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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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