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!
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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.