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Beeleigh Abbey

Haunted location: nr Maldon, Essex

Origin of the haunting: 16th Century

Background: This abbey was constructed in 1180 for the White Canons. In 1540 Henry VIII granted the abbey and lands to Sir John Gate, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Sir John's ghost tells the story.

Ghost story: My downfall was my support of Lady Jane Grey. Alas, she was Queen for only nine days in July 1553. Once Mary became Queen, supporters of Lady Jane were not dealt with kindly. They executed me on 22nd August 1553. I still visit my old home and sometimes l like to lie down on my bed. You can see and hear me on the 22nd August. I appear on the 11th August as well, hoping that someone will save me from my terrible fate.

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