The most haunted house in Britain was often said to be Borley Rectory in Suffolk. At the beginning of the 19th century the house was the home to one Rev Henry Bull, an eccentric who was thought to be a bit of an occultist.
When the Rev Eric Smith moved into the rectory in 1928, he claimed to see spectral nuns, coaches and headless men. Intrigued, famed psychical researcher and maverick, Harry Price, went to investigate, and continued to visit the rectory for years.
By the time the Rev Lionel Foyster and his wife Marianne moved into the house in 1930, Borley Rectory was manifesting classic poltergeist phenomena , including materializations, strange noises , floating furniture and inexplicable fires.
However, it was always suspected that Price, or a hysterical Marianne, were behind the events. For instance, a reporter who was pelted with pebbles found Price’s pockets full of them.
Eventually the rectory burnt down, and in 1956 the Society f or Psychical Research published a devastating report , blaming acoustics and wind vortices for much of the phenomena.
(c ) Anthony North, Feb 2007