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Cooker Knobs Came To Life


I lived in a town called StLeonards on sea, in England in 2008.

I rented a top floor studio apartment in a converted house dating back to around the late 1800s, although it was built in an area with a lot of history so it could be older.

You entered into a small rectangular hall that extended to the left. Directly in front of you was the bathroom door, to the end of the hall was the lounge door that opened into a square room with the wall immediately to your left and the large window opposite that filled the place with light.

On the same wall as the door, two sliding doors revealing a small kitchen. I would often keep the doors open as they were a pain to pull apart. On top of the counter I had a mini oven with two hobs on top of it (a baby belling oven). I rarely used it so it was kept unplugged.

I lived there very happily alone for around 3 months, it was very light and airy with a warm feeling to the place.

Early on I sensed there was a young spirit boy around 6 years old that resided in the hall and would poke his head around the hall door to peer into the room, had a beaming smile, a head of blond curls and was a very bright happy spirit. He never made a sound but seemed to 'live' in the hall.

I had two friends stay for a weekend (bit of a squeeze) and things got strange on the Sunday morning before they left. We were on the sofa facing the kitchen, half watching a film and chatting about nothing much. It was around 11am as we hadn't left to get lunch yet.

Movement from the kitchen caught my eye and I gasped, drawing the attention of my friends who also looked over at the oven temperature/dial knobs as one was slowly turning and pulling away from the oven. It then fell to the tiled floor and bounced two or three times before coming to a stop only to spin for a short while. As it was bouncing another dial knob was doing the exact same thing. The whole thing lasted a good 2 minutes.

The atmosphere in the room became quite dry and cold, I could also feel my friends slight fear and confusion, so I got up and laughed it off "ahh the neighbours downstairs could have had a rumbling washing machine causing vibrations, or the knobs could have just worked loose..."

It was quickly pointed out to me that that did not explain how they turned slowly or how they then spun on the floor.

These things are mighty tricky to pull off, it had never occurred to me to ever take them off (it was unnecessary to do so) I picked them up and put them back on.

We left and went for lunch, then I waved my slightly spooked friends off at the train station. When I got home it was its usual welcoming self.

Nothing ever happened again in that apartment.

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Chiku (1 stories) (21 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-24)
Very interesting especially the tital of the story. Thanks for sharing
LemurianEmerald (2 stories) (4 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-21)
Hi AugustaM,

I didn't mention spirits etc when I was younger, too fearful of other people's opinions and judgement back then.

They do resemble tops! 😊
AugustaM (7 stories) (996 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-20)
Had you spoken to your of your little spirit roommate before or during their visit? Maybe he had tried to show himself to them but they either couldn't see him or simply hadn't noticed - therefore in a wee childish fit of peek, he mustered up as much energy as he could (hence the cold) to really put on a show ❤ The nobs may well have looked like familiar playthings to him - they do rather resemble tops - and he managed to show your friends how well he could throw his tops.

It makes me smile that you were so accepting of your bright little pal. I hope he is where he is happiest.
LemurianEmerald (2 stories) (4 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-16)
Hi Socracy5,

I had always assumed 'blame' on the little boy spirit, although out of character for him as nothing ever physically happened in the apartment (other than this one occasion).
However I only held a 6 month tenancy, so I didn't have much time there and by assuming it was out of character for him, I may have been proven wrong if I had lived there longer.

Not inconsiderate at all 😊
Socracy5 (3 stories) (64 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-16)
Hey Emerald,

Well, what do you suspect might have caused this?. Did you ever experienced anything else happening in the kitchen before?, and what about the boy who 'live' in the hall, had he done any mishap before?. If not, then I believe it could be a prankster spirit who just pulled a "not-so-funny" prank on you and your friends.

I know it's very inconsiderate of me to jump into the questions directly but I don't like to pull long conversations, I hope you'd forgive me. Still I'm pretty curious about that little boy.

LemurianEmerald (2 stories) (4 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-14)
Hi Jubeele, thanks for your thoughts:)

I have been trying to find information on a few of my previous older homes, mostly due to curiosity but also to see if any experiences match up to history.
Unfortunately I don't seem to be getting far with research online.

I hardly saw any neighbours everyone kept pretty much to themselves and (regretfully now) I didn't mention it to my landlord.

He had a white/cream smock type tunic top with 3/4 dark trousers. (possibly bare foot but not certain on that detail)

I agree with the idea that it may have been attention seeking or showing off, it sure got our attention! It didn't cross my mind that it could have been something else other than 'the boy', thank you for the perspective. 😊
Jubeele (26 stories) (898 posts)
6 years ago (2018-06-14)
Hi Emerald, I remember the Baby Belling. I've used one staying at self-catering cottages a few times - it was small and compact.

A bit more history on the place could prove interesting. Did your neighbours or landlord ever mention anything that happened there in the past? Like a fire or some type of mishap in the kitchen perhaps?

Do you remember what sort of clothing the little spirit boy wore? That could help put a date on when he was around and if there was any incident that occurred around the time.

If your friends didn't say or do anything that could be mistaken as being provocative in any way, then the activity could just be a bit of attention-seeking and showing-off because you had company. The cold change in the air could suggest the presence of something else other than the "bright happy" boy. But from your friends' "slight fear and confusion" and "slightly spooked" reaction, I think they were more startled rather than in mortal fear for their safety. I don't feel the intent was to harm them. Perhaps nothing else happened because whatever it was decided not to frighten anyone else.

Wonder what else could have happened if they were excited and curious instead? 🤔

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