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.
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Queen Hotel, Chester
The Queen Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!