Essex - Paranormal Database Records

Owner of the Arm

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Beach between Clacton and Jaywick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: A man reported that his dog uncovered a human arm along the beach. He took the arm home before taking the severed limb to the police station, and for several weeks afterwards, his house was plagued by loud bangs and rapping.


Sounds of a Struggle

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Carr's Farm House, Coppins Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: The owners of this property reported several spooky occurrences, including phantom footsteps and muffled cries and the sounds of a struggle near the top of the staircase.


Three Pilots with Pale Faces

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Disused sandpit and spinney
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1953
Further Comments: Seen by two children, the three pilots are believed to be German, the sandpit being a crash site for a Messerschmitt 110 shot down during World War 2. The area is currently a car park for a nearby factory.


Little Old Men with Long Beards and Pointy Hats

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Jaywick's Frobisher Primary School, school field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Two girls watched a couple of fairy folk, described as looking like the average garden gnome, dig a hole in the school's playing field.


Soldier Killed in a Fight

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Old ballroom at former Butlins camp, near Martello Tower (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in a fight at the ballroom, the area is still haunted by the ghost of a soldier. It is unknown whether the ghost has remained since the area was redeveloped.


Stamping and Slamming Doors

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Old Kinema - currently a Homecare shop?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a 1940's suicide, this cinema gained a reputation as being haunted. The sound of stamping feet has been heard, and doors have opened and closed on their own accord. A few have reported seeing an old man dressed in a 1940's suit.


Moving Stock

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Old Lifeboat House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A shopkeeper who hired a room to store surplus stock reported that items would rearrange themselves overnight.


Singing

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Private house along St Osyth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975 - 1978
Further Comments: Until the building was exorcised in 1978, a family living here reported phantom singing, a little girl which all could hear but only their four year old son could see, and ghostly footsteps.


Young Girl

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Private residence, Thornbury Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: After a period of experiencing disembodied footsteps, doors opening and closing and electrical items switching themselves on and off, the occupier finally witnessed the manifestation of a young girl. Other incidents included the occupiers being dragged across the floor by their ankles and also the appearance of an old woman in the bed in the box room of the house.


White Lady

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Wilson House, Leas Road (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure was said to have been seen by several school girls when this building was a dorm. Sounds of heavy foots could also been heard walking along the corridors late at night.


Miss Holland Playing on the Piano

Location: Clavering - Moat Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Site of a murder in 1899, the spirit of the victim returns home once in a while and plays on the piano. Camille Holland has also been blamed for poltergeist activity in the area.


Presence, Opening Doors, Smell

Location: Coggeshall - 47 Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Once an inn, people in the building have reported doors that open and close without cause, odd smells, and a strange mist that crosses the base and top of the stairs.


Monk with Lit Taper

Location: Coggeshall - Coggeshall Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pallid wrinkled monk walks silently around the Abbey with a lit taper, before leaving and making its way along the old lanes towards the Blackwater river.


White Monks

Location: Coggeshall - Cradle House, near Markshale Old Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cradle House was once a haven for monks who held meetings in secret rooms within the building; it is believed that these figures sometimes return to dance in the garden.


Old Man

Location: Coggeshall - Guild House, Market End
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little old man has reputedly materialised at the foot of a bed. Strange balls of light have been seen drifting around the attic, observed from an outside window.


Robin the Woodcutter

Location: Coggeshall - Near Coggeshall Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1600s onwards
Further Comments: A local hero, Robin the Woodcutter's shade is said to walk the lands around the Abbey.


Headless Nun

Location: Colchester - Area close to Birch Brook, no longer accessible
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Estimated mid - late twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness reported that, while taking a short cut across the area at night, he spotted a figure dressed as a nun, but with the head missing. The figure stopped and vanished in front of the witness. The witness later told a friend who said that his brother has also encountered the entity.


Invisible Assailant

Location: Colchester - Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 1911 (unknown force), 1975 (banging)
Further Comments: On different occasions, three soldiers were struck unconscious by an unknown force at night. Many years later, a corporal witnessed a door being banged so hard it shook - he flung the door open moments after hearing the sound, but no one stood behind it. This happened several times in quick succession.


Charlotte in White Robe

Location: Colchester - Berechurch Hall, Charlotte's Well. Just outside of Colchester
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: Located in a well hidden part of the grounds, the well was build for a beautiful woman named Charlotte. She is said to have loved the well so much that she could never leave it, and has been seen since her death in the area of the bathing pool.


Penny Farthing

Location: Colchester - Boundary Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1990s, spring
Further Comments: A child travelling in a car with her grandmother spotted, cycling alongside them, a man cycling on a penny farthing. The cyclist wore a light brown shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and dark brown trousers. The cyclist's hair was also brown. The grandmother appeared not to have seen the figure.


James Parnell, Quaker Martyr

Location: Colchester - Colchester Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1656 onwards
Further Comments: Dying in captivity in 1656, Parnell was forced to climb a rope each time he wished to eat. He fell to his death in May of that year, and now haunts the dungeon. There is a story that a foolhardy man once stayed the night in the dungeons as a wager, only to emerge the following morning a gibbering wreak.


Living Old Woman

Location: Colchester - Colchester Hospital, Ward Eight
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The doppelganger of an old woman in bed was spotted within the hospital.


Figures Pass Through Bedroom Walls

Location: Colchester - Defoe Crescent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A number of residents living in the crescent have reported seeing figures in their homes, described as dark shadows with no faces. Sounds of children playing have also been reported.


Woman in White

Location: Colchester - Dolcis shoe shop (since closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A former member of staff reported seeing a woman in a long white dress in the stockroom, hearing footsteps, and witnessing boxes of shoes jump off shelves. The worker eventually refused to work in the room.


Faceless White Lady wearing Perfume

Location: Colchester - East Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There is little to suggest who this white lady is, but those who have witnessed her standing on the staircase have been in shock for some time afterwards. The accompanying smell of perfume is said to be very strong.


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