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
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.