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!
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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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.