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Essex Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Suicidal Agnes

Location: Chigwell - Woolston Hall, now a country club?
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The spirit appearing only picking on males, Agnes is believed to have jumped from a third floor window to her death, and now haunts that floor.


Location: Chingford - Area around Richmond Avenue and The Avenue in Highams Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: New Year's Eve, year unknown
Further Comments: A woman out walking in the area reported seeing a phantom highwayman who rode past her - the terrified witness ran back to her family.

Hunter in the Darkness

Location: Chingford - Chingford Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall is said to be haunted by a creature that strikes in pitch blackness; local stories tell of a tramp that once spent a night in the building, only to be found insane the following day.


Location: Chingford - Chingford Mount Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People have reported the sounds of footsteps walking on the grass behind them - though no-one is present when the witnesses look around. A spectral man dressed in black rides on horseback between the graves, occasionally dismounting before vanishing.

Edwardian Gentleman

Location: Chingford - Friday Hill House, Simmons Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to resemble Stan Laurel, this ghost was seen in Friday Hill House by a former occupier. A crying woman in a white veil has also been seen on the site.

Grey Lady

Location: Chingford - Highams Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been speculated that this phantom woman drowned in the lake and now walks around seeking rest. A ghostly white deer is also said to haunt the same area.

There's Something About Mary

Location: Chingford - Royal Forest Hotel, Rangers Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Killed in a fire in 1912, Mary's shade returned to the building once it was rebuilt - she sits on a bed on the upper part of the building when not spooking the dogs.

Shadowy Figures Dancing Around Grave

Location: Chrishall - One mile away from Chrishall, a yew tree marking a mass grave.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The yew tree marks the sight of a mass grave of plague victims, killed when the old town hall was set ablaze. The ghosts of those buried are said to dance around the tree, as a warning that the grave must never be disturbed.

Drowned Girl

Location: Clacton-on-Sea - Baptist Church along Pier Avenue
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954
Further Comments: The sister of a bride was visible on several photographs, even though she had drowned a dozen years previous.

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 carried 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 the Second World War. 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: On 11 June 1938, Butlin's Clacton opened its doors, although it was briefly closed and used as a training base when the Second World War broke out. A local legend says that a soldier was stabbed and killed in a fight which occurred at the ballroom and took to haunting the area. The camp, which stood close to the Martello Tower, was demolished and the area redeveloped in the mid-1980s; it appears that the ghost left at the same time.

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.


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 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: The white lady was said to have been seen by several schoolgirls 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 victim, Camille Holland, occasionally returns home and plays on the piano. She has also been blamed for poltergeist activity in the area.

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 and Robin's Brook
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 and by the brook which takes his name. Ghostly axe blows are said to be occasionally be heard.

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.

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