Haunted: The Bell Inn, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of the Bell Inn
Along the Thorpe-le-Soken High Street there’s an impressive listed pub called The Bell…
Yep, you’ve guessed it… its haunted!
The Bell was originally a Guild Hall and a much larger structure but today that building has now been split into a pub and an adjacent cottage.
Now the ghost who is said to haunt The Bell is an interesting one…
She’s believed to be a beautiful bigamist called Kitty Canham!
Back in the mid 1700s, Kitty was married to Alexander Gough who was the vicar of St Michael’s Church.
One day Kitty disappeared and it later came to light that she had left and married a wealthy businessman called Lord Dalmeny.
Technically, she was still a vicar’s wife and married to Alexander Gough!
Kitty and Lord Dalmeny ended up living in Italy but in 1752 she became terminally ill.
Kitty last wish was to be buried in Thorpe-le-Soken…
She’s now buried in the parish churchyard and it’s said that both her husbands attended the funeral!
It’s said that many of the paranormal activity which happens in the Bell today are due to Kitty.
In 1972, a guest staying in Room 6 of the pub awoke to find the room’s heavy wardrobe had been moved and the spare bed looked like it had been slept in.
In fact, many people have reported feeling a presence watching them whilst they are in Room 6.
Her ghost has been seen walking through doors and many minor spooky pranks which occur in the pub are blamed on her.
In 1999, a fire swept through the pub destroying most of the building and attached cottage.
The strange thing is… the painting of Kitty that hung on the pub’s wall was totally undamaged by the fire!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press