Haunted: The Sarah Moore, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | On 22, Jun 2017
The Sea Witch
Between 1850 and 1870 a lady called Sarah Moore became known by the locals of Leigh-on-Sea as the Sea Witch…
She was said to curse unborn children so that they were born with a hare lip, cause storms at sea and cause local children who tried to break into her property to spontaneously combust!
The old local legend of the Sea Witch says that she cursed a local skipper when he refused to give her any of his hard earned cash…
You see, she often begged the sailors for pennies whilst she was down on the wharf promising them a fair wind!
Unfortunately, whilst at sea the cursed fisherman was caught in a sudden severe storm which took him by surprise.
Whilst in the storm he hacked away at his ship’s rigging with an axe three times cursing Sarah Moore all the time…
Suddenly the storm mysteriously stopped!
The strange thing is, on his return from sea, Sarah was found dead at the wharf with three deep gashes to her head which looked like it had been caused by an axe.
Today on Elm Road in Leigh-on-Sea there’s a pub called Sarah Moore which is named after the Sea Witch herself.
And it’s said that poltergeist activity has been regularly reported by members of staff in the pub…
Plus whenever Sarah Moore’s named is mentioned in the pub… the lights flicker!
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. The History Press