3 Haunted Ruins in Essex
Stewart | On 09, Sep 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!
St Botolph’s Priory, Colchester
In 1993, a young girl was playing with her friends around the gravestones in the ruins of the Grade I listed St Botolph’s Priory.
When suddenly she saw a ghostly apparition of a dark figure standing next to one of the tombs.
The figure smiled at her before it disappeared into thin air right in front of her very eyes!
Tilty Abbey, Tilty
Just a little drive from Thaxted is a small village called Tilty.
Tilty was once the location of an important medieval abbey.
Unfortunately, apart for a stone wall and a couple of overgrown ponds, there’s not too much of this grand medieval abbey left.
Except the ghost of a headless monk that is!
You see, back in 1215 King John’s soldiers ransack the abbey, the nearby church and killed a couple of monks for good measures.
It’s now believed that one of these poor monks haunts the abbey site in the form of a ghostly headless figure!
The strange thing is…
In the 1940’s a decapitated skeleton of a man was found in the grounds of the old abbey!
Hadleigh Castle, Hadleigh
There have been myths and stories over the centuries suggesting that Hadleigh Castle is haunted by a demented woman.
Locals have often reported hearing a woman crying and wailing amongst the ruins in the dead of night!
They believe that the woman haunting the castle is the woman in white.
There’s a local story about a Castle farm milkmaid called Sally.
Early one morning she stumbled upon a ghostly woman who ordered her to come to the castle ruins at midnight.
Sally was pretty shaken by her weird encounter with the ghostly woman.
Fearing the worst she understandably never went to the spooky rendezvous… she was too scared!
Unfortunately, the next morning she bumped into the ghostly woman again.
The old hag was not too happy with her.
She was so angry with the milkmaid for not meeting her that she smashed her around the head so hard that poor Sally nearly dislocated her neck.
After the ghostly violent assault Sally was cruelly known by the locals as Wry-Neck Sal!
Do you know about the Black Shuck legend?
Well, in East Anglian folklore the Black Shuck is a massive ghostly black dog with glowing eyes that roams around the countryside.
Some say that the sighting of the Black Shuck is an omen of death.
Whilst others believe that it’s more of a protective animal guarding you whilst you travel.
Hadleigh Castle has had quite a few sightings of this massive black creature…
One sighting of the Black Shuck was by a couple of dog walkers who notice a massive black creature when their own dog started to behave oddly…
The Shuck was in a field below them but they didn’t realise the huge size of the animal until it disturbed some nearby cattle…
It was the size of a cow!
In the 1980s a group of kids where playing at the south-east tower of the castle when a giant black dog crept out of an adjacent field towards them.
They described the dog as massive with red glowing eyes and foaming at the mouth!
Apparently it growled and snarled at them but never physically attack them.
The children fled and the police were called to search for a dangerous rabid black dog…
But, no such dog was ever found!
I’m afraid that this disturbing story doesn’t have a happy ending…
It’s said that all the children who witnessed the Black Shuck later suffered from terrible illnesses or worst, they died tragically in accidents!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press