Thursday, December 30, 2010


Listening to Richard Ingrams' excellent guest editorship of the Today programme this morning, I was amused to hear Dr Thomas Stuttaford's account of his haunted house in Norwich where he and his family often hear people walking up the stairs or in the bedrooms above. It reminded me of a ghost story told by my friend George in East Anglia.

George claimed to have a poltergeist in his house. He said that when he and his family were downstairs they would regularly hear somebody rushing through all the rooms upstairs, slamming all the doors. The children's toys would frequently be rearranged. One night he was in bed and heard a noise downstairs. He put on his dressing gown and ventured down to investigate. The radio was on, tuned in to a German station. His wife assured him that she had not left it on, nor would she listen to a German channel. George investigated the history of that house and discovered that a German POW had escaped and taken refuge there during the war. He may have died there.

One night George asked his wife if she could go and get him a cold drink from the fridge. She went downstairs, into the kitchen and let out a blood-curdling scream: when she opened the fridge there was one of her son's teddy bears sitting on the shelf. George had put it there as a joke.

They have now moved house.
Happy New Year!


Anonymous kinglear said...

When I lived in an old house on the shores of Lac Leman many years ago, we had a "Grey Lady" who used to float up the stairs and out of the attic window.
We later found that a girl had been kept there to stop her running off with an unsuitable young man, and, driven mad by frustration, had run up the stairs and jumped out of the attic window, killing herself around 1906.
I have long believed that people have a " magnetic miasma" around them which stays with them in normal circumstances, but in time of great stress or emotion it detaches itself and can stay where that event occured. The seeing of "water nymphs" near running streams and beauty spots (invariably described as laughing or happy and running) is where people had happy times - and water has the ability to create electric/magnetic fields which capture the personal miasma, a bit like a dvd recorder. In the case of the grey lady, because she died, there was nowhere for the miasma to go back to......
You can put me down as barking mad now....

11:08 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Great story! Happy New Year KL!

12:14 pm  
Blogger Angus said...

Back in Scotland we used to live in a large and very, very old house. Sometimes, when the house was empty our housekeeper used to bring her little five year old boy along to work with her. The wee fellow, being the adventurous sort, used to wander the corridors. Time after time he returned to the kitchen to talk about playing with the two ladies in the north wing bedroom. We used to dismiss this as childish foolery.

2:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy and prosperous 2011 to you all in winchester..may the markets be with you!!!! oh mighty

5:09 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You're scaring me, WW! Happy New Year!

10:08 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Spooky, Angus!

Thank you Anon & WL

9:10 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

Angus - children frequently see things - I believe it's because our primeval "sixth sense" is much stronger in them than in us elder statesmen and women...
NOW you can say I'm barking..

6:31 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Possible, KL

8:31 am  

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