Essex - Paranormal Database Records

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.

Descending Nun

Location: Canvey Island - Knightswick Farm (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman at the farm watched as a nun walked across the land, only to stop and slowly sink into the ground.


Location: Canvey Island - Lake
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female form is said to lurk around the area of the lake. The woman is said to have drowned after losing control of her coach and horses.

Old Dutchman in Buckled Shoes with Bundle

Location: Canvey Island - Quieter parts of island
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The quieter areas of the island are home to a Dutchman, who walks around carrying a sack over his shoulder containing an unknown content.

Angry Nun

Location: Chelmsford - All Saints Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend persists that if someone is brave enough to run around the church thirteen times at midnight, an angry phantom nun appears.

Tech Support

Location: Chelmsford - Civic Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: All year, but especially in December
Further Comments: This building is haunted by the spirit of a technician who was killed on Duke Street. Visitors would sometimes ask about the helpful man who had guided them around, only to be told that it was actually the ghost. There are also reports of footsteps on stage and of an overwhelming uncomfortable feeling on the Balcony and the stairs to the Wardrobe/FOH Office. In December, the spirit takes the form of a white butterfly, seen (traditionally) on one show during Christmas week.


Location: Chelmsford - Essex Regiment Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013?
Further Comments: One witness claimed to have heard the laugh of a child and the slamming of several doors, one after another, in the early hours of the morning.

Richard and Little Girl

Location: Chelmsford - Hyde Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Once owned by the singer Suzi Quatro, she claimed that Richard de Foe haunted the guest room, while the little girl walked other parts of the house. Both are believed to be benevolent.

Tall Man in Cloak

Location: Chelmsford - Patching Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This tall pallid figure, wearing a top hat and cloak, was seen by a teenage witness out with a couple of friends - the figure disturbed them to such an extent, they ran off. The witness looked back to see if he was following, only to see the ghost vanish before their eyes.

Older Woman with Trolley

Location: Chelmsford - Pedestrian crossing over Parkway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2013
Further Comments: A witness waiting at the crossing spotted a 'normal' older woman with a trolley or bag on the other side of the road waiting to also cross. The witness looked away for a few seconds, and when she looked back, the older woman had vanished, with no discernible place where she could have moved to.


Location: Chelmsford - Private building, New London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: Working alone into the evening, this witness heard three distinct footsteps ahead of their location. When they mentioned the footsteps to their team leader a few weeks, she admitted that she had also heard them.

Tapping Behind Sealed Door

Location: Chelmsford - Spotted Dog Inn, Tindal Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: No longer standing (replaced by a shopping centre) the Spotted Dog Inn had an infamous sealed room, haunted by the ghost of a guest who was murdered in his sleep. His tapping would wake any who tried to sleep there, hence the sealing. Some reports exist of the entity in the shopping centre itself, where it earned the nickname of 'Box Monster', due to its habit of throwing cardboard boxes around.

The Funny Man

Location: Chelmsford - Springfield Place, near Chelmsford
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1864, 1946
Further Comments: Many have complained of being harassed by an unknown force while at the building, reports blaming an ugly little dwarf said to haunt the area, particularly the churchyard.

Fire Dancer

Location: Chelmsford - Unknown dance hall
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 27 August 1938
Further Comments: As Phyllis Newcombe (22) left the dance floor, her dress burst into flame, and she died a few hours later in hospital. Tests showed that her clothing couldn't be ignited with a cigarette.

Friendly Lady in White

Location: Chigwell - The Marchings, Gravel Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Believed to be a friend of King John, this ghost has frequently been seen in the house.

Suicidal Agnes

Location: Chigwell - Woolston Hall, now a country club?
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The spirit appearing only picking on males, Agnes is believed to have jumped from a third floor window to her death, and now haunts that particular floor.


Location: Chingford - Area around Richmond Avenue and The Avenue in Highams Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: New Year's Eve, year unknown
Further Comments: A woman out walking in the area reported seeing a phantom highwayman who rode past her - the terrified witness ran back to her family.

Hunter in the Darkness

Location: Chingford - Chingford Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall is said to be haunted by a creature that strikes in pitch blackness; local stories tell of a tramp that once spent a night in the building, only to be found insane the following day.


Location: Chingford - Chingford Mount Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People have reported the sounds of footsteps walking on the grass behind them - though no-one is present when the witnesses look around. A spectral man dressed in black rides on horseback between the graves, occasionally dismounting before vanishing.

Edwardian Gentleman

Location: Chingford - Friday Hill House, Simmons Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to resemble Stan Laurel, this ghost was seen in Friday Hill House by a former occupier. A crying woman in a white veil has also been seen on the site.

Grey Lady

Location: Chingford - Highams Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been speculated that this phantom woman drowned in the lake and now walks around seeking rest. A ghostly white deer is also said to haunt the same area.

There's Something About Mary

Location: Chingford - Royal Forest Hotel, Rangers Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Killed in a fire in 1912, Mary's shade returned to the building once it was rebuilt - she sits on a bed on the upper part of the building when not spooking the dogs.

Shadowy Figures Dancing Around Grave

Location: Chrishall - One mile away from Chrishall, a yew tree marking a mass grave.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The yew tree marks the sight of a mass grave of plague victims, killed when the old town hall was set ablaze. The ghosts of those buried are said to dance around the tree, as a warning that the grave must never be disturbed.

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