Haunted: Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | On 22, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Southend Pier
Southend’s historic pier is famous for being the longest in the world but locally it’s also infamous for being haunted.
One dark autumn night in 1992, at the end of the pier, a stunned policeman chased a shadowy figure of a tall man in a long coat until he totally disappeared into thin air.
The only way off the pier was a sheer long drop into the icy cold water of the Thames Estuary!
Horrified witnesses have also reported seeing an apparition of a man amongst the structure underneath the pier…
Sometimes he’s even seen hanging there!
In its long history a lot of people have sadly ended their lives by jumping off the end of the pier.
Another ghostly apparition reported at the pier appears at the Pier Hill end of the leisure pier.
Just where the shops and little restaurants are located there was once a flight of stairs.
In 2004 the Victorian entrance to the pier was being updated and the stairs had to be removed.
During the building work witnesses reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a woman dressed in black.
She was said to be hovering in mid-air…
Just where the old Victorian stairs used to be!
If you ask any of the owners of the nearby late night opening food restaurants they will tell you about the many stories told to them by late-night revellers who have come across a dark figure floating near to where the stairs used to be.
The infamous encounter with this ghostly apparition lead to a worker downing his tools and fleeing the site at great speed…
You see, he was engrossed in his work near the site of the old stairs when he clearly heard a woman’s voice say to him you shouldn’t be doing this.
He turn to see who was talking to him and saw the ghostly apparition of the woman dressed in black.
That’s when he quickly fled the scene, never to return!
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. 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.