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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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