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Old Man In The Farm House


When I was about 13 or 14, a small farm in the village I lived in was sold. It was bought by a housing development firm, who proceeded to build a new house* on the land. They took the large, old farmhouse and started converting it into 3 separate dwellings.

As kids, we liked to play on the building site when the builders were off after school and at weekends. We would play in the houses, and up in the rafters and on the machinery.

On one specific occasion, four of us were playing in the old farmhouse. Some of the rooms upstairs had been completely stripped, and only had the main floor supports running across the rooms, and we were running across these beams, generally making a lot of noise as kids do. All of a sudden, there was a loud shout which seemed to come from the other end of the house, but from an unknown source. It was a shout as if by a security guard who wanted us off the property, this is who we thought it was initially.

We ran towards the ladder which ran from the first floor to the ground (as the stairs had been removed) and started looking for who had called out. We saw no one. Then a second shout rang out, from the direction we had just come from. This is when sheer panic set in, and we all couldn't get down the ladder fast enough.

I was the last down the ladder and as I was almost on the ground, I looked up. And to my total shock, I saw an old man looking at us with a very disgruntled expression. He was wearing a shirt and brown trousers and I would put him at mid - late 80's at a guess. There is no way he could move from one end of the house to the other undetected, and then to the ladder top in such a short space of time. And since then I have thought if he was on "patrol" he would have been wearing safety wear. Needless to say we ran, and then dared each other to go back, and once we finally did, we saw no one.

To this day I believe he was an old inhabitant of the house who was not happy with us playing there. The houses were converted, and people moved in. I got talking to one guy who lived in one of these properties in the local pub a good few years later, and after a few drinks and flowing conversation, I asked him if anything "strange" had happened in his house. Although he did not go into detail, he said he had experienced knocks and bangs and also footsteps on the odd occasion.

*word has been changed during editing (Griff, my apologies... The word was originally "close" but it didn't seem to be right.)

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spiritwaiting (34 stories) (805 posts)
4 years ago (2014-03-08)
Griff84, Now that's terifying. And I definitely believe that could have been the case. Entities do like to mess with people, especially children if their intentions aren't good. Thankfully you made it out ok, and your here telling us your experiences. 😊
Griff84 (5 stories) (288 posts)
4 years ago (2014-03-05)
Spiritwaiting, he didn't have a look of concern on his face, it was more one of anger, he looked very displeased. I believe if he was physically there, and did get hold of me, I wouldn't be sat here now typing this 😆
spiritwaiting (34 stories) (805 posts)
4 years ago (2014-03-04)
Griff84, I agree with you on the last part of your experience. It sounds like an old tenant just upset that you were playing and was warning you of an accident bound to happen. When were kids we tend to do things out excitement and without concern of danger. Just a concerned passed tenant looking out for youngsters. Great spooky experience.
Griff84 (5 stories) (288 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-26)
Hi mrfknbee, the shouts sounded very displeased, the sort I would have expected from a security guard. That's who we thought it was, but as they seemed to emanate from inside the building, I would have expected a guard to easily have reached us, or even come to us first to kick us out. I may be wrong, and that's who it was all along, but it does not make sense to me if that's what it was.
mrfknbee (39 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-25)
Maybe one of you could have had an accident that day all hyped up and on the loose and maybe this spirit could see an accident waiting to happen and scared everybody away before an accident was due to take place. Did it sound like a voice of authority or concern to you
Griff84 (5 stories) (288 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-24)
[at] BadJuuJuu - I was pleased I had the opportunity to speak with him, but as I didn't know him before we got chatting, I didn't want to come across a loon by just shouting out 'so you live in THAT house, have you ever seen a scary old man wandering about shouting?' 😨, I will say he didn't seem surprised at my questions though.

[at] AzraelX, I understand you're thinking, and I am of similar thought to you, work backwards from the plausible until you find a solution. The site is difficult to describe, the whole thing was roughly half the size of a football / soccer field, and it is quite possible the shout came from a nearby house. But I am certain it came from inside, it echoed twice (with each shout) and although it was not in the same room as we were, it seemed to come from a few rooms down, and defiantly seemed to originate from the same building. Obviously I will never know for certain. If it was someone shouting on a different plot, I'm sure they would have come straight over as this wasn't the first time we have 'played' there, and although I am no proud of it now, I know we had caused damage on previous occasions.
AzraelX (7 stories) (112 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-24)

Couldn't the shout you heard from one side of the building have been made by a entirely different person, human of course?
Perhaps the person who was shouting was on the next plot or a plot/building near the plot where the construction was going on/you kids were playing. Perhaps he was shouting at someone else, and not at you.
The old man you saw at the other end of the building is entirely another person, no where even ectoplasmically connected to the original shouter.

Just my opinion. My way is to analyze the event/occurrence logically. If I can't get a logical explanation for the event/occurrence, then it would be of paranormal origin for me.
RedWolf (28 stories) (1260 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-23)
I have been an on line friend with a woman from England since '98. To this day she or one of my other English friends that I have on F.B. Will say a word I don't know and I either have to ask what the word means or figure it out.

[at] BadJuuJuu
My childhood home had to be sold. It was still active with spirits, but my sister didn't tell the realtor OR the buyer.😆 I had stopped by the house a few weeks later on a Saturday and saw that the person who bought it was doing total renovations. I would have loved it if I was there when the spirits showed their displeasure and started moving things around or just taking what they want.
The thing is in New York there is an old law on the books that says you have to tell a buyer if you have a haunted house. I looked it up to be sure about that was still true, it is. When I told my youngest sister about this all she said to me was prove that she knew. 😆
BadJuuJuu (13 stories) (1034 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-23)
I think its pretty cool that you got to talk to a current resident who has experienced activity. Interesting confirmation for an interesting experience.
Griff84 (5 stories) (288 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-23)
There is nothing to forgive, I can fully understand the correction 😁
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
4 years ago (2014-02-23)
Griff - crap, I am so embarrassed lol, but I learned something out of that mistake 😆. Hope you can forgive me for messing that up 😳
Griff84 (5 stories) (288 posts)
4 years ago (2014-02-23)
A close is a what we call a cul-de-sac sometimes in England. A cul-de-sac was built on the land, as well as the converted farm house. 😊

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