||Oxney Bottom - Ringwould, Kent|
Oxney Bottom is the site of one of our favorite locations. The ruined Norman church of St. Nicholas sits unsigned and almost forgotten among the woods. The church itself shows various signs of rebuilding though the ages yet very little is actually known about its history. There is no discernible limit to the churchyard and there are no grave markers suggesting that it was abandoned before the start of the fashion of marking graves in the 17th Century. The traditional churchyard yew tree stands at the east of the church. Since the abandonment of the church the woods have reclaimed the site and it has been largely forgotten. Approached by a long walk up a dark driveway and another walk through the woods avoiding fallen trees it is the picture of a spooky location. Indeed there is evidence which either indicates dark practices at the site or the work of bored individuals. The trenches dug during the First World War make wandering off a dangerous prospect.
Ghost Connections always have differing results and experiences at this site and this is part of the lure.
Our previous reports can be read on the Previous
To investigate reports of paranormal activity at Oxney Bottom.
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We spent the first half hour or so checking the church and surrounding area for signs of disturbance, fires or vandalism. We found nothing new and this was unusual to find the site undisturbed since a previous visit. It was nice to see that if there had been visitors during the last few months that they had cared for this ancient place as we do.
Photographs were taken and then we set up the chairs and video's in our normal spot under the yew tree.
We then took note of the conditions. Different to previous visits it was not raining and neither was there any sign of the coastal wind blowing through the trees. In fact it was very still and there was little noise at all. The traffic could be heard clearly rumbling past but other than that very little caught our attention for some minutes.
Becoming accustomed to the conditions and sounds we sat quietly and waited. The temperature was recorded at 6.7 deg C and we all felt comfortable with the temperature.
The darkness of the woods is apparent. There are no street lights nearby and only the fleeting glances of car lights through the trees. With the video camera's running with additional infra red lighting they see far more than we do.
All too often we would be drawn to the sounds of movement from the approach path. A movement that would make a sound of crunching on undergrowth but would last for a split second. It would not approach us further and nor would it be heard receding into the woodland.
Voices were heard between the north wall of the church and the road at an estimated point in the woods. These too would get no closer nor get further away. There were no sounds of movement heard with these voices. We knew that these voices, if they belonged to pedestrians on the road, would get louder as they past our location.
After an hour we took a break. At this point we had not called out for any evidence to be given as yet.
Refreshed and tapes replaced in camcorders we started again. On this occasion Dave placed his voice recorder by the church door in the recess that would have been for the Holy Water Stoop. A place where all the congregation would wash their hands in blessed water prior to entering the church.
It is necessary at this point to mention the presence of a speed camera further along the road to Ringwould. It faced in our direction but the range of the flash had never been noticed before. On at least two occasions we would note a high intensity flash of light being seen against trees by our location. This had never been noticed on previous visits.
Dave saw movement around the area of the door of the church. This was a dark human adult sized form.
The team heard a heavy footfall from the area of the approach path. It was not followed by any other noise until a short time later it was followed by another.
Dave felt something hit his left arm but this was found to be the deposit of a bird!
The team would all comment on the fact that the area seemed to be getting lighter as they could see further into the woods. It was nowhere near dawn.
There was a general feeling of being surrounded. No indication was given as to what or who this might be.
There were sounds of snorting from the woods in the distance but this was believed to be the resident badger population.
At one point a loud bump was heard. The sound was likened to a loose manhole cover being hit by a passing car yet came from deep in the woods.
The team began to sense it getting colder and all would comment on now feeling cold. We had dressed to expect this so this sensation was a surprise. A glance at the thermometer would reveal that it was now 6.4 deg C. A breeze could clearly be felt coming through the trees from the direction of the road.
Calling out for spirit produced further instances of sounds of movement and feelings of uncertainty crept in until all commented how different it felt there to previous occasions. After a further hour the 'drop' in temperature would give us cause to pack up and go home.
On occasions the dogs at the nearby kennels would start barking momentarily.
They would not set each other off as had been heard on other visits and
it would stop as soon as it started on to re-occur later. This would be
repeated through the night.
||We have already noted that there was no wind on this night. There was
no sound in the trees as had been noted on previous trips.
The nature of the woods here is that there are hidden ditches up to six feet deep in places. The ground is covered in ground hugging woodland plants, stone work, brambles, ivy and dead twigs. Fallen trees present a hazard in the dark. The only discernible path is the one we took to enter the woods and finishes at the church. Any other movement in the woods will cause noise and it is dangerous beyond stupidity to wander in these woods after dark without lighting.
It is not known if the speed camera flash can be seen from this distance or indeed be capable of illuminating the trees near our location. It is a cause that we discussed however had never been seen before in our five previous investigations so cannot be ruled out in the same regard as it cannot be held responsible.
Applying the principles of points 1-5 above we cannot account for those phenomena described above.
Nothing of any interest was recorded on audio recordings.
Nothing of interest was recorded on visual recordings.
The breeze was different to all previously encountered naturally occurring wind. This is not to say that this was not natural although it was coming from an entirely different direction and was coming through the trees as opposed to through the tops of the trees as previously encountered. It may be this that was responsible for the more noticed drop in temperature and explain why this only actually measured 0.3 deg C. Having said that it was a very mild breeze.
During our stay a certain amount of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Again a very different night at Oxney. We have been able to study this
area quite closely now and do feel that we can account for many things which
is why there is little within the report. What is in the report we hope
will be food for thought as to what we actually heard or saw at the church.
We cannot explain a lot of what happened.
Could it be that the long walk in darkness through neglected and over grown woods to an ivy clad mediaeval ruined church with an undefined graveyard heightens ones senses to a degree that causes susceptibility to suggestion?
We don't know the answer but you can be sure we will be back in an attempt
to find out.
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