The Ghosts of Haunted Coggeshall
Stewart | On 19, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Coggeshall
If you’re near the woods of Coggeshall Abbey, listen very carefully…
You may just hear a cheerful woodsman whistling in the distance whilst he chops wood!
So what’s so eerie about that then?
Well it’s the ghost of Robin the Woodcutter and locals have been hearing him chop wood since the 1600s!
Robin was a respected local tradesman.
He once carved a beautiful piece of work called The Angel of the Christmas Mysteries…
And, he’s said to haunt the woods and grounds of the Abbey!
His ghostly apparition has been seen strolling along a stream which the locals now call… Robin’s Brook!
Robin isn’t the only ghost to haunt Coggeshall Abbey…
People have seen a ghostly apparition of a wrinkled monk!
He’s been seen walking through the Abbey grounds and along the lanes heading towards the Blackwater River with a lit taper in his hands.
Close to Marks Hall Old Rectory, there’s an old building called Cradle House.
It’s here that terrified witnesses have seen a floating procession of phantom white monks.
Some believe that Cradle House was a secret meeting place for the monks of Coggeshall Abbey… to me it seems that they still like the place!
There are three old buildings in Coggeshall with a spooky tale to tell…
The first is the 15th century White Hart Hotel which is said to be haunted by an unnamed ghost…
He or she has been witnessed in the older parts of the hotel, in particular the guest lounge area!
A former old inn in Church Street, which is now a house, is reported to be haunted by a poltergeist.
You see, the owners discovered a secret room in the 1960s and there’s been poltergeist activity happening within the house ever since.
A strange eerie mist suddenly appearing at the bottom of the stairs, a rotten smell and doors violently opening and closing on their own are just some of the paranormal activities reported to have happened in the house since the secret room was opened up!
Guild House on Market End is said to be haunted by a ghost of an old man who’s been seen standing at the foot of the bed in one of the bedrooms.
Unexplained balls of light have also been seen drifting around the attic room from the road by independent witnesses.
It’s believed that Coggeshall is located where two ley lines cross and it’s these ley lines which are responsible for large amount of paranormal activity happening in the town.
But, this charming town also has a more unpleasant side to its past.
East Street was once called Gallows Street, St Peter’s Road was known as Dead Lane and local legend says that a set of gallows were located at the Tollgate crossing.
So, is it the ley lines or the past public hangings which are responsible for the paranormal activity happening in Coggeshall?
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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.