Haunted: The Royal Terrace and Mews, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | On 22, Jun 2017
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!
The Hauntings of the Royal Terrace and Mews
The 18th century Royal Terrace is one of the oldest streets in Southend.
It’s situated overlooking the Thames Estuary.
Originally it was called Grand Terrace but changed to Royal Terrace after the Prince Regent’s wife, Princess Caroline stayed there in 1803.
In 1870, George Martin was staying at one of the houses in Royal Terrace…
One dark night, he heard a loud bang and the temperature in his room dropped dramatically.
In the dim light of his room he saw a pair of eyes staring at him, he called out… WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT?
But the ghostly eyes just simply vanished into thin air.
The next night the exact thing happened again.
But, this time an unhealthy looking face appeared before quickly vanishing into the night again.
It’s believed that the apparition George’s witnessed was the ghost of a person who had died in the room some twenty years earlier of a strange disease… probably leprosy!
On the corner of Royal Terrace and Royal Mews is a red-brick building called Clifton Court…
In 1966, a young couple witnessed some paranormal activity whilst living in the building.
One night they saw a grey shape appear at the end of their bed only to quickly disappear leaving the room freezing cold.
About a couple of months later, in the early morning, the ghostly grey shape once again visited them.
This time they could make out some facial features but the ghostly apparition quickly vanished into thin air when they challenged it leaving an unearthly smell in the room.
Feeling spooked, the frightened couple called a priest in to exorcise the room but they never really felt at ease within their home…
Shortly afterwards they left Clifton Court for good!
Around 1770, stables were built for the large mansions of the Royal Terrace.
These stables were later developed into mews cottages.
In 1988, a new owner moved into one of these mews cottages.
It needed a lot of renovation work to make it habitable.
During the renovation work, one of the internal walls was knocked down revealing a small hidden room…
To everybody’s horror, a partly clothed skeleton of a man draped over a cart wheel was discovered!
The police were called to investigate but could not shine a light on the identity of the mysterious skeleton.
Some people assumed it was the old man who once lived at the property.
Well, having a bricked up skeleton in your home, you probably can guess what I’m going to tell you next…
Yes, it’s said the mews cottage was haunted by an old man with a walking stick!
One day the owner’s wife saw his ghostly old apparition on the stairs.
There’s also talk of another ghosts which is said to haunt the cottage.
It’s been reported that the temperature in the building drops dramatically and a dark black shadow appears from nowhere!
One more paranormal activity which has been witnessed to takes place outside the mews cottage every Christmas Eve is that of the phantom coach and horses.
More than one terrified witness has experienced the sounds and smells of a phantom coach and horses clip-clopping on the cobbles and heading off in the direction of Southend High Street!
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. The History Press