Haunted: The Holytrees Museum, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Holytrees Museum
You’ll find Holytrees Museum next to Colchester Castle.
The Hollytrees Museum is situated in a huge stunning brick 18th century house.
In the museum hangs a portrait of Miss Anne Lisle.
People have presumed that she’s the ghost that haunts the museum because some people have reported feeling an eerie presence behind them when viewing her portrait.
The ghost of Hollytrees Museum is called the White Lady.
Phantom footsteps are often heard running in or near the museum’s gun room by spooked witnesses.
On one occasion a strong smell of old fashioned perfumed lingered in the gun room for days on end.
In the costume room a little girl visiting the museum got upset because she didn’t like the look of the strange lady standing next to her daddy…
Nobody else in the room could see the strange lady!
Other visitors have reported severe temperature drops in the museum.
On some occasions guests have remarked on the beautiful piano music being played in the building…
There’s no piano in the museum!
Not everybody thinks the ghost at the museum is that of Anne Lisle.
Some shocked witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a nun.
Others have seen an apparition of a woman in a brown dress.
It’s said that she’s a murder victim from the 18th century.
If you’re ever in the gardens at the back of the museum at twilight, take a look up at the windows…
As some people have reported seeing eerie faces looking down at them!
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.