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?
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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.