Haunted: St Annes Castle Inn, Great Leighs, Essex
Stewart | On 18, Jun 2017
The Hauntings at St Annes Castle Inn
The pub was actually mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086… so it’s pretty old!
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
The timber framework of the pub dates back hundreds of years.
But to look at the pub from the outside you would never think that it was that old.
This is due to a fire in the 1500s which destroyed the thatched roof and look of the pub.
In the cellar of the pub are the remains of tunnels which are said to be linked to the nearby church and Leez Priory.
Poltergeist activity has been reported regularly at St Anne’s Castle.
The pub is reported to be haunted by many ghosts…
There’s believed to be the ghosts of a blonde curly haired girl and a little boy, a lady in a wedding dress called Elizabeth, a man who sits in the bar smoking his pipe and a ghostly cat!
These ghosts are all said to be benign.
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
But there are reports of darker spirits lurking within the old pub…
In the 19th century a gentleman called George Harry Benfield lived at the Old School House within the village.
He was hung in 1875 for murdering his wife and son!
You see, he found out that his first born son Thomas was in fact his brother’s child.
Enraged by his findings, he brutally reacted…
He killed his wife and son by tightening a length of rope around their necks with a piece of wood until their necks snapped!
His evil spirit is believed to haunt the old pub.
Mediums visiting St Anne’s Castle have also picked up upon the spirits of not so Christian monks plus a huntsman from the 1300s who’s believed to have practiced the dark arts!
Over the years, paranormal groups, the BBC and the famous ghost hunter Harry Price have all investigated the old inn.
One infamous ghost associated with Great Leighs and the St Anne’s Castle Inn is that of Anne Hughes…
Anne was burnt at the stake and buried in Great Leighs!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!