Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Yhe poltergeist at the Percy Arms, Surrey

Another poltergeist most active in the 1970s was the entity nicknamed “George” who took up residence in the Percy Arms at Chilworth. This poltergeist failed to inspire terror, more curiosity and puzzlement. The visitation seems to have begun in the later 1960s, though again it began with minor incidents that were only recognised as being paranormal with hindsight. The landlady was a Mrs Testar who had been landlady since the 1950s. For some years the poltergeist contented itself with moving object about during the night. Mrs Testar would come down in the morning to find chairs and tables all pushed to one end of the bar, or that the glasses had all been carefully removed from their places and setup on the tables. It was  all a bit of a nuisance, but that was all.

In the 1970s, things began o become more serious. Doors would open by themselves and then be slammed shut with terrific force. The shutters over the bar would be rattled violently and noisily by unseen hands, waking up everyone sleeping at the pub. Then things began to move when people were present. Perhaps the first object to do this was a chair which was seen to shoot backwards across the bar room floor as if somebody had been sitting in it and had then stood up suddenly, but there was at the time nobody near the chair who could have caused it to move. Other chairs and tables were seen to move about, but they would usually stop moving as soon as anyone turned to look at them. It was as if whatever was doing the moving wanted to attract attention and, having done so, was content.

Then glasses began to shift about. Beer tankards were the most often moved. They would levitate from wherever they were, drift silently across the room and then settle down on a table or, sometimes, on the floor. One thing that was noticed was that although the glasses often moved very quickly as if they had been thrown, they never broke. It was as if the glasses were being carried and placed down with care. The sole exception came when Mrs Testar served her cousin with a pint of beer. She was telling him about the latest phantom incidents when the foaming glass of beer suddenly slid off along the bar with ever increasing speed. It flew off the far end and smashed against the wall, spraying beer everywhere.

This is an extract from Paranormal Surrey  by Rupert Matthews

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