1961


38
YEARS

BILBOROUGH ESTATE

“[An] interesting and in many ways a satisfying investigation was carried out by the Ghost Club...”

“...at a haunted council house in the Bilborough Estate at Nottingham…”

Aerial photograph of Bilborough estate.

“On a preliminary visit...I talked with Charles Hill,

his 17-year-old daughter Sandra

and his two younger children…”

“...at the home of friends

where they were staying

after being frightened out of their home by a ghost…”

Charles and Sandra Hill

“Charles Hill told us he had found himself awake in the middle of the night…”

“...and he had seen the figure of a young man in white cricket trousers and a white shirt…”

“...with a handkerchief over the back of his neck,

standing beside his bed…”

“The form disappeared after a few seconds…”

“He said nothing about this sighting…”

“...he decided that he must have dreamed

the whole thing…”

“A few nights later…”

“…he was having a cigarette in bed

when something caught his eye…”

“…turning,

he saw the same figure…”

“…and again it hovered for a few seconds…”

“…before disappearing…”

“...this time he was frightened for there could be no question of a dream on this occasion:

he was still smoking his cigarette…”

“But again he said nothing to his family…”

“A few days later Sandra saw the same figure…”

“…and when she told her father,

they fled the house…”

“I made immediate plans

to spend a night there…”

“...and among the members I invited were…

Steuart Kiernander…[who] had brought

the case to my attention.”

Steuart Kiernander

Underwood (top left) and Sandra (seated on the right) at the seance conducted at the house.

“During the night measured footfalls, a dragging sound and knocks were heard…”

“...apparently emanating from empty rooms…”

Underwood tests for traces during the investigation

“During a period that I spent alone in the haunted room

I distinctly heard a sharp crack…”

“…almost like a pistol shot which

seemed to come from a distance

and yet be in the room...”

“…a sound that was not heard

by anyone else in the house...”

“Months later…”

“...we discovered an elderly widow

who had once lived in the house…”

“...whose surname was the same

as that given at a seance

as the name of the ghost…”

“It transpired that she had had a son

who had started a window-cleaning business

with a friend…”

“…there had been an accident

and the friend had been killed…”

“…and her son had been paralysed

from the waist down…”

“...the rest of his life had been spent in the ‘haunted’ room…”

“He had always been fond of sport,

cricket in particular...”

“...and during the summer months

he had been dressed in white cricket trousers

and a white shirt...”

“...and because he could not move out of the sun…”

“...a handkerchief had been arranged

over the back of his neck...”

“After about eighteen months

he had got hold of a revolver

 and shot himself…”

No Common Task
pp.222-223