Borley Rectory

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  1. Nessa says:

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    I have just finished reading a excellent book The Borley Rectory Companion by P Adams, E Brazil and P Underwood. Wow if you want to read about this infamous haunting then this is the book to read. I just couldn’t put it down. Very well written and impartial.It also contains photographs and diagrams. It was published this year RRP £25, however have a look online for a cheaper deal. This is one of those cases that tends to keep on cropping up so I was looking for a book with a complete outlook on the place and I think this book is just that.Interesting read.

  2. Mauro says:

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    There are a few interesting things about the Borley Rectory.

    The first is the appearance in press in 2000 of a book named We Faked the Ghosts of Borley Rectory. In this book Louis Mayerling, a young boy at the time, relates how he became fast friend with the Harry Bull’s sons and discovered the whole family was having great fun perpetuating old ghost stories. Mayerling also said the Foysters decided to continue the tradition to enliven the boring country life and even "hired" him to dress in a black cape and walk around the gardens at dusk to play the part of the spectral nun.
    The big problem with Myerling’s book is that he relates a seance held at Borley Rectory on Easter 1935, a seance which included such huge names as Sir Montagu Norman, governor of the Bank of England, George Bernard Shaw, the great playwright, and T.E. Lawrence, the immensely popular "Lawrence of Arabia". No other records of this seance remains, very suspicious given the fact that such popular figures were in attendance. During this seance, also attended by Mayerling, paranormal activity was witnessed, including a bright white light which, again according to Mayerling, damaged one of his eyes forever.
    Mayerling said he was still "unnerved" by the occurence which, again according to him, sent Norman and Shaw running for their lives. It’s curious he didn’t mention T.E. Lawrence was killed in a tragic motorcycle crash just a few weeks later as being a direct result of the seance.
    The second is that researches among the surviving servants of the Bull family yielded confirmation that either the Bulls were incredibly skilled at scaring people or there was indeed something sinister going on. Several former maids testified they had remained in the Rectory for only a few days before being driven away by strange occurences which includes hoarse, inaudible whispers, a moaning female voice, being pelted with pebbles and keys dislodging from their locks. A former gardener related how he and his wife heard heavy footsteps in their room, located over the stables, every night for eight months, until they had about enough and decided to leave.

    Finally I have in my possession an old book with pictures of the strange messages written on the walls of Borley rectory. I hope to be able to scan and present them to the website in the near future.

  3. debbie says:

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    After many years interest in Borley I finally visited the site in the summer of 1988.  A very sceptical friend came with me who had little interest in the whole thing.(we were on holiday in Hopton on Sea at the time.) We stopped to talk to a man from one of the bungalows and he told us he had they keys to the church if we would like to have a look.  I really enjoyed seeing all the photos of the Bulls.  My friend idly looked round and happened to gently touch the large bible at the front of the church. In their owns words they felt "like a bolt of lightening had struck me!" After making a quick exit my friend was visiblyshaken and refused to go back in the church.  So there is definately something at Borley, without any doubt.

  4. debbie says:

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    The widow of Borley is well worth reading as there is no doubt Marianne Foyster faked some of the things to liven up boring rural England!  However it does not mean that everything was faked.  There was certainly  a core of inexplicable happenings occuring in and around the rectory.