The recent construction around an affordable housing development in Surrey, England, has unearthed several skeletons. The human skeletons have brought in archeologists who’ve been excavating the burial site.
For one family, strange happenings have been haunting them ever since. Chelsea Whiteman clams that she and her family have been harassed by unseen forces while they lived in Priory Orchard. Phantom laughter, water faucets running, strange sounds and there was even an instance when her brother was pushed down some stairs by an unseen force.
It’s the old ‘house on top of the burial ground‘ horror story we’ve grown accustomed to. Throughout the world and throughout time you will find similar stories of haunted buildings that sit on top of a grave site. It’s easy to see why (and how) a person can become susceptible to believe that paranormal forces are at work when their homes go bump in the night.
Then again, with so many accounts of almost the same phenomena reported (poltergeist activity), maybe it would be wise to question whether or not there’s truth to the old legend.
THE last family to live in Priory Orchard, which stands on a site where skeletons were recently unearthed, claims the house is haunted.
Chelsea Whiteman, 22, contacted the Surrey Advertiser after reading about the discovery of human bones under a car park in Godalming’s Station Road two weeks ago.
The discovery was made during routine archaeological surveys in advance of a Waverley Borough Council affordable housing development, with workers stumbling upon a number of skeletons which are thought to be human.
Miss Whiteman, who works at Scully Scully hair salon in the High Street, said her family lived there for six months while their current house was extended.
During that time she said they had a number of strange experiences, which she believes were supernatural. She also suffered recurring dreams of a person being buried at the house.
She said: “I have seven brothers and four sisters, and while living at the house we experienced some very strange things.
“The first time I noticed something I was in the house alone while the rest of my family were out at school and work.
“I could hear children laughing, talking and moving about upstairs and I knew none of my siblings were at home to make the noises.
“It scared me and I told my parents when they got home but didn’t really think much of it. But then more and more unexplained things happened.
“There was one bathroom where the tap continuously was turned on full when no one was in there but we knew there was nothing wrong with the plumbing as my dad checked it regularly.
“My younger brother’s heavy cot in my parents’ room continuously appeared in the middle of the room, moving from its original position, and one night I woke to find all the windows in my bedroom wide open when before I fell asleep they were all properly closed.
“What scared us the most was when my younger brother, who is three, fell down the stairs.
“When my mum picked him up and comforted him, he told her that a ghost had pushed him.
“There were several more things that happened on a daily basis and what really sends shivers down my spine, after reading about the skeletons, is that I had a recurring dream about someone being buried at the house, which would really play on my mind the next day.
“Before we moved in we were very sceptical about ghosts but experiencing all these strange happenings at Priory Orchard has changed all of our minds and we have no problems at the new house.”
Godalming author John Janaway has written multiple books on the town’s history, including The Haunted Places of Surrey.
He said: “I don’t know of that site being haunted in particular and I remain agnostic when it comes to ghosts.
“However, the nearest reported haunting I know of is at Brook House, just up the road, and its garden does reach right down near that site.
“I have my own theory about how those bones ended up where they did.
“The site is near the church and that church has gone through many stages of development over the centuries.
“It started out with the Saxon core, pre-1066, and has been extended over the centuries. –Source: GetSurrey.com