Haunted: The Holytrees Museum, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Holytrees Museum
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!
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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