A Bump in the night, Cambridge

Ghostly Figure of the Raynham Hall Brown Lady

Baj from Cambridgeshire kindly submitted this personal account…

In late January of 2012, I woke up in the middle of the night and had to go to the toilet. To get there, I had to go down a flight of stairs. As I reached the top of the stairs I looked down and saw two young girls in naval uniform playing with each other – they looked as if they were playing not inside a house, but in some recreational park or somewhere where there is plenty of space. They seemed oblivious to their domestic surroundings!

I couldn’t hear them but I could see their grey / silvery outlines clearly. The colour of their uniforms was almost completely bleached out until it was close to sepia, what little colour there was looked very faint to me, but I could distinguish the darker shades of navy blue and deep red stripes on their clothes.

Although their outlines were easy to define, I could see straight through them.

One of the girls glanced up and noticed me looking down at them from the top of the stairs – at that very moment she broke away from her friend and ran off – disappearing through a side door (into the living room) and vanishing. Her friend followed straight after.

I stood there at the top of the stairs wondering whether I should go down there to the toilet or else pee in my tracksuit pants. I decided that peeing in my pants wasn’t much of an option, so at the risk of confronting these two ghostly girls once more, I finally decided to take myself to the toilet downstairs.

I went down the stairs and turned on every light within reach as I walked through 2 more rooms before finally making it to the toilet. While I felt like I was taking the longest pee in my whole life, I continually looked over my shoulder and out of the corner of my eye for ghostly-looking girls playing about in the house.

There was no more sign of them…phew!

I finally went back up the stairs and got back into bed. My partner had woken up by now and before I could tell her about my experience, she told me that she’d just been dreaming about herself as a little girl, involved in some performance. She said she was dressed up in some national costume.

I asked her if it was a navy uniform and whether she had a friend in those days. She said no to both questions. I then told her, with as much detail as I could recall, what I’d just seen at the top of the stairs.

This was an experience that I’d never had before and I immediately began to wonder what it was that I’d experienced: had my partner shared her dream with me while we were asleep and that I was visualizing something residual at the top of the stairs after I woke up to go to the toilet? Or was the apparition of these girls something completely separate?

The description of the way the girls were dressed in the apparition seemed very similar to what my partner described herself as wearing in her dream.

Ghost or something else? Meopham. Kent

A man driving through Blue Bell Hill in 1992 saw a young girl appear and start running towards his vehicle.

Dan from Meopham in Kent kindly submitted this personal account…
Let me start by saying I am not sure if this is a ghost or something else. When I was about 8 I was visiting my aunts house with my family I had been there lots of times before and never had anything even remotely strange happen.

It was about 9 pm in summer and was just starting to get dark, I was playing in their hall way by myself and heard a scratching sound I looked around but saw nothing and kept on playing after about another ten minutes I heard a very low growl I looked up and saw eyes and teeth about 7 feet above me the next thing I remember was my mum telling me so stop screaming. Every body in the house was now in the hall way and wondering what I was screaming about.

After I had calmed down I was told nothing was there and not to worry the usual stuff you get told at that age. I have been back to my aunts place lots of times since and never seen anything but I always get the feeling of being watched when im sitting in there front room or walking in the hallway

Ghost or an Imaginary friend. Newcastle

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Stacie Fitzpatrick from Newcastle kindly submitted this personal account…

I was about 8 years old and me and my sisters were at my Dads for the weekend, ever since he moved in this new house with his girlfriend. My Dad says I started action really strange, well anyway one summer day my dad was having a BBQ and he told my sister to come upstairs and get me, she said, when she came up I was sitting on the bed facing the other bed talking to my self.

I can remember all of this happening because I wasn’t talking to my self I was talking to a little boy was about 7, my sister came down and told my dad I was scaring her so he came up to get me.. He kept asking me who I was speaking to and I said my friend, I couldn’t understand why no one but me could see this little boy, the little boy told me he didn’t know his name and didn’t know why he was in my dads house, after that the little boy followed me everywhere he even came back to my Nans with me.

The doctors just called it as having a imaginary friend but I know he was not imaginary he was a Ghost, when I got older I was about 13 my dad still lived in that house and the lady next door told me that a little boy buy the name Tommy died by get beat up buy his parents to much it was horrifying. That’s my story and that’s how I met my best-friend when I was young, sound ridiculous but this is a true story.

The Devils Bible – Codex Gigas

The Devils Bible – Codex Gigas is a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge and ancient arcane spells.

According to legend in the Middle Ages, a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive as punishment. In an desperate appeal for clemency he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever. However, as midnight approached the enormity of the task became to much and sure that he could not complete this task alone, he made a special pact, not with God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul.

The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid.

The Devils Bible Documentary

The documentary explores the The “Devil’s Bible, from its creation and tries to answer the questions relating to this mysterious and aged codex.
The codex is bound in a wooden folder covered with leather and ornate metal cornering. At 92 cm (36.2in.) tall, 50 cm (19.7in.) wide and 22 cm (8.6in.) thick it is the largest known medieval manuscript.

Weighing 74.8 kg (165 pounds),  the same weight as an average human, the Codex Gigas is composed of 310 leaves of vellum allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys .

The Codex Gigas is the world’s largest medieval manuscript.  It initially contained 320 sheets, though some of these were subsequently removed.  It is unknown who removed the pages or for what purpose but it seems likely that they contained the monastic rules of the Benedictine’s.

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RAAF Ghost, Langham. Norfolk

Does the Ghost of Royal Australian Air Force Flight sergeant haunt the church at Langham in Norfolk?

In June 1996, my wife (who is an American) and I went for weekend trip to Norfolk to escape London. We had a marvellous few days there. The weather was fine and the beaches uncrowded. We decided to drive along the back roads away from the coast to see what we could find.

We stopped at a small place called Langham, and went to have a look at the little church there. It was open and nobody was around. We went inside and, by the altar. saw a thrush fluttering about, looking for a way out. Amy walked back down the aise to open the door and I tried to guide the bird towards it. She opened the door and came face-to-face with a young man dressed in a dark blue uniform. He stood looking at her for a moment, smiled, the vanished. She thought she was hallucinating, but she was able to describe his face and his uniform in some detail. She distinctly recalled the half-wing and the letter “O” above his breast pocket, and that his tunic was dark, like a sailor’s, and that he had stripes and a crown on his sleeve.

Amy knew nothing about military uniforms, and less still about those worn by the British. When we arrived home a day or so later, I showed her photos of RAF uniforms, but the blue was the wrong shade. She later positively identified the uniform of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the rank of flight sergeant. The “O” was a brevet work by observers (later navigators). RAF Langham was once home to 455 Squadron on the RAAF. The observer’s badge was superceded in 1942 and 455 Squadron occupied Langham in 1944. Perhaps the soul she saw was a long-serving airman, or perhaps he served with an RAF squadron early in the war. It’s a tantalising mystery but I have no doubt that she saw what she claimed to have seen. She is a very level-headed woman, not given to flights of fancy.

The clincher for her was Heather and Geoff, our friends and neighbours, both of whom served for many years with the RAF. Heather was a believer and told Amy she’d seen the spirit of a dead flyer who was likely doing what he enjoyed in life: enjoying the sights and sounds of an English summer’s day. Heather thought that the young man died a violent death and that perhaps he didn’t know that he had passed on. Whatever the case may be, I hope he finds rest.

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