Essex - Paranormal Database Records

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.

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.


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.

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 Massey - 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.

Gothic House

Location: Tendring - Exact area unknown
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1974, around 19:00h
Further Comments: Two cyclists passing through the village on a winter's evening spotted a large gothic-style manor house where they knew a bungalow should have been. Speaking later to a local, they were told no house had ever stood on the site.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Bearded Man with Stick and Tall Black Hat in Road

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Tan Lane turning into Holland Road, Thorpe-le-Soken to Clacton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several drivers narrowly avoided running over this man, braking sharply, only to find he has disappeared. A few witnesses have also reported seeing him with a lady, though no one knows who they are.

Kitty with a Rose at her Bosom

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Bell Inn, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: A colourful local historical character, Kitty Canham lived over 250 years ago. Her spirit walks the Bell Inn, playing minor pranks and scaring animals - she has been seen walking through closed doors, and is also blamed for moving large wardrobes across bedrooms. A fire that ravaged the building in 2001 (though it is now reopened) failed to damage a painting of Kitty that hung on the wall.

Man in Chains

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Cottage near War Memorial
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two children living in the cottage reported seeing a man standing in their bedroom, with chains around his arms and legs.


Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in an old fashioned uniform, this ex-officer is said to haunt his former station. It is also said that whispering voices can be heard in the cells when they are empty.

Bouncing Cloud

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Landermere Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Two teenagers waiting for a bus watched as a large misty ball quickly bounced down Landermere Road, passing straight through them before continuing down Walton Road.

Fading Car

Location: Thorrington - Filling Station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Visible only on a video surveillance camera, witnesses in a garage watched a car and a driver disappear slowly into thin air over a period of twenty minutes.

Hobnail Boots

Location: Thundersley - House along Selbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A mother and daughter are said to have been driven from the house just after WWII, terrified by the footfalls of someone in hobnail boots. The ghost became louder as time went on, banging on walls and eventually screaming.

Drenched Dead Woman

Location: Thundersley - Second stile leading from Dawes Heath Road to London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1917
Further Comments: A group of 5 people came across this ghost while walking home on evening, staring blankly at them. She is believed to be the heartbroken daughter of a local farmer who, many years previous, drowned herself in a pond after being deigned the right to marry the man she loved.

Sound of Bugles

Location: Thundersley - Wheel Cottage, Church Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the cottage lost two sons in the Crimean War - she tried to summon their spirits by blowing a trumpet. It is unclear whether the bugle calls are hers, or her sons replying.

Wild Dogs?

Location: Thundersley - Wensley Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A pair of large dog-like creatures have been observed in this area, and are thought to live in the nearby woodland. The disappearance of neighbourhood cats has been blamed on the creatures.

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