Sixteenth Century Poltergeists: A British Poltergeist

To wrap up our trio of sixteenth-century poltergeists, we turn to North Aston, in the county of Oxford in 1591. The Lee family, of no previous misdeeds of note, is shocked to suddenly find stones appearing and falling within their house! This represents one of the earliest cases of object teleportation (objects moving through solid walls or ceilings) on record. Stones, of course, were also thrown around the house.

These events occurred long enough that the Lees apparently moved in with the local Vicar and abandoned the house. As with our previous cases, various townsfolk would visit the location, and ask questions or favors of the spirit, of which it would sometimes comply. The poltergeist resorted to other common behaviors, such as removing bed sheets, making footsteps, and opening windows and doors.

Unlike the other two cases, this poltergeist occurrence stopped on its own. No Vicar or Priest interceded on behalf of the house. Yet, before the spirit ceased the local Sherrif reported seeing drops of blood appear on the table. Other townsfolk reported apparitions of disfigured or distorted dogs in the house.

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Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference:

Gauld, A., & Cornell, A.D. (1979). Poltergeists. London, England: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

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