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 Queen Hotel, Chester
The Queen Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!