Essex - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Teenage Girl Dressed in White

Location: Loughton - Alderton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This woman was a maid here, but was kicked out when she gave birth to the master's bastard child. She drowned the child in a nearby pond before taking her own life, though she haunts the upper parts of the building. A blonde chap in a red cloak has also been recorded on the driveway, and a piano plays itself downstairs.


 
 


Sad Sir Francis

Location: Loughton - Beech House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Sir Francis was a Cavalier who fell in love with Lady Elizabeth, whose father once owned this building. However, the father disliked Sir Francis's political stance and sold him out to the enemy. Now Sir Francis is seen looking longingly out of a first floor window, while the ghosts of Elizabeth and her father wander other parts of the building.


 
 


Housemaid Mary

Location: Loughton - Loughton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s onwards?
Further Comments: Mary froze to death on the grounds of the hall, and now makes herself known by locking doors from the inside of rooms, ensuring that the building caretaker's have to cut around the lock mechanism to open them! Her ghostly form has also been observed on the first floor landing, looking down at visitors to the building. Two other shades have been reported here; one a man in black and the other a man dressed in tweed.


 
 


Pair of Arms

Location: Loughton - Pond near Alderton Hall
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom pair of arms have been observed in the pond's water.


 
 


Pushy Old Man

Location: Loughton - Private house along Oakwood Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A malicious spirit of an old man was blamed for several falls on the staircase in this building, most of which resulted in injuries. One woman said that it felt as if she was pushed while descending the staircase. A spectral old man was seen standing by the foot of the stairs, and the building was occasionally plagued by strange sounds and smells.


 
 


Civil War Soldier

Location: Loughton - Small wooded path near Loughton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Reported by a local girl, only the top part of this phantom soldier was visible.


 
 


Dick Turpin Followed by a Ghost

Location: Loughton - Traps Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Three times a year (exact dates not known)
Further Comments: Turpin's ghost is said to ride down this hill, with a ghost of an old woman hanging onto his back. In life, Turpin tortured her until the woman told him where she had hidden her money, so now her ghost haunts his.


 
 


Cavalier

Location: Magdalen Laver - Winter's Armoury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This seven hundred year old building is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a murdered cavalier, who moves noisily up and down the corridors.


 
 


Figure of a Hooded Person

Location: Maldon - Beeleigh Abbey, near Maldon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 August (reoccurring) (some sources say 11 August)
Further Comments: Just one of many spooky happenings at Beeleigh Abbey, this spook has been observed standing in a corner of the James Room. The entity could be a monk or the ghost of John Gate, who was executed in 1553 for supporting Lady Jane Grey. Either way, it can be heard screaming and crying throughout the building. A poltergeist has also been reported, opening a trapdoor and vibrating beds.


 
 


Misty Female Figure

Location: Maldon - Disused railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: Reports of a figure waiting on platform two date back towards the end of the 1950's. The station is no longer there; it became a public house before being left empty and for sale, but the figure is still seen, making a strange groaning sound as it walks. An icy chill is said to denote her presence.


 
 


Footsteps along Hall

Location: Maldon - King's Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Christmas 1946
Further Comments: A couple were disturbed as they spent Christmas here by phantom footsteps outside their room and a force that held their bedroom door closed.


 
 


Rollicking Bill

Location: Maldon - Maldon Marsh
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twilight
Further Comments: This fairy fellow has been seen skipping over the marsh.


 
 


White Dog

Location: Manningtree - Mistley Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1938
Further Comments: This dog's appearance is said to be a prelude to a death in the Norman family.


 
 


George

Location: Manningtree - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn is haunted by a Victorian gentleman nicknamed George, though some (unsurprisingly) claim that the spook is actually Matthew Hopkins.


 
 


Witches Death Cries

Location: Manningtree - River Stour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: The tortured screams of an alleged witch are said to be heard on the opposite shore; Matthew Hopkins being named as the interrogator.


 
 


Elizabeth Clarke

Location: Manningtree - Seafield Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1647 onwards
Further Comments: Executed on the orders of Matthew Hopkins for being a witch, Elizabeth Clarke now appears on the shoreline of Seafield Bay. Screams of other tortured witches can also be heard here on certain nights, though other sources say the sounds are Elizabeth's familiars looking for their owner.


 
 


Witchfinder General

Location: Manningtree - White Hart Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mathew Hopkins once frequented this establishment, and they say he can still be heard in the building.


 
 


Icy Cold Hands

Location: Manuden - The Jolly Waggoners
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This spirit has woken people staying in the pub by pulling their bedding off, and turning on and off light switches.


 
 


Phantom Coach and Horses

Location: Mashbury - Forecourt of The Fox
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Witnessed by the wife of a landlord, a phantom coach pulled by a team of horses entered the courtyard, quickly fading from view.


 
 


Woman riding Horse towards Clouds

Location: Mayland - Skies over the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Night
Further Comments: This sight could only be seen while looking through the branches of a certain tree in the area. However, the tree has since been cut down...


 
 


Wrecked Yacht

Location: Mersea Island - Beach near church
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After going out to save what appeared to be a yacht in difficulty, a local man spent several hours trying to save a badly injured crew, only to lose consciousness. When he came to on the beach, there was no evidence the boat had ever existed.


 
 


Woman in Smock & Tall Hat

Location: Mersea Island - Corner of Colchester Road & High Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This phantom female dressed in a smock and wearing a tall hat was observed sitting on a wall on the corner of the two streets, a stick under one arm.


 
 


Young Woman in Long Silk Dress

Location: Mersea Island - Dawes Lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A couple out walking watched a woman wearing a bonnet and a long silk dress approach them. They noticed she made little sound, and when the girl walked into a cornfield, the crops didn't move around her. The young woman then disappeared.


 
 


Roman Soldiers

Location: Mersea Island - East Mersea Road, near Causeway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Quite possibly the oldest ghosts seen in the UK, a numbers of sightings exist of Roman soldiers around the island. A woman reported that while walking back to her home late one night, she was closely followed by the ghost of a man dressed as Roman soldier.


 
 


Danish Brothers

Location: Mersea Island - Ray Island
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many moons ago, two Danish brothers fought to discover who should marry a beautiful Saxon girl. They managed to kill each other, and their ghosts continue to fight to this day.


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