3 Haunted Theatres in Essex
Stewart | On 07, Sep 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre in Fairfield Road is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former technician who was sadly killed in nearby Duke Street.
Many visitors to the theatre are shocked when they’re told that the helpful man who guided them around the building was actually the residential ghost!
Another common paranormal activity which has been reported by spooked visitors is the ghostly sound of unexplained footsteps walking around the stage area.
Some people say they experience an oppressive feeling on the theatre’s balcony and on the stairs leading to the wardrobe and front of house office.
One weird apparition that is often witnessed by startled theatre goers is that of a spirit which takes the form of a white butterfly.
Funnily enough, this only happens during one show in Christmas week!
Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea
The Cliffs Pavilion is a theatre situated on Station Road.
In the 1930s, the original Cliffs Pavilion was going to be an art deco theatre seating up to five hundred theatre goers.
Building work began but unfortunately the Second World War came along which resulted in the further construction of the building being put on ice.
Sadly, in 1959, the construction which was going to be the art deco theatre was levelled…
But, a new Cliffs Pavilion was built in its place and opened in 1964.
It’s said that a worker tragically died on site during the building of the new Cliffs Pavilion in the 1960s.
He’s ghostly spirit is believed to haunt the Maritime Room on the lower floor of the theatre.
And, probably the stage area too…
You see, in that area, strange unexplained knocking noises and sudden temperature drops have been reported by members of staff!
Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea
The Palace Theatre is located on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea.
The Palace Theatre has had many names over the years.
It was originally built in 1912 when it was known as the Palace of Varieties and seated up to fifteen hundred people.
Since those early heydays the theatre has had its fair share of ups and downs.
Financial problems resulted in it having to close its doors to the paying public on quite a few occasions.
Today it’s merged with the Cliffs Pavilion and is under the guidance of Southend Theatres.
One of the ghosts which is said to haunt the Palace Theatre is affectionately referred to as George.
He’s said to be a former manager of the theatre in 1912 who tragically hung himself from the fly-floor due to financial difficulties.
Shocked witnesses who’ve seen George’s apparition also tell of getting a strong whiff of Old Holborn tobacco…
Nowadays smoking is no longer permitted in the building!
Spooked visitors to the theatre have reported feeling an icy hand on their shoulder when seated.
This usually occurs when the seat behind them is empty.
Some theatre goers have had a shock of their lives when they suddenly see that the spirit of ghostly George is sitting right next to them also enjoying the performance.
Local paranormal groups love investigating the Palace Theatre.
They’ve recorded lots of paranormal activity in the old theatre coming to the conclusion that there are many more ghosts within the building other than that of George.
A white woman, a Victorian clergyman, a young Irish woman and a woman in a red evening gown singing on the stage are just some of the spirits which have come to light at the Palace Theatre!
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. The History Press
Jason Day (2012) Haunted Chelmsford. The History Press