Haunted: Leigh Hill, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | On 22, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Leigh Hill
Leigh Hill has quite a few haunted tales to tell…
First, there’s an old 18th century house called Prospect House where the shocked owner witnessed a ghostly apparition of a short elderly man who was wearing breeches, stockings, a long coat and heavy shoes.
What’s more, his hair was tied back in a braid!
He simple vanished right in front of her very eyes leaving an unpleasant fishy odour behind him.
Maybe he was an old sea captain?
There must be something about Leigh Hill…
You see the house next to Prospect House is also said to be haunted by a doctor who had once lived there in the early 20th century!
A terrified owner of another 18th century house on Leigh Hill reported witnessing a ghostly apparition in her house too…
She saw a spirit of a woman dressed in an old threadbare blue muslin gown float across her landing!
There was once a nice restaurant on Leigh Hill in an old three-storey building…
Well the building is said to be haunted by a young woman who was deserted by her sailor lover.
After having her heart broken it’s said that she locked herself away on the top floor of the building and lived as a lonely recluse!
In 1990 the restaurant owner reported paranormal activity happening within the building such as unexplained crashes and bangs and lights being mysteriously turned off by their own accord.
All this spooky activity he blamed on the lonely spirit of the woman on the top floor.
A famous psychic was asked to investigate the building’s paranormal goings-on.
She picked up on a couple of unhappy spirits…
The spirit of a domineering mother who was hit and killed by a tram and the spirit of her suicidal daughter who killed herself by jumping from the top floor window after she found out about her mother’s death!
To this day a ghostly apparition of a lonely woman is still occasionally witnessed peering out of the window on the top floor of the old building.
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