Hatfield Peverel’s Legends
Stewart | On 18, Jun 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
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.
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press