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!
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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.