Haunted: Shrieking Boy Wood, Thundersley, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Shrieking Boy Wood
There’s a wood in Thundersley which the locals have nicknamed Shrieking Boy Wood!
Recently, children too young to know about the gruesome legend of the Shrieking Boy got the shock of their lives when they went to play in the woods.
Next to the entrance of the wood they witnessed the terrifying sight of a ghostly figure of a boy screaming at them!
Now, there are a few variations to the ghost story of the shrieking boy.
The first goes back to 1734.
And it goes something like this…
A woodsman was working with a young lad in the copse at the end of Kingsley Lane in Thundersley.
The boy was very lazy.
One day the youngster wasn’t pulling his weight which made the short tempered woodsman lose his rag.
In a fit of anger, he swung his sharp axe at the boy’s head resulting in decapitating him!
Panicking, he hid the lad’s corpse in a hollow tree in the woodland.
At first, he told anybody who asked after the boy that the youngster had run away because he didn’t want to work.
But, guilt got a hold of the woodsman.
He started to drink heavily in his local watering hole the White Hart.
Meanwhile, ghostly screams where being heard coming from the woods by passers-by.
Some locals even witnessed the shocking apparition of the boy next to the wood’s entrance shrieking at them!
Eventually, enough was enough…
The guilt ridden woodsman broke down in the pub.
He confessed to the White Hart’s locals that he murdered the boy and hid his body in a hollow tree!
Another version of this story is that a farm worker had a violent argument with a young boy which resulted in the tragic death of the youngster.
The farm worker then secretly buried the lifeless corpse of the boy.
From the time that the murder took place eerie screams would be heard coming from the woods.
The ghostly screams suddenly stopped when the drunken farm worker admitted killing the boy to the other drinkers in the White Hart.
Another version of this ghost story states that there was no murder…
The boy was in fact tragically knocked over and killed by a passing horse and carriage!
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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.