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Haunted: Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

Haunted: Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

| On 17, Jun 2017

The Hauntings at Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

The bunker was once a very secret place but today it’s a tourist attraction and is opened to the public for most of the year…

So, it’s not so secret anymore!

The bunker was originally built in 1952/53 as an air defence station but then became a Home Office Regional Seat of Government and then a Regional Government Head Quarters or RGHQ until the 1990s.

Heavens forbid, but if there was a nuclear strike upon the UK, the RGHQs were responsible for government operations and helping whoever was left alive after the nuclear strike.

After the 1990s, the threat of a nuclear attack upon the UK diminished and the bunker was decommissioned and sold back to the original family who had owned the land in the 1950s.

Upon arrival, you access the bunker by entering a run of the mill looking bungalow which is nestled amongst some trees.

The bunker is actually 125 feet underground and you enter it by an eerie tunnel from the bungalow.

There are three underground floors to the bunker which is designed to be able to house up to six hundred people…

Although, I personally wouldn’t like to be down there with that many people!

The bunker is well equipped with its own air conditioning, heating and water supply.

It was designed to keep its inhabitants protected for up to three months until the radiation levels in the outside world were safe enough to venture out in.

Now you may be thinking that the bunker isn’t an ancient monument or an old coaching inn and thank God it was never used for its intended purpose…

So, how in hell can it be haunted then?

Well, there’s couple of theories why it’s so active.

First, it’s believed that the bunker was built close to a Bronze Age site and also a Roman burial site.

Some believe that these ancient sites were disturbed when the bunker was constructed and this may be just one of the causes to some of the paranormal activity which takes place within its walls.

The second theory is that of the missing foreman.

The walls of the bunker are solid concrete and there’s a story that when the walls were being constructed the foreman’s hat was found floating on wet concrete and the foreman was never seen again.

Some say that he was accidently buried alive within the concrete walls!

Could he be one of the ghosts in the bunker?

Although it was never used for its intended purpose, in its heyday the bunker was a busy place with military personnel being posted underground for up to two weeks at a time… especially in its early years!

Some believe that the bunker ghosts are indeed dedicated military personnel returning from the grave to once again keep the place operational in case of a nuclear strike.

Several ghostly apparitions have been seen regularly deep underground within the concrete walls of the bunker.

A spooky grey figure has been seen wondering from room to room.

Terrified witnesses have strangely described the ghostly figure as an unusually tall elderly lady.

You may not be surprised when I tell you that ghosts of military personnel are a common sight.

One is of an RAF officer and the other is of a uniformed woman who shouts at scared witnesses to leave immediately.

The sick bay is one of the bunker’s more active rooms.

Frightened witnesses have seen dark shadows moving around the room… some believe that it’s a malevolent presence!

Other paranormal activity which has been reported from the haunted nuclear bunker includes stone throwing, loud crashes, banging, growling noises, rotten smells and strange lights and mists suddenly appearing!

 
Bibliography
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press

 


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!

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