The pub "The Belper Arms" dates back to 1290 when which it was named "The Shepherd and the Sheperdess Inn". It is officially the oldest pub in Leicestershire, and one of the oldest pubs in England.


During the second world war, the village of newton Bergoland was affected badly by German bombings which took place in neighboring villages such as Osbaston, Measham and Heather. During 1940 the evacuees were escorted to Newton Bergoland from Birmingham, Coventry and London to escape these bombings. It was during this time that The Belper Arms was a popular retreat for the local British soldiers that resided in Gopsall Hall Barracks.


In one of the least scary paranormal hunts on record, ATV Today's Gwyn Richards visited the Belper Arms at Newton Burgoland in Leicestershire following reports of creepy goings on among'st the beer pumps. The ancient inn has a resident ghost called 'Five to Four Fred', a name derived from his very precise time keeping. Fred's Benny Hill style haunting's should have led to him being barred long ago with male and female customers getting a very 'hands on' ghostly experience.

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