Can you help shed light on Huntingdonshire’s ghostly past?
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A man from Southoe has made an appeal to the people of Huntingdonshire - to help him find ghosts.
Mark Egerton, 55, has spent the last four years hunting out paranormal activity, visiting, and occasionally stay-ing the night at sites all over the coun-try – including Huntingdonshire.
Hinchingbrooke House, the Commemoration Hall, and Ramsey Rural Museum all have their stories, and now, Mark is getting ready to publish his first book on the district’s hidden hauntings.
One ghost, affectionately called Fred, even lives in his house.
“I got involved in the paranormal because I saw a ghost when I was 15,” he told The Hunts Post.
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“There’s a farm at the top of the road called Midloe Grange. I’d cycle up and I always used to put my bike in the wash-room which was attached to the house.
“I looked over my shoulder and I thought I’d seen something. I looked back though and it was gone, but stand-ing there had been a monk. White face, hood up and hands crossed in front of him, but it was just a split second.”
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Mark says he hasn’t seen a spirit since, but goes out with the Phoenix Rising Paranormal Society once a month for investigations.
His kit includes a pen torch, laser, tripod, compass and an electro-magnetic field metre for measuring electrical activity.
Mark also carries a luminous ball for spirits to move, as well as ‘trigger objects’, a crystal, and some communication cards.
“It’s exciting when you get some-thing, and it makes you want to go again,” he said.
“But then you go to the next one and it’s dead and nothing happens. It’s an unknown subject and you don’t know what you’re going to get.”
The team discovered the spirit of a female spinster at St Neots museum, who visits the building to see her lover - a ghost ‘grounded’ there.
After some research, Frederick Charles Cheshire, the lover, appeared in the record books – a 24-year-old, father-of-two who was briefly imprisoned at the former police station, and who had died from battle wounds in 1917.
“When asked why he was here in the museum we were able to ascertain that it was because it was the last place that he’d seen the woman that he loved alive,” Mark said.
Mark hopes to publish the book sometime this year, but there’s one piece left of his research – the west of Huntingdonshire, an area he remains unfamiliar with.
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