Haunted: Stansted Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Stansted Mountfitchet Castle
The original Mountfitchet Castle was built after the Norman conquest of 1066 on the spot of an Iron Age Fort by Robert Gernon who was the Duke of Boulogne.
The Gernon family later changed their name to Mountfitchet, hence… Mountfitchet Castle!
Around 1215, King John wanted revenge on the rebel barons. He destroyed many castles belonging to them.
Sadly this included Mountfitchet Castle.
In the 1980s, a Norman ringwork and bailey fortification was reconstructed as a tourist attraction on the spot of the former Mountfitchet Castle.
So, as you can see, the castle grounds have a long history which in my opinion tends to lead to the odd ghost or two popping up…
And, Mountfitchet Castle is no exception!
You see, the family who own the castle have been putting up with poltergeist activity for many decades.
Shockingly, it’s said that the family’s young children were often moved and placed under tables by an unknown entity whilst they slept at night.
Since the opening of the castle to the public, reports of paranormal activity have gone through the roof…
Most of the activity takes place inside the Grand Hall located within the Inner Bailey and the office above the castle shop.
In 2010, a photograph of a ghostly apparition was taken inside the Grand Hall by a time delay camera set up after the night watchman commented of feeling uneasy whilst patrolling that area.
You can check out the ghostly photo on the castle’s website!
Temperature drops, eerie voices, the clashing of swords, spooky chanting and the sound of a medieval flute playing have all been reported in the vicinity of the Grand Hall.
A ghostly chainmail clad knight and a faceless cloaked monk have been witnessed by terrified staff and visitors.
The ghostly apparition of the knight tends to be seen in the late afternoon whilst the spooky monk has only been seen in the dead of night.
In the office above the castle shop, startled witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a man standing in the doorway.
The staff in the castle shop below have heard phantom footsteps stomping around in the office above their heads.
And, unexplained crashes and bangs have also been reported coming from the office when it was known to be empty!
It’s also been noticed that the castle’s animals tend to avoid the area between the church and the surgeon’s house.
Strangely enough, ghostly orbs have been reported in this area in the middle of the night!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. 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.