Haunted: Moot Hall, Maldon, Essex
Stewart | On 16, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Moot Hall
Along Maldon’s High Street there’s a historic 15th century listed building called Moot Hall.
Locals say it’s plagued by a poltergeist!
Just in case you’re wondering…
The word ‘Moot’ is a Saxon word which means a place of assembly.
So you won’t be too surprised if I told you that the hall has been used for centuries by Maldon’s local authorities to do their stuff!
In the beginning, Moot Hall was actually built as a residential building by Sir Robert D’Arcy in around about 1435.
But since then the building has gone through many changes…
In 1576 the corporation of Maldon bought the building and converted it from a private dwelling to a moot hall.
A Bailiff’s gaol was constructed on the first floor.
Whilst on the second a courtroom with a meeting chamber was created.
By 1863 the Moot Hall had expanded even more.
The ground floor now served as Maldon’s police station with its own prison cells and exercise yard!
Today the Town Council still own the hall but it’s managed by The Friends of the Moot Hall as a living museum and an events venue.
Locals believed that Moot Hall is haunted and judging from the buildings past they just might be right!
Some of Moot Hall’s tour guides don’t like to be left in the building on their own.
In the past they’ve witnessed shadowy figures, heard unexplained footsteps and felt that they were being watched by an unknown presence!
Some people believe that Moot Hall has a poltergeist.
Doors violently slamming shut, loud banging noises and disembodied voices have all been heard coming from the Hall’s upper floors.
And what’s more…
A ghostly apparition of a figure has even been seen walking across the exercise yard!
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.