Essex - Paranormal Database Records


Austrian Sheepdog

Location: Brentwood - Kelvedon Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949 onwards
Further Comments: A favoured pet, this ghost started to appear several weeks after its death.


Opening Door

Location: Brentwood - Moat House Hotel (?)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown - mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This hotel was subject to poltergeist activity, and it was reported that a bedroom door continually opened itself.



Location: Brentwood - Pond on Thriftwood Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After becoming lost at night, a farmer and his horse fell into this pond and died. It was reported that the sound of the horse whinnying could be heard at night.


Poltergeist Shattering Bottles

Location: Brentwood - The Fountain Head, Ingrave Rd.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Reportedly, a number of bottles exploded on their own accord, and several pieces of furniture were rearranged by an invisible presence.



Location: Brentwood - The Golden Fleece Inn, 126 London Rd.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a monk has been reported in the building on several occasions, always appearing in a mirror, and disappearing when the witness turns around to investigate further.


Mrs de Rougemont, Room 14

Location: Brentwood - The New World Inn, Great Warley St.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Said to be impossible to spend a night in, Room 14 contains the spirit of a previous owner, Mrs de Rougemont. The sound of a party has also been reported in the Inn.



Location: Brentwood - The Swan Hotel. 123 High St.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: This poltergeist has plagued the owners of the pub by turning water taps on and off, unlocking doors, hiding household items, and antagonising animals.


Footsteps and Nudging

Location: Brentwood - The White Hart, 94 High St.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Poltergeist activity has been reported at this public house, as well as an invisible presence that taps people on the shoulder.



Location: Brentwood - Warley Lea Farm, near Brentwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to be the home of a ghost of a bailiff who hanged himself, this building suffers from phantom footsteps on the staircase, and other bangs and crashes.


Knocking at the Door

Location: Broomfield - Well House, an old house just outside the village.
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1785
Further Comments: Hours after the death of an aging father, as his son lay on his own deathbed, knocking at the front door was heard several times - every time it was answered, no one was there.



Location: Broxted - Broxted & Tilty area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing at all times of the day and night, locals have blamed the gnomes and other fairy folk for a multitude of tricks. A number of sightings have been reported, though none in living memory.


Leaping Dog

Location: Buckhurst Hill - Area around local graveyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Summer 1989
Further Comments: After scaring three teenagers walking through the graveyard, this shuck went on to unnerve a passing motorist as the creature leapt over the churchyard wall and landed on the bonnet of a car.


Young Girl

Location: Buckhurst Hill - Property along Bradwell Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The family living here found themselves troubled by the phantom of a young girl, whose presence created the smell of perfume and the disappearance of small objects. This haunting appeared to centre around the wardrobe; the phantom little girl was seen to climb out from it, and accompanied the family when they moved to a new property. Once the wardrobe was removed and destroyed, the family were troubled no more.


Self Playing Piano

Location: Burstead - Hope House, aka Tower House School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: As well as the piano, phantom footsteps have been heard outside the building.


Flying Remotes

Location: Canewdon - Anchor public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: This pub was said to be subjected to flying remote controls and kitchen knives, a baby crying, and the smell of perfume.


Witch in Poke Bonnet

Location: Canewdon - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Witch varies, blue woman seen 1987
Further Comments: A woman with a poke bonnet but no face is reported to appear on moonless nights and travels through the west gate heading towards the river. Once there, the entity walks across the water. A woman in a blue dress was briefly glimpsed in 1987, though quickly vanished when the witness jumped up from her seat. Legend also says if you round run the church three times anti clockwise on 31 October, you travel through time.


Witch Centre

Location: Canewdon - Entire area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Ongoing
Further Comments: Known as the 'Village of Witches', thirteen of them were believed to live in the village at any one time.


Black Mist

Location: Canewdon - Gardeners Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer or Autumn 2008
Further Comments: A small patch of black mist is said to dart out in front of cars along this lane.


White Figure with Red Band on Chest

Location: Canewdon - Larkhill Road, near Puelsey Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969, 1970
Further Comments: This area is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Crusader, seen several times by local people.



Location: Canewdon - Unspecified country lane
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Locals say that a man on a motorbike was chased by a small demonic entity that was just as fast as the bike.


Young Girl

Location: Canewdon - Vicarage
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen by the wife of a previous vicar at the end of the driveway, little more is known about this shade.


Norse Raider Looking for a Ship

Location: Canvey Island - Canvey Point, mudflats
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: On the occasional late night, a misty figure has been observed walking along the mudflats. Legend says it is a Viking waiting for a boat to take him home.


Red Sea Monster

Location: Canvey Island - Exact location unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1953 and 11 August1954
Further Comments: Two unidentified sea creatures were found dead on the island within a year of each other. Both were less than a metre in size, brown-red in colour, possessing sharp teeth, large eyes, gills, and what appeared to be two legs and feet.


The White Lady & The Black Man

Location: Canvey Island - Hadleigh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840s onwards
Further Comments: No recent sightings of these figures have been reported, and locals accept them as being little more than smuggler's stories told to inspire fear. The white lady is said to offer to dance with anyone she came upon during her walks, while the black man offered to buy souls in return for a song. The White Lady was seen around 1917 by a group of men out partying - one of them chased after the figure with a large stick, but the apparition disappeared before he reached it.


James Murrell Gathering Herbs

Location: Canvey Island - Hadleigh Castle, Little Norman Church area?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: 'Cunning' Murrell, the local wise man / warlock, died in 1860 and was buried at the church. His ghost has been reported in this area, picking herbs and placing them in a basket.

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