Haunted: Siege House, Colchester, Essex
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Siege House
In 1648 the English Civil War reignited in several parts of Britain.
The town of Colchester was one of those flash points…
The Royalist army were travelling throughout East Anglia trying to drum up support for the King’s army.
At Colchester, a parliamentarian town, they were quickly attacked by a parliamentary force lead by Lord-General Thomas Fairfax.
In the past he’d been successful against the Royalist at Maidstone in Kent by launching a quick full scale attack.
He tried the same tactics at Colchester but the Royalist retreated behind the town’s walls.
This was the beginning of the siege of Colchester!
Now, on East Street in Colchester there’s an old building called Siege House.
Well Siege House is located near the town’s eastern bridge which crosses over the River Colne…
This area saw fierce fighting in the early days of the siege.
Even today you can still see the old musket ball holes in the timbered west and south sides of Siege House.
With such a violent history you’ll probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that Siege House and the surrounding area is said to be haunted by soldiers from the English Civil War!
In the 1990s a ghostly apparition of a cavalier was seen by terrified witnesses walking down East Street and vanishing into thin air when he reached the Siege House.
It’s not only phantom cavaliers which have been seen in this area but apparitions of puritan soldiers have also been witnessed.
One of the rooms in Siege House is said to be so haunted that the restaurant’s members of staff refuse to work in the room on their own…
They always work in pairs!
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.