Haunted: Cressing Temple, Cressing, Essex
Stewart | On 19, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Cressing Temple
In 1986, one of the members of staff at Cressing Temple witnessed a ghostly apparition of a bloodied Roman soldier in one of the fields next to the ancient barns…
He was described as looking very distressed, with a nasty head wound and looking for an escape route!
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!
An archaeological dig took place in the gardens near the ancient barns.
It surprisingly unearthed the decapitated skeleton of a man in his mid-30s.
It’s believed that the skeleton dates back to the Romano-British era!
Could this be our Roman soldier ghost?
Another man-at-arms spirit which is said to haunt the grounds of Cressing Temple is that of a phantom knight.
Local legend says that he’s buried somewhere on the Cressing Temple estate!
In 2009, an interesting photograph which was taken in the middle of the night at a lake near Cressing Temple by a carp fisherman appeared on the internet.
It shows a ghostly mist near the edge of the lake which looks suspiciously like an apparition of a knight or knights on horseback!
In the 1970s and 1980s, scared witnesses saw the ghostly apparition of a cavalier in the 16th century farmhouse at Cressing Temple.
In the 1970s, he was seen at the top of the farmhouse’s stairs by the frightened young son of the Cressing Temple farm manager.
The upset boy described the ghostly apparition as wearing big boots, blue trousers and a big dark hat.
In the 1980s, a new farm manager with his family moved into the old farmhouse at Cressing Temple.
They too had some ghostly encounters!
They reported that the building felt very eerie.
And, on some occasions there would be an unexplained dramatic drop in temperature in the farmhouse bathroom.
Their three year old son didn’t like to be near the stairs by the bathroom.
Because, he saw a strange man with long dark hair on the stairs!
He described the man as carrying a powder horn and wearing a big floppy hat and dark trousers with a red strip down them.
The ghostly cavalier was further seen on many occasions in the farmhouse bedrooms and library.
Now, during the English Civil War, in 1677, Sir Thomas Davies bought the Cressing Temple estate.
A year later tragedy struck when his much loved eldest son Thomas Davies committed suicide by shooting himself!
Some say, that the ghostly cavalier at the Cressing Temple farmhouse is in fact the distressed spirit of the young Thomas Davies.
The ancient barns at Cressing Temple are said to be haunted by the ghost of a young ostler who was tragically kicked in the head by a spooked horse resulting in him dying instantly.
And last but not least, there’s the ghost of a man whose wife sadly died in a terrible fire on the Cressing Temple estate that happened over a hundred years ago.
He’s spirit is said to show its presence in the oak room of the old farmhouse by banging on the room’s oak panelling!
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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