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The Haunted Borley Rectory: England's Most Haunted Places

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haunted places borley recotryThe Borley Rectory is one of the most haunted places in England, with a long history of poltergeist activity. The Borley Rectory was built as a home for Reverend Henry Bull in 1863, and sits next door to the Borley Church.

Unusual activity at the rectory includes ghostly apparitions, floating objects, spontaneous displacement of objects, strange smells, cold spots, and the sound of galloping horses. When the rectory was destroyed by fire in 1939, photos of the ruins contained odd images and unexplained anomalies.

One of the last residents there (Captain W.H. Gregson) reported seeing the ghost of a nun wandering the grounds. Other witnesses report seeing Gregson’s ghost walking with a lady in a gray cloak and a bald man in a black jacket.

The most disturbing activity took place with Marianne, the wife of Reverend Lionel Foyster, who lived in the house beginning in 1930. An entity began communicating with Marianne by scratching messages on walls and the whole episode was captured on camera. Also photographed was a floating brick and an apparition that looked like a floating ribbon. Today, odd images and mysterious orbs appear in photographs taken at the Borley Rectory.

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Comments on The Haunted Borley Rectory: England's Most Haunted Places

September 29, 2009

jeff @ 11:50 am

This was a true place for our type of research. wish i could have been there with some of the great paranormal investigators of all time like Harry Price and Peter Underwood.

December 20, 2011

Mr Carl Fenn @ 9:21 pm

l have been involved in investigations of Borley rectory since 1977. When l first went there, some of the old rectory outbuildings were still standing. there was writing on the walls in wax crayon, and l immediately ruled this out as paranormal activity. over the years up to 2011, l have spent a lot of time at the church and rectory area — in the 80's, making tape recordings of the inside of the church, which concluded nothing.

there was one incident on a visit when the church went cold, but no other activity to conclude evidence of ghost activity. on another occasion, l took some post graduate friends of mine and we did some further recordings, which concluded negative. but l took some photographs in the church yard, and a ghostly hand appeared between the lens and the subjects; this was not due to me, as l am a professional photographer.

l presumed there were only two possibilities, it either happened in the lab, or when the film was manufactured — a third possibility is a genuine ghost. on another occasion in 1999, l set off from Norwich to stay all night in the month of august. l stayed until dawn broke, and made my way to the nuns.

walking as it started to get bright, we made a resting and observation post at the end of the nuns walk — looking towards the direction of where the old rectory once stood. after about 20 minutes and a couple of cig's the atmosphere around us turned cold. there was a strange sensation in the area around us. then, just a few feet away, there was an almighty loud crack, which sounded like a very large piece of wood had broken. immediately we looked for the source of the noise, but nothing was found that could indicate where it came from. the atmosphere returned to normal, it was like a build up of energy, ending with a loud unexplained noise a few feet from us.

in over thirty years, with many visits to Borley under my belt, these are the only things l have ever witnessed that may be linked to the hauntings of the church and old rectory area.

l will be spending more time there — in the hope that one day l might get a chance to see the well reported Borely Nun, and remain hopeful.

July 6, 2012

Mary Suzanne Ordonio @ 8:57 am

Soooo creeeppyy…but I still wanna go there !! :)