30 East drive, Pontefract.
Date: Thursday 8th October 2020
30 East Drive in Pontefract, Yorkshire, is a location like no other and is definitely not one for the faint hearted.
This semi detached,family home, is situated in the middle of a seemingly normal housing estate. However the truth behind this house is that of something much more sinister.
The paranormal activity documented inside of 30 East Drive is so intense that it once drove a family out of their home, through fear of their own safety.
Since then, this house has featured heavily in the media including being the subject of the 2012 film ‘When The Lights Went Out’.
As a company we have been investigating this property for over four years and we are still left amazed at what this house has to offer.
This has been the only location that we have investigated where all of our guests and team members witnessed a full bodied apparition at the same time.
Jean, Joe, Phillip and Diane Pritchard moved into 30 East Drive, Pontefract in August 1966. Almost immediately, during the hot summer Bank Holiday, Phillip and his Grandmother first witnessed a baffling phenomenon – a fine layer of chalk like dust falling not from the ceiling, but from a level below head height.
In an effort to clean up before Phillip’s holidaying parents returned, Mrs Kelly (Phillip’s Aunty who had been fetched by her mother to observe the falling dust) went to the kitchen for some cleaning implements, whereupon she slipped on a pool of water that had mysteriously appeared. Her efforts to mop up the water were thwarted by more pools appearing on the linoleum in front of her and Phillip’s very eyes.
This was the beginning of several years of incredible, inexplicable events; green foam appearing from taps and toilet even after the water was turned off, the tea dispenser being activated resulting in all the dried tea cascading onto the work surface, lights being turned off and on, plants leaping out of their pots and landing on the stairs, cupboards shaking violently, photographs being slashed with a sharp knife and an endless list of levitating and thrown objects – including a solid oak sideboard.
Dubbed ‘Mr Nobody’ by the local press in 1968, the family preferred to refer to the poltergeist simply as ‘Fred’, perhaps as a way of normalising ‘It’ as no number of initiatives could persuade the entity to leave the family in peace and house-proud mother Jean refused to be terrorised out of her house by an entity. Exorcisms were met with indignation; walls would seep holy water, faces were slapped, people were shoved down the stairs and ‘Fred’s’ hands would appear from nowhere and conduct the Christian songs aimed at shooing him off – whilst wearing huge women’s fur gloves. In fact, many of Fred’s antics were both amazing and often highly amusing, like when he calmly poured an entire jug of milk he removed from the fridge over a sceptical aunt, leaving the kids in stitches.
Ordinarily poltergeists aren’t known for causing grievous bodily harm, and although Fred caused a few bruises and scrapes and lot of heart stopping scares, in particular to Diane – seemingly the focus of the haunting – it is rare for a poltergeist to become excessively violent and cause physical harm. But in the case of Fred, that indeed became the case. Late on in his residency, when both Phillip and Diane were beginning to exit adolescence, the activity reached a new climactic height with Diane’s long hair suddenly standing on its end, followed by her being dragged kicking and screaming up the stairs, an event that left her seriously traumatised and with clearly visible finger marks on her throat.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
Here listed, are just some of the examples of activity that has recently been witnessed:
- TV blaring – house empty. Witness: Carol F
- Bed in Diane’s old room trashed at 4am. Witness: Carol F’s son.
- Figure of man made from duvet placed on neighbour’s son’s bed. Witness: Carol F and her son.
- 6’5″ shadow of a man walks from kitchen into neighbour’s house. Witness: Competition winner
- Circle drawn on back by finger whilst lying on the floor in front room. Witness: Debra M
- Penny dropping from nowhere, rolling into middle of front room. Witness: Carol and Darren F, Gordon M, Debra M, two competition winners.
- TV turning off at wall. Witness: Debra M, Gordon M, two competition winners
- Every radiator mysteriously being turned up full having been turned down by guest. Witness: Gary J
- Constantly disappearing portable thermostat. Witness: Documentary film crew
- Missing keys found inside broken vacuum cleaner. Witness: Documentary film crew
- Dolls in front room change position. Witness: Carol F
It’s fair to say that this location is NOT for the faint hearted and those of a nervous disposition.
We are also limiting this event for anyone that has any known heart conditions and, as always, are pregnant.
Inevitably, given the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to structure our events a little differently to ensure the safety of both our guests and the team.
This means that the following restrictions need be applied to our events:
- Guests will not be permitted to arrive earlier than the event start time.
- All guests will have pre-allocated seating once inside the venue.
- Refreshments are not able to be provided and guests are asked to bring their own should they wish to.
- Social Distancing must be adhered to at all times.
- You will not be asked to hold hands or form energy circles during vigils.
- Guests will not be permitted to touch any equipment provided by the team during the main group vigils. However, you will be able to use the equipment during your free time and the team will ensure that all equipment is cleaned before you use it.
- All guests will be asked to complete a Covid-19 Declaration form which will also ask for the contact details of those in your booking party.This information will need to include a name, email address and contact telephone number. These details will be safely stored and then removed from our data base two weeks after your booked event. Your contact details will not be used for marketing.
- Face Masks/Coverings are currently not mandatory but should be considered by guests.
- We will also be providing you with a sanitiser station where you will be actively encouraged to frequently sanitise your hands.
You should also avoid travelling to this event if you or anyone else within your party have been experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature or a new and persistent cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- A person classed as high risk by the NHS.
To read the Government guidelines on Covid-19 please click here
Check out our video below to see an example of some of the evidence we have captured inside 30 East Drive.