Knocking in the Ceiling

Creepy History 45.  It’s October, and that means Creepy History month on Windows into History again! The following quote is taken from News from the Invisible World, a collection of anecdotes published in 1840.

An Account of an Apparition, in the North of England.

Newcastle, Dec. 29th, 1758.

Last Monday, I took down the following particulars from John and Ann Lambert, of Winlington, the truth of which they are ready to confirm on oath.

Henry Cooke, of Winlington, (a Roman Catholie) departed this life, in the year 1752, and John and Ann Lambert took the house he died in. A few days alter their removal to the house, Ann was greatly surprised with a noise in an inner room; the door shook very much, and the latch was lifted up several times. About a week after this, John and Ann heard a knocking over the bed, (in which they lay) which seemed to be between the roof and the plastering. Ann heard the same noise three nights after. About a fortnight after this (and one year and a half after the death of Henry Cooke) Ann Lambert, at one o’clock in the day, saw in an inner room an appearance resembling a man dressed in his grave clothes which frightened her so that she swooned away, and was lifeless for some time; upon which, they immediately left that house, and removed to another about 300 yards from it.

…but that was not the end of the matter, as we will find out in Monday’s Creepy History.

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