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Borley Rectory Essex
Borley Rectory Essex

Borley Rectory had the reputation of being the most haunted house in England, or in the world. Borley Rectory was built in 1863 on the site of a Monastery. The reports of strange occurrences date back to the mid to late 1800's however, the first documented evidence of Paranormal activity was in the early 1900's.

The first reports that became public attention were from 1928 when the then owner Guy Eric Smith and his wife contacted the Daily Mirror Newspaper to report the strange goings on. The newspaper then took on the help of a Paranormal investigator known as Harry Price. Mr Price stayed at the Rectory to carry out extensive research for more than a year.

For a Rectory of such a reputation of being the most haunted in England  is not surprising there is no shortage of Paranormal activity. One of the earliest sightings and perhaps the most famous is that of the Nun. According to locals, a Nun from a nearby Nunnery fell in love with a Monk from the Monastery, and the pair attempted to elope together.

They were found and sentenced to death. The Monk was reported to have been sent to the gallows in the Monastery whilst the Nun was sealed into the walls of the Nunnery alive. The Nun is believed to be the one that is seen in the grounds of Borley Rectory, looking for the Monk in the hope of running away together once more. The Nun has been seen and heard many times over the years, she seemed to be most active during the time in which Rev. Harry Bull lived there.

The next most significant of reports comes from Eric Smith and his Wife, they reported mysterious footsteps, door bells ringing of their own accord and Poltergeist activity which occurred on numerous occasions. It was Eric Smith and his Wife who reported their experiences to the Daily Mirror Newspaper, who then arranged for the Paranormal investigator Harry Price to stay and investigate.

Whilst staying there for just over a year, Harry Price witnessed the reported poltergeist phenomena first hand. He was said to have contacted the spirit of the past tenant Rev. Harry Bull who died there years before. After many attempts to exorcise Borley Rectory the property continued with media intrusions until in 1930 Mr and Mrs Smith left the Rectory for good for a quiet life elsewhere.

The residents of the Rectory were Rev. Foyster and his wife Marianne. They both were to continue to experience all the same phenomena that Harry Price and the Smith's had witnessed before them. However, the poltergeist activity seemed to become more aggressive with reports of smashed glasses, broken windows, and Marianne being thrown from her bed by an unseen force. The couple were to also experience other unworldly messages on the walls which defied any logical reason like other phenomena .

After 5years of what must have been very frightening indeed, the Foysters left the Rectory leaving Harry Price to move in and continue his study without interference. However during his stay he and his team of researchers were left relatively disappointed as they witnessed very little activity compared to what had been witnessed before.

A full account of what Harry Price experienced was published in the book, The Most Haunted House In England.

Even after the Rectory was burned to the ground, reports continued to emerge. The most recent of reports occurred in the Parish Church, were phantom organ music is heard, and a ghost of a Nun moving around the Church Yard.

As the rectory no longer exists the air will be captured from Borley Village at a location close to where the rectory stood.

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