3 Places in Essex Haunted by Ghostly Cavaliers
Stewart | On 09, Sep 2017
Siege House, Colchester
In 1648 the English Civil War reignited in several parts of Britain.
The town of Colchester was one of those flash points.
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The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
The Royalist army were travelling throughout East Anglia trying to drum up support for the King’s army.
At Colchester, a parliamentarian town, they were quickly attacked by a parliamentary force lead by Lord-General Thomas Fairfax.
He tried the same tactics at Colchester but the Royalist retreated behind the town’s walls.
This was the beginning of the siege of Colchester!
On East Street in Colchester there’s an old building called Siege House.
Siege House is located near the town’s eastern bridge which crosses over the River Colne.
This area saw fierce fighting in the early days of the siege.
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
Even today you can still see the old musket ball holes in the timbered west and south sides of Siege House.
With such a violent history you’ll probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that Siege House and the surrounding area is said to be haunted by soldiers from the English Civil War!
In the 1990s a ghostly apparition of a cavalier was seen by terrified witnesses walking down East Street and vanishing into thin air when he reached the Siege House.
One of the rooms in Siege House is said to be so haunted that the restaurant’s members of staff refuse to work in the room on their own.
They always work in pairs!
Cressing Temple, Cressing
In the 1970s and 1980s, scared witnesses saw the ghostly apparition of a cavalier in the 16th century farmhouse at Cressing Temple.
In the 1970s, he was seen at the top of the farmhouse’s stairs by the frightened young son of the Cressing Temple farm manager.
The upset boy described the ghostly apparition as wearing big boots, blue trousers and a big dark hat.
In the 1980s, a new farm manager with his family moved into the old farmhouse at Cressing Temple.
They too had some ghostly encounters!
They reported that the building felt very eerie.
And, on some occasions there would be an unexplained dramatic drop in temperature in the farmhouse bathroom.
Their three year old son didn’t like to be near the stairs by the bathroom.
Because, he saw a strange man with long dark hair on the stairs!
He described the man as carrying a powder horn and wearing a big floppy hat and dark trousers with a red strip down them.
The ghostly cavalier was further seen on many occasions in the farmhouse bedrooms and library.
During the English Civil War Sir Thomas Davies bought the Cressing Temple estate.
A year later tragedy struck when his much loved eldest son Thomas Davies committed suicide by shooting himself!
Some say, that the ghostly cavalier at the Cressing Temple farmhouse is in fact the distressed spirit of the young Thomas Davies.
Treasure Holt, Clacton-on-Sea
Treasure Holt is located on the edge of the Holland Marshes.
Today it’s easy to get to but in bygone days it was quite an isolated location only accessible by horse and cart or on foot!
If you turned up at Treasure Holt today, you’ll find a small garden centre and a private home.
For a majority of its life the house was actually a coaching inn.
The building is very old… it dates back to 1138 when it was first called Perles or the Pearls Farm.
Some witnesses have reported seeing the ghost of a cavalier inside Treasure Holt.
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!