We all have our reasons and explanations as to what drew us to loving all things paranormal. I've said many times before that mine was a book USBORNE GUIDE TO THE SUPERNATURAL WORLD (I still have it) and whilst it was full of paranormal facts (aimed at kids), one story sucked me in, hook line and paranormal sinker, it was the story of Harry Price & Borley Rectory.
February 27th 1939 is not a date that many paranormal lovers will see as a red letter day but if something hadn't happened on that day that involved Borley Rectory who knows what status this location would have had in the modern paranormal world: a location for paranormal investigations, an alleged haunted hotspot, would it still have the accolade of THE MOST HAUNTED HOUSE in England? One thing I know is that most people have heard of the Borley Rectory story, the "before" Harry Price history, the "during" Harry Price history and the "after" Harry Price history. To me, Harry Price perfectly sums up the paranormal in one paragraph, some people call him the greatest ever ghost hunter, some people call him a fraudster, an adequate even in a thinly veiled description of the paranormal world I live & breathe in.
I have often though that it is a crying shame that, here in the UK, we demolish certain locations, flatten them and build on top of them. I only found out the other day that my home town, Sutton-in-Ashfield, had its own brewery courtesy of an old photo, and that it was flattened to make well for an army site, which is now a care home. I know that we can't keep old buildings up just for the sake of us curious ghost hunters but I tell you what if (and when) I get my time machine sorted I am going to have so much fun LOL!!
Anyway back to Borley Rectory, and to be fair it wasn't flattened due to modernisation, it was gutted by fire, an accident (so they say). As daft as it sounds, the man who accidentally caused the fire planned to turn Borley into a tourist attraction, maybe it was just simply not to be.
I'd like to tell a short history of Borley, in honour of all who lived there, went there and experienced things there. It is a story close to my heart and why I am who I am today. Borley, despite it being very close to the Suffolk border is in Essex, it is them who can lay claim to having a well known "Essex" celebrity in its midst even if it just a location, it did attain celebrity status long before reality TV existed.