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Haunted: Chelmsford Prison, Essex

Haunted: Chelmsford Prison, Essex

| On 14, Jun 2017

The Ghosts of Chelmsford Prison

You may be surprised to learn that not all the ghosts at the prison are ex-inmates or prison guards.

In fact, a couple of the most common apparitions to be witnessed are that of ghostly children and a lady in a crinoline dress and bonnet!

The ghost of the lady has been witnessed by startled prison officers at the double gates to the inner forecourt, in an outer office within the prison, on the stairs in G Wing and on a landing on A Wing.

The eerie sound of phantom children playing is commonly reported by both inmates and prison officers alike.

They seem to like to play their ghostly games on B and C Wing and also in the prison’s exercise yard.

It’s believed that the ghosts of the lady in the crinoline dress and the children date back to the Victorian period.

In the mid 1800’s it was common for prison wardens to live with their families within the prison complex.

The second governor of Chelmsford Prison was Captain Henry McGorrey.

He lived at the prison with his wife and children but unfortunately tragedy struck his family.

His seven year old son and twelve year old daughter both died from diphtheria.

Then his five year old daughter died from scarlet fever followed by his wife and ten year old daughter.

Some people believe that the ghostly lady in the crinoline dress and the playful phantom children are in fact the spirits of Captain Henry McGorrey’s wife and children!

Another apparition from the 1800s often witnessed at Chelmsford Prison is that of a Victorian prison warden carrying an old fashion lamp.

His been seen by prison officers on F Wing and on two landings on A Wing.

One of the inmates also witnessed him staring at him from within his cell!

The lady in the crinoline dress, the children and the Victorian prison warden are the most witnessed apparitions of the prison.

But, other ghostly apparitions have been reported too…

A ghost of a priest has been seen entering the kitchen from the staff room by a frightened prison warden.

An apparition of a spooky man wearing a hat and smelling of strong aftershave has been witnessed by a couple of prison officers on the night shift.

Also, shadowy figures have been witnessed on A Wing, in the Performance Management department, on E Wing and on the ground floor of the Old Hospital.

It’s also said that the ghost of the infamous 19th century hangman William Calcraft who carried out many hangings at the prison haunts it today!

Apart from the ghostly apparition being witnessed, a lot of poltergeist activity has also been reported within the Victorian prison.

Scared prison officers have reported plastic cups being kicked at them and being pushed up against walls by unseen entities.

Rubbish bins being mysteriously moved, lights being turned off and on, banging from empty cells, phantom footsteps, eerie whistles, unknown voices and temperature drops within cells have all been reported by the prison officers at Chelmsford Prison.

Even prison officers monitoring the CCTV system have reported seeing shadowy figures and orbs in the Health Care Centre and on E Wing.

It’s safe to say that Chelmsford Prison is a very active place!

 
Bibliography
Jason Day (2012) Haunted Chelmsford. The History Press

 


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!

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