The street hides the secret that it’s so haunted you have to sign a waiver to move in
A seemingly innocuous street hides a secret – it’s so haunted you have to sign a waiver to move there.
Wingates Grove in Wesoughton, Bolton, was said to have been haunted by a poltergeist throughout the 1990s – terrifying all who lived there, reports Manchester Evening News.
The malevolent spirit reportedly attached itself to a row of council houses and tormented families for years.
The hauntings reputedly became so frightening that Bolton council were forced to intervene, but staff could find no rational explanation for what was happening.
At some point an exorcism was performed and it is now believed that all paranormal activity on the streets has ceased.
Even so, years after the last ghostly events, one resident was still required to sign a release form before moving into her home.
It all started in 1993 when a family started experiencing bizarre activities.
Their toddler was said to be talking to a “little man” in his room and an oil-like substance was dripping down the walls.
The incidents reportedly baffled maintenance workers who were unable to determine the cause of the problems.
The family eventually contacted a local church and an exorcism was performed at the address.
After the ritual, the street fell silent.
But, just five years later, in 1999, a wave of supernatural activity would begin again.
Two doors down from the original haunted house, a family began to experience strange disturbances.
They had not moved into the address for a long time when the unexplained activity began.
Laura was 12 when she moved into the property.
The now 34-year-old said she ‘knew’ something was wrong with the house from the moment the family arrived.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, she said: “I begged my mum not to move in.
“I didn’t like the feeling. Didn’t feel comfortable but when we put our things on it faded a bit.
“When things started happening, my mom said it was my grandfather’s ghost. But I said no.
“I just knew there was something there. I felt like I was entering someone’s personal space.
“I didn’t want to walk through the door.”
Laura remembers the first supernatural event like it was yesterday.
She was with her older brother and a friend when the incident happened.
The siblings decided to prank their boyfriend who was sleeping in the living room.
As they ran up the stairs, her brother let out a bloodcurdling scream.
He had cut his foot on a frame standing on the stairs.
It had been hanging on the wall moments before and hadn’t fallen.
“We had literally just walked down the stairs and if they fell they wouldn’t stand up,” Laura continued.
“If he had stood on it, he would have slipped. It was as if a force held him in place.
“It was one of the first scary things that happened.”
Laura also remembers the time her brother’s girlfriend came to stay.
She woke up in the middle of the night to find her standing in her bedroom, watching her as she slept.
Laura ignored him and went back to sleep.
The next morning, she told her mother about the strange occurrence.
Without thinking about it, Laura went back to her room.
But her mother called her downstairs just 20 minutes later, where she found her brother’s girlfriend “looking at her weirdly”.
“She said I did the exact same thing to her,” she continued.
“We got up at different times.”
Strange activity wouldn’t just happen inside the house.
Dozens of dead crows were found strewn across the front and rear garden, including along the ginnel to the side of the property.
Laura said the sight traumatized her so much that it blocked her from her mind.
And then there was the baby oil-like substance, similar to the one found in the original haunted house.
Laura remembers it dripping down her bedroom walls, knocking down her posters.
A foul smell of sulfur likened to rotten eggs would also fill the property.
Laura says some council cleaners even refused to visit the address because of its reputation.
“My nephew was talking to someone and calling him ‘Big Guy,'” she continued.
“He was sitting there in the corner of the room chatting.
“When asked who he was talking to, he would say Big Guy.
“He kept doing it in the same spot and pointing all the way to the corner.”
Laura also remembers the time she heard an entity impersonating her brother.
She was at home with a friend who was waiting for her brother to come home from work.
They were ready to watch a new episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show her brother didn’t want to miss.
She heard the door open, a set of keys on the hook, and footsteps in the kitchen.
When her brother still hadn’t come upstairs 20 minutes later, she thought he might be cooking some food.
But suddenly his brother came through the door.
Laura said: ‘When I got to the top of the stairs I saw it.
“I asked him if he had just left.
“He said he literally just got home and his taxi was leaving.
“I ran downstairs and said someone was in the house. But no one was in the kitchen and the keys were still in the door.
“We heard it; it was really clear. We knew the sound.
Laura finally left home when she was 16.
And although she hasn’t experienced anything paranormal since, what happened at Wingates Grove continues to haunt her to this day.
“I don’t watch any scary movies or anything to do with ghosts,” Laura added.
“I’ve suffered from anxiety ever since to the point where everything street related is on my doctor’s note.
“The last five months we lived there, I slept in a bed with my mum and dad because I was so scared.
“That’s where things got really bad.
“I kept seeing people standing at the door. I fell asleep facing my wall because I was afraid to turn around.
“If I needed to go to the bathroom at night, I would hold it.”
These days, there are no reports of ghostly activity on the streets.
Caron Walton, who now lives in Laura’s childhood home, says she has “no problem” with the property’s history – and actually appreciates its quirky past.
She bought the house in 2006 and says she had to sign a disclaimer before moving into the address.
It specified that she was not allowed to use a Ouija board or perform any other type of black magic at the skill, she said.
She was also told she was not allowed to move into the house if she had young children, she told MEN
“I understand there was something going on there,” she said.
“He used to jump from there, to the house next to here.
“I had to sign a disclaimer saying I wouldn’t use a Ouija board or do black magic or anything dark.
“They wanted me to sign a piece of paper. I liked.
“I heard there must be an old man walking around the landing, but we’re pretty happy here.
“I think it’s quite new; I quite like that. It’s a selling point for me. »
Caron has not experienced any supernatural activity since moving into the address.
“They wanted someone to settle here without having very young children.
“I had no problem; I thought that was pretty weird.
“A lot of municipal employees wouldn’t come here. I haven’t felt anything since I’ve been living here.
“I had pets, like dogs, and they never panicked.
“I’m open to that; I am not a disbeliever. I will believe it when I see it.