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Essex Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Man in Chains

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Cottage near War Memorial
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two children living in the cottage reported seeing a man standing in their bedroom, with chains around his arms and legs.

Bouncing Cloud

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Landermere Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Two teenagers waiting for a bus watched as a large misty ball quickly bounced down Landermere Road, passing straight through them before continuing down Walton Road.


Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in an old fashioned uniform, this ex-officer is said to haunt his former station. It is also said that whispering voices can be heard in the cells when they are empty.

Bearded Man with Stick and Tall Black Hat in Road

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken - Tan Lane turning into Holland Road, Thorpe-le-Soken to Clacton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several drivers narrowly avoided running over this man, braking sharply, only to find he has disappeared. A few witnesses have also reported seeing him with a lady, though no one knows who they are.

Fading Car

Location: Thorrington - Filling Station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Visible only on a video surveillance camera, witnesses in a garage watched a car and a driver disappear slowly into thin air over a period of twenty minutes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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