The Rectory Poltergeist
This is an account of the poltergeist activities in the Rectory now called “the Old Rectory” in Asfordby in 1913.
The then Rector, the Rev F.A. Gage-Hall, was said to have, at last, put into practice his Technical Exorcising Attributes and with due ceremony to have commanded the spirit or spirits to depart. The inhibition was successful and Asfordby Rectory was troubled no more. No longer did residents, visitors and servants find their bedclothes torn away from them in the middle of the night by a spirit whose physical powers defied mortal resistance. The old mansion had peace.
When the present writer curiously enquired at the rectory of Mr. Gage-Hall’s successor he was met with the usual disclaimer “it is all nonsense” and claimed that it was Mr Gage-Hall’s own freakish imagination. There had been, it was true, occasionally easily explained noises but he entirely depreciated any talk or public mention of ghosts at Asfordby Rectory because such gossip made it difficult to obtain or retain servants.
The Rectory is a large mansion of the 18th Century and at the time it was reputed to be actually haunted the Rev H. Strudwick, Vicar of a neighbouring parish, slept several nights in a haunted room and related that on the very first night he was alarmed by a violent tugging of his bedclothes, he held on as tightly as he was able but in vain, the ghost won the tug-of-war and stripped the vicar of his covering. “All I could see” he said “was a pile of disordered bedclothes on the floor. I searched the room thoroughly and everything was in order. The door was locked on the inside and no-one could have entered but when the same thing happened the very next night I was glad to change my room”. A Sister-in-law of the Rector subsequently slept in the same room and h ad the same alarming experience to narrate to a small group of scared folk in the middle of the night.
An extract from the Haunted House by Charles G. Harper.