3 Haunted Hotels in Essex
Stewart | On 05, Mar 2017
The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester
The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.
It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…
Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.
Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.
In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.
Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…
Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!
Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.
The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.
Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.
Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.
An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.
Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.
He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.
It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.
He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!
And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…
It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.
They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.
The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!Click Here to Stay in the Red Lion Hotel
The White Hart Inn, Coggeshall
The timber-framed 15th century White Hart Hotel situated on Market End in Coggeshall is said to be haunted.
The oldest part of the White Hart Inn was once the Guildhall but is now the resident’s lounge in the hotel.
It’s this area which is said to be the most haunted part of the hotel.
The identity of ghost at the White Hart Hotel is a bit of a mystery…
Nobody really knows who, what or even whether it’s male or female!
One thing for certain, paranormal activity does occur at the hotel.
Sudden unexplained drops in temperature, unknown ghostly sounds, TVs being turned on and off on their own accord, objects being mysteriously moved and the feeling of being watched have all been reported by both members of staff and visitors alike.
Apparently, a lot of paranormal activity is said to take place in Room 5 of the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the White Hart Inn
The Cross Keys Hotel, Saffron Walden
The 15th century timber-framed Cross Keys Hotel on the corner of King Street and High Street in Saffron Walden is said to be haunted by a Cromwellian soldier.
Members of staff and visitors alike have heard unexplained phantom footsteps walking up and down the corridors of the hotel.
It’s been reported that on every Christmas Eve the soldier’s ghostly apparition is seen running down the dead end passageway of the hotel only to disappear into thin air when he reaches the end!
The Cromwellian soldier is not the only ghost to haunt the hotel…
A ghostly woman who’s rumoured to be the mistress of Oliver Cromwell is said to haunt one of the upstairs bedrooms of the Cross Keys too.Click Here to Stay in the Cross Keys Hotel
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press