Borley Rectory was an old Victorian mansion that was built in the late 1800s and suffered from a fire in the early 1930s. The mansion and grounds housed both civilian and religious families, which could explain the odd collection of ghosts present. Known as the “Most Haunted House in England,” the area's paranormal activity includes the ghosts of a tragic love affair, pleads for help scrawled onto the walls and active poltergeist phenomenon. Now that the rectory itself is gone, the land and the church across the street continue to hold the interest of ghost hunters as paranormal phenomenon continues to be evident there. Be respectful while visiting, as many of the nearby locations are privately owned and locals don’t appreciate the paranormal attention.
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Things you need
- Transportation to England and the Borley Rectory area
- Digital camera
- Digital voice recorder
- Permission to investigate or tour ticket
Book a Ghost Tour of London. Although the building itself was demolished in the 1940’s, the land continues to give people plenty of paranormal activity to work with. Many ghost tours in this area feature the Borley Rectory site on its tour.
Visit Borley on your own. Borley is just west of Sudbury, off the B1064 road. Check for spiritual activity in the churchyard next door as well. Take lots of photos here as many people get lots of orbs and even apparitions here.
Look for the nun. The nun apparition is one of the most prevalent on these grounds and reports go back as far as 1900. Four daughters of the rector living on the premises reported seeing this ghostly form walking in the distance and as they approached, she just disappeared. This nun form has been seen for decades since, appearing in many places on the property.
Listen for the sounds of bells ringing and horse drawn carriages at night. First reported by the wife of Reverend Smith, who took possession of the rectory in 1927, the story goes that after Mrs. Smith discovered a female skull in a cabinet, the paranormal activity picked up, resulting in lots of auditory phenomenon.
Look for messages. The wife of the next reverend to live in the house was Marianne Foyster, and her presence there brought the activity to another level. Scrawled notes would appear on the walls begging Marianne for help, and although some spirits appeared to want her assistance, others tormented her by pushing her down stairs and trying to smother her under a mattress.
Study the Price Report. In 1935 a ghost hunting maverick, Harry Price took over the property to investigate the paranormal happenings. He studied the building for a year and made breakthroughs via communication with the spirit of a nun who stated she was buried on the grounds. When the rectory burnt down, bones were discovered in the foundation of the property.
Do some EVP work. Sit quietly in the churchyard and ask to speak to the present spirits. Ask for names and dates and see what you get.
Tips and warnings
- Get to know the locals and be respectful. You will have a much better experience if you do.
- Do not trespass. Much of the old rectory land was sold off to private owners, so be careful where you go and obey all signs.
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