This is my first submission to this wonderful site, and hope you find my experiences interesting. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
This probably sounds really weird to other people, but it's something that happens to me, not on a regular basis, but from time to time. I see things that appear to be the ghosts of buildings that a no longer there. I also see more 'normal' spirits of people and animals, but I really want to know if anyone else sees these. I understand that people have experienced what they refer to as time slips in places like the Palace of Versailles in France, but my first experience was as a quite small child and I'd definitely not hear of these phenomena as a child.
The first time I remember this happening was when I was about 7 years old. I was on a school trip to St Albans in Hertfordshire to see the Roman ruins. Whilst my school friends were discussing the remains and some of them (mainly the boys!) were playing at being gladiators, I was absolutely enchanted by a small, thatched roof cottage that was sitting almost in the middle of the ruins. I asked my teacher why the cottage was there, who lived there and could we go and look around it as well. Needless to say, no one else could see it, and my teacher suggested that I had been out in the sun too long and was seeing things!
What I could actually see was a solid, 3D cottage complete with a small garden with plants in it. The windows were what I would call 'blind' in that the sun was shining onto them so it was impossible to see anything beyond the glass. I was insisting to my teacher that the cottage was there, but he insisted it wasn't there. We went off to eat our packed lunches, and when we came back the cottage was gone. I think I saw it for around 15 minutes, but it didn't occur to me then (only when I thought about it as an adult) that I didn't see the cottage when we first arrived or when the guide was telling us about the ruins - I only spotted it when we were allowed to explore the ruins on our own.
Since then I have had a number of experiences of seeing buildings that aren't there and, as an adult with a degree in history, I have been able to research the area and find out what was there before the current buildings were built.
The most terrifying experience I had was when I was driving alone on a motorway. At the time I lived on the Kent coast and was driving up to meet my fiance in the West Midlands to look at some houses before choosing which house we wanted to buy. I saw a terrace of houses across the road in front of me, right across the motorway. I started to break as the houses looked VERY solid to me, before I realised that I was a) driving on a motorway and b) there are NO buildings that sit on the road and cover all the lanes. I pulled over at the next service station and had a strong cup of coffee to calm my nerves before continuing on a thankfully uneventful journey. When I did a little research I discovered that there had been some houses in the area I saw them.
If anyone else has ever experienced ghost houses, I would love to hear from them and I would also love to hear other peoples ideas on why I've been selected to see houses and buildings that aren't there.
Thank you for taking the time to read this rather long story.