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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THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!
The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.
It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…
Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.
Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.
In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.
Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…
Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!
Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.
The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.
Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.
Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.
An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.
Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.
He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.
It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.
He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!
And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…
It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.
They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.
The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion