The Most Spooky Places In Essex

October 29th 2015
By: Melanie

With Halloween just around the corner we thought we would check out some of the most haunted places in Essex. The County of Essex has more than 14,000 listed and ancient buildings, and has been classed by the Essex Chronicle as the ‘epicenter’ of all things scary’.

Among these most scary places to visit, has to be Colchester. This is one of the oldest recorded towns in the UK, and with its age comes many fascinating tales, including one about a member of staff at a shoe shop who reported seeing the ghost of a woman with a long white dress in the stock room in 1991. After hearing footsteps and witnessing boxes of shoes jumping off the shelves she apparently refused to work in that room ever again.

The castle at Colchester is steeped in history and is one of the largest Norman keeps, built on the Roman Temple of Claudius. A Quaker, James Parnell was imprisoned for his beliefs and died in the castle’s prison in 1656. Story has it that every time he wished to eat the guards would make him climb a rope, and one day when he found himself to weak to hang on, he fell to his death, and he is said to still haunt the dungeon now.

Borley Rectory, near Sudbury has been claimed to be the most haunted houses in England plagued by the ghosts of a monk and nun who fell in love and attempted to elope. However they were caught and the monk was beheaded and the nun imprisoned in the vaults of the rectory. Although the rectory was destroyed by a fire in 1938 there have been sightings of the nun where the house once stood.

If you would like to check out some of the other 12 most haunted places in Essex why not follow this link