7 Ghosts of Canvey Island
Stewart | On 19, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Canvey Island
On mostly moonlit nights many shocked fisherman have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall burly Viking standing on the mudflats at Canvey Point…
It’s said that he’s waiting to be picked up by a returning Viking ship.
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!
His described as being six foot tall with a beard and a moustache wearing a wet leather jerkin, a steel helmet and knee length strapped gaiters.
He’s also said to be armed to the teeth with a short sword and battle axe!
In the 17th century a Dutchman called Cornelius Vermyden was responsible for making the marsh area of Canvey Island habitable.
Some of the island’s locals believe that the regularly seen ghostly apparition of a lonely Dutchman carrying a sack on his back is in fact Cornelius.
He’s mostly seen by terrified witnesses in the quieter northern parts of the island!
Local legend says that many years ago a lady tragically drowned on Canvey Island after her horse drawn carriage crashed into a lake.
And, as a result of this tragic event, it’s said that her ghost is often seen wandering the area around the lake.
The locals have nicknamed her… The Lady of the Lake!
The funny thing is that there may actually be some truth behind this sad ghost story.
You see, recently there was a clean-up of the lake and its surrounding area.
And guess what?
It’s said that the bones of two horses and parts of a wooden carriage were found in the bottom of the lake!
Like a lot of coastal areas in Essex, Canvey Island had its fair share of smugglers in the past.
One tale which was believed to have been created by the island’s smugglers to keep people away from where they hid their wares was the tale of the Black Man and the White Lady!
The Black Man was said to offer a price for your soul whilst the White Lady would try to tempt you to dance with her.
There used to be an old farm on Canvey Island called Knightswick Farm.
Unfortunately, the farm has now been demolished but it did have a ghostly tale to tell…
It’s said that a young girl who worked at the farm was one day standing on the porch of the farmhouse gazing across the surrounding fields.
She suddenly saw a nun walking across one of the muddy fields towards her.
Wondering why the nun was coming to the farm, she left the porch to go and greet her.
As she walked towards her she was totally shocked to see the ghostly nun slowly vanish into the ground!
Stunned witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a bride in her wedding dress walking down Harvest Road.
It’s said that her childhood sweetheart tragically died in an accident with a horse and cart just before they were going to get married.
Another marriage was quickly arranged for her by her elders.
But, she was so grief stricken by the death of her childhood sweetheart that she decided to committed suicide by throwing herself under a horse and cart.
It’s said, that at the time she was wearing the very same wedding dress in which she was going to wed her childhood sweetheart in!
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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