Some Strange Goings On in Chiswick!

Ghost- hunters designate W4 a paranormal hotspot

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We all know there are some strange folk in Chiswick but a little digging has unearthed something even more out of the ordinary.

Here is a summary of just some of the spooky supernatural episodes that have occured in W4 taken from the Paranormal Database :

Striding Grey Man
Location: W4 - Acton Green common, near Turnham Green tube station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 6.45am, Thursday 12 February 2004
This semi transparent entity was observed walking parallel to the railway line, wearing a knee length cape. The dark grey figure vanished when the witness momentarily looked away.

Location: W4 - Chiswick House, off Burlington Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
The smell of frying bacon haunts the north wing, where the kitchens once stood in the nineteenth century. Lady Burlington is reported to haunt her former bedroom, appearing as a reflection in a mirror on the wall.

Mrs Abercrombie Walking
Location: W4 - Chiswick Police Station, Chiswick High Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
The site of a grisly murder in 1792, when Mrs Abercrombie's son-in-law hit her several times with a large axe. The woman is now said to haunt the building; when not heard pacing around, she materialises in the upper regions.

Dissipating Mist
Location: W4 - Former Chiswick Warehouse, now apartments (Heathfield Terrace)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth Century
A misty, indistinct apparition reportedly haunted the upper areas of the warehouse, quickly disappearing if anyone came too near.

White Figure
Location: W4 - Black Lion Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1804
This ghost was blamed for the death of a local woman, who collapsed and died a few hours after witnessing the entity. A hunt for the spook resulted in another local man being shot by mistake (he was wearing white clothing), and the ghost sightings trailed off soon after.

Man in Wide Brimmed Hat
Location: W4 - Old Burlington, Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Once a public house, this building is reportedly haunted by a man wearing a black cloak and wide brimmed hat, nicknamed Percy.

Flying Money
Location: W4 - Private house, Esmond Road, Cheswick
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1956
A polt outbreak here saw dozens of coins and other small metallic items fly across rooms and hit witnesses - the events stopped once the family's son was sent away to live with relatives.

Cromwell's Daughters
Location: W4 - St Nicholas's Churchyard, Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Walking in the churchyard at the crack of dawn, Mary and Frances head towards their unmarked graves and vanish.

Woman in Black
Location: W4 - Tabard Inn, Bath Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Seen sitting alone at a table in the public house, this old woman appeared to be whistling a tune, though no sound could be heard.

August 6, 2008