The Borley Rectory was built in 1863 for the Reverend Henry Bull. It had been built on the site of an ancient monastery. Before the house had been even built villages already knew about a ghost that haunted the area, it was a ghost of a nun. There's an old folktale that the nun and a monk tried to elope but were caught. The monk was executed and the nun was murdered, it was like something out of a Poe story, they bricked her up in the cellar of the monastery.
Now when the Bull family lived there, they saw a lady gliding across the lawn in broad daylight and even would see a ghostly coach and horses. The servants rarely stayed long and if the house had been haunted would you blame them?
In late 1920s after the death of the Bulls, new owners came, Reverend Guy Eric Smith and his wife. Knowing of the rectory's reputation, Eric invited psychic researcher, Harry Price. The Smith's only stayed there for two years. Objects were smashed, stones were hurled at the investigators by unseen forces and other weird things happened.
Once again new owners came into the picture, Reverend Lionel Foyster and his family The ghostly phenomenal became worse especially for Lionel's young wife, she was given strange messages that would appear on the walls. The Foyster's had the place exorcised though it helped for some time until the children were attack and strange music was heard. The family left after Lionel was ill.
Before the place was destroyed by fire in 1939, in 1937, Harry Price came back in the picture and rented the building. He also came back in 1943 to do some research. Price was a leading figure in investigating the Borely Rectory. For those who want to buy the book that Harry Price published about his investigations, please click here, The Most Haunted House in England.
Some say around the area there is still some strange happenings while others don't believe in the stories. So either way this is a strange place either it be a fact or a legend.