In the coming month or so, RiPA will be paying a visit to the house that this ghostly story apparently happened in.
So what is it all about and is there any truth to it?
To start things off, the following is taken from the website, www.30eastdrive.com.
"Jean, Joe, Phillip (15) and Diane (12) Pritchard moved into Number 30 East Drive, Pontefract in August 1966.
Almost immediately, during the hot summer Bank Holiday, Phillip and his Grandmother first witnessed a baffling phenomenon – a fine layer of chalk like dust falling not from the ceiling, but from a level below head height.
In an effort to clean up before Phillip’s holidaying parents returned, Mrs Kelly (Phillip’s Aunty who had been fetched by her mother to observe the falling dust) went to the kitchen for some cleaning implements, whereupon she slipped on a pool of water that had mysteriously appeared. Her efforts to mop up the water were thwarted by more pools appearing on the linoleum in front of her and Phillip’s very eyes.
This was the beginning of several years of incredible, inexplicable events; green foam appearing from taps and toilet even after the water was turned off, the tea dispenser being activated resulting in all the dried tea cascading onto the work surface, lights being turned off and on, plants leaping out of their pots and landing on the stairs, cupboards shaking violently, photographs being slashed with a sharp knife and an endless list of levitating and thrown objects – including a solid oak sideboard."
Creepy stuff donchafink? The few ghost groups that have visited this site claim that they have all experienced something not of this world. The tour groups claim it's just as intense and foreboding as the popular 'Ram Inn'. So in RiPA's experience that's not very active on a paranormal level at all!
Still, there are lots of alleged sightings and happenings attributed to this house. From dolls becoming possessed and moving positions through to fully fledged apparition being caught on film in a doorway.
There certainly seems to be something appearing in the doorway but could it really be the legendary Black Monk that is associated with the hauntings?
Yep thats right, not only has this place got a poltergeist but it also holds home to a 'Black Monk'. Or could it be a case that the Black Monk of Pontefract is responsible for the poltergeist behaviour?
It is believed the first manifestation of the alleged poltergeist did not occur until quite late in the haunting. Joe and Jean Pritchard were the first to claim sight as they were laying in bed. They described a figure dressed in a black cloak seemingly hovering over their bed, then just as quick as it appeared, it seemed to vanish.
From then on, some family as well as visitors claimed to see a strange shadow that looked like a monk. Strangely enough, although the Monk had made his presence known, these sighting soon ceased.
An author by the name of Tom Cuniff, claimed that the figure, if it was a monk, could be the a 16th century monk, who was hung for the rape and murder of a girl during the reign of Henry VIII. From this revelation, the poltergeist has been known as the Black Monk of Pontefract.
So RiPA have been working behind the scenes to try and get to the source of this haunted tale. Is it really a ghostly telly-addict that turns on the tv even though it is unplugged? Is it really a Monk that tends to move a bible around the house?
RiPA aims to find out and perhaps gain a new perspective on the property that was once known as home to Europes most violent haunting.
Have you been there? We would love to hear from you.
Til next time folks.
Posted by RiPA.