Haunted: Layer Marney Tower, Nr. Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 19, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Layer Marney Tower
It’s said that the ghost of Lord Marney is not too happy with how his beloved palace ended up looking… it’s not to his liking!
And, he shows his displeasure by haunting the tower.
It’s been said that an apparition of a man in full armour has been witness climbing the spiral staircase of one of the towers…
Sometimes he’s on foot, but bizarrely some witnesses have seen him climb up the staircase on horseback!
Away from the staircase, there’s another room in the tower which is supposed to be haunted.
Guests and staff alike have heard doors slam shut and have seen a cloaked figure outside the room.
Whether this is also Lord Marney’s ghost nobody knows!
The gardens and grounds of Layer Marney Tower are just as haunted as the main building.
An apparition of a distressed young woman in Victorian clothing has been seen in the grounds of the palace.
Witnesses say that she seems to be looking for someone or something.
Also a ghost of a former gardener has been seen in the same area of the young Victorian lady.
In fact, although the building dates back to the Tudor times, the majority of ghosts seen in the grounds are funnily enough wearing Victorian clothing.
In another part of the grounds there’s a big old barn which actually pre-dates the Tudor Tower.
This barn is believed to be very haunted…
Staff have seen apparitions of former workers still carrying out their daily activities here.
In fact, this is the barn where Stuart from Most Haunted had the lump of firewood thrown at him!
There’s been a lot of documented paranormal activity which has happened at the Tower…
One of the most talked about encounters was experienced by an Australian lady called Vivian Ray Ellis.
She lived at the palace for a couple of years but on her very first night there she got a rude awakening.
She woke up to feel an unearthly pressure on her chest and she saw her bedcovers being yanked off by an unknown force!
This paranormal activity carried on occurring for a couple of nights until she discovered that if she left her bedroom door open, then the ghostly event wouldn’t take place.
The east wing is known for its poltergeist activity.
You see, certain items have been seen to move and the staff at Layer Marney Tower have reported to have found objects stacked up upon each other when they’ve opened up in the morning!
As with the old barn in the grounds, the rest of Layer Marney Tower is reported to be haunted by apparitions of former workers.
It’s said that they seem to be carrying out their daily routines oblivious to their modern day surroundings.
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 Red Lion Hotel is said to be haunted by three ghosts.
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar.
Alice was believed to have been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion who was brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
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
The final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy
He's seen by children in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.