Haunted: Essex County Hospital, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Essex County Hospital
Essex County Hospital is located on Lexden Road in Colchester.
The archdeacon of Colchester, Joseph Jefferson was instrumental in the opening of the hospital in 1818.
The Essex and Colchester hospital, as it was known then, was set up to help the poor of Colchester and the surrounding area.
It was run as a voluntary hospital until 1948 when it became part of the National Health Service.
One of the ex-patients of the hospital recalls a ghostly incident which once happened to him at the Essex County Hospital…
As a child he was recuperating in the children’s ward of the hospital when one evening he was visited by a pleasant nun…
She generously offered him a toffee to eat.
And, like most children would, he happily accepted the gift and started to chew the toffee…
To his utter shock, the kindly nun then suddenly disappeared into thin air right in front of him!
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.