Private Residence - near Tonbridge, Kent
7th November 2009
Session 1 – Vigil in lounge.
Session 2 – Vigil in kitchen.
Session 3 – Séance in Lounge.
|Session 1 – Vigil in lounge.
With Ian’s camcorder set on us and Kim and Dave’s voice recorders running we decided it was best to simply make ourselves comfy in the lounge. Kim and Ian on the sofa in front of the fireplace and Dave and Paddy in arm chairs with the kitchen door to they’re right.
Time was spent simply sitting and discussing the ambient noises of the house. The wood burning fire was alight providing the occasional crackle, the wall clock was ticking. The scene was set.
After a while Ian decided to call aloud, explain who we were and that we were there with the owner’s permission and invited anyone else in the house with us to let us know where they were. There was no response.
Paddy commented on a noise from the kitchen.
Ian continued to question if anyone was in the building with us, again there were no responses.
After a short while Dave decided to continue the questioning and thinks he heard a different sort of noise coming from the kitchen, different to those heard so far. And he calls for a repeat. No sooner had Dave asked for the repeat Paddy thought he heard a very odd noise from the kitchen this was confirmed by Dave, this was not heard by Kim or Ian. Dave and Paddy immediately get up and investigate in the next room and in doing so described the noise they both heard to Ian and Kim as the sound of someone walking about in the next door kitchen, brushing up again our coats over the back of the kitchen chairs as they went.
Session 2 – Vigil in kitchen
Paddy and Dave continued in the kitchen and were adamant about what they had both heard simultaneously, they had also heard a repeat of it as they entered the kitchen.
Kim and Ian feel a wash of cold air go across them as they continued to sit on the sofa in the lounge.
Paddy takes a picture up the stairs as he thought he saw a shadow move across the landing.
Ian and Kim retrieve their equipment and move into the kitchen with Dave and Paddy.
Dave and Paddy explained in more detail what they had heard and where then Dave continued to call out for more activity to occur. The sense of anticipation was building.
Paddy took a turn and asked “Where are you?” there was no response. Dave then continued to explain our reasons for visiting and asked for another sign that someone was with us, a dull thud then came from the lounge.
Whilst in the kitchen Kim commented on a floral smell that came into the room.
Dave asked again if there was someone with is, this was followed by a tap to Paddy’s left in the direction of the bathroom.
Session 3 – Séance in lounge
Suddenly the floral smell returned and was very strong, this time smelt by the whole team.
Paddy called out aloud again but there was no response.
A further noise was heard from the kitchen, this time heard by a couple of us, Dave asked for a repeat which again was not forthcoming.
Given flurry of apparent activity in the kitchen we decided to change tactic and try a séance. Kim Dave and Ian chose to stand in the lounge to perform this, Paddy sat out to observe any results and be able to react and investigate anything that was to occur. Although we conduct scientifically based investigations we have found previously that by conducting séances there is an increased chance of recordable evidence occurring.
The three stood while Dave explained what we were doing to anyone else that may have been within ear shot and again invited anyone present to make themselves known. Nothing occurred.
Ian tried a different line of questioning and asked for the former occupier by name and despite a few questions and comments posed directly to this person nothing was forthcoming. In fact the team was feeling quite relaxed, Kim especially so as she began to sway uncontrollably, this eventually passed. Nothing else transpired so after a while we decided to break and return to our chairs.
The team was discussing what had transpired over the last two hours when our hosts returned. After a brief discussion with them we bid them goodnight.
|Unfortunately none of the noises heard on the
night were recorded, either on our audio or camcorder recordings, this includes
the noise Dave and Paddy thought they heard coming from the kitchen. Neither
were any of these noises repeated on request. It is more than possible that,
despite thinking we had adjusted our hearing to the ambient noises of the
property, we had not adjusted to them all. Having said this, the noise of
clothing and movement emanating from the kitchen was described by Paddy
and Dave as being very distinct. As this was not be recorded this cannot
be examined or explained.
The sound of someone clearing their throat that was heard by Kim and Ian in the lounge was again not recorded so this also cannot be further investigated. But again it was quite distinct and cannot be explained as we know it was not one of the team.
The wash of cold air felt by Ian and Kim in the lounge was not to be expected. Given that they were sitting in a cosy lounge with a wood burner the room was very warm and no draughts had been noticed coming from the doors or windows. We have no explanation for this.
The picture taken by Paddy up the stairs from the kitchen showed no signs of the shadow he thought he had seen.
The floral smell sensed in the kitchen and then later and stronger in the lounge was investigated and explained by the discovery of a plug in air freshener found in a socket behind the sofa.
Kim’s swaying during the séance could easily have been the effects of standing still for a prolonged period of time. We would normally have conducted a séance seated but this was not possible to do without rearranging our host’s lounge, which we felt would not have been appropriate.
With little or no recorded evidence to study it is difficult to draw any conclusions other than on the teams perceptions. Noises were heard, some quite distinct. This was a new venue and a new environment and would hope to have adjusted and allowed for any natural noises that may have occurred, may be we didn’t?
The most interesting spell was our time after we were drawn into the
kitchen by the noise Dave and Paddy heard. Of all the noises heard that
night this was the most interesting and it is a shame this was not heard
by Kim and Ian also. Being such a distinct noise it is difficult to imagine
this occurring naturally, so what or who was it? Unfortunately we will
|This was a short but interesting investigation and we are very grateful for being given the chance to spend a few hours here. Many thanks to the owners for the invitation.|
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