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
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