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By Jensen House When it comes to famous haunting, Borley Rectory has it all! The building was once dubbed the most haunted England and it was investigated by one of the UKs most well known Paranormal investigators.
If your real passion is investigation the paranormal then it is impossible for you to not have heard of the event that took place at Borley Rectory.
Borley Rectory was built in 1862 as a home for Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull and his family and it was in 1863 that the first recorded incident allegedly took place. A builder working on the buildings construction alleged to have witnessed some-thing paranormal but against his better judge-ment, simply put it down to his imagination.
Shortly after The Revered and his family moved in they reported the sound of unex-plained footsteps but didnt explore this any further. They thought it could simply be the building creaking.Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull died in 1892 and passed the building to his son, Reverend Henry Foyster Bull.
In 1900 they experienced their first strange occurrence when the Reverends family re-ported the sighting of a Nun just outside the house. They had become startled but her presence and attempted to speak to her, but she disappeared.
During their time in the house they had become convinced that it was haunted after experiencing several unexplained events. In 1928 Foyster Bull died and Reverend Smith moved in. Shortly after they moved in, his wife came across a skull in a brown package whilst cleaning out a cupboard. The skull was said to belong to a girl and after its discovery it appeared that the activity would increase!
The family reported a huge amount of para-normal occurrences from the sound of servant bells ringing that had been discon-nected to bright anomalies in windows. On another occasion, Mrs Smith claimed she witnessed a horse drawn carriage outside the property but turned to see it had disappeared.
The family were so convinced the rectory was haunted that on June 10th 1929 they contact The Daily Mirror who sent a reporter and paranormal investigator Harry Price to the property. Price arrived at the property on June 12th and shortly after his arrival the spir-its appeared to become more violent throw stones, smashing vases and appeared to com-municate with them by tapping on the frame of a mirror.
Mrs Smith had doubts about the activity which was heightened when Price left the property and the activity stopped. She accused Price of creating the phenomena and noted that Price was an expert conjurer. The Smiths vacated the property in July 1929 and a cousin of the original owner moved in, Lionel Foyster and his family. After moving in the family would also experience strange phenomena. Foyster decided to write about the incidents which included windows shat-tering, stones being thrown at them and vari-ous poltergeist activity. Foyster conducted two exorcisms, which both failed to stop the spirits. However, the family would eventually move out after Mr Foyster discovered that his wife was having an affair with a lodger. She used the paranormal experiences to cover up the affair. Mr Foyster became ill and eventually moved out in 1935. The building remained vacant until May 1937 when, Price himself moved in after signing a year contract. His aim was to prove he wasnt creating the phenomena and he invited a group of people, mainly students, to take part in his experiments. The group conducted several experiments with the aim of speaking to the spirits. During one divination experiment two spirits came forward. One of a French Nun and one called Sunex Amures who claimed he would reveal bones a murdered body. Several years later, Price excavated the site where the bones were said to be buried and discovered what he believed were human bones. The claims were disregarded as many believed they were nothing more than pig bones.
During another experiment Price claimed that so much information was coming through that they had to use the walls to write information. During his year at the property it seemed that the activity was indeed genu-ine. This was backed up by those taking part.
The story of Borley met its grizzly end when its last owner accidently knocked over an oil lamp whilst unpacking boxes in 1939. The fire swept through the building causing intense damage. The rectory was left in ruins for sev-eral years until it was eventually demolished in 1944 after wind continued to cause more damage and it was deemed unsafe.
Strangely, even those sent to demolish the building claim to experience something ghostly. One man was taking photos, when he looked back he saw a picture of brick be-ing thrown. Although, it is important to note that the photo itself has been highly disputed because it looks like the brick is dropping.
Despite the fact that the Rectory no longer exists it hasnt deterred current paranormal enthusiasts from investigating the area. Many believe that the spirits have moved to the Church across the road.
The Church was left derelict for several years and each year hundreds of enthuasist descend in Borley in search of the ghosts of the most haunted house in England.
The events at Borley Rectory continue to divide the paranormal community. Whilst many believe that Prices research was genu-ine, other dispute his claims as Prices attempt to become famous. Either way, we will never truly know.
However, you have to take a close look at the facts. The original claims came from the Reverends and their families. Why would they make up such stories and why would one family be so scared that they felt the need to contact The Daily Mirror to put them in touch with an investigator?
Price was a well established investigator at the time and has conducted a lot of in depth research in the paranormal. He was a member of SPR, which was one of the paranormal re-search groups at the time. He had built up and impressive CV in the paranormal community, why would the risk all that to create events?
On the other side, Mrs Smith made claims against Price early on. But she wasnt the only one to raise suspicions. After Prices death in 1948 three members of SPR, two of which were good friends of Price launched an inves-tigation into Prices research at Borley. They concluded that Price had created some of the phenomena using the buildings acoustics and design.
Former resident Marianne Foyster also ad-mitted later in her life that she hadnt actually encountered anything paranormal in the rec-tory at all. She claimed the noises were made by the wind and that her husband was simply playing practical jokes to scare her after hearing about the ghosts.
She wasnt the only former resident to claim that they hadnt encountered anything either.
The Children of one of the Reverends claimed to be surprised when they discovered that Borley Rectory was being dubbed Englands most haunted house because they had seen anything paranormal at all.
One former resident believed so much that it wasnt haunted that a TV documentary had to be halted after she threatened legal action its producers. She noted that the ghosts of Borley were not real.
However, there has also been a lot of support for Prices work including from renowned investigation Peter Underwood who stated that he believed Prices work was accurate and that he did not create any phenomena.
One question does always come to mind. Why was this house so haunted? The an-swer lies with the history of the land it was built on. The house was built on the former grounds of a 13th century monastery and the reason for the Nuns was that there was a convent not too far away. Its alleged the fre-quented the monastery.
Perhaps this is the reason why the house was believed to be doomed from the start. The house may have been burned down but it seems the ghosts arent in a rush to leave.
Just take a look on Youtube and you can browse through thousands of videos of peo-ple who have tried to encounter the spirits of the rectory. Most seem to focus on the church which was left empty and locked by a metal chain.
Those brave enough to approach the church have experienced its organ playing by itself, a ghostly choir singing and other strange phenomena which you have to admit it pretty firm evidence considering you couldnt get in to the church itself.
I must stress that the Rectory itself no longer exists and the land is now split up and privately owned. The only existing part is the cottage which was there before the Rectory was built. No ghostly activity has been reported in the cottage.
If you do happen to stop by in Borley to look for ghosts, you probably wont feel welcome. Unfortunately, the residents of Borley are said to worry about any ghost hunters who in the past, have caused damage to the area. I guess we will never truly find out if Borley Rectory really was haunted or not. Whilst Harry Price was a reputable investigator, there continues to be a lot of scepticism about his work at Borley. I have always a huge interest in cases like this and think the validity of the claims speak for themselves. Borley Rectory is one of the worlds most fa-mous ghost stories, despite the differences in opinio