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Undisclosed Medieval Church - Kent

As a result of a previous recce undertaken through East and South Kent during December 2007 Ghost Connections returned in January 2008 to a church where an interest had been kindled during the recce.

The church is first mentioned in the recce and an account can be read here.

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-24E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
Sony DCR-HC19 with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light

Digital Camera-
Fuji Fine Pix S5000
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Pentax K100 digital SLR

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus DM20

Other-
Video tapes (mini DV)

Team:

Kim
Ian
Paddy
Dave


Method:

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


Investigation:

The church was far enough from civilisation to be free of any noise from outside and also quiet enough inside for the team to hear each others stomachs across the building.

The team immediately feel tired and drained of energy.

Kim feels as though someone has passed through her. This continues to make her feel especially tired yet all the team remark on this feeling.

It was noted that there was very slight breeze.

A screeching noise noted on the recce was again heard.

Paddy and Dave see a large sheet of light pass along the North wall. An investigation into this is launched.

Sounds of a footfall or tapping came from the area of the pulpit.

Dave records the feeling of more than one person moving in the area of the aisle. Photographs were taken.

Paddy is unusually restless and cannot avoid walking about within the church for several minutes until he eventually decides to settle. He cannot explain this urge to move about.

Dave noted a tapping noise repetitive in nature on the south aisle window. This would continue at odd intervals.

Paddy comments on a different sensation of temperatures within different areas of the church.

A break was taken.

On our return we sat in different places.

A noise similar to a water drip was heard in the area of the altar. Repetition was asked for but nothing occurred.

Paddy gets the sensation of a blow to the right side of his head or a stroke as he feels muscle droops on this side – this is a physical sensation.

Dave hears sounds of movement within the porch.

Paddy, meanwhile hears the same but believes it comes form near the front of the font in the area of Dave's camera. The two are not far apart.

The noise by the window was heard again by Dave but louder. This time it was heard by the rest of the team. Kim likened it to someone tapping on the outside and Paddy examined it but expected someone's face to appear on the outside.

A break took place before our final vigil.

The equipment was replaced in different locations this time and Dave's camera was centered on the centre aisle facing the altar.

The light anomaly was seen again which caused an investigation of it. See results.

Dave heard a person 'huffing' in front of him. Only Kim and Ian were in front of Dave but both deny making such a noise.

Ian sits by the altar because as he describes it – its where he wants to be.

 
 
 
  The Results
  A feeling of complete lethargy is often quoted as a human reaction to being so close to paranormal entities that their energy is drained by that entity during a process of making itself known. Ghost Connections encounter this during the early hours normally and can find no paranormal explanation however on this occasion it was unique in that it occurred immediately upon settling within the premises. Could we have been this close to some entity? We cannot say.

The screeching noise was identified as the weather vane atop the tower.

The cause of the sheet of light was found to car headlights along a lane some distance away. The cars could not be heard by the team but the lights appeared to shine through a South window and project onto the North wall.

No source was found for the sound near the pulpit.

Nothing was produced in the photographs taken of the aisle to support Dave's suggestion.

The tapping noise on the south window was investigated and it was found that there was a cracked pane of glass in this window. It may be that the slightest wind was causing the two broken parts of window to rattle against each other so that the tapping noise was produced.

The sound of the water drip did not come from any known source. There was no wet patch on the floor and neither was it raining outside. It remains impossible to speculate on this as no repetition was forthcoming.

Paddy's physical sensation of a stroke or similar is difficult to explain. It is possible that similar symptoms can be felt through auto suggestion although this generally requires some kind of stimulation as in previous knowledge of a location or person. In this case neither were available and cannot be explain.

The 'huff' heard by Dave is not explainable. The team deny causing it but it was perfectly audible. The sound of bodily noises is an often reported paranormal phenomena. In this case we cannot say it was paranormal but know that no one else was with us and yet none of us made the noise.

What is interesting about this evening was the desire by Paddy and Ian to do something overwhelming. They both felt the need to either move or sit somewhere particular. This is not the general make up of the team or a normal reaction seen on investigations. Having said this it does draw certain parallels with another recent church investigation where Dave had an urge to move about constantly. Another pending church investigation will be interesting to see if something similar occurs. This has never happened in other premises.

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.

  Conclusion
 

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.


NB Ghost Connection 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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19th January 2008

 
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