3 Places in Essex Haunted by Ghostly Nuns
Stewart | On 09, Sep 2017
Borley Church, Borley
Borley Rectory was once called the most haunted place in England!
The Rectory was burnt down in 1939 and the ruins demolished in 1944, but that was not the end of the hauntings at Borley.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
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!
Apparitions of nuns are still seen at Borley Church and at the site where Borley Rectory once stood!
The Holytrees Museum, Colchester
The Hollytrees Museum is situated in a huge stunning brick 18th century house.
Shocked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a nun within the museum.
Others have seen an apparition of a woman in a brown dress.
It’s said that she’s a murder victim from the 18th century!
Essex County Hospital, Colchester
Essex County Hospital is located on Lexden Road in Colchester.
The archdeacon of Colchester, Joseph Jefferson was instrumental in the opening of the hospital in 1818.
The Essex and Colchester hospital, as it was known then, was set up to help the poor of Colchester and the surrounding area.
It was run as a voluntary hospital until 1948 when it became part of the National Health Service.
One of the ex-patients of the hospital recalls a ghostly incident which once happened to him at the Essex County Hospital.
As a child he was recuperating in the children’s ward of the hospital when one evening he was visited by a pleasant nun.
She generously offered him a toffee to eat.
And, like most children would, he happily accepted the gift and started to chew the toffee.
To his utter shock, the kindly nun then suddenly disappeared into thin air right in front of him!
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!