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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.

Roman Soldiers on the Road. Essex

The ghostly spectre of a Roman Centurion has been seen marching towards the village of Peldon, and has been seen by many drivers.

The ghostly spectre of a Roman Centurion has been seen marching towards the village of Peldon, and has been seen by many drivers.

One witness said he had been travelling along the road in a taxi when he encountered a group of Roman soldiers in the road, who disappeared.

Canewden Church. Essex

Canewden village has long been associated with witchcraft.

Canewden village has long been associated with witchcraft.

According to a prophecy by the famous 19th century James Murell, the Essex village of Canewdon would be populated with Witches “forever”. The spirit of a faceless witch (who was executed 300 years ago), is said to rise from her grave and float among the headstones. The ghost then floats through the west gate and disappears at the river. Continue reading →

St Mary’s Churchyard. West Essex

A horrific figure of a skeleton has been seen pushing a cart through St Mary’s Churchyard.

A horrific figure of a skeleton has been seen pushing a cart through St Mary’s Churchyard.

It is said that the figure is searching for his long dead wife. Highwayman Dick Turpin also haunts the graves in this cemetery. The spectre of the Highwayman has been seen galloping down the High Road, Loughton, which was one of the areas he would hold-up, and rob his poor unfortunate victims.