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Borley Rectory. Essex

The strange unexplained phenomenon at Borley rectory during the 1920s and 1930s

The strange unexplained phenomenon at Borley rectory during the 1920s and 1930’s are probably among the most famous in England.

Built for the Reverend H.D.E Bull 1863, Borley was constructed on the site of a Benedictine Monastery. Both the Reverend Bull and his son Harry passed away in Borley’s ‘Blue room’ which was reported to be the most haunted spot in the house. Famously Harry Price leased the Rectory for a year so he could conduct his investigations with a team of researchers.

The results of his detailed and lengthy investigation were published in ‘The Most Haunted House in England’. In 1885, there were sightings of a ghostly nun at the rectory. She was believed to be the ghost of a 13th century Nun from a nearby convent who fell in forbidden love with a monk from the local monastery.

They paid a high price for their affair – the monk was hanged, and the Nun walled up inside the convent. In 1900, two sisters of the then owner Harry Bull, reportedly saw the Nun one day in the gardens. She has also appeared to many local people. A phantom coach and horses has also been seen in the vicinity of the Rectory. Mysterious footsteps, doorbells ringing have also been heard by visitors.

Poltergeist phenomena have also been experienced and recorded at the haunted building. Smashed glasses and stone throwing, mysterious writing on the walls and people being thrown from their beds by an unearthly force have all been reported. In 1939 Borley was destroyed by a fire and the ruin was finally demolished completely in 1944.

70 plus years on and Borley Rectory in Essex is once again hitting the public imagination,  specifically Ashley Thorpe’s who will be realeasing in 2012, his film The true story of ‘Borley Rectory – The Most Haunted House in England’. based upon the incidents and recorded expereinces of the renowed psychic investigator Harry Price.

Borley Rectory Teaser Trailer from Ashley Thorpe on Vimeo.

Bell Lane, Enfield. London

Phantom Coach of Bell Lane, Enfield London - Hanging Judge jeffery's

Does the spectral coach of evil Judge Jeffrey’s recount its journey through Bell Lane in Enfield London?

Popular local story tells of the Phantom Coach of Enfield, which by all accounts, the ghostly coach travels silently down bell lane and suddenly vanishes into thin air, whilst being drawn by a team of ghostly black horses.

If the reports are to be considered factual, the coach belonged to the evil Judge Jeffrey’s, also known at the time as ‘Hanging Judge Jeffrey’s’ circa 1600’s who, it’s also speculated rides inside the ghostly coach. Interestingly enough Judge Jeffrey’s is known as Hanging Judge Jeffrey’s because of the punishment of death by hanging, he saw fit to hand out at the trials of the supporters of the Duke of Monmouth.

Seen a couple of times in the twentieth century, the ghostly passengers are said to be quite clear and distinct. A 14 year old boy who was cycling down Bell Lane during the 1940’s has said to have passed through the apparition.

The reports of the coach, however, have been commonplace for many years and it would appear sightings of it are usually observed at dusk or at night.

More information on this case can be read at the Blog of David Farrant

Ghost of Cock Lane. London

Scratching Fanny - The Cock Lane Ghost

The couple who took up lodgings at the home of Richard Parsons seemed ordinary enough, but with their arrival came a series of events that left Parsons fearing for his sanity – and his life

Cock Lane is a short, curving thorough-fare in the city of London on the fringes of Smithfield. In the mid 18th century it was a slightly run down, though respectable, area containing private houses, a tavern called the Wheat Sheaf, tradesmen’s shops and a charity school. At what is now No 20 lived Richard Parsons, who drew a stipend as officiating clerk at the nearby church of St. Sepulchre, Snow Hill, and had a wife and two young daughters, the eldest, Elizabeth, being about 11 years old when the Cock Lane mystery began.

Today, Parsons would probably be considered a scandal to the church, for he was a heavy drinker with a tendency to run into debt, particularly with his accommodating friend James Franzen, landlord of the Wheat Sheaf. In 1759, however, his drinking habits were no better and no worse than those of many a minor cleric, and he kept himself solvent by taking in lodgers. Continue reading →

Ghost Island – The Island of the Dolls

Ghost Island - Island of the Dolls - Haunted Mexico

Known as “La Isla de la Munecas”, by the Spanish, The Island of the Dolls

Located within an extensive network of canals, south of Mexico City, the island La Isla de la Munecas (The Island of the Dolls) is a place of mystery and superstition.

Almost every tree growing on the island is adorned with old, mutilated dolls that gives anyone who steps a foot on to the island the feeling that they’re constantly being watched. The Doll’s unblinking gaze is an eerier feeling as you make your way through the vegetation and undergrowth.

The story behind the Island of the Dolls began when a gentleman the name of Don Julian Santana took up permanent residence. Although he was married he chose to live over 50 years of his life alone dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of the Ghost Island.

Don Julian used to say he was haunted by the ghost of the little girl who had drowned in one of the canals around the island. Some say he used to fish the dolls from the water because he though they were real children, but the truth is he was collecting and placing them around his home as a shrine for the spirit that tormented him. Don Jullians obsession led him to trade home grown fruit and vegetables for old dolls and over the years he became more and more isolated with each doll adding to the collection.

Ironically, in 2001 Don Julian Santana was found dead by his nephew, in the same canal that he said the little girl drowned in. Now his Island of the Dolls is one of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions. Some tourists who visited this place claim the dolls whisper and you must offer them a gift upon setting foot on the island, to appease their spirits.

La Isla de la Munecas (The Island of the Dolls)  is a dark tourist attraction and many visitors are overwhelmed by the dead childish faces of dolls  that haunt this place, always looking as though the tourists are responsible for their deaths and macabre mutilated bodies. The Island of dolls is situated in Mexico and the reality is very harsh when one discovers the thousands of mutilated  dolls hanging from every tree on the island.

Raynham Hall. Norfolk

Ghostly Figure of the Raynham Hall Brown Lady

A ghost of a woman known as the Brown Lady haunts Raynham Hall. She has not been seen since 1936, however a very reliable photograph was taken of the apparition.

The spectre is seen in a long brown dress or cape. The first sighting was reported in 1835 by Colonel Loftus, who witnessed the ghost twice. His description was that she was wearing a brown satin dress and had only black empty sockets for eyes.

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