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 Queen Hotel, Chester
The Queen Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!