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    I have been decorating a cottage this week - empty, as it's to be let unfurnished. Heard a shriek, a crash and series of thuds (as if someone had fallen downstairs). As I was the only one in the house (an end terrace) at the time, I went next door to see if all OK, but that house was empty (owners on holiday). Talking to the neighbours opposite, I was informed that the house was haunted by the ghost of a woman who was killed in the nearby mill nearly 200 years ago. It seems that she is often 'heard' and occasionally 'seen', tramping around in a long apron. I said that if she appeared to me, I would set her on sanding down the woodwork, which shocked the neighbours. They expressed the view (in all seriousness), that I shouldn't joke about these things, as she might take her revenge.

    I know from my teaching days that lots of children and adolescents believe in ghosts, but I didn't think many adults still do.

    Do you believe that the dead have spirits and that they can be seen/heard/felt by the living?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  • #2
    So, who you gonna call?

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    • #4
      I have a property where the ashes of a premature baby are buried in the garden. Previous tenants have heard a child crying (when there wasn't one in the house) and had all sorts of strange experiences. I hasten to add that they did not tell me this until well after they left (I still see them) and that they had no idea about the baby when they were there. I also once took a relative to see an amazing Medium who told her (and me) things she simply could not have known...I believe there is something out there for sure... "there are more things in heaven and earth Horatio"
      Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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      • #5
        When we moved home as children, we were viewing houses with our parents and my sister and I saw the ghost of a woman ( a maid) hanging from the kitchen ceiling.

        Years later later a retired local headmaster wrote books on town history, including the various ghost stories, and this was one of them.

        Later on at a firm that had a very old building I and a colleague were working late and he called and said to tiptoe up to his floor very quietly.

        There in the corner was the ghost of a woman cuddling her child.She walked out the door and down the stairs and turned into a solid wall which was part of the old House but which are now offices with seperate entrances.

        We didn't get reports of sightings next door but back then the elderly solicitor next door was permanently inebriated so he probably thought she was a client

        I don't believe, I know.
        Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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        • #6
          Strike me dead if some time in the next thousand years a rational explaination won't be found.

          Ooooo...... uuuurrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh...
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          • #7
            Surely the rational explanation is the infinite suggestibility of the human imagination.
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            • #8
              But how did my tenant who knew nothing of the baby hear one crying? None next door or outside at the time by the way!
              Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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              • #9
                Cats can produce strange cries, so do crows, and certainly foxes are often described as being able to produce something ranging from a baby crying to a woman screaming...

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                • #10
                  I think so. My husband kept seeing a ghost in our victorian flat at midnight, entering through one end of the solid wall in the lounge and exiting at the other solid end, my son said so as well. After some years we had moved in, we redecorated the flat and we found 2 blocked up doors: the points from where the ghost was supposed to appear an disappear, the second blocked door was oppened at the landing to upstairs floor. When something bad happens I have warning dreams before.
                  "I'll be back."

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                  • #11
                    mmm - foxes not usual in daytime - tenant had no pets....I have also had some "experiences" though not actually seen anything (yet?) - have heard things though. And that Medium was amazing - I went in sceptical thinking that those kind of people preyed on the distressed but came out with a totally different viewpoint (of that particular person anyway). Galatea - very interesting experience! Was your husband scared?
                    Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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                    • #12
                      No, he believed it was normal. I was scared to hear and shocked to discover the doors.
                      "I'll be back."

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Galatea View Post
                        I think so. My husband kept seeing a ghost in our victorian flat at midnight
                        What I'd like to know is why so many ghosts are Victorian. And why they allegedly appear at night and in old properties.

                        Surely if ghosts do exist,we would see far more of them, even adjusting for population growth, from the periods from when humans appeared on earth to 1837 and post 1901, than from the Victorian era...and they would 'walk'/be seen/heard with equal frequency during the day as at night. Or do you think they choose to appear at certain times?

                        As to where they appear, there seems no reason why they would haunt old properties any more than the sites of habitations, formerly significant to them, even if those sites have since been re-developed. Perhaps they are foiled by modern building standards. Double glazing must be a bugger to contend with if you're a ghost.
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Galatea View Post
                          No, he believed it was normal.
                          What - that a wraithlike woman unknown to him should walk through walls in his house at midnight?

                          That's normal?
                          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by islandgirl View Post
                            mmm - foxes not usual in daytime - tenant had no pets....
                            And therefore we must conclude that a ghost is the most likely explanation? That's borderline insane, IMHO.

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