Haunted: Severalls Hospital, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Severalls Hospital
Severalls Hospital was an Edwardian Queen Anne style psychiatric hospital that was opened in 1913 in Colchester.
The Severalls site was quite large, it covered 300 acres and the hospital could accommodate up to 2000 patients!
The hospital closed in the early 1990s.
And since then, sadly the Severalls site has suffered badly from vandalism resulting in it being fenced off to the public.
If you search for Severalls Hospital online you’ll find some very spooky photos taken by urban explorers of the hospital’s buildings in a bad state…
The funny thing is, the comments which I have read from ex-nurses who were employed at Severalls all say what a great place it was to work and not at all eerie!
In the 1960s two of Severalls gardeners saw a couple of shadowy featureless characters working in the garden on a wet rainy afternoon.
Thinking these characters looked suspicious they went to confront them…
When approaching the spooky figures they got the shock of their lives when they simply vanished into thin air right in front of their very eyes!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
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.