Haunted: Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex
Stewart | 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!
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.