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Aveley Abduction (1974)

This is a famous case within the annals of UFO history, but it must be stressed that the abduction scenario only emerged after hypnotic regression, which at best is highly unreliable.

On 27th October 1974 John and Alain Avis (pseudonyms) were driving home to Aveley with their three children, when they ran into a green fog. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Between Colchester and Lawford

On 28th March 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Lauren Oldershaw entitled ‘Colchester: Fresh ‘beast’ sighting’ in which she detailed a witness account of a large black cat sighting.

‘Another sighting has been made of the elusive so-called beast of Essex. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Colchester

On 28th April 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Gareth Palmer entitled ‘Colchester: Now 'Beast' is seen in cemetery’ which concerned the latest sighting of the Beast of Essex.

The Beast of Essex may have been spotted in Colchester Cemetery. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Great Bentley

On 3rd January 2007, the Daily Gazette featured an article entitled ‘Great Bentley: Mystery beast in accident’ by Jonathan Schofield, which detailed an encounter with what could have been the Beast of Essex.

’A young woman had a lucky escape when her car hit a tree after swerving to avoid a large animal. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Mersea

On 18th May 2007 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Louise Sassoon entitled ‘Mersea: Big cat spotted’. The article detailed the sighting of a creature described as a Lynx.

Pensioner Patricia Seagroatt had the shock of her life after she went for a morning stroll - and came eye to eye with a lynx-like cat the size of a labrador. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Wivenhoe

On 28th January 2009 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Emily Parsons entitled Wivenhoe: Policeman bumps into 'Beast of Essex' about a sighting of the large black cat that is suspected to be at large in the county.

The Beast is back! Read More »

The Bell Inn, Sible Hedingham

One room is said to be haunted by a young girl with black hair that has been known to suddely whip the bedclothes from people staying in her room. There could also be the ghost of an old man who knocks on the bedroom doors. The Inn has a 300-year-old history.

Haunted Southend by Dee Gordon

Haunted Southend

Discover the darker side of Southend-on-Sea in the latest book in the Haunted series. If you've had enough of the beach and pier then be prepared to see the spine-chilling side of the town. You won't be disappointed. Read More »

Langleys, Great Waltham

Langleys is a red brick 18th century house shaped as a H. Read More »

Monsterous Serpent of Henham

Robert or should this be William Winstantley of Saffron Walden wrote a pamphlet titled 'The Flying Serpent or Strange News Out of Essex - A True Relation of a Monsterous Serpent seen at Henham on the Mount in Saffron Walden,’ published in 1699. Part of the text concerning this dragon is repeated below. Read More »

The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester

The Red Lion Hotel is a Grade I listed Building dating back to 1465. It is said to have two ghosts: a young girl who haunts the kitchen and, a monk who perished in a fire.

Saffron Walden Basilisk

The pamphlet that deals with the Henham winged serpent also relates the story of a basilisk dragon that held siege to Saffron Walden centuries before. It was described as: Read More »

Southend-on-Sea Ratman

I thought I'd tell you of a local legend in Southend-on-Sea that I heard growing up and thought you'd enjoy. In our town, there is a pretty grim underpass that's been there for years, and has developed a reputation for being crime-ridden and basically a no-go-area after dark. However, more interesting is the ghost said to haunt it. Read More »

Southend-on-Sea UFO (1954)

14 October 1954 while flying over the Thames Estuary near Southend-on-Sea, at about 4.15pm, Flight Lieutenant James Saladin ,who was piloting a Gloster Meteor Mark VIII, spotted three objects approaching him. Two of these objects, one gold and one silver, flew to either side of his aircraft, and one directly in his flight path. He submitted a report of the incident to his airbase.

St Anne's Castle, Great Leighs

St Anne's Castle appeared in the Domesday Book (1086) and is one of the oldest pubs in the United Kingdom, if not the oldest. It is reputed to have a haunted room and poltergeist activity has been experienced in the past. Read More »

St Osyth's Dragon

There is a tradition that a Dragon prowled the area around St Osyth in the 12th Century. According to Sir Richard Baker (born 1568 – died 18 February 1645) 'In the seventeenth year of his (King Henry II) reign, there was seen at St. Read More »

St Osyth’s Fountain

Some wells in Britain are associated with the beheading of their patron saint, examples of which include the case of St Winifred, St Fremund, St Juthware and St Osyth. Read More »

Ursula Kemp and the St Osyth’s Witches

Ursula Kemp

In Chelmsford, 1582, fourteen women from St Osyth were put on trial. The charge was witchcraft. Ten of those women faced charges of 'bewitching to death'. Seperate skeletons found in St Osyth during 1921 were thought to belong to two of these women, executed as witches. Read More »

Viking Of Canvey Point

The Point (Canvey Point) is reputedly haunted by a phantom Viking. Raymond Lamont Brown in his 'Phantoms Legends, Customs and Superstitions Of The Sea (1972)' described the ghost as being '6 feet tall, fierce looking, with a beard and long moustaches.' He goes on to say that 'Wildfowlers and fishermen who have seen him say that he wears a horned helmet and jerkin of coarse leather. Read More »

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