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Essex Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

Dark Smiling Figure

Location: Colchester - St Botolph's Priory
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A young girl reported that while playing with her friends around the gravestones, she saw a dark figure by a tomb that smiled at her before disappearing into thin air.

Fairies Playing around Trees

Location: Colchester - Victoria Road
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: An inhabitant of the road watched a group of fairies dancing around an old tree trunk.

Footsteps, Rapping and Choir

Location: Colchester - Wilson Marriage Community Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Hospital radio staff based at the centre have often heard a choir singing, footsteps running across the loft, and a voice that seems to call out the listener's name.

Evil Victorian Woman

Location: Cold Norton - House called 'De Laches'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02:00h
Further Comments: A petite woman appears dressed in Victorian clothing, an aura of evil surrounding her. Animals are said to hate entering the house.


Location: Coopersale - Theydon Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unidentified entity is said to occasionally pass by the inglenook fireplace and quietly venture down to the cellar.


Location: Copford - Copford Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A cleaner reported hearing footsteps and the movement of books in the empty church.

Ghost of Worker

Location: Coryton - Mobil Oil Corp, near Southend
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: December 1969
Further Comments: Seen on more than one occasion, this ghost is said to be that of a worker who fell to death in the plant. He wears a safety helmet and boiler suit.

Music and Chanting

Location: Cressing - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Winter 1949 / 1950
Further Comments: Several locals reported hearing the church organ playing during the winter months, while the church was locked and dark.

Stabbed Woman

Location: Dagenham - Valence House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: This figure, appearing quite real, was last seen with a long knife jutting from her back.

Lost Bell

Location: Danbury - Bell Common
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having stolen the church bell, the Devil dropped it on the common, where it sunk into the earth. The bell is said to still be buried there today.

Devil in Disguise

Location: Danbury - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1492
Further Comments: During a violent storm, a ghostly monk appeared during Mass in the church. At the same time, the roof shook with such force that it was feared it would collapse. Some say the monk was the devil in disguise, and he returned a short time later, left scorch marks on the north door, and stole the bell.

Roman Soldier

Location: Danbury - Various places on the common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to have once been a garrison, the Roman has never left.

Young Chimney Sweep

Location: Dedham - Brook Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom lad who once cleaned the chimneys along Brook Street is said to still lurk in the area.

Elsa, Weeping with Hands to her Face

Location: Dedham - The Sun Hotel, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Elsa once worked at the Sun Hotel and was killed after being accused of witchcraft (one of the last such executions in Essex). Her form has been seen crying in various parts of the building and has also been heard walking the corridors. Two witnesses reported watching Elsa just outside the pub in 2002, carrying a bundle and dressed in a black cape.

Silent Late Night Party

Location: Dengie Peninsula - An old farmhouse at Courts End
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter, mid twentieth century
Further Comments: While waiting for some friends, a man noticed a party occurring in a nearby farmhouse, the guests apparently dressed as Victorians. A fiddler stood in one corner, playing, but no sound could be heard. When the man knocked on the door, the scene vanished.

Everything in the Playground that Could Move Moved

Location: Dovercourt - Adventure playground
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s, Night
Further Comments: While taking a shortcut home, two witnesses passed an adventure playground which became fully animated. The Dovercourt area is said to be haunted by a French POW, from around the time of Napoleon, who drowned while building a jetty.


Location: Dovercourt - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several dates, circa 2015
Further Comments: A resident living close to the beach reported hearing a particular tune being whistled on the beach in the early hours of the morning, although nobody would ever been seen.

Talking Cross

Location: Dovercourt - Dovercourt church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church once contained a cross that spoke - it is reported that often it was impossible to enter the building as so many people flocked to the cross to listen.


Location: Dovercourt - Private residence, Manor Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that the Hampton family's home was haunted, possibly by a monk which was seen in the back garden. Footsteps and other sounds were also heard on the property.


Location: Dunmow - Duton Hill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A husband and his daughter spotted a panther-like cat while out walking.


Location: Dunmow - High Street, one of the seventeenth century houses
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: One of the owners of the house was subjected to poltergeist activity as soon as she moved in - a brush that she was looking for was passed to her by an unknown force. Footsteps have also been heard in empty rooms in the house.

Great Worm

Location: East Horndon - East Horndon churchyard
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon was discovered hiding amongst the tombs of the churchyard; it was finally slain by Sir James Tyrell. Some reports say the dragon lived in the nearby woods.

Caged Witch?

Location: East Mersea - Churchyard, grave of Sarah Wrench, covered by cage, on the north side
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1848 onwards
Further Comments: One story says that the grave of Sarah Wrench, an alleged witch, was covered with a metal cage by the locals to keep her from returning from the dead. The truth is more likely that the cage was put in place to protect Sarah's body from grave robbers. The grave and cage remain at the rear of the church. (Photograph by Garry Christmas)

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