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Enfield Poltergeist. London

In 1977 a small semi-detached council house in Enfield, North London,

In 1977 a small semi-detached council house in Enfield, North London, became the centre of an investigation into poltergeist activity.

The case of the Enfield Poltergeist held the nation spellbound 30 years ago, and continues to this day! All manner of professions where caught up in the story which puzzlled policemen, psychics, experts in the occult and hardened reporters alike .

This May Sky Living is airing a 3 Part drama based upon the events at the house in Enfiled. Called the  The Enfield Haunting
http://www.sky.com/tv/show/the-enfield-haunting

Enfield Poltergeist involved levitation, furniture being moved through the air, and flying objects swirling towards witnesses. There were cold breezes, physical assaults, graffiti, water appearing on the floor, and claims of matches and wiring spontaneously bursting into flame.

Mrs Harper and her four young children who lived at the property where subjected to unexplained knocking on the walls, furniture moving across a room by its self amongst other terrifying events that would lead on of Britain’s national papers into the foray. The family in the Enfield case consisted of a mother, two daughters and two sons; Margaret aged 12, a younger sister Janet aged 11, Johnny aged 10 and Billy aged 7.

Investigation

The incidents were duly investigated by Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair, both members of the SPR, who were convinced by the evidence which they encountered during their thirteen month investigation. The investigators captured the event of a chair being flung across one of the young girls bedrooms, with a signed affidavit to that effect by serving policewoman. Interference with the electrics, knocking on walls and floorboards, blankets torn from the beds, and even accounts of the children levitating in mid air all added to the horrors the Harpers had reported and now the investigative team had to endure.

Of all the accounts recorded by Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair, the most troubling is that of  the daughter Janet aged 11, the young girl at the centre of the events seemingly acted as the mouthpiece for Bill Wilkins, a foul-mouthed, grumpy old man who had died in the house many years before.

Janet was witnessed and recorded speaking using false vocal folds for hours on end while she was apparently possessed by another entity. Speaking in this way is believed to be impossible, although not medically proven. When speaking with the false cords Janet said she was “Bill” who had died in the house of a brain haemorrhage. The “Bill” persona habitually made jokes and exhibited a very nasty temper, swearing at Maurice, once calling him a “fucking old sod”.

Several recordings were made of these occurrences by the BBC, who left recording devices to capture any audio anomaly’s, when the recording team recovered the devices they found the metal inside of the recording machines bent, and all recordings erased.

Later due to the mounting media interest Grosse was contacted by a man who claimed to be Bill’s son, who in turn confirmed the details of his father death and personality.

Over the course of 13 month many inexplicable events took place, at least 26 of which the investigators considered could not be accounted for by fraud. These included moving furniture, flying marbles, interference with bedclothes, cold breezes, pools of water on the floor, apparitions, physical assaults, graffiti, equipment malfunction and failure, disappearance and reappearance of objects, apparent levitations, and fires which spontaneously ignited and extinguished themselves.

Naturally, many questioned whether it was all a hoax — but no explanation other than the paranormal has ever been convincingly put forward

More Information About Enfield Poltergeist

Watch the trailer for The Enfield Haunting – the brand new three part drama series coming soon to Sky Living HD

Ghost Hunting Around London?

London has long been considered the most haunted city in the world. There are hundreds of places in Central and Greater London where ghosts have been encountered. Some places even have more than one ghost!

Many of the city’s most famous locations are haunted. They include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and even Heathrow Airport and the O2 Arena. In addition to these well-known locations there are hundreds of less well-known sites which can boast a ghost or two, including, pubs, parks, theatres, churches, roads and railway stations. The River Thames is haunted, and several of the bridges that span it. There are also many obscure houses in quiet back streets where ghosts have been seen.

A new Kindle book that has just launched here in the UK and in time for Halloween is Haunted Sites of London by Richard Holland.

If you’re planning on doing a little ghost-hunting in London this Halloween, Haunted Island highly recommends buying yourself a copy of Haunted Sites of London so that you can discover more about the ghosts, haunted happenings and paranormal activity of one of the world’s most historic capitals, literally with a touch of a finger!

This Kindle book provides a most comprehensive guide to London’s haunted sites, with over 300 locations throughout the city, detailing the ghosts haunting each location and the fascinating stories behind them.

Whilst placing your order with this Halloween’s must have ghost hunters book, why not whet your appetite further, by having a quick read of some of Haunted Islands own tales of Ghostly goings on in the Capital, such delights include, The Ghost of Cock Lane, Haunted Drury Lane Theatre & the world famous Enfield Poltergeist

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 →

St Bartholomew Church. London

Heralded as the most haunted church in London. The Norman church is situated in Smithfield, near to a site where hundreds of people had been executed.

Heralded as the most haunted church in London. The Norman church is situated in Smithfield, near to a site where hundreds of people had been executed.

Tortured cries have been heard in the church and are thought to be the ghostly cries of a priest who was burnt alive in an iron cage during the reign of Henry VIII. A twelfth century monk called Rahere also haunts the area around his tomb.