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When I was younger I moved into a Georgian terraced home with my family of six (how my family were able to afford it I am unaware).

The basic history of the building was it began as a school and later became a soup kitchen. It later became lodgings for a groundskeeper and his family; the groundskeeper died and his family moved away the house was then let out to various people, until it became the residence of a woman supposedly fanatical about cats, this woman also died while living in the house.

Our first experience of supernatural activity was on the first night we moved in. We kept the pets (two cats, one dog) downstairs. The dog was left in the kitchen and the two cats in the utility room (which was next to the door outside and always had a draft). The door was closed and there was no way to escape the rooms. The next morning the animals had swapped rooms, we put this down to the fact that someone forgot to shut the door, but it kept happening for a few weeks until my father finally allowed the animals upstairs (much to the delight of my siblings and I).

After we had finished the decorating in the main house my father began trying to clear up the cellar, it wasn't a real cellar in some ways it was just a hole in the ground. It was always muddy and during particularly wet weather the floor would accumulate about an inch of water but when it was dry my father began to work on it. Whenever my Father went anywhere the family dog would follow him, so of course she followed him while in the cellar she kept trying to dig up one corner of the room (according to my father).

A while later we were discussing the supernatural over dinner and my sister claimed that she recently had a nightmare, I can't remember what specifically happened in the dream but she claimed when she awoke she could not sleep for a long period of time and whenever she closed her eyes she saw visions of a man with an intimidating appearance although she never claimed having a night like this again. Later down the line she did suffer insomnia, I also suffered insomnia while living in the house.

Our attic over 4 years became very cluttered. By then most of the family had moved out it was just my father, little brother and I. I decided to clear the attic rooms up and without trying to sound smug I did a good job. After I presented my work to my father we discussed making the attic my bedroom and I accepted and I moved in quite happily. At the time I was a fan of "Doctor Who" and I kept the door open. On that door I had a picture of one of the "sisters of plenitude" and it seemed to be staring at me. Also, around that time I had been having dreams that consisted of the next days events and I had had some nightmares about the attic. I was highly unnerved. In the end I just freaked out and ran downstairs because I could of sworn that the posters face changed; it may have been my highly active imagination but I rarely went back into the attic.

Throughout the time I lived there people also tried to spend as little time on the ground floor. They claimed it had an unpleasant atmosphere to it, although I must say none of the family were uncomfortable there. In fact we spent much time on that floor.

There was a period where things would go missing and show up again where we had looked. When that happened it always happened for the best. For example, my father had a so called friend who was always annoying him by asking for favors and errands and the friend was always very inconsiderate and rude. One day after he had left his debit card at the house he came back to look for it while my father was in a bad mood. The two of them looked for it and after they couldn't find it my fathers friend went into one and my father just told him to get out and to not "darken the doorway again" the card later showed up in the same place they had looked for it.

My family believes there were ghosts in the house as do the many friends as well, we have since moved out of the house but we believe the ghost was of the lady with the cats she became known as to us the cat lady and I think the ghost considered herself family and she did us no harm. I would actually like an excuse to speak with the new tenants I did not know how much I loved the house until I had left, however I don't know any excuse for the more sinister haunting like the eerie atmosphere in the ground floor or hallways or about the visions my sister gazed upon.

I would like to know your opinions (even if the haunting was uninteresting).

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Aljohn34 (guest)
10 years ago (2011-04-13)
I know what you mean the catswould have wanted to get in the kitchen and vice versa although I have seen the door and could not know how they would havedone it
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
10 years ago (2011-04-06)
Hi, Aljohn.
Much of what you have relayed is what I expected. Without seeing the door, it would be impossible for me to tell how one of the pets may have opened it... But as you described, you have a hardy, large long haired dog, which are often prone to overheating; and short haired cats who usually are not to fond of cold, drafty environments. The dog wanted out and the cats wanted in, how they achieved it, I am not sure... Without seeing the door.
Aljohn34 (guest)
10 years ago (2011-04-05)
We believe it was the cat lady because of the first incident and the door was a pull open on the dogs side the cats were short haired and the dog was a blonde german shepard, the doors used door knobs as appose to handles.
Thanks, Aljohn
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
10 years ago (2011-04-05)
Which way did the door between the pets open, in towards the dog or out towards the cats? Were the cats long hair or short? What was the breed of the dog?
I'm not trying to be dismissive, but a lot of what you describe could be normal occurrences and coincidnces. Dreams and premonitions, missing items and personal feeling can all indeed be influenced by paranormal activity; but on their own, do not send up any red flags for me.
If spirit activity is present, did you presume it was the cat lady just because she died there, or was there additionl evidence that led you to this conclusion?

Aljohn34 (guest)
10 years ago (2011-04-05)
Lillady4 -- Thankyou, although I doubt it was a phycic ability as It does not happen to me now your story however was very interesting and very good thankyou,
aiafaith1 (guest)
10 years ago (2011-04-04)
This wasn't un-interesting at all! I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing!

~Aiafaith1 😆 ❤ 😆
Lilady4 (7 stories) (427 posts)
10 years ago (2011-04-04)
Wow, I thought it was interesting that you had dreams about the next day's events. The only dream I have had that is even close to yours is a recurring dream (over 3-4 days/nights) in which 'I' was in a harbour with a white dress wearing a locket. The dream closed in on the locket. It showed every detail. And on my birthday, I was given the exact same locket!.
These are propethic dreams. It is a kind of ESP or Psychic ability. By the way, I loved your story.
Love & Light, Rachel ❤
Aljohn34 (guest)
10 years ago (2011-04-04)
James -- I would like to thankyou for your comment but should also apologise as I made two grammer mistakes in the final paragraph and my father pointed out a mistake in the history of the house, It was a poor house (not a soup kitchen however I appreciate your comment and I do think that one day I shall return to the house and discuss it with the new tennants.
Yours Alexander
JamesRobiscoe (419 posts)
10 years ago (2011-04-04)
Aljohn--Thanks for an interesting summary of what stretched over years. No doubt there was more. I must say I was not struck by any malevolence, were you? The grummly visage your sister saw could have a half dozen explanations (he was a man of strict code, for instance, wondering what a woman was doing in that location). The credit card anecdote was amusing, and various visitors having varying degrees of sensitivity (none to some) seems to corroborate your general theories.
I'd wager that if you wrote a letter (or appeared one day at the doorstep) and introduced yourself as a former tenant and might you be allowed a quick glimpse of some old familiar rooms, you would have success. And in parting maybe, drop the bombshell question.
Good luck in future appearances. ~ James

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