“I have devoted much of my life
to the serious and impartial investigation of
psychic phenomena...”

“I have always tried to
carry out my investigations with care
and objectivity…”

“… and if I have not
always achieved such aims,
at least I have tried...”

“… but if I have succeeded in opening
only one closed mind

just a fraction...”

“… to the very real possibility
that objective ‘ghosts’

do indeed exist…”

“… or if only one sceptic decides
to seek for him[or her]self
- to become a ghost hunter...”

“… then my journey
into these difficult regions
will not have been in vain...”

Ghosts and How to See Them (1993)
Preface

1931


8
YEARS

ROSEHALL

“Some of my earliest memores

are stories of… haunted Rosehall…”

“As a schoolboy I would spend...

summer holidays with my grandparents

at Rose Hall Farm… in Hertfordshire…”

“I remember… a nail-studded oak door

leading into the kitchen…”

“I remember too an upstairs bedroom that

was reputed to be haunted…”

“The story... concerned a traveller

who one dark and stormy night...

called at Rosehall seeking shelter for the night…”

“…it was not unusual for a stranger

to appear at the door asking

whether they might see…”

“… the ‘haunted room’…”

“… and at a very early age I was delegated…”

“… to lead the way…”

“… to the room in question…”

“… and then to relate the ghost story…”

No Common Task
pp.13; 20

Peter Underwood’s Guide to Ghosts & Haunted Places
p.4