Haunted: Moot Hall, Maldon, 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 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