Essex - Paranormal Database Records

Captain Cook

Location: Tillingham - Cap and Feathers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn is reputedly the home of a phantom named Captain Cook.


Location: Tollesbury - Marshes surrounding Tollesbury area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Across the marshes a phantom druid walks.

Dog as Large as a Bike

Location: Tollesbury - On the route to Jordan's Green, along the lane that leads up to Gorwell Hall.
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Shuck sightings appear quite common in this area. This encounter involved a woman coming face to face with a black dog with a bright red tongue, which was as large as her bicycle. It chased her (or ran alongside her, according to other stories) as she peddled down the road, disappearing soon after.

White Lady

Location: Tollesbury - Road leading to the drive of Gorwell Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen walking in this area, the lady is believed to be heading towards Gorwell Hall, the place where she died after having her throat cut.

White Rabbit

Location: Tollesbury - Tollesbury Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white rabbit is said to appear at different times of the year, running about the churchyard.

Foetal Position

Location: Tollesbury Maldon - Apprentice Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid June 2007, 23:45h
Further Comments: A female form laying in a foetal position on the road was encountered by a driver and passenger. The woman looked to be in her early twenties and wore a black dress and high heeled shoes or boots. As the driver stopped his car, the figure lifted her head and raised her hand. The driver moved the car to one side of the road, but when he and his passenger climbed out to help the woman, the entity had vanished.

Snapping and Snarling Black Dog

Location: Tolleshunt D'Arcy - B1026 coast road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A cyclist reported being attacked by a large black dog while travelling down the coast road. Leaping off his bike to scare the animal, it disappeared before his eyes.

Dark Fawn ABC

Location: Tolleshunt Knights - Exact location not known
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 1996
Further Comments: Possibly the same creature seen in Great Wigborough, the ABC observed here was thought to be a lion.

Knight Meeting with the Devil

Location: Tolleshunt Knights - Moot (or Moat) Field
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 12th Century
Further Comments: Local legend recalls a knight who wished to build a house a mile away from the field. The devil came each night and pulled the house down, until the knight agreed to erect the building closer to the field.

Victorian Man looking Worried

Location: Upminster - Between Upminster and Barking, along rail tracks
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: While slowing down, a train passed a man dressed in Victorian clothing standing in a small brick building, looking very surprised to see the locomotive. A curious passenger investigated further, and found the building no longer existed.

Knife Thrower

Location: Upminster - Masons Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: April 2009
Further Comments: The East London Paranormal Research Society visited this site after staff reported poltergeist activity, including a butter knife which was thrown from an empty kitchen. The society claimed to make contact with a sixteenth century witch and a young boy.

The Pushing Chair

Location: Upminster - Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: People who sit in a certain chair in the auditorium experience the sensation of being pushed. This phenomenon is said to be related to a suicide which once occurred here. Watchers on one ghost hunt heard footsteps and tapping in the same area, but could see no one.

Young Girl in White Dress

Location: Upminster - Upminster Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to have been kidnapped, raped and finally bricked up behind a wall in the 1600's, this white woman is said to haunt the first floor hallway of the club.


Location: Vange - Hill Farm
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: History unknown, disembodied voices have been reported in this building

White Fuzz

Location: Vange - Level crossing at the Fobbing turn, and the A13 near the Five Bells Inn
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1990, 21:30h - 22:00h, summer
Further Comments: While approaching the level crossing, one driver reported seeing a fuzzy, humanoid shape on the pavement by the barrier. The witness drove past the entity, and looked in the rear view mirror, but it had vanished. Other reports of a white shape have been made, the entity moving from the church towards the rail crossing.

Black Ape with Glowing Yellow Eyes

Location: Wallasea Island - Tile Barn (now washed away)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be one of the places the Devil hung out, one witness recalled how a demon with large glowing eyes tried to make him commit suicide. No longer standing, the marshes in the area have inherited the reputation of Tile Barn.


Location: Waltham Abbey - Abbey Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: First seen over twenty years ago, a monk is said to walk the graveyard.

Lunchtime Drinker

Location: Waltham Abbey - Green Dragon ale house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Lunchtime, (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Though this cavalier is now rarely seen, it is reported that he only appeared for lunch.

Overwhelming Evil

Location: Waltham Abbey - Waltham Abbey
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: A couple walking past the church noticed yellow lights shining through the window. The woman was overcome by a sense of evil, so great that she refused to talk about it for several years after the event.

Pealing Bells

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze - Off coast
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before a Storm
Further Comments: The church at Walton was taken by the sea in the late 1790's, and now its bells warn of incoming storms. The church is said to have reappeared briefly in 1928.


Location: Walton-on-the-Naze - Pier, and the promenade west of the Pier
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1990 (lone fisherman encountered)
Further Comments: One witness reported engaging in conversation what could have been a phantom fisherman while alone on the pier. In addition, the promenade is said to be haunted by a dozen or so figures milling about.

War Apparition

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze - Tower on the Naze
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s, and 2000s
Further Comments: Used by the military as an observation post during World War Two, one soldier ran screaming from the tower building, claiming that he had seen a ghost. It was said that the officer in charge covered up the incident. The pillboxes in the area are now said to be home to disembodied voices, the sound of loading weapons, and a figure in a trench coat.


Location: Walton-on-the-Naze - Walton Hall (ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghosts which haunt the ruins of this old house are believed by some to be smugglers who were caught and held captive in the basement.

Moving Baby

Location: Warley - Unknown Council Flat
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: August 2006
Further Comments: The Metro reported that a couple had fled this property after their newly born baby was moved across the room by an invisible presence. Prior to this, it was claimed that something had grabbed and scratched the arm of the child's mother, while the father had been subjected to an electric shock.

Screams of a Young Girl Falling

Location: Weeley - Hillside House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1945 onwards
Further Comments: Since built, it is believed that two girls have fallen down the stairs and have died because of their injuries - and the ghost of at least one of them re-enacts the scene. Even when the building stands empty, a face has been reported staring out of one of the windows. If this was not enough to deter people from moving into the property, a local legend tells of a rocking chair in the house that would not stop moving. The owner of the house placed it in the loft; it could still be heard, so it was moved to the shed. Within a week, the chair had moved itself back into the loft, rocking.

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