Essex - Paranormal Database Records



Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private Residence along Gordon Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990 - 2010
Further Comments: Two different residents at this property are reported to have heard sounds of footsteps running across the landing. It was speculated that they belonged to a young girl.


Calf Sized Dog

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Road between Rochford/Ashingdon & Hullbridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A calf-sized dog walking on the other side of the road was spotted by the passenger in a car (although not by the driver), unnerving the witness considerably.


Flying Disc

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Skies over the town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 14 October 1954
Further Comments: A fighter pilot, while out on routine patrol, reported a near miss with a silver domed disc - the UFO had been travelling towards him at fantastic speed, and had veered off at the last possible second.


Person Holding Lantern

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southchurch Lawn (was also Eton House School before closing in 1993)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Possibly the ghost of a smuggler, this spirit takes credit in saving the life of Princess Charlotte in 1801.


Self-Playing Harmoniums

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southchurch Street, a three story Victorian flat
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: The sounds which came from the harmoniums, along with the phantom footsteps and banging, drove a couple from this flat.


Tall Man in Long Coat

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southend pier, lower deck, near to the lifeboat house.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August or September 1992, 21:45hrs
Further Comments: The end of the pier has been the scene of several suicides, and it may have been one of these lost souls which were chased by a staff member - the entity vanished at the burnt section of the pier, where access is not possible.


Noises and Footsteps

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Sutton Rectory, outside Southend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One witness heard footsteps walking towards him and then through him down a corridor.


Power Up

Location: St Osyth - Amusement arcade
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Machines in this arcade were said to turn themselves on even though they had been unplugged, and ashtrays would be found piled up. One witness in the toilet reported hearing someone trying to enter their cubicle, although when they opened the door no one was present.


Dragon Attack

Location: St Osyth - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 9 March 1170
Further Comments: Recorded on old documents, a large dragon attacked a house in St Ostwyth, the air surrounding the creature so hot that it set the area alight.


Lion or Teddy Bear?

Location: St Osyth - Field off Earls Hall Drive
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 26 August 2012
Further Comments: Residents of this village were asked to stay indoors while people at a nearby caravan park were evacuated after the police warned the public that a lion may be on the loose, having been presented with a grainy image of a cat in a field. After police helicopters and armed officers found nothing, the photo was released in the press. The owner of a large domestic cat named Teddy Bear said the 'lion' looked like her pet, which is known to bask in the sun in the same field.


Middle Aged Woman with Flowery Hat

Location: St Osyth - Priory Gate House, along road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: Appearing mysteriously in the back seat of a car driven by a young man, this ghostly hitchhiker disappeared when the shaken driver pulled over. A pedestrian in the area also reported a strange petite person who slowly faded away.


White Monk

Location: St Osyth - St Osyth's Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 October Saint Osyth manifests (reoccurring), monk seen late 1970s
Further Comments: While legend states that Saint Osyth herself haunts the building, a pale monk has also been spotted walking around at night carrying a candle. One witness reported seeing the ghost of a woman standing by a washing machine while the building was being used as a nursing home, while several new residents to the centre claimed to have watched a possession of monks walk by a window.


Servant Girl

Location: Stanford le Hope - St. Cleres Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Dating back to 1690, the building is reported to be haunted by several entities, including that of a servant girl.


Death Eater

Location: Stansted - Kings Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2012
Further Comments: A photograph taken on a mobile phone revealed a strange looking entity which the photographer described as resembling a 'Death Eater' from the Harry Potter films, although others believe it is nothing more than the back of someone's hooded top.


Flickering Lights

Location: Stansted - Mountfitchet Castle
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2002, reoccurring at midday
Further Comments: Despite several electricians' efforts, the lights in this castle still flickered erratically at midday, causing the owners to call in an exorcist.



Location: Stansted - Stansted Airport, Hanger 4
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A number of spooks are reputed to haunt this hanger, including a legless man laughing in a chair, a gentleman wearing 1940s clothing and bowler hat, carrying a briefcase, and the sounds of footsteps moving around empty parts of the building. The footsteps are said to have freaked a night guard out to such a degree that he locked himself in a room and refused to leave until morning.


Trotting Man with Hands Deep in Pockets

Location: Stanway - Turkey Cock Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost in a raincoat has been seen as he materialises through a quickthorn hedge, moves down Turkey Cock Lane, turns towards the old London Road, before slowly fading from view.


Clanking of Chains

Location: Steeple Bumpstead - Bower Hall, drive towards cow sheds
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is reputedly home to the phantom sounds of chains.


Schoolmaster John Cook

Location: Steeple Bumpstead - Steeple Bumpstead school
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1832
Further Comments: A pupil watched his recently deceased schoolmaster pass through the closed school gates.



Location: Stock - Broomwood Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s
Further Comments: A lad cycling along Broomwood Lane could hear extremely loud heavy breathing very close to him. Looking around for the source of the sound, none could be found, so he quickly peddled away.


Charlie 'Spider' Marshell

Location: Stock - The Bear, The Square. In the Chimney?!
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century onwards
Further Comments: A popular local legend, Charlie Marshell's favourite trick was to climb the chimney in the bar, to reappear in a fireplace in another part of the pub. One day he never reappeared, and now only his ghost remains.


Richard Jorden

Location: Stodon Massey - Church and churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century onwards
Further Comments: After Richard Jorden died, his body was found outside his coffin so often that his friends decided to wrap the casket in chains, to prevent Jorden from climbing out again. His ghost walks the church grounds in protest.


Young Girl on a Clandestine Mission

Location: Stondon - Back gate of the Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935 onwards
Further Comments: Banned by her father from seeing a local lad, the ghost of a young girl re-enacts her escape; leaving the back gate of the rectory, she goes down Canons Walk and disappears into the woods.



Location: Thaxted - Churchyard, Almshouse Cottages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Corpse lights have been seen floating around an empty set of cottages which sit in the churchyard.


Headless Horseman

Location: Thaxted - Gibbets Cross, crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local farmer told his friends that he had seen a headless horseman sitting upon a white steed pass by this crossroads.

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