3 Haunted Houses in Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney
It’s said that the ghost of Lord Marney is not too happy with how his beloved palace ended up looking… it’s not to his liking!
And, he shows his displeasure by haunting the tower.
It’s been said that an apparition of a man in full armour has been witness climbing the spiral staircase of one of the towers…
Sometimes he’s on foot, but bizarrely some witnesses have seen him climb up the staircase on horseback!
Away from the staircase, there’s another room in the tower which is supposed to be haunted.
Guests and staff alike have heard doors slam shut and have seen a cloaked figure outside the room.
Whether this is also Lord Marney’s ghost nobody knows!
The gardens and grounds of Layer Marney Tower are just as haunted as the main building.
An apparition of a distressed young woman in Victorian clothing has been seen in the grounds of the palace.
Witnesses say that she seems to be looking for someone or something.
Also a ghost of a former gardener has been seen in the same area of the young Victorian lady.
In fact, although the building dates back to the Tudor times, the majority of ghosts seen in the grounds are funnily enough wearing Victorian clothing.
In another part of the grounds there’s a big old barn which actually pre-dates the Tudor Tower.
This barn is believed to be very haunted…
Staff have seen apparitions of former workers still carrying out their daily activities here.
In fact, this is the barn where Stuart from Most Haunted had the lump of firewood thrown at him!
There’s been a lot of documented paranormal activity which has happened at the Tower…
One of the most talked about encounters was experienced by an Australian lady called Vivian Ray Ellis.
She lived at the palace for a couple of years but on her very first night there she got a rude awakening.
She woke up to feel an unearthly pressure on her chest and she saw her bedcovers being yanked off by an unknown force!
This paranormal activity carried on occurring for a couple of nights until she discovered that if she left her bedroom door open, then the ghostly event wouldn’t take place.
The east wing is known for its poltergeist activity.
You see, certain items have been seen to move and the staff at Layer Marney Tower have reported to have found objects stacked up upon each other when they’ve opened up in the morning!
As with the old barn in the grounds, the rest of Layer Marney Tower is reported to be haunted by apparitions of former workers.
It’s said that they seem to be carrying out their daily routines oblivious to their modern day surroundings.
Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone
Ingatestone Hall is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house with three wings.
There are some interesting facts about Ingatestone Hall.
Queen Elizabeth I stayed for several nights at the hall in 1561, it has a couple of priest holes, it’s been used in a couple of television series such as Lovejoy and Bleak House and of course it’s haunted!
It’s said that there’s a couple of famous ghosts which haunt Ingatestone Hall.
The first being Sir William Petre.
The ghostly apparition of Sir William Petre has been witnessed by frightened caretakers walking around Ingatestone Hall.
The second ghost that’s believed to haunt Ingatestone Hall is the sister of Lady Jane Grey, Lady Katherine Grey!
She spent two years under the custody of Sir William Petre at Ingatestone Hall for marrying the Earl of Hertford without seeking the consent of Queen Elizabeth…
The Queen wasn’t too pleased with her!
Lady Katherine Grey’s apparition is reported to walk the grounds of Ingatestone Hall.
Old House, Rochford
Along Rochford’s South Street there’s a Grade I listed building belonging to Rochford District Council called the Old House.
The timber framed Main Hall part of the Old House dates back to the 13th century!
The locals say that this house is haunted, very haunted…
In fact, it’s rumoured that there may be up to six ghosts in Rochford’s Old House.
A paranormal investigation which was covered by the local rag claimed that the spirits in the Old House are a Puritan woman, an Edwardian child, a maid, a medieval man and a little Victorian girl!
The Chief Executive office seems to have a residential ghost all of its own…
The spirit is said to be that of an elderly man who likes to sit in one of the chairs.
He’s been witnessed in the office by terrified cleaning staff and the Chief Executive himself!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!