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Haunted: Scrapfaggot Green, Great Leighs, Essex

Haunted: Scrapfaggot Green, Great Leighs, Essex

| On 18, Jun 2017

The Haunting of Scrapfaggot Green

Scrapfaggot is said to be an old Essex word for a witch or a hag.

Many people believe that witches were executed by being burnt at the stake.

In reality, hanging was the most common punishment for witchcraft.

Legend says that in 1621 Anne Hughes was executed for not only practising witchcraft but also for murdering her husband.

Murdering her husband was classed as petty treason in those days…

This is why she was burnt at the stake and not hung for witchcraft!

Locals believe that Anne Hughes was buried at the Scrapfaggot Green crossroads.

It’s said that she was burnt at the stake and her remains buried at the spot of her execution.

Then a large boulder was place over her burial spot to stop her spirit from rising again.

During the Second World War Americans soldiers were based at Great Leighs.

The Americans widened some of the country lanes around Great Leighs so that their large military vehicles could drive along them unhindered.

It’s said that whilst widening one of the lanes, an American bulldozer dislodged the large boulder covering Anne Hughes grave.

Apparently all hell broke loose soon afterwards!

First, in the early hours of the morning, the bell of St Mary the Virgin Church started to ring out all by itself.

Then the church clock started to chime at unusual times.

Plus it began losing time… which it had never done before!

Farmers reported livestock behaving strangely.

Haystacks were mysteriously knocked over in the middle of the night.

And villagers started to report objects within their own homes being moved around by unknown hands.

The famous ghost hunter Harry Price was sent to investigate the spooky goings-on in the village.

What he suggested wasn’t rocket science.

Put the boulder back to its rightful place over the witch’s grave!

It was replaced at midnight on the 11th October 1944.

And all the paranormal activity stopped.

Now, just outside the car park of St Anne’s Castle Inn there’s a small boulder which the locals call the witch’s stone.

They say it suddenly appeared there in 1945.

Many believed it was once the boulder which covered Anne Hughes’ grave.

But to me… it looks a little light to keep a witch’s spirit from rising!

 
Bibliography
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!

Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion