Haunted: St Osyth Priory, St Osyth, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of St Osyth Priory
The Bishop of London Richard de Beauvays founded St Osyth Priory in 1121.
It became one of the great Augustinian Abbeys of Europe until Henry VIII dissolved it in 1539.
It’s been said that the ghost of St Osyth herself has been seen walking through the Priory grounds carrying her severed head in her hands!
But, there have been other reports of hauntings at this medieval priory too.
The Priory housed a convalescent home from 1948 for thirty plus years.
Joyce was a nurse who worked at the priory in the late 1970s.
One day she was called by the cleaning lady who told her ‘the carpet had been trying to throw her up against the wall’!
At first Joyce was puzzled.
But then she witnessed the carpet move violently which resulted in the cleaning lady being thrown against the wall.
Apparently, this had happened twice before to the poor old cleaning lady.
She subsequently left never to return to the Priory again.
This wasn’t the only paranormal event Joyce witnessed.
On another occasion she came across a person in the laundry room.
She asked if they had permission to be there and they just simply vanished into thin air right in front of her!
She later discovered that other people had seen an apparition of a monk walk through the laundry room wall.
In fact, one of the more famous of the Priory’s apparitions being witnessed at night is that of a white monk carrying a lighted candle.
Not surprisingly apparitions of monks tend to be the flavour of the day at the priory.
Patients at the Priory’s convalescent home witness a group of monks walking through an archway near to where the monks’ graveyard was located…
Apparently, there were no living monks on the premises at that time!
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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