In 1969, Underwood investigates a mixed case of haunting and poltergeist manifestations...

...in the bedroom of a 150 year old house in Stoke Newington, in the London borough of Hackney.

“There were stories of a ‘white lady’, of loud and frequent footsteps, a groaning noise...”

“...knocks, fires and unexplained smoke-like apparitions...”

“A ‘woman in white’ was seen

…usually emerging from a wardrobe

in the corner of the bedroom…”

“The face of the figure was frightening in the extreme

with enormous black eyes

that seemed to fill the eye sockets.”

On one occasion “what looked like smoke

began to issue from one of the wardrobes

standing in the room…”

On another occasion

 “the same wardrobe caught fire

and was reduced to ashes…”

“During the course of my visits…accompanied by my wife, and W. G. T. Perrott, the chairman of The Ghost Club, we heard the stories of the happenings first-hand…”

“…and during a tour of the house…”

“…I was shown a fixed cupboard where…”


had apparently emanated

on several occasions…”

“As we left the room

I suggested that we might try

to tempt the entity…”

“...and I tapped twice on the cupboard shelf…”

“...closed the door…”

“...and we all left…”

“As we did so

two clear and distinct knocks sounded

from the direction of the room we had just left…”

“...raps that were heard by all…”

“The whole affair came before Lord Parker,

the Lord Chief Justice,

during the course of a High Court action over the rent of the alleged haunted house.”

A rent assessment committee felt that “ghosts had nothing to do with the fires”.

However Lord Paker observed that there had indeed been

‘manifestations [which] took the the form of what was thought to be poltergeists causing havoc with the furniture and noises in the night.’

“The mystery of who or what

caused the movement of furniture,

the noises and the fires…”

“...was never solved…”

“...but the sober statement in my records

that two clear taps were heard in the quiet house,

from a room devoid of human beings…”

“...reminds me that personal experience

always outweighs

other people’s testimony...”

Haunted London
'Stoke Newington'