4 Haunted Places in Saffron Walden
Stewart | On 16, Jun 2017
Haunted Saffron Walden
During the 17th century, Saffron Walden was a strong puritan area and during the English Civil War it became a New Model Army headquarter.
Now, you wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that some of the hauntings in Saffron Walden have a Civil War theme to them!
If you’ve ever visited the building of the Old Sun Inn in Saffron Walden you may’ve felt uneasy.
Don’t worry as you’re not alone, other visitors to the building have also reported feeling uneasy when entering it.
The uneasy feeling is blamed on the ghost of a Cromwellian soldier.
He’s been blamed for eerie banging noises coming from the walls and for furniture being moved about.
On the odd occasion his ghostly apparition has even been seen in the older parts of the building!
The Cross Keys Hotel on the corner of King Street and High Street in the town is also believed to be haunted by a Cromwellian soldier…
In this case, visitors and staff alike have heard phantom footsteps marching up and down the passageway of the hotel.
Some even say that every Christmas Eve his ghost is seen running down the dead end passageway where he then just simply vanishes into thin air!
But, he’s not the only spooky spirit to haunt the hotel…
It’s said that a ghostly women haunts one of the upstairs bedrooms.
And, it’s alleged that she was Cromwell’s mistress!
The ghost of Cromwell’s mistress at the Cross Keys Hotel isn’t the only female ghost of Saffron Walden!
You see, there’s an old building in the High Street called Hill House.
Well, Hill House is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a young maid called Nelly Ketteridge!
She once worked at the house in 1845.
Tragically, on a bitterly cold January night she froze to death in a snowstorm on her way home from work.
It’s said that Nelly lets you know that she’s present by suddenly creating freezing cold draughts around you!
There’s yet another female ghost story dating back to 2002 in Saffron Walden.
It was the strange sighting of an apparition of a lady who was seen walking over the bridge on South Road.
So what’s strange about that then?
Well, the weird thing about this ghost was that she was over 9 feet tall but diminished in height as she walked towards the startled witnesses…
They were so frightened that they fled in terror!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Queen Hotel, Chester
The Queen Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!