Coalhouse Fort

Coalhouse Fort on the banks of the Thames, in Essex is an area with a strong connection to the military. Originally it was the site of an artillery battery which has been long since demolished. It was rebuilt as part of the coastal defences in the 1860s before becoming the site of a monitoring station during World war 2. After the war the fort was used as a storage facility by the Bata shoe company, before eventually being bought by Thurrock council in 1962. The area which surrounds the fort is now open as a public park, although the fort itself remains closed.

Given the military connections, and the associations with violence, and death it is no surprise that the fort is known to have a number of resident ghosts.

Eerie voices, and mysterious footsteps are common here, as is the sound of something heavy being dragged across the floor. Many witnesses report dark figures coming towards them before suddenly vanishing directly in front of them.

Some visitors have related accounts of them being touched by invisible hands, and in some cases have even been attacked by unseen assailants. Poltergeist activity is a common occurence at Coalhouse Fort. Stones are often thrown at visitors, and in some cases lightbulbs have also be thrown either at people, or simply across the room. Unusually, the most active room in the fort is the washroom. The washroom is home to a malevolent presence that the workers at the fort know as Harry. Harry has been known to throw chairs, and other items across the room, and even occasionally at visitors. Many of those who have spent time at the fort have reported that the longer anyone spends in the washroom the more upset and violent Harry becomes towards them. A visit to Coalhouse Fort always includes the possibility for the mysterious, and events can quickly escalate, so be prepared for anything when you enter the fort.