Wednesday, 3 February 2016

THE HAUNTING AT POTSFORD GIBBET - A TALE OF MURDER, EXECUTION & AN ACTIVE GHOSTLY PRESENCE

In the year 1698, a double axe murder took place at Letheringham water mill in the county of Suffolk,  England. The victims John Bullard senior and junior, were left hog tied to a beam in the mill after being butchered by an axe.

Chris Halton standing at the gibbet
The killer, a disconsolate temporary worker named as Jonah Snell was later found wandering and still in possession of the blood stained murder weapon.

He was detained and appeared at West Wickham Sessions Court the following year where he was judged guilty of both murders.No submissions were recorded by Snell which may have given an account as to why he chose to commit this terrible crime.

His punishment was to be hung by the neck, and for his body to be incarcerated in a gibbet at nearby Potsford, which was then a busy road, but now standing on the edge of a wood along a country footpath. His remains were left in chains until the year 1740 whereby they were taken down and finally buried nearby.

Today the remains of the gibbet post are preserved for posterity, and the site has gained a notorious reputation for haunting`s - both day and night.

The earliest sighting of Jonah Snell`s ghost occurred just prior to his remains being removed, and since then many people have experienced the presence of a paranormal entity over the centuries.
This may be a physical manifestation or by an unknown presence grabbing or touching people when they least expect it.

The site has been investigated many times with investigators experiencing some of the events recorded there.

In this show, the legend of Snell is examined in detail, and is followed by a night investigation at the gibbet.

The show will be linked from this page at 10pm (GMT), Friday February 5th 2016 where it can be viewed.

Below is a trailer for the show:




And here is where you can view the full show from 10pm (GMT) Friday, February 5th 2016.




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Friday, 1 January 2016

AN ANCIENT CHURCH LOST IN TIME - A Para-documentary


Today I travel over to an incredibly remote ancient church which dates from the early Medieval period and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. A church where an iconoclast named as Captain William Dowsing of the Suffolk Regiment visited in 1643 to destroy and  remove anything considered to be `superstitious` to the tastes of a puritanical England during the English Civil War.

 Here Chris Halton your guide covers the history of this wonderful building and shares the story of Captain Dowsing, and some of the remaining damage left untouched after his fateful visit. Fortunately much furniture still remains literally frozen in time.

St Mary`s Church in Badley is currently a redundant church under the care of the Church of England through their wonderful charity, the Churches Conservation Trust.

Like all redundant churches, it`s long term future remains uncertain, and it is hoped that by seeing and appreciating the same beauty that I saw and experienced, you too may one day travel here to admire and support this vestige of British history and culture which is set surrounded by countryside that remains virtually unchanged.  It is so remote that it is only accessible by a one mile unmade track way which has remained for centuries.

St Mary`s at Badley is a perfect example (and victim) of historic religious bigotry and intolerance to other people`s beliefs.

As always I touch into the ambient spirituality that I sense and feel in this pleasantly historic building from the days of yore.

A truly rare and wonderful place to visit and appreciate in a fast disappearing world.





Friday, 18 December 2015

A HAUNTING VISIT TO A MEDIEVAL ISLAND CHURCH - A Para-documentary

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In this edition, Chris Halton visits a beautiful 12th century church and cemetery that has on unconsecrated land, the grave of a pregnant 15 year old girl, with an iron cage allegedly to  `keep her locked away`..
Was she a witch, or the victim of bigotry?
Also, a historical tour of the church and a look at a famous writer who was the parish priest here.
Plus paranormal activity .....


THE LINK FOR THE SHOW WHICH STARTS AT 10pm (GMT) December 18th, 2015.




Thursday, 19 November 2015

FOOTSTEPS THROUGH TIME - NEW HAUNTED EARTH PARA-DOCUMENTARY


Here I decided to visit a very early Christian church dating back to the Saxon era, and one that apart from a fantastic history, is also regarded as quite haunted. This I was able to verify later in the day ....
Another para-documentary which shares the history - both written and spiritual, with events of para-normality caught on camera.

A compelling view, especially with regards to the paranormal activity captured that day.

As always, with your guide and presenter into the unknown, Chris Halton.

The video will be live at 10pm GMT (5pm EST)
this Friday, November 20th onwards.

Be sure to bookmark this link!














Saturday, 7 November 2015

A CHURCH HAUNTED IN TIME - NEW HAUNTED EARTH PARA-DOCUMENTARY



Recently, I visited a rather beautiful but historically interesting 11th century country church at Fairstead in Essex which was partly constructed using Roman re salvaged building material.
Many details from it`s medieval past are well preserved within, and that includes it`s permanent spectral residents who made their presence known with EVP and other events recorded to camera.

The church isn`t known for paranormal activity, but like many ancient church buildings over the centuries, this one has it`s fair share of unreported hauntings which on the day I was able to experience.

This documentary is part of a series of shows I`m shooting that I refer to as `para-documentaries`.
They are partly historical in context with an emphasis on the paranormal.
Most churches in the U.K are not accessible for night time paranormal investigations, so these documentaries attempt to redress that by my day time visits.

A free `taster`from the opening track:


Anyway, I hope you enjoy the show!