Haunted: Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon, Essex
Stewart | 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!
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!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
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.