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Southend Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Grey Shape with no Eyes

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Clifton Court, Royal Terrace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: The grey shape haunted the bedroom of one of the houses here, driving the owners away. An exorcism removed the spirit.

Tap on Shoulder

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Porters Mansion
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Working alone one night, a builder felt a couple of taps on his shoulder - turning around, he found no one there...

Depressed Bed

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private house along Ambleside Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: Whilst sleeping in the house, one person awoke to see an area of the bed depress, as if an invisible presence sat on it. After a minute or so the area raised suddenly.

Victorian Woman

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private house along Hartington Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: This phantom woman in a Victorian dress was described as frightening by the witness.

Invisible Presence

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private house along Orchard Side, Eastwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2001- August 2002
Further Comments: The haunting presence here appears to have made itself primarily known to a baby in the house; the young child would appear to watch an invisible presence move around rooms, and on one occasion a parent observed the baby tracking the movement of the entity only to see a couple of cards on a high shelf fall over as the child looked up. Mild poltergeist effects were also reported by the occupants.

Frances

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private residence along Ashburnham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2008 - February 2009
Further Comments: Occupiers of this residence reported cold spots, the sensation of someone walking past them in the hallway, and doors which would unlock themselves. A male visitor to the property encountered the ghost of a young girl who stared at him for several seconds before fading away. The occupiers nicknamed the phantom 'Frances'.

Footsteps

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private Residence along Gordon Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990-2010
Further Comments: Two different residents at this property are reported to have heard sounds of footsteps running across the landing. It was speculated that they belonged to a young girl.

Mr Barber

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Private residence in Southchurch area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996 to mid-2000s
Further Comments: A family living at this site reported seeing moving shadows without obvious source, poltergeist activity (including the throwing of a coffee pot), loud footsteps on the staircase, and the smell of pipe tobacco. The source of the activity was nicknamed Mr Barber.

Calf Sized Dog

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Road between Rochford/Ashingdon & Hullbridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A calf-sized dog walking on the other side of the road was spotted by the passenger in a car (although not by the driver), unnerving the witness considerably.

Flying Disc

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Skies over the town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 14 October 1954
Further Comments: A fighter pilot, while out on routine patrol, reported a near miss with a silver domed disc - the UFO had been travelling towards him at fantastic speed, and had veered off at the last possible second.

Person Holding Lantern

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southchurch Lawn (was also Eton House School before closing in 1993)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Possibly the ghost of a smuggler, this spirit takes credit in saving the life of Princess Charlotte in 1801.

Self-Playing Harmoniums

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southchurch Street, a three story Victorian flat
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: The sounds which came from the harmoniums, along with the phantom footsteps and banging, drove a couple from this flat.

Tall Man in Long Coat

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Southend pier, lower deck, near to the lifeboat house.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August or September 1992, 21:45hrs
Further Comments: The end of the pier has been the scene of several suicides, and it may have been one of these lost souls which were chased by a staff member - the entity vanished at the burnt section of the pier, where access is not possible.

Noises and Footsteps

Location: Southend-on-Sea - Sutton Rectory, outside Southend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One witness heard footsteps walking towards him and then through him down a corridor.

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