Haunted: Little Baddow, Essex
Stewart | On 17, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Little Baddow
If you look on a map of Little Baddow you’ll notice a lot of places named after Grace such as Grace’s Walk, Graces Lane and Graces Farm.
So who exactly was Grace?
Well, it’s said that Grace was a young woman who tragically drowned in the local river around the turn of the 19th/20th century.
Locals say that she now haunts the river’s towpath and bridge!
In fact, in 2001 a young couple who moored their houseboat on the river were disturbed in the middle of the night by something spooky.
They heard phantom footsteps and gravel being thrown onto their boat’s roof.
Expecting local teenagers to be the culprits, they jumped out of their boat to challenge them only to find the towpath and surrounding area totally empty and eerily quiet!
They were so frightened by their spooky experience that they decided to move their boat further down the river… even though it was pitch dark and difficult to navigate!
Another tragic story associate with Little Baddow is that of Lady Alice who was a child bride to Sir Henry Mildmay.
Sadly Lady Alice drowned herself in Sandon Brook near Grace’s Walk in 1616.
It’s said that she killed herself because of her husband’s relentless abuse…
And now it’s believed that the ghost of this unhappy lady haunts Grace’s Walk to this very day!
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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