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Essex Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Wild Dogs?

Location: Thundersley - Wensley Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A pair of large dog-like creatures have been observed in this area and are thought to live in the nearby woodland. The disappearance of neighbourhood cats has been blamed on the creatures.

Drenched Dead Woman

Location: Thundersley - Second stile leading from Dawes Heath Road to London Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1917
Further Comments: A group of five people came across this ghost while walking home on evening, staring blankly at them. She is believed to be the heartbroken daughter of a local farmer who, many years previous, drowned herself in a pond after being deigned the right to marry the man she loved.

Sound of Bugles

Location: Thundersley - Wheel Cottage, Church Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A former owner of the cottage lost two sons in the Crimean War - she tried to summon their spirits by blowing a trumpet. It is unclear whether the bugle calls belong to her or her sons replying.

Green Lady

Location: Thundersley - Bread and Cheese Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom green lady was said to cross the road while travelling up the hill, oblivious to the traffic which would serve to avoid her (by often driving off the road).

Hobnail Boots

Location: Thundersley - House along Selbourne Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A mother and daughter are said to have been driven from the house just after the Second World War, terrified by the footfalls of someone in hobnail boots. The ghost became louder as time went on, banging on walls and eventually screaming.

Swift Nick

Location: Tilbury - The World's End inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An old highwayman, Swift Nick has a habit of relighting fires which have gone out hours beforehand.

Queen Elizabeth

Location: Tilbury - Tilbury Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be home to several shades, one of the figures that haunts the fort is reportedly Elizabeth I.


Location: Tilbury (location as of 2008) - Ross Revenge (home of Radio Caroline)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983 onwards
Further Comments: This former pirate radio station is reportedly home to 'Sailor Sam', a phantom in yellow oilskins who appears all over the ship.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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 alien big cat 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: Twelfth 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.

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 establish 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.

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.

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.

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 summer 1990, 21:30h - 22:00h
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.


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

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.

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