Haunted: Mersea Island, Essex
Stewart | On 16, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Mersea Island
In Roman times Mersea Island was a Roman outpost…
You see, it wasn’t too far from the very important Roman settlement of Colchester.
Today, you can still see evidence of the Roman occupation on Mersea Island.
There are the remains of a Roman building known as the Wheel Tomb in the garden of a private house close to the Church of St Peter and St Paul in West Mersea.
The ancient causeway connecting the island is the only way on and off the island.
An apparition of a Roman centurion has been regularly seen crossing The Strood by frightened locals.
Sometimes he’s been illuminated by car headlights, whilst other times he’s just heard marching close by…
In fact, locals have reported the terrifying sound of men fighting with swords and men marching next to heavy carts along the causeway… even when it’s supposed to be flooded!
Some locals have even seen the ghostly centurion near the ancient Romano-British barrow.
Whoever was buried in the burrow must have been very important… maybe the centurion is guarding them?
One common theme amongst these ghostly sightings is that they normally happen in the autumn around October time.
So, if you’re going to pay a visit to The Strood, it’s best to go in October.
You never know… you just might bump into a ghostly Roman centurion!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. 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.