Essex - Paranormal Database Records



Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private residence along Ashburnham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2008 - February 2009
Further Comments: Occupiers of this residence reported cold spots, the sensation of someone walking past them in the hallway, and doors which would unlock themselves. A male visitor to the property encountered the ghost of a young girl who stared at him for several seconds before fading away. The occupiers nicknamed the phantom 'Frances'.



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.


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.


Elderly Couple

Location: Thaxted - Road leading into town from Saffron Walden
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March or April 2010
Further Comments: While driving into the town, one witness slowed to let an elderly couple cross the road. They vanished in front of her.


Headless Monk

Location: Thaxted - Tilty Abbey (between Thaxted & Dunmow) Cherry/Chawneth Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1215 onwards
Further Comments: Though no reports have been made for many years, the headless monk story is said to date back to 1215, when a monk was beheaded by men of King John. A decapitated skeleton was discovered in the grounds the 1940's.


Queen Boadica and Daughters

Location: Theydon Bois - Epping Forest, Iron Age Hillfort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several old reports exist of Boadica being seen at this location with her daughters, though nothing has appeared recently.


Black Dog Lies near Bed

Location: Theydon Bois - Hill Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Never returning since the destruction of the building, a large black dog was seen on several occasions, lying across the beds.


Flitting Grey Haired Woman

Location: Theydon Bois - Hill Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s (woman),
Further Comments: Having 7 brothers fall in love with her, a local beauty convinced them all to fight a duel for her hand in marriage. All 7 died as a result of this fight, and now the woman's ghost walks in remorse of her actions. Another version of this tale states that the local beauty was the sister of the seven brothers, and they died fighting her fiancÚ.


Mustard Coloured Coach

Location: Theydon Bois - Hill Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 May, Midnight (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: On the stroke of midnight, a mustard coloured coach is believed to drive down the driveway of the ruined building. Its owner is thought to be Duke de Morrow, who lived in the building at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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