Haunted: All Saints Church, Feering, Essex
Stewart | On 19, Jun 2017
The Haunting of All Saints Church
The 13th century All Saints Church in Feering is associated with an intriguing ghost!
A disturbing ghostly apparition of a man in period uniform holding a bloody stomach wound is often seen by terrified witnesses next to the wall near the pulpit of the church.
So who exactly is this wounded spirit?
Many believe that it’s the ghost of a soldier called John Hardman.
John Hardman was believed to be a soldier in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. This was a bloody war between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa.
John Hardman was said to have been killed in the war.
And, it’s rumoured that his body was returned to England to be buried at Feering’s All Saints Church.
Now, the intriguing fact about John is that there’s no gravestone in the churchyard which bears his name.
Furthermore, there’s no record of a John Hardman fighting in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879!
But, a soldier called John Harman did fight and die in the disastrous British defeat by the Zulus at the Battle of Isandhlwana Hill.
The Battle of Isandhlwana Hill was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War.
So maybe over the years the name Harman has changed into Hardman in this ghostly tale?
No one really knows for certain whom the ghost of the soldier grabbing his stomach wound really is…
But maybe it is John Harman?
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
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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!