Wednesday, 1 June 2011

We Live With A Ghost (Or Two)

We live with a ghost. There is no getting away from it. In fact the building itself is haunted by more than one restless spirit – and one of them was caught on camera!

The building where we live for part of the week dates from around 1760 and has gone through many different configurations – as shops, dwelling places, a combination thereof and is now a club beneath with a two floor flat above. This was unoccupied for many years until we moved in following extensive renovations. Almost immediately things started to happen. And they were mostly nice, welcoming things, as if our invisible ‘visitor’ wanted to make us feel comfortable.

We have arrived to find the TV switched on, lights on and, before you say we had carelessly left them on before we left, we hadn’t. In fact, we had checked that everything was switched off just a few minutes before we left. And no, sorry, no-one else could have sneaked in and done it either!

Meanwhile, in another part of the building, used by the Club, other things were happening. In the Snooker Room, chalk was regularly moved as were beer mats, and then, at around six one morning, my husband came down to our kitchen, whereupon he heard the distinctive sound of the gents’ toilet flushing. This is next to the Snooker Room and on the other side of our wall. He logged the time precisely, thinking that maybe the cleaners had arrived unusually early. 

When, mid-morning, he heard the sound of the Barman arriving to start his shift, my husband went downstairs to the Club and asked to check the CCTV (he’s the Treasurer). Evidently the Cleaners had arrived later, at their usual time, so who had been in the Gents? Fortunately CCTV was trained on the area immediately outside. As he watched and, at precisely the same time as he had logged the flushing of the toilet, there was a distinctive, if fast-moving, waft of white smoke across the camera. He continued to watch. Nothing else happened. Other staff watched it. I watched it.
This was some months ago and no one has yet been able to explain it. There was no one there or we would have seen them. The cameras have been tried and tested to ensure there is no hiding place for anyone and they are motion activated. Yes, they were all in perfect working order.

Since then, things move from time to time in the Snooker Room and a couple of the bar staff have been so unnerved by the goings-on there that they refuse to go up there. One of the staff is certain he heard his name called one night when he was locking up after everyone had gone home. So certain in fact that he answered. There was no one there.

It seems the ghost in our flat is friendly. My husband has been aware of her moving around when he has been there alone but neither of us has ever felt threatened. The one in the Snooker Room, on the other hand, displays clear belligerent tendencies.

(Not one of ours - this is probably the most famous ghost photo ever taken - The Brown Lady. Its authenticity has never been disproved)

Do you live with a ghost? I’d love to hear about it.


  1. Great post. I've heard it said meeting places attract spirits which could account for your having more than one "visitor". I live in an old house too but I've never seen anything. Used to smell pipe tobacco sometimes but haven't noticed that for a while.

  2. There is one part of the Club that I simply won't venture into anymore. Not since I had a most unpleasant experience there.