Haunted: East Lodge, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of East Lodge
Next door to Holytrees Museum in Colchester is a splendid old 17th century building called East Lodge.
It’s said to be haunted by the Grey Lady…
One of the Lodge’s cleaners had a terrifying ghostly encounter with her.
You see, one day she was cleaning near the blue room when she heard some strange noises coming from it.
At the time she also felt like she was being watched by an unknown entity.
All of a sudden she could smell a very strong old fashioned floral perfume.
Suddenly she turned around and came face to face with a strange woman.
The woman wore a crinoline dress and grey bonnet.
The cleaner got the fright of her life when the lady suddenly disappeared into thin air right in front of her!
This was the beginning of the Grey Lady of East Lodge myth.
Since that day her ghostly apparition has been witnessed on the staircase by terrified witnesses.
She’s also constantly blamed for flickering lights, doors opening and shutting on their own accord and other paranormal activity which takes place within the haunted lodge.
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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.