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
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.