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Haunted: All Saints Church, Feering, Essex

Haunted: All Saints Church, Feering, Essex

| 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?

 
Bibliography
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press

 


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!

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