Haunted: Mersea Island, Essex
Stewart | On 16, Jun 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
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