Haunted: The Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | On 22, Jun 2017
The Hauntings at the Kursaal
The Grade II listed Kursaal is an iconic building in Southend.
It was opened in 1901 as one of the world’s first purpose-built amusement parks.
At one time it became the largest fairground in the south of England.
Well with such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that it’s rumoured to be haunted.
In 1990s the cleaners at the Kursaal reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a lady in a green coat and matching scarf.
The ground-floor bowling area is believed to be haunted…
Maybe by the lady in green!
The lights and sound system mysteriously switched on all by themselves.
This was often witnessed by one of the Kursaal’s security guards.
On one occasion in the foyer area one of the cleaners was spooked when she heard a voice shout repeatedly at her… LEAVE ME ALONE!
Another cleaner whilst in the area of the twenty-lane bowling alley saw a solid figure of a uniformed woman in her 50s totally disappear in front of her very eyes…
She had previously heard on many occasions a phantom woman’s voice and music which was popular during the Second World War!
Vacuum cleaners being turned off, objects being moved around and dramatic temperature drops have all been reported by the poor cleaners at the Kursaal.
After its heydays visitor numbers dropped and the Kursaal went into decline.
New housing has been constructed on some of the old Kursaal complex.
In 1998 the iconic Kursaal building was redeveloped and it’s now open to the public once again.
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. 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!Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion