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Constructed as a Benedictine monastery in Suffolk, Borley Rectory was considered "The most haunted house in England." A lurid tale of forbidden love is said to have unfolded on its grounds in the 13th century. The story goes that a nun and a monk fell in love and when they tried to elope, they were caught. The monk was hanged for his crime, and the nun was walled up alive in the building's masonry.
Beginning in the 1920s, there were sightings of the nun's ghost in and around Borley Rectory, and reports of objects being moved and thrown about as if by poltergeists. In the photograph shown here, taken outside the rectory, a brick reportedly leaped into the air of its own volition, right as the shutter snapped.
Obviously, the brick could be hanging in the air for any number of reasons -- such as having just recently been tossed. But there is no way now to get to the bottom of the Borley Rectory mystery, because the building burned to the ground in 1939. Some accounts say the cause of the blaze was never determined, when in fact it was ignited by nothing any more supernatural than an oil lamp. Incidentally, in 1945 there were skeletal remains discovered in the rubble which could have belonged the punished nun. The remains were properly buried.
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