Haunted: The Church of St Peter and St Paul, St Osyth, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of the Church of St Peter and St Paul
Let me take you back to ‘The Dark Ages’ of Essex in the 7th century, 653 AD to be exact.
Osyth was the daughter of the first Christian king of East Anglia, Redwald.
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!
She was engaged to Sighere, King of Essex.
Unfortunately for Sighere, once they got married she devoted herself to Christ and took a vow of chastity!
Sighere was a good sort, respecting her religious vows he gave her his village of Chich and built her a nunnery in which she became the abbess.
At this time in history it was common for Vikings to sail up the creeks of Eastern England to plunder and loot the locals.
One such Danish raiding party under the command of Inguar and Hubba sailed up the local creek and set upon the village of Chich.
And they weren’t so tolerant to Osyth’s beliefs.
They took her from her nunnery to the nearby Nun’s Wood where they ordered her to worship their gods.
Osyth out right refused.
Hubba’s reply was to swiftly… CUT HER HEAD OFF!
But that’s not the end of the story…
The legend states that she then picked up her severed head and walked to the nearby Church of St Peter and St Paul.
Knocking at the Church’s closed door she collapsed and fell dead dropping her severed head in the doorway.
Since this violent act it’s been said that every 7th October she’s seen walking through Nun’s Wood or the churchyard with her severed head in her hands!
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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