Stewart | On 20, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Brentwood
John Francis was a British soldier who witnessed the horrific aftermath of the massacre at Cawnpore in India in 1857.
During the massacre well over a hundred men, women and children were butchered…
To hide the evidence the rebel Indians threw their butchered body parts down a well!
John’s brother Terrance Francis was one of those poor victims.
John volunteered to be in a party of men whose job was to retrieve the body parts from the well.
It’s said that he came across the severed head of his brother whilst he was down the well!
As you can imagine this had a severe effect on his mental state of health…
On returning to Brentwood he was a broken man.
Before his death he cursed the people of Brentwood.
He vowed to come back and haunt them for their lack of compassion they showed for his brother and other servicemen in India!
During the 1950s and 60s a lot of the pubs in Brentwood were reporting poltergeist activity taking place within their walls…
Bottles being mysteriously smashed, furniture being moved, people being pushed or prodded by an unknown entity and doors opening and closing on their own accord were just some of the paranormal activities reported by the landlords of the pubs!
The pubs in question were the Seven Stars, the Fountain Head/Masons, the White Hart Inn/Sugar Hut, the Swan Inn, the New World Inn/De Rougemont Manor and the Golden Fleece.
Some locals said it was the spirit of John Francis causing all the mischief!
In 1921 Doctor Walker was visiting a pharmacist in Brentwood who kindly put him up for the night.
In the middle of the night the doctor was suddenly woken up by a ghostly apparition of man carrying a severed head!
A similar event happened to Donna Francis in 1987 whilst walking past a Building Society along the Brentwood High Street…
You see, she was terrified when she saw a horrific reflection in the Building Society window of a man carrying a severed head dripping blood on the pavement!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Queen Hotel, Chester
The Queen Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!