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Undisclosed Medieval Church - South East Kent

6th November 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.

 

 

  The Investigation
  Apparatus:

Video camera-
Sony DCR HC-62E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
Sony DCR-DVD110E with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light

Digital Camera-
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-38
Fuji Finepix S1600

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC

Other-
Video tapes (mini DV)

Team:

Kim
Paddy
Dave
Ian

Method:

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

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 two 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 and the west end area. Some of these appeared to be on cue when asked for responses.

Ian also commented repeatedly in a short space of time of hearing a groaning sound.

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.

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 noises heard were not identified as they did not occur with any great regularity. It is thought that some of the more pronounced noises may have been caused by bats defecating and the faeces falling onto chairs. Some of the chairs in areas where the noises occurred were studied and some were seen to have faeces present on them. It is not known when they appeared and may have been there some time although this does not preclude the fact that they may have only recently been deposited.

The louder noises near the altar and at the west end were not identified.

The groaning noise heard by Ian was heard by no-one else in the team and we were all seated within a metre of each other. Why only Ian heard these is unknown. The noise sounded, to Ian, as thought it were inside the church although with open windows it is not unfeasible that it emanated from outside. Certainly no source was identified but this was difficult to do when no-one else heard it even though Ian pointed out the noise occurring to everyone else each time that he heard it.

Even though there was not a great deal to report, 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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