Haunted: Holy Cross Church, Basildon, Essex
Stewart | On 20, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of the Holy Cross Church
One of the more famous Basildon ghost story is that of the red monk of the Holy Cross Church.
In 1964 terrified witnesses were reporting that they’ve been scared witless by the apparition of a monk dressed in red robes!
The ghostly monk was seen floating across Church Road.
He then headed for the churchyard of the Holy Cross Church where he just simply disappeared.
After these ghostly sightings the phantom red monk of the Holy Cross Church became legendary in Basildon.
Unfortunately, in 2004 a group of local jokers held their hands up.
They admitted that they played a ghostly prank by projecting an image of the phantom monk onto the early morning fog!
But, this is not the end to ghostly goings on at Church Road.
There’s two more hauntings witnessed along this road.
The first is that of a ghost of a young girl who’s believed to be a victim of a horse and cart accident.
And the other is that of a violent ghost who likes to pick people up and toss them over the nearest hedge!
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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.