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.
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
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.