Haunted: St Michael’s Church, Fobbing, Essex
Stewart | On 18, Jun 2017
The Haunting of St Michael’s Church
Fobbing’s 14th century St Michael’s Church was used in the past by British soldiers as a look out for invading French and Dutch ships.
But they were not the only ones to use the church in the village for their activities!
In this part of Essex the church is renowned for its historic association with smugglers.
In fact there’s believed to be smugglers tunnels actually under the church.
There’s an urban legend associated with St Michael’s Church of a French pirate whose body is buried against the walls of the churchyard.
And it’s said that his grave would glow on very dark nights!
It’s also reported that sometimes his ghost is witnessed looking down at his own grave.
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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.