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Haunted: Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon, Essex

Haunted: Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon, Essex

| On 17, Jun 2017

The Hauntings of Beeleigh Abbey

Just outside Maldon there’s an idyllic spot next to the River Chelmer.

This is the location of Beeleigh Abbey and some believe that it’s haunted!

 


AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!

The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.

Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.

It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!

Click Here to Stay at Amberley Castle


 

Beeleigh Abbey is an old building, it was first built as a monastery for the White Canons and dates back to 1180.

In its time the abbey was a must do destination for pilgrimages.

You see, Saint Roger Niger of Beeleigh had his heart buried at the abbey… after he’d died of course!

In 1540 Henry VIII kindly spared the abbey from being dissolved and granted it to Sir John Gate, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

During the 18th century the abbey was used by all accounts as a public house!

But unfortunately it then slowly fell into disrepair until 1912 when it was bought and restored by Captain F W Grantham.

In 1943 Beeleigh was then bought by William Foyle, the owner of the famous Foyles bookshop chain.

Today, Beeleigh Abbey is a private home and is generally closed to the public.

But on certain days in the summer the gardens of the abbey are opened to the public to have a look around!

Beeleigh Abbey is rumoured to have couple of ghosts.

The infamous ghost is that of a hooded figure.

This apparition has been seen standing in the corner of the James room by terrified witnesses!

There are a couple of theories being bandied about to who exactly this ghostly hooded figure is.

The first theory is that it’s a monk who used to be a resident at the abbey.

And the second is that it’s the ghost of Sir John Gate.

You see, Sir John owned the abbey in 1537 but was beheaded in 1553 at the Tower of London for being involved in a plot to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne.

It’s said that his screams of anguish can be heard echoing around the abbey on certain still nights!

Poltergeist activity has also been reported at Beeleigh.

Witnesses have been scared stiff by what they’ve experienced.

Trap doors have been opened and banged shut by an unknown force and beds have been violently shaken whilst the sleepy occupants have been laying in them!

 
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!

Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion