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
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