The Thornton Heath Poltergeist

The Thornton Heath Poltergeist

During the 1970’s, in Thornton Heath, England, a happy family unit became the target of an angry entity residing in their home. The Thornton Heath poltergeist is now one of the most famous real life hauntings to come out of the UK…


The Beginning

One hot summer night in August the family were awoken by a bedside radio blasting out a strange foreign station. The family had no idea where the radio station was transmitted from and had never tuned into it before.

Little did they know that this strange incident was the catalyst of a four year trip into the realm of the paranormal.

The following nights saw bedside lamps and ornaments tampered with by unseen hands.

The Beginning of The Haunting

The following Christmas ( 1972 ) things started to get physical when the husband was assaulted by a flying figurine in the living room. It hit him so hard on the forehead that he collapsed giddy into a nearby chair.

As the family struggled to get the husband back to his feet the nearby Christmas tree began to rise and shake violently.


The New Year

The New year brought with it a mass of new paranormal activity. The family would constantly hear the footsteps of an unseen visitor walking though the bedrooms upstairs.

Several days after the New Year celebrations were over their young son was awoken by what he later described as a tall angry looking man.

The man hovered over him as he lay there with an incredibly evil look on his face. The son later claimed that this man was dressed in ‘old fashioned clothes’.

Before long visitors to the family home started experiencing the paranormal events. One evening the family was in the process of holding a dinner party for some close friends when the door began to shake and knock violently.

It seemed as though the front door was being knocked first then the living room was targeted. As the party members cautiously stood up the living room door flung open and every light in the house started switching on and off.

The family realized that things were steadily getting out of control – they needed help.


The Church

The family managed to get hold of a representative from their local church who sent a priest around to their home. Unfortunately the blessing the priest gave only seemed to make matters worse.

The family were then put in touch with a medium who visited their home to find out the cause of the haunting.

The medium was able to deduce that the entity was actually a dead farmer by the name of Chatterton. This Chatterton character was angry with the family because he considered them to be trespassers in his home.

After a little digging they did find out that a farmer named Chatterton owned their home during the mid-18th century.


The Farmer’s Wife

For some reason Chatterton’s wife began to make an appearance after the medium’s visit. She seemed to have a bit of a problem with the mother of the household.

Whenever the tenant’s wife would walk up the stairs she would become aware of someone following her. She would often turn around to see Chatterton’s grey haired wife following her.

Chatterton's wife

As soon as the old lady’s specter noticed she had been spotted she would disappear into the nearby shadows.

Things eventually got so bad that Chatterton would frequently pop up on the family’s television screen – interrupting whatever program they were watching.


The End

After nearly four long years of paranormal activity the family decided to throw in the towel and purchase a new home. Once out of the house in Thornton Heath the strange happenings ceased immediately.

There have been no further reports of poltergeist activity in the house they left behind…

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