone ? Or were they just ghosts? The Truthis out there!
Where have the comments gone ? Or were they just ghosts? The Truthis out there! Jack Boot
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