Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Edith Weston endured a remarkably noisy outbreak of activity by a poltergeist or ‘rapping ghost’. In an old farmhouse at the bottom of the village street, a loud banging on doors, floors, and cupboards used to be heard. In 1896, in order to ‘lay’ this ghost, the estate bailiff stood on one side of the door on which the loudest knocks were heard, and the keeper stood on the other, but loud knockings took place even while they stood there. On another occasion, there were thunderous knockings on the inside of the cellar door, but when it was opened there was no one below. The knockings had been so loud they had been heard fifty yards (46 m) up the street.