Weird Surrey

 

 

A3 Sniper

 

In the 1950’s car windscreens were taken out by a unknown sniper. No bullet, pellet, or stone were found which had caused the damage. This was on the old A3 road between Cobham and Esher

 

St John’s Wotton

 

In the 1950’s couple from Battlesea although both being tired, got off a bus and took a walk by St John’s Church at Wotton. They were interested in the life of John Evelyn, diarist, scholar etc. They walked up a hill and sat on a bench. The wife suddenly felt strange, the everyday sounds stopped. In the silence she turned round and saw three men in black. One smiling the other two showing great hatred. She asked her husband, but he did not see them. Feeling that something was not right they moved quickly away. They walked some distance, and then laid down and fell asleep they then found themselves in Dorking not remembering how they got there.

The husband returned two years later. There was no hill or bench. This was reported to the Society for Psychical Research, but because of a move did not look into it until the 1970’s. Was it a time slip, but this would not change the geography of the area. More likely a waking dream.

 

Creature at Winterfold

 

In the winter of 1967 near Winterfold House on the Albury to Cranleigh Road in Surrey, a motorist pulled over on an dark, remote road to clean his windscreen. As he looked along the road he noticed a huge figure standing there which gave off a foul odour. The strange beast seemed to have a glowing, oblong-shaped head!

I read the original newspaper report in 1967, which to my memory stated that the driver was with his girl friend. The creature at the time was believed to from a UFO.

I investigated on my moped, passing people hitchhiking to the famous Isle of Wight Rock festival. It’s a spooky road, but I didn’t see a thing.

 

The Silent Pool, Dorking Road 

 

This is a local beauty spot. As its name suggests it is always unusually quiet. Legend says it is haunted by the ghost of a young virgin who drowned in the pool. She was bathing naked in the pool, when she was surprised by a knight. The knight rode his horse into the pool, forcing the girl to go into the deeper part of the pool, protect her virginity. In the end she drowned as did her brother who tried to save her. The villain of the piece is said to be bad King John.

 

Sutton Place outside Guildford

 

A Lady in White has been seen in the house, also the sounds of furniture being smashed. The owners of this manor house like their privately. I once drove through the security gates looking for a house on the estate. When I reached the house they had to phone the security, to explain and calm them down.

 

Percy Arms Chilworth

 

Percy Arms in Chilworth has suffered from Poltergeist like happenings. Glasses move, doors sham, crashing of furniture is heard. People have felt a weight on them while they were in bed.

The pub has been used for inquests in the past. Several times there have explosions in the local gun powder mill, causing many deaths. This is believed to be a possible cause for the haunting.

 

Antiques Shop Bramley

 

The upper storeys hang over a stream. On hundred years ago a girl committed suicide after being deserted by her lover. She jumped into the stream. The doorway  were she waited for her lover is bricked up now. However her ghost is seen by this entrance.

 

Bramley Church, Bramley

 

Medieval Music has been heard in the churchyard, when the church was empty.

 

Silverland House Chersey

 

This house was built for one of Nelson’s Admirals, used for the Actors Orphanage, and Nurses training. Renovated in 2001 to be a clinic for convicted paedophiles, it was never opened due to the pressure from local residents. It is now derelict. The ghosts of children have been seen in the past by security guards.

 

Clandon  House Ghosts

 

The Ipswich Journal October 26th 1895

 

Ghosts at Guildford

A Godalming correspondent sends the Morning results of inquiries he has been making in reference to reports of “ghostly visitations” at Clandon House near Guildford one of Lord Onslow’s mansions. There are, he says upwards of 50 persons in Clandon village who claim to have seen the “ghosts.” One takes the form of a black dwarf, another that of a lady sometimes brilliantly, sometimes very sombrely attired. All the servants at Clandon House say they have seen one or other of the apparitions. It is even said that the present occupant of the house had a spiritualist specially down from London a few days ago, who had a talk with the lady “ghost” and received from her a sad story of having murdered her illegitimate child before marriage. Her husband heard of the crime, and employed the black dwarf to poison her. There is a third “ghost” who, it is said, looks like a labouring man with a rough beard. The “visitations” have spread over about five years, and the villagers seem considerably excited over them.

 

Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle November 2nd 1895

 

Ghosts Near Guildford

A Guildford correspondent says:- The greatest excitement continues to exist in the village of Clandon owing to reports of strange nocturnal visits to Clandon House, tenanted by a Mrs Blaine. It is thought likely that Mrs Blaine will leave the house at an early date on account of the annoyance caused to her by the nightly scenes which occur in the vicinity, among the villagers who assemble in the hope of catching a glimpse of the “spooks”

 

Brooklands Racetrack Ghosts

 

The site of the Brooklands Racetrack near Weybridge, is one of the classic haunted locations. Here are the stories.

 

The Milkman’s Story

In 2004 a milkman delivering at about 12 o’clock by the gate outside the club house saw a man in overalls. He reported this to the security guard, the place all locked up. A search was made but no one was found. The milkman delivered in the morning in future.

 

Ghost in the Hanger

In the museum hanger a figure in RAF uniform was seen near a Wellington bomber. The bomber has been pulled out of Loch Ness and restored. During the crash the tail gunner jumped out and his parachute failed to open and he was killed.

 

Death of RFC pilot

The figure of a man wearing a Royal Flying Corp uniform has been seen walking through a wall. This is believed to be James Kennedy a RFC pilot. He was an observer on test flight before world war one. This was for the RFC who were  looking to purchase the plane. The company pilot Graham Bell thinking that the flight was not looking good enough decided to loop the loop. This was news to Kennedy seating behind him, he was not strapped in. He fell to his death, the official inquiry told Bell not to do it again.

 

Man with his head hanging off

A young boy ran home to his mother during World War II, and said that he had seen a man with his head hanging off on the site. This was believed to be Parry Thomas who had died on Pendine Sands. He was beheaded by a drive chain then the car crashed. He is buried in Byfleet Cemetery, his car Babs is sometimes shown at Brooklands.

 

Percy Lambert

This is Brooklands most famous ghost. He was for a short time the fastest man on earth. Then he was overtaken by a French driver. He promising his fiancée that he would stop after one last try.  A tyre burst and he was throw out and killed. During WWII a secret Wellington factory was built on the track. Twice the sounds of a car were heard passing through the factory. On another occasion he was seen to walk through a wall.

 

The tunnel ghost

Rooms off a tunnel under the track were once used at one time as motorcycle repair workshops. A volunteer helping to tidy up the site brought his grandson with him. The grandson walked into one of the side rooms. He came back to his grandfather and told him that a man with a motorbike tyre in his hands was in one of the side rooms. The grandfather checked and found the room empty. During the time that Brooklands was used for motorcycle racing, a mechanic, Arthur Moorhouse was asked to check a motorcycle tyre, he said it was fine. The tyre burst and the rider was killed. It is believed the figure was Arthur Moorhouse.

 

 

Fairground

A team of volunteers were staying in caravans overnight, while they worked on the site. One night all the lights in all the caravans when out (even although they were each on separate batteries). Sounds were then heard of a fairground, or large party. Up to that point the land in that area it had been only used for tennis courts. Some years later BA made a good profit and held a large party, with a concert on that site.

 

The Dogs Tale

One night the security guard got a call that some children were on the grounds. His supervisor was him, and it was decided to send in the guard dog to frighten them. The dog was let off its lash and charged after the children. At one spot near the hangers it stopped dead, obviously frightened. The dog could not be made to move any further.