3 Places in Essex Haunted by Ghostly Monks
Stewart | On 09, Sep 2017
St Mary’s Church, Great Baddow
St Mary’s church and the surrounding buildings in Great Baddow are supposed to have mysterious secret tunnels beneath them.
It’s believed that these concealed tunnels lead to the haunted 17th century White Horse pub and two other nearby old buildings.
A ghostly apparition of a monk has been witness in the church by frighten visitors.
He’s been seen to eerily glide down the aisle and quickly exiting the church by the west side door of the building.
Some of the locals believe that his ghostly presence is somehow linked to the mysterious secret tunnels!
The Holy Cross Church, Basildon
One of the more famous Basildon ghost story is that of the red monk of the Holy Cross Church.
In 1964 terrified witnesses were reporting that they’ve been scared witless by the apparition of a monk dressed in red robes!
The ghostly monk was seen floating across Church Road.
He then headed for the churchyard of the Holy Cross Church where he just simply disappeared.
After these ghostly sightings the phantom red monk of the Holy Cross Church became legendary in Basildon.
Unfortunately, in 2004 a group of local jokers held their hands up.
They admitted that they played a ghostly prank by projecting an image of the phantom monk onto the early morning fog!
Prittlewell Priory, Prittlewell
Prittlewell Priory was founded in 1110 as a cell of the Cluniac Priory of St Pancras, Lewes.
It’s said that the priory is haunted by a ghostly monk.
There are a few theories as of who exactly this ghostly monk is…
In the 1960s, an archaeological dig unearthed the skeleton of a man who they believed was once a monk at the priory.
The way the monk’s body had been buried suggested that whoever had buried him wanted to disgrace him in his final moments of life.
You see, his head had been decapitated and placed facing down in the earth so that he was looking in the direction of hell!
In 1321, the Prior of Lewes violently took control of Prittlewell Priory by killing Prior William who was the person in charge of the priory at that time.
Some say that Prior William is the disgraced monk who haunts the priory!
Another tale says that the ghost at the priory is in fact a monk who fell in love with a local girl but was found out by the monastic authorities.
It’s said that they executed him and imprisoned the heartbroken girl somewhere in the priory.
Is the poor love-struck monk the ghost who haunts the priory looking for his beloved?
Another story is a darker one…
It suggests that the ghostly monk who haunts the priory was once a resident monk who was discovered practicing black magic resulting in him being executed by the monastic authorities!
Whoever the monk is, scared witnesses have often seen his ghostly apparition in the area which was once the minstrel’s gallery.
Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparition of the monk gliding along the path which leads from the original cloisters to the church.
And, the poor monk has also been blamed for panicking the ducks on the priory pond!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press