Haunted: Colchester Barracks, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Colchester Barracks
Colchester has been a garrison town since the Roman times…
So with such as long military association you wouldn’t be too surprised to find out that there’ve been stories floating around that the town’s barracks are haunted by a violent ghost!
The first violent incidents took place in 1911 with three different witnesses on three different occasions.
It’s said that three different soldiers were all knocked out cold by an unseen assailant.
These paranormal assaults had one thing in common…
They all took place in the middle of the night!
And you know nobody was ever charged for these violent attacks on the soldiers.
For the time being no other phantom assaults were reported at the barracks.
But in 1975 it looked like the angry ghost might have returned…
A corporal in the barracks heard a door continually being smashed so hard that he went to investigate who was causing all the commotion.
When he got there he witnessed the door being banged so forcefully that it literally shook at the hinges.
He flung open the battered door to see who had been causing all the disruption to only to find that nobody was behind it.
Puzzled he closed the door and walked away.
He had only walked a few steps when the violent banging on the door started up again.
This time he could literally see the door shaking with the force being bestowed upon it.
Quickly he flung open the door to try and catch the culprit only to discover again that nobody was there!
This violent door banging only happened a few more times before totally ceasing for good.
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Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. 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!Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion