Hatfield Peverel’s Legends
Stewart | On 18, Jun 2017
The Legends of Hatfield Peverel
There was once a priory at Hatfield Peverel which it’s believed was founded by the Saxon wife of Ranulph Peverel… Maud Ingelrica!
It’s said that Ingelrica was the mistress of William the Conqueror in her early years.
To make amends for her sins she founded a college of secular canons dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.
Her son William later converted the college into to a Benedictine Priory.
Today, all that’s left of the original priory is the nave which is part of St Andrew’s Church in Hatfield Peverel.
One interesting legend says that the Devil vowed to take Ingelrica soul whether she was buried in the church or outside it.
Ingeniously, it’s said that Ingelrica beat the Devil by being buried inside the actual wall of the church!
If you ever visit St Andrews Church at Hatfield Peverel, check out the 13th century effigy which lies on the window sill of the north wall… it’s Maud Ingelrica!
Hatfield Peverel is infamous for a spontaneously combusting phantom dog which haunted the driveway of the Shaen family’s home between 1770 and 1858.
It was known locally as Shaen’s Shaggy Dog!
The creature was said to be massive with large glaring eyes.
It was known to haunt the B1137 between Crix Corner and the bottom of the hill as you approach Hatfield Peverel.
Local legend says that the Devil dog would spontaneously combust when made angry.
One infamous story was that of a local farmer who stupidly lashed out at the Shuck whilst passing on his horse-drawn cart.
The cart, the horse and the farmer were all instantly incinerated!
If you’re worried about driving along the B1137 just in case you bump into the Devil Dog, there’s no need to be…
The dog hasn’t been seen since the 1950s!
It’s said that Shuck was last seen spontaneously combusting after it saw a car for the first time.
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FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.