Haunted History – The Yorkshire Poltergeist

30Ok So let’s talk about 30 East Drive in Yorkshire, the tale that inspired the movie “When the lights went out.”  So from the outside, the house that sits on this lot looks pretty average.  Though the story I’m about to tell you happened in the 1970’s, this family’s problem was there long before that.  On the ground, where this house now sits, once stood a monastery from 1090 to 1539.  And just beyond the hill from where the home is now, once stood the town gallows where a monk was hanged for raping and murdering a young girl.

Ok, so I told you that, to tell you this!  Trouble began almost immediately after the Pritchart’s moved into the house.  Shortly after settling in Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard leave on vacation with their 12 year old daughter leaving their 15 year old son at home with Grandma.  Now, Grandma was the first to notice something wasn’t right with this house.  It’s the middle of summer and she keeps feeling chilly gusts of wind, and can’t figure out where they’re coming from.  The teenage boy starts noticing a white powdery substance in the air, don’t get excited folks, it wasn’t that kind of white powdery dust!  The next day, puddles of water start popping up all through the house, so they call a plumber.  The plumber, of course, can’t find any reason for the water to be puddling, there were no pipes or drains anywhere around the affected areas.

A while later, Grandma is summoned to the kitchen by the boy.  He’s standing in the doorway shouting, “It’s happening again!”  She runs to see the kitchen and sees that it’s in shambles, sugar and tea leaves everywhere and the teapot is jumping around on the stove slinging boiling water everywhere.  Grandma is pissed now, she looks at the mess and out of fear and frustration she screams “Stop it now!”  So at that very moment the tea pot settles down on the stove and the room calms, suddenly there’s a loud crash that sounded like it came from the hallway.  So they run to the hallway to see what had happened, when they arrive, nothing appeared to be out of place.  As they breathed a sigh of relief, the hall light suddenly turned on by itself.   Grandma and the boy inch forward and when they turned the corner, they found what the crash was from.  There had been been a potted plant on the first step of the stairs, the plant was halfway up the stairs and it’s pot was on the landing above.

But the excitement wasn’t over.  Just as they found the plant and pot another loud noise came from the kitchen, so they run back in there and this time they see the crockery cupboard was shaking as if someone was inside trying to get out.  So the boy man’s up, walks over to the cupboard and snatches the door open, the shaking stopped immediately and of course, there was no one inside.  But then, there was another loud crashing sound somewhere else in the house.   So the kid and the old lady are starting to freak the hell out right!  Grandma and the boy go across the street where her other daughter lives, they talk her into coming over to help figure out what’s going on.  When they all return, they find the cupboard jumping around like crazy again but soon it stopped just as abruptly as it had started.

So the three of them sit around the kitchen table and talk about what had happened.  Around 9:30 the other daughter goes back home, Grandma and the boy go upstairs to go to bed.  Everything is cool until grandma stops by the boys room to say goodnight.  The second she crosses the threshold a heavy chest of drawers starts jumping around, then slides across the floor toward the boy.  So Grandma and the kid pack up and they go spend the night at the other daughters house, across the street.

So the next day, the parents and the sister get home and nothing is out of the ordinary, in fact nothing crazy happened again for almost 2 years, but when it came back, it came back with a vengeance.  Often times when guests were over, the entity liked to show off by making loud crashing noises all through the house.  Typical events in the home were along the lines of objects being thrown around or de-materializing only to show up somewhere else.  But most of all, “it” seemed to focus it’s attention on the daughter.

The first of the attacks came when she was violently thrown from her bed while sleeping one night.  Then other attacks came in the form of her being pushed or her hair pulled.  But the attacks were growing more frequent and more aggressive each time.  On one occurrence the entity managed to wrap the electrical cord of her bedside lamp around her neck while she slept, she awoke while she was being strangled.  And then there was another time when the girl was dragged up the stairs by her throat by an unseen figure that left bruises in the shape of hand prints on her neck.

At this point there were 2 exorcisms attempted, neither worked and the entity only became more aggressive.  When holy water was splashed throughout the house the “It” retaliated by painting upside down crosses on the living room walls and door and destroying all of the holy relics that the Prichard’s had placed around the house.

There was not one moments peace in this house. There was constant knocking and bumping around, and things falling to the floor.  The family members weren’t the only ones that witnessed these events either, family and friends had been present to witness, and document, plenty of these bizarre events.

Then something really strange happened, the entity manifest himself to the husband and wife when they were laying in bed one night.  It was hovering over their bed staring down at them, after a few moments it dissipated into thin air.  They both described it as a dark hooded and robed figure with no face.  Then everyone in the house began to see it, even a few of the kid’s friends.  And then all of the sudden, everything stopped, again.

So now since the movies release in 2012, the vacant, and chained, house has been visited frequently by ghost enthusiasts and thrill seekers.    Neighbors have begun reporting activity and swear that the black monk is stirring again.  The neighbor adjacent to the house saw the boy, now grown, outside cleaning the front yard.  She went over to ask if he had sold the house to one of his nephews because she knew that they were deaf;  she had been woken frequently by the television blaring at all hours.  The boy turned to her paled, and said “There’s no tv in there, the house is empty”  “Oh my god, it’s happening again!”

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