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4 Haunted Places in Saffron Walden

4 Haunted Places in Saffron Walden

| 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!


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!

Click Here to Stay at Amberley Castle


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


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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