Essex - Paranormal Database Records

Lightless Cyclist on Wrong Side of Road

Location: Braintree - Road near Faulkbourne Hall, south of Braintree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cycling like a madman, this ghostly rider charges at mortal cyclists and tries to knock them over!

Thirsty Carving

Location: Braintree - Six Bells public house (no longer operational)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: When this location was a pub, it housed a carved wooden figure which was said to have been found in a local river. At midnight, the figure would go back to the river for a quick drink.

Rocking Horse

Location: Braintree - Spains Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local press reported that Jamie Oliver moved into this mansion, adding a throwaway line that the property contained a haunted rocking horse which would move unaided during the night.

Thick Mist

Location: Braintree - Stubbs Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A woman walking her children between Stubbs Lane and Millennium Way spotted a strange mist with a vague human outline suspended around three meters in the air.


Location: Braintree - Whethersford Road from Braintree, cottage in a dip on the left hand side of the road, overlooking meadows, called Old Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Twice a ghostly policeman has been seen, the first dressed in Victorian attire, the second in a modern uniform. Small amounts of poltergeist activities have also been reported.

Evil Presence

Location: Brentwood - 133 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1953 onwards
Further Comments: Phantom laughter, areas of extreme hot and cold, and violent reactions from animals have all been reported in this building.

Shot Dog

Location: Brentwood - Churchyard near Kelvedon Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hound haunts the churchyard after being shot on the church altar by an angry landowner.

Floating Monk

Location: Brentwood - Gateway food store, Chapel High
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1987
Further Comments: A young man working here claimed to see a hooded figure in the storeroom, floating half a metre above the ground - it vanished as he touched it.

Austrian Sheepdog

Location: Brentwood - Kelvedon Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949 onwards
Further Comments: A favoured pet, this ghost started to appear several weeks after its death.

Opening Door

Location: Brentwood - Moat House Hotel (?)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Mid-twentieth century?
Further Comments: This hotel was subject to poltergeist activity, and it was reported that a bedroom door continually opened itself.


Location: Brentwood - Pond on Thriftwood Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After becoming lost at night, a farmer and his horse fell into this pond and died. It was reported that the sound of the horse whinnying could be heard at night.

Poltergeist Shattering Bottles

Location: Brentwood - The Fountain Head, Ingrave Rd.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: Reportedly, several bottles exploded on their own accord, and several pieces of furniture were rearranged by an invisible presence.


Location: Brentwood - The Golden Fleece Inn, 126 London Rd.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a monk has been reported in the building on several occasions, always appearing in a mirror, and disappearing when the witness turns around to investigate further.

Mrs de Rougemont, Room 14

Location: Brentwood - The New World Inn, Great Warley Street (currently De Rougemont Manor)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Said to be impossible to spend a night in, Room 14 contains the spirit of a previous owner, Mrs de Rougemont. The sound of a party has also been reported in the Inn.

Tap Twister

Location: Brentwood - The Swan Hotel. 123 High St.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: This poltergeist has plagued the owners of the pub by turning water taps on and off, unlocking doors, hiding household items, and antagonising animals.

Footsteps and Nudging

Location: Brentwood - The White Hart, 94 High St.
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Poltergeist activity has been reported at this public house, as well as an invisible presence that taps people on the shoulder.


Location: Brentwood - Warley Lea Farm, near Brentwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to be the home of a ghost of a bailiff who hanged himself, this building suffers from phantom footsteps on the staircase, and other bangs and crashes.

Knocking at the Door

Location: Broomfield - Well House, an old house just outside the village.
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1785
Further Comments: Hours after the death of an aging father, as his son lay on his own deathbed, knocking at the front door was heard several times - every time it was answered, no one was there.


Location: Broxted - Broxted & Tilty area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing at all times of the day and night, locals have blamed the gnomes and other fairy folk for a multitude of tricks. While several sightings have been reported, none in living memory.

Leaping Dog

Location: Buckhurst Hill - Area around local graveyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Summer 1989
Further Comments: After scaring three teenagers walking through the graveyard, this shuck went on to unnerve a passing motorist as the creature leapt over the churchyard wall and landed on the bonnet of a car.

Young Girl

Location: Buckhurst Hill - Property along Bradwell Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The family living here found themselves troubled by the phantom of a young girl, whose presence created the smell of perfume and the disappearance of small objects. This haunting appeared to centre around the wardrobe; the phantom little girl was seen to climb out from it, and she accompanied the family when they moved to a new property. Once the wardrobe was removed and destroyed, the family were troubled no more.

Muffled Voice

Location: Buckhurst Hill - Three Colts public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013 onwards
Further Comments: A muffled woman's voice was heard in the cellar, even though no one other than the witness was nearby. Cold spots have also been felt on the site.

Flying Remotes

Location: Canewdon - Anchor public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: This pub was said to be subjected to flying remote controls and kitchen knives, a baby crying, and the smell of perfume.

Witch in Poke Bonnet

Location: Canewdon - Between church and river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Moonless nights
Further Comments: A faceless witch wearing a poke bonnet is reported to appear on moonless nights and travels through the west gate heading towards the river. Once there, the entity walks across the water. A stone is said to fall from the church tower every time a local witch dies.

Woman in Blue

Location: Canewdon - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring), blue woman seen 1987
Further Comments: A woman in a blue dress was briefly glimpsed in 1987, though quickly vanished when the witness jumped up from her seat. Legend also says if you round run the church three times anti clockwise on 31 October, you travel through time.

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