Colchester Ghosts and other Paranormal Reports

 
 


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.


 
 


Cavalier

Location: Colchester - East Street around Siege House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The ghostly cavalier has been seen walking down East Street, disappearing when reaching Siege House. One of the rooms in the building is said to be so haunted that staff will only work there in pairs. A phantom puritan was also seen in the area.


 
 


Nun Handing Out Toffee

Location: Colchester - Essex Country Hospital, Children's Ward
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An interesting story, one gentleman has recalled as a child he was visited by a nun one evening, who offered him a toffee. Taking and eating the sweet, he watched as she faded from view a few seconds later.


 
 


Tall Stalking Man

Location: Colchester - Greenstead woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: A witness stated that when she was a child with a friend in the woods, they both had seen a tall man with a wide brimmed hat, but he lacked facial features - even when they ran away the entity stayed behind them for a while.


 
 


George

Location: Colchester - Hippodrome (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Cleaners would say hello to George, a former worker at the site who was said to have fallen to his death many years previous. He would appear to one of the cleaners, while others would hear voices and knocking.


 
 


Anne Lisle's Footsteps

Location: Colchester - Hollytrees Museum, Gun Room, near portrait of Anne Lisle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Quite familiar to the staff, Anne Lisie is often heard running past the Gun Room, though she has manifested before - usually seen by young children. Faces looking out of the windows in the rear of the building have also been reported late at night.


 
 


Mysterious Noises

Location: Colchester - Hostel of the Good Shepherd, East Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Footsteps and shuffling sounds have been heard coming from empty rooms in the hostel, and although an exorcism has been carried out at the sight, the sounds are still heard.


 
 


Cavalier

Location: Colchester - Mermaid public house, Mersea Road (now a private house next to Odd One Out)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This man was executed, shot in the back garden of the pub, and was since seen standing at the top of the stairs in the building.


 
 


Teenage Boy

Location: Colchester - Mersea Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A driver spotted a teenage boy sitting in the backseat of her car, through the rear view mirror. She turned her head to see who was sitting there, but the seat was empty. Turning back to face the road, the figure was once more visible in the mirror.


 
 


Black ABC

Location: Colchester - Mersea Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 1996 - 1999
Further Comments: A large black cat was spotted along this Colchester road at different times by multiple witnesses.


 
 


Nurse in Old Fashioned Uniform

Location: Colchester - Military Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: World War II
Further Comments: A nurse wearing a Victorian uniform was seen by several people walking down a corridor, vanishing once she had reached the end. One of the patients was convinced that she had helped change his dirty bandages.


 
 


Soldier

Location: Colchester - Mill Street
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 19 February 1888
Further Comments: The body of a soldier was discovered in a hay loft, the majority of his corpse charred by fire, but the surrounding area untouched by the flames. His legs and boots were also undamaged.


 
 


Fred

Location: Colchester - O'Neill's public house (was the Waggon & Horses)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a peaked cap, this old man is said to occasionally walk through walls and turn taps off in the cellar.


 
 


Strange Reflections

Location: Colchester - Private house along Maldon Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1994 - 2000
Further Comments: A family were eventually forced to moved from the property after enduring four years of paranormal activity which included the sounds of footsteps running through the house, strange reflections glimpsed in windows and mirrors, a door held shut by a shadowy figure, and one particular night when all the electrical appliances in the building were unplugged.


 
 


Shadowy Figure

Location: Colchester - Private residence, Duffield Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2008
Further Comments: One witness in this home reported seeing a black shadowy figure standing in a bedroom - it subsequently vanished through a wall. Other events on the site include strange smells, tapping on peoples' shoulders, items being moved around, and the sound of a woman's voice.


 
 


Alice Mellor

Location: Colchester - Red Lion Hotel, Lion Walk Shopping Precinct
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1972
Further Comments: Killed in 1633, Mellor's ghost is said to have been so terrifying that her old room was sealed up and forgotten about. Now part of the hotel, no sightings have recently occurred, though the building is also home to a monk who died in a fire.


 
 


Two Men Working on Flower Beds

Location: Colchester - Severalls Hospital (now closed)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1960s (?)
Further Comments: Two gardeners reported seeing a couple of featureless characters working in the garden one rainy afternoon. The gardeners went to investigate, only to see the figures fade away.


 
 


Darting Light

Location: Colchester - Sky over Titania Close
Type: UFO
Date / Time: September or October 1976
Further Comments: A group of children playing football watched a light dart around the sky at incredible speed. It momentarily stopped moving before darting off once again in the direction of the A12 road. The light later returned to the area and was seen by other witnesses.


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