Pontefract Poltergeist – 30 East Drive – Europe’s Most Violent Poltergeist
Almost immediately after moving in, mysterious events started to happen and were quickly considered paranormal. The first report was of a white chalk-like dust falling, but not from the ceiling. It was falling from just below head height, literally appearing from thin air and falling to the ground. While Mrs. Kelly, Phillip’s auntie, who had been asked to observe the falling chalk while the Jean and Joe were on vacation, went to get some cleaning products from the kitchen, she slipped on a small pool of water that mysteriously appeared. After cleaning up the water, more started to appear on the lino in front of her and Phillips’ eyes.
The Pontefract Poltergeist of 30 East Drive became more mysterious. Some of the things that happened included; a green foam appearing from the toilet and faucets (taps), even after the water had been turned off, the tea dispenser being activated, and the ever-popular ghostly demonstration of the lights being turned on and off. The entity seemed to even have a sense of humor; they were reported to once remove a jug of milk from the fridge and pour it over the head of a skeptical family member, which left the children laughing hysterically.
But, it didn’t take long for the Pontefract Poltergeist to start effecting heavier objects and showing it had malicious intent. From plants jumping out of their pots and landing on the stairs, cupboards violently shaking and even wall pictures being slashed with a knife. These events were joined with an endless list of levitating and thrown objects, including a solid Oak board. The only positive thing about all these reports is that they weren’t human-interactions, but that didn’t last long.
The family tried to exercise the demonic presence by calling in a priest from the local Catholic church, but each attempted exorcism was met with huge resistance, from faces being slapped to people being pushed down the stairs, both by an unseen force. None of the exorcisms prevailed, in fact, each seemed to anger the entity even more. The paranormal power peaked when Diane’s hair suddenly stood on end, followed by her being dragged kicking and screaming up the stairs. Examining Diane after the ordeal, finger masks were noticed around her throat. An event that left her traumatized.
The parents reported waking up to the entity standing in their room, which was described as a figure wearing a black monk-style robe, which paranormal investigators witnessed as well. Further happenings with the poltergeist included a family member being locked in the coal room (storage closet) and even a wooden bed being smashed so badly while the Pritchards were out, they returned to see the damage and called the police to report a break in.
In 1968, the poltergeist was given the name “Mr. Nobody” by the local press. However, the family simply referred to them as Fred. The Pritchards fought the poltergeist for years and spent their last days at the residence doing just that. The poltergeist at 30 East Drive, as well as the house itself, has also been referred to as The Black Monk Poltergeist, namely because of its reported appearance, but the Pontrefract Poltergeist was a wider used name.
The Pritchards still own the property, but since they moved out, they refuse to return. 30 East Drive has since changed hands and it’s attracted numerous paranormal enthusiasts and investigators, including Most Haunted and Paranormal-X, who managed to capture some great footage which they posted on their Youtube channel using the latest in ghost hunting technology and improvising with Microsoft Kinect software to visibly see ghosts, as well as catching a spirit clearly saying one of the investigator’s full names with a ghost box.
If you’d like to know more about current day investigations, experiences and eye-witness accounts at 30 East Drive, you can read the 2015 book from Andy Evans who spent over 50 nights in the house after the events of the black monk poltergeist; Don’t Look Back in Anger Paperback by Andy Evans.