UK’s most haunted house Poltergeist chucks pushchair down stairs
Unnerving footage appears to show a poltergeist throwing a chair down a staircase in one of Britain’s most haunted houses.
The event took place while a group of ghost hunters were spending the night at the property and they believe the incident could finally be footage of the ‘Black Monk’ caught on camera.
Steve Archibald, 36, and his wife Carrie are the founders of Pitch Black Investigations and they had persuaded a team of intrepid paranormal enthusiasts to spend the night at 30 East Drive in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
The house was the site of one of Britain’s most notorious alleged hauntings when the Pritchard family were subjected to years of torment by the so-called ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’.
The Black Monk is said to have been a 16th century monk who was found guilty and then hung on gallows near the house for the rape and murder of a girl.
In the 1960’s 14-year-old Diane Pritchard claim to have been dragged by the hair by the supposed Black Monk down the same set of stairs as seen in Archibald’s footage.
Some of the team were so scared by what they witnessed they refused to spend the night in the house and instead fled to a nearby hotel.
Archibald, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said: ‘At first we didn’t know what had happened as we were in complete darkness when we heard the noise.
‘I came around the corner and saw the buggy on the stairs and couldn’t believe it. Then we all re-watched the footage. No one could believe it.’I know 100% it couldn’t have rolled. It had been there for eight hours. It doesn’t budge or move on its own.
‘I know 100% it couldn’t have rolled. It had been there for eight hours. It doesn’t budge or move on its own.
‘People will say that it rolled as for every believer there’s a sceptic. If they don’t want to believe then you can’t convince them.
‘But I 100% believe something moved it. There was definitely no-one up there. Everyone was with us as we were finishing off the night at that point.
‘But there is lots of poltergeist activity there. I have seen marbles thrown through closed doors in the house before.
‘I don’t think most of is threatening but on the stairs it does feel threatening.
‘If I had seen it with my own eyes I would have been scared but on CCTV it was OK.
‘However three of the people who were with us were scared and wouldn’t stay the night. They had to stay in hotel instead.
‘We heard bits and bobs through the night but we all stayed together. We stayed in the room downstairs and wouldn’t venture near the stairs. We even used the downstairs toilet.
‘Everyone thought “I’m not going out there”.’
The footage joins two other recent photographs that ghost hunters claims shows the Black Monk on the same set of stairs.
In June, Pete Boulton and Rob Hughes from Ghostnspectors Paranormal Group snapped an eerie face in a black hooded robe staring out of the mirror at the bottom of the stairs.
And just last week, paranormal investigator Claire Cowell captured an image she believes shows the arm of the monk’s robe clutching rosary beads – also on the stairs.
Archibald’s latest footage is from October 2, at an event due to take place from 9pm until 1am but ran over by an hour after the excitement of what was caught on camera.
The haunting at 30 East Drive was the subject of the 2012 horror movie When The Lights Went Out and was investigated for the Halloween special of Most Haunted Live in 2015.
The house remains open for bookings – though Ouija boards and exorcisms are banned on the property.
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