The Borley Rectory Affair


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When Harry Price published his first book covering Borley Rectory in 1940, he would have been well aware of how sensational, and potentially controversial, the title would appear. “The Most Haunted House in England” shot Borley Rectory to fame, cementing the name in history with the likes of Jack the Ripper, The Salem Witch Trials and later, The Amityville Horror. That the contents of the book stirred up so many years of controversy is an outcome that was bound to have materialised regardless of the title, with stories of spectral nuns, monks and horse-drawn carriages, ghostly writings on the wall and secret passages, all set in the spiritualist boom between the wars. Tables tipped, planchettes moved, bells rang and eventually the house burnt to the ground. Eighty years later, the legend of Borley still lives on fighting against allegations of fraud all the way.


Price, Harry (1940) The Most Haunted House in England. Longmans, Green, UK

Price, Harry (1946) The End of Borley Rectory. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., UK.

Dingwall, Eric J., Goldney, Kathleen M. & Hall, Trevor H. (1956) The Haunting of Borley Rectory - A Critical Survey of the Evidence. Proceedings for the Society for Psychical Research, Vol. 51, Part 186, January, 1956. UK.

Adams, Paul, Brazil, Eddie & Underwood, Peter (2009) The Borley Rectory Companium. The History Press, UK

`Ωcv|”aqTabori, Paul & Underwood, Peter (2017) The Ghosts of Borley. UK.

Wall, V.C. (1929) Ghost Visits to a Rectory. The Daily Mirror, 10th June 1929, UK

Wall, V.C. (1929) Weird Night in Haunted House. The Daily Mirror, 14th June 1929, UK

Clarke, Andrew (2021) The Bones of Borley Rectory. [online] Available at: [Accessed 11 August 2021].


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