On the 20th of February, 1582, Ursula Kemp was ripped from the arms of her beloved son on the orders of Sir Brian Darcy, the local priory owner and magistrate. The charge: Witchcraft! She and and 12 other alleged witches were thrown into the Cage prison, they will be known as the Witches of St-Osyth.


At the end of the trial three were found guilty, including Ursula, and were sentenced to death by hanging.


The Cage remained as a prison for men, women and children up until 1908. After this time it became a private residence. Many of the subsequent owners could not handle the paranormal activities and sold on quickly, and in recent years there has been a suicide.


It has been owned by Vanessa Mitchell since 2004, but she only lasted living there for just over three years because of the relentless paranormal activity. The house has been empty for over ten years.


The house has now been cleared of the many “evil residents” encountered over the years: vision of a satanic looking goat, growling, moving shadows, violent rattles, drop in temperature and vision of ghostly figures quite often trying to push the living down the steep staircase. All of that seems to have gone, it is still haunted but there seems to be a certain newly found harmony within.



It is time for someone else to take on this unique Cage, one of only seven cages left in the country, and none with the reputation of this one. Maybe someone interested in the paranormal? Or maybe someone wishing to invest and turn it into a lucrative holiday cottage for the ultimate paranormal experience?


Florent Lambert is the Agent selling “the Most Haunted House in Essex”



Could it be you?
Call or email Florent at Home Domus 360 to register your interest and book your special viewing experience.


First viewings will take place from Saturday 1st of June by appointment only, Vanessa Mitchell the current keeper of the Cage and co-author of “Spirits of the Cage” will guide you inside.


The Cage will choose the next Keeper from June 6th


  1. James on 21st May 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Advertise it as that and rent it out for weekends as there are plenty of people that love that sort of thing, turn it into money and all the hard work is done (rumours) .

    • Deborah belfast on 21st May 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Well said James, he would make is money back in no time

  2. Tony Summers on 21st May 2019 at 11:55 pm

    The problem with offering as paranormal weekends is the people that then start doing Ouija boards and begin opening doors that were closed. A place like this needs strict rules on what can and can’t be done before going that route I think.

    • mandy smith on 22nd May 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Your right Tony, unfortunately there are Allot of irresponsible people out there, that have no idea what they’re doing, Ouiji boards are one of the main courses of bad hauntings and spirit attachments to date, and sadly when you get idiots like Evette Fieldings “Most Haunted” that make it look like the best way to communicate with the dead your going to get people who don’t see an issue with it. Even homes that were never originally haunted have had bad experiences after an Ouiji session.
      So, if this is the way they end up advertising this place, then rules need to be set in stone first.

    • Jonathon Fakename on 22nd May 2019 at 4:47 pm

      True, that would likely turn this place into a hell hole again.. and even affect nearby houses.

  3. antoinette casemore on 22nd May 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Hi there,
    How much is the sale price?

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