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!
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!
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
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