3 Haunted Hotels in East Anglia
Stewart | On 14, Apr 2017
The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester
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 in the Red Lion Hotel
The Theobalds Park Hotel, Cheshunt
Just outside Cheshunt in the historic Cedars Park you’ll find the stately home of Theobalds Palace.
Today, the red brick and white stone Georgian mansion is a luxury hotel called Theobalds Park.
The mansion has a reputation for being haunted…
Whilst investigating the Carpenter’s Lounge area of the house a female paranormal investigator reported to have been viciously scratched by an unknown entity.
Checking her back she discovered to have a long nasty scratch on her skin.
It was remarkable that anything could’ve actually scratched her at that time because she had three layers of clothing on to keep herself warm!
Scared witnesses have often reported hearing phantom footsteps wandering around the Carpenter’s Lounge and lobby areas.
In 1878, the wealthy brewing magnate and owner of Theobalds Palace, Sir Henry Meux, married a flamboyant barmaid called Valerie.
As you can imagine this caused a scandal in polite society at the time!
It’s said that the ghostly apparition of Lady Valerie Meux has been witnessed on the main staircase of the house.
Did you know that Lady Meux was an avid collector of antiquities?
At one time she actually possessed a cursed Egyptian mummy in a sarcophagus.
It’s said that the sarcophagus was sold to an overseas collector and placed on a rather famous ship to be sent out to him…
That ship was the Titanic!
The most haunted room at hotel is said to be Room 221.
Spooked guests staying in that room often request to be moved because they feel something trying to pull their bed sheets of them in the middle of the night.
Some say they even hear an eerie male voice whispering to them!
Room 221 isn’t the only room at the hotel said to be haunted.
You see, Rooms 215 and 216 are also said to have had paranormal activity happening within them.
Ghostly apparitions have been witnessed in both rooms…
On one occasion a poor lady guest got the shock of her life whilst sitting up in bed one night.
She noticed her discarded clothes being dragged across the bedroom floor by an unseen entity!
Room 107 and the hallway outside it are also said to be paranormal hotspots.
Members of staff have reported being grabbed by something unknown here.
In 1888, Lady Meux bought Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar with which she created a new entrance to the estate.
The ancient monument of Temple Bar was once one of the old gateways into London.
In its time, decapitated highwaymen heads were mounted on pikes and displayed from its roof as a warning!
Today, Temple Bar has been returned to the City of London and is located in Paternoster Square.
Before it was returned, a hotel member of staff had a rather spooky experience one day when she drove past it in her car.
As she passed the Temple Bar she glanced in her rear view mirror and thought she saw a figure sitting in the back of her vehicle.
Knowing that she was alone in the car she just put it down to a trick of the light.
When she reached her home, she got out of her car and started to walk up her pathway to her house when suddenly she felt an almighty push in her back.
Spinning around to catch the culprit she discovered that she was totally alone!Click Here to Stay in the Theobalds Park Hotel
The Swan Hotel, Lavenham
The medieval Swan Hotel in the heart of Lavenham is an old coaching inn which is believed to date back to the 1400s.
And yes, it’s believed to be haunted…
A former housekeeper from the 19th century when the Swan was a coaching inn is said to haunt the hotel.
In particular Room 15!
Local legend says she committed suicide in the Swan.
But there are two stories as to why…
The first story is that she fell pregnant out-of-wedlock.
The father of the unborn child agreed to do the decent thing and marry her.
But when the wedding day came, he got cold feet and left the pregnant bride at the altar.
After this heartbreak and humiliation she became very depressed.
She hung herself in her quarters.
Today, the housekeeper’s quarters are now Room 15!
The second story tells that she was hoping to get a promotion whilst working at the inn but got overlooked for another worker.
This rejection sent her into a deep depression resulting in her committing suicide in Room 15 of the hotel.
Room 15 is said to be so haunted that members of staff don’t like to go in it alone!
It’s said that her ghostly apparition scared witless a poor security guard who was checking the building over in the early hours of one morning.
It’s not only the members of staff of the Swan who have witnessed her ghostly spirit…
Several guests to the hotel have reported seeing her apparition in the middle of the night standing in their room…
Yep, it was again Room 15!
On one occasion, a nun was sleeping in Room 15 and was woken in the middle of the night by the ghostly apparition of the housekeeper tickling her feet.Click Here to Stay the Night at the Swan Hotel
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