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5 Haunted Places in Braintree

5 Haunted Places in Braintree

| On 20, Jun 2017

The Hauntings of Braintree

There have been quite a few ghostly sightings along the highways and byways of Braintree.

Recently an apparition of a man wearing a top hat was reported walking along an alleyway at Crouch Court in Braintree.

The ghostly apparition startled the witness when it slowly vanished into thin air!

Along the Witham Road there’s a former old convent.

In 2006 it was being refurbished.

Puzzled builders reported their tools were being moved around by unseen hands.

They started to get spooked when they heard phantom footsteps going up the convent’s staircase…

On one occasion a builder was left visibly shaken when he saw a ghostly apparition of a nun who seemed to be crying out in pain.

After this ghostly encounter he understandably walked of the site for good!

Now, if you drive along the Whethersford Road coming from Braintree there’s a quaint old cottage on your left called the Old Lodge…

It’s said that poltergeist activities has taken place here.

On two occasions in the 1920s ghostly apparitions of policemen have been witnessed at the cottage.

One apparition was in a modern uniform whilst the other was said to be wearing a Victorian uniform!

If you fancy going for a bike ride in the countryside near Faulkbourne Hall to the south of Braintree be very careful…

It’s said that a crazed phantom cyclist has been known to ride at real cyclists to try and knock them of their bikes!

The kamikaze phantom cyclist is described as a man from the 1800s wearing a billycock riding hat on an old fashioned bike.

The final Braintree road to be aware of is Stubbs Lane…

In 2009 a woman walking with her children along the lane witnessed a ghostly human shaped mist hovering above the roads surface!

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!

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