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Undisclosed Medieval Church - South East Kent

1st September 2010
 

The church will not be identified here as we were fortunate to identify this delightful location which remains open to all during all hours of the day and night. There is an increasing urge for churches to lock their doors to visitors even during the day. The fact that this one remains open during the day and night is a credit to its guardians and we do not wish to abuse that goodwill by alerting others to this idil in the Kent countryside such that it gets inundated with large groups of paranormal hunters or thrill seekers.

A brief history is recorded here to give an insight into the provenance of the site.

Built on the site of a Saxon Hill fort this early Norman church has some of the most intricate stonework in a small parish church. It has also suffered some major upheaval in its years having almost been completely rebuilt after a lightning strike in the 16th Century. No major memorials survive on it walls although it is largely unaffected by over zealous Victorian restorers.

 

Apparatus:

Video camera-
Sony DCR HC-24E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light

Digital Camera-
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-38

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC

Other-
Video tapes (mini DV)

Team:

Kim
Paddy
Dave


Method:

Using visual and scientific methods combined with spiritual information investigate the background to alleged paranormal phenomena at this venue.

  The Investigation
 

The church itself is fairly small in size and all areas can be covered by sitting within the Nave so the team set themselves down in the pews and waited.

Results
The investigation was effectively split into three but for the sake of recording the results shall be referred to in one.

Various noises were heard around the building internally and a couple of loud bangs appeared to come from the altar area. Some of these appeared to be on cue when asked for responses.

The team broke to investigate these noises.

Returning the team seated themselves where they had started and immediately the noises were again heard. The faint noises would sound as if coming from the walls at ground level and were investigated.

The team broke after a longer session and as they took this break were standing free of any furniture when a chair near to Dave's camcorder made a noise as though something weighty were placed upon it.

Whilst discussing this phenomena a single chair was heard to rock. Its legs were distinctly heard to strike the wooden floor as though the legs or floor were uneven and it had been touched.

After the break the team returned and further noises within the church were heard and likened to faint bangs.

During our stay a certain amount of other information was forthcoming to the team of a clairvoyant nature. As Ghost Connections conducts scientifically based investigations we do not publish such observations, however, this information is held on a separate database and may prove interesting when compared to other peoples experiences. Should you wish to discuss this information please email us.


Camcorder footage, still photographs and voice recorders were later examined and nothing further of note was found. Some of the audible noises were found to be recorded and as such we can be certain that they were not imagined by the team.

Conclusions
The initial faint noises were linked to the later ones by their sound and nature. The team spent some time examining the floor to wall juncture in the belief that firstly the noise may be caused by rodents and secondly that it may be caused by insects moving against the plasterwork. Torches were shone on areas where the noises were heard and no rodents were seen. There is no place to hide here as all the walls lengths are visible and have no alcoves so nothing would have escaped the torches. The areas were then inspected closely for insects and none were found and no flaked plaster was located to indicate that this was the cause.

A small window was found to be open in the area of the altar and, when the team were investigating the louder bangs, a small private firework display was observed nearby. It is possible that a couple of these had gone off before the break and the sound had entered the church via the open window and to the team had sounded like it was occurring inside the premise.

The sound on the chair near Dave's cam was unidentified although nothing was found to have fallen on it and a check of the footage did not reveal any cause for it even though the chair was in the frame. It is possible that, having got off of one of these chairs, that one of the team caused the noise by the furniture reshaping itself after being relieved of the weight.

The single chair rocking is of further interest. None of the team were near it at the time, and indeed had to locate it in the darkness. When tested with a small amount of pressure applied to the seat or back it could be made to accurately replicate the sound heard. There are no other single chairs in the church other than one by the pulpit some distance away. All other chairs are secured tightly together and must be moved as a whole or physically separated until any such noise occurs.


This venue was certainly worthy of the investigation and will certainly be revisited in the future. It produced a great many explainable phenomena but also produced a number which were not so readily explained.

Note:
Ghost Connections are keen to stress that whilst not practicing Christians we have respect for everyone's religion and conduct any investigation on consecrated ground with respect for the surroundings as we do any other site. We treat all our venues with care and respect.
   
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