In the forepart of the seventeenth century, Lutterworth was the scene of a disturbance by a ‘rapping spirit’ or poltergeist. Richard Baxter, in his Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits (1691), recalls the sensation it made:

In February, 1646. falling into great Debility by Bleeding … I removed to Mr Noels House at Kirkby Malory in Leicester-shire, where I lay weak three weeks in March, in which time the Neighbours went to see a House in Lutterworth, reported to be haunted: Multitudes flockt to see it, and affirmed, that at a certain hour of the day, stones were thrown at those that were present, which hit them, but hurt them not: And that what ever time any one would whistle, it was answered by a whistle in the Room: And no search could discover any Fraud: What became of it after, I heard not; but it continued believed commonly by the hearers, those three weeks that I staid in that County.



Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008

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