Haunted: Hadleigh Castle, Hadleigh, Essex
Stewart | On 18, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Hadleigh Castle
There have been myths and stories over the centuries suggesting that Hadleigh Castle is haunted by a demented woman.
Locals have often reported hearing a woman crying and wailing amongst the ruins in the dead of night!
They believe that the woman haunting the castle is the woman in white.
There’s a local story about a Castle farm milkmaid called Sally.
Early one morning she stumbled upon a ghostly woman who ordered her to come to the castle ruins at midnight.
Sally was pretty shaken by her weird encounter with the ghostly woman.
Fearing the worst she understandably never went to the spooky rendezvous… she was too scared!
Unfortunately, the next morning she bumped into the ghostly woman again.
The old hag was not too happy with her.
She was so angry with the milkmaid for not meeting her that she smashed her around the head so hard that poor Sally nearly dislocated her neck.
After the ghostly violent assault Sally was cruelly known by the locals as Wry-Neck Sal!
Do you know about the Black Shuck legend?
Well, in East Anglian folklore the Black Shuck is a massive ghostly black dog with glowing eyes that roams around the countryside.
Some say that the sighting of the Black Shuck is an omen of death.
Whilst others believe that it’s more of a protective animal guarding you whilst you travel.
Hadleigh Castle has had quite a few sightings of this massive black creature…
One sighting of the Black Shuck was by a couple of dog walkers who notice a massive black creature when their own dog started to behave oddly…
The Shuck was in a field below them but they didn’t realise the huge size of the animal until it disturbed some nearby cattle…
It was the size of a cow!
In the 1980s a group of kids where playing at the south-east tower of the castle when a giant black dog crept out of an adjacent field towards them.
They described the dog as massive with red glowing eyes and foaming at the mouth!
Apparently it growled and snarled at them but never physically attack them.
The children fled and the police were called to search for a dangerous rabid black dog…
But, no such dog was ever found!
I’m afraid that this disturbing story doesn’t have a happy ending…
It’s said that all the children who witnessed the Black Shuck later suffered from terrible illnesses or worst, they died tragically in accidents!
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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