5 Haunted Places in Braintree
Stewart | 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
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.