A family of five lives in a house that has been haunted since it was built in 1875.
Their father, who died in the house, had no idea he was in a ghostly world until he visited a house in his hometown in the early 1990s.
“I thought, ‘This is real’,” said the family’s great-grandfather, Charles, an engineer.
It was a house built in the 1860s. “
But when he came back, he said, ‘Well, this is what I thought it was’.
It was a house built in the 1860s.
It was the last house on the corner of St James’s and Victoria.
It had a porch.
There was a big front porch.
It looked like it was sitting on the hill.”
The family’s grandmother, Helen, had never heard of a ghost before.
But the house’s history was a long one.
When her father moved to London in the 1890s, the property was abandoned.
There were only a few rooms left.
“My grandfather didn’t like to leave the house,” said Helen.
“It was his family house, so there was a lot of animosity between the family.
And he always hated people who lived there.”
They had moved to a new home when their father died and lived there until the early 1970s.
Then, when they were 16, they bought the house and bought a farm nearby.
“They were just kind of a typical family,” said Charles.
“Everyone was on the same page.”
They did not know it at the time, but the house was the origin of a long-running story that was about to end.
The house’s owner, Charles Denny, had owned it for almost 40 years, and he was planning to renovate it.
In 1975, the family moved to the city from a farm in the south of England.
But when the building collapsed, the whole house collapsed as well.
The roof was ripped off.
“We were in a state of shock, really,” said Charlie.
“There was a huge amount of blood.
It didn’t take long for the roof to collapse.”
The house was demolished in 1977 and the family spent the next 10 years trying to salvage it.
They had to use salvaged wood from nearby trees and a barn.
The family tried to reconstruct the interior.
They even put a roof over it.
But it was too big for them.
They decided to take the house apart.
“All we could do was put a bunch of scrap metal around it,” said their great-uncle, Charles.
It took them about five months to get it back together.
“That was the start of the search,” said the great-grandsons Charles and Charles.
They spent the rest of the decade trying to find the house.
“You can’t get it, you can’t do anything,” said David.
“And they have to be careful, you have to pay a lot to get in.”
In 2001, the couple sold the house to a local developer, who wanted to turn it into a hotel.
But they never got permission to build a hotel on the property.
Then in 2005, the developer called and said the building was unsafe.
“The first time they saw it, they just had this huge amount on their minds,” said John.
“So they went through it and they were like, ‘OK, we’re not going to do it’.” So the family started looking for a haunted house.
And they were lucky to find one.
“One of the most amazing things about it was that it had a real ghost,” said Dave.
“This lady had been in it before.
She would go to sleep in it.”
But it took several attempts before the family found the owner of the house they had been looking for.
“Every time we went through that house, it was going to collapse, but we were just trying to keep it alive,” said Chris.
“After two years, we had the house together.”
They put it up for sale.
“As it was falling apart, it just kept falling apart,” said Paul.
The couple’s interest in the haunted house grew and grew, as did their determination to find out more about the house that had haunted them.
“What we wanted to know was, ‘How does it happen?’,” said Julie.
“When we first came across it, we thought it must be a house, but it was not.
It just wasn’t real.
It seemed like it would just fall apart.”
They eventually learned that the owner had been the landlord of the place for decades.
They called him and asked him about it.
He said he had not seen anything like it before, so the family set about researching the house further.
They also found out the owners of the nearby building were still in business.
So they put a sign up at the door.