Prepare yourself for a supernatural story set in the haunted Kent town, from psychic presenter Nicola Kelleher
The paranormal connects with us at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. In the historic and haunted town of Canterbury in the South East of England, I discovered the spirits and ghosts of long dead souls while filming for a property video in the old lanes. It wasn’t meant to be a ghost hunt, but I soon found out that I had filmed a mini paranormal investigation, completely by accident, and now I will tell you my tale.
Enter the paranormal
My intention as I drove to Canterbury was not to look for ghosts, and as I set up the camera, spooky tales and apparitions were far from my mind. However, being a psychic, strange things often enter my life and I have learned to leave my psychic hat at home when not reading for people. Walking down the empty high street in Canterbury, there were small shops which sadly were closed due to lockdowns, and little nods to the past, with Tudor beams, stone walls and properties that appeared to be straight out of a Charles Dickens book. His stamp is all over the city with little mentions to him here and there and a plaque above an old inn. I picked up my camera and started filming (I had been commissioned to present and produce a simple corporate video for a property company that lists homes). But a sense of unease overwhelmed me in the very first shot.
Hear the spooky quiet
My first shot was simple and involved a small introduction to the famous city. As the camera rolled, I noticed a strange atmosphere around me. I had set up the camera on a tripod in the middle of Hawk’s Lane, which seemed like a nice street to shoot on. It was set back from the traffic and quiet – eerily quiet, in fact– but I had put it down to the lack of people caused by lockdown and so I thought little of it at the time. It was only when I got home that the eery feeling I had in Hawk’s Lane started to add up, and I would be in for a few more surprises too…
Share energies with spirits
I decided to film some final shots by the wall surrounding the city, as the backdrop looked interesting and I wanted to show how old the town was and give viewers a feeling of days gone by. However, when I got to the old stone wall and set the tripod up again, I noticed that the battery on my camera was completely dead. I had only taken around three to four minutes of footage and the battery was fully charged when I left the house, which was just an hour’s drive away. How could this be? Luckily all reporters have to be prepared, so I had a spare charged battery pack in my car. When I set up the camera with the new battery it showed full life, but when I stopped to adjust the tripod and start filming, the new battery pack died too! I had to go back to Hawk’s Lane and the cathedral and reshoot the two scenes I had already shot. I got the video I needed and headed home. As I unpacked the camera and charging packs at home, I could see that everything had full power once more. I checked the footage for Hawk’s Lane first and was happy with the shots I had made on both the camera and the phone camera, so it was just a case of listening to see which had the best sound. It was a windy day and I wasn’t sure the phone camera would be up to the job, but the phone footage seemed the best. But as I listened to the footage shot on the camera, I heard a distinct but distant female scream. There had been no one on the street at that time – the only people around were a few builders and local workmen. Had one of them injured themselves and let out a high-pitched yell? It certainly seemed odd and gave me a shiver down my spine.
As I edited the footage and put the video together for the property company, I wondered whether there was a link between the spooky scream on Hawk’s Lane and the eery feeling that followed me around and strange occurrence of my camera batteries being drained. I researched online and found that Canterbury is well-documented for paranormal activity. It seemed highly plausible, as the city is very old and steeped in history.
I was surprised to hear that Hawk’s Lane, where I had captured the woman’s screams and felt an overwhelming feeling of unease, is said to be haunted. It’s claimed that the spirit of a young woman called Abigail committed suicide after years of psychological abuse by her husband. It is also said that Abigail ultimately had the last laugh, as her death was mistaken as murder and her husband was found guilty and hanged. Her spirit is said to linger in the upper part of one of the buildings on Hawk’s Lane. Had the spirit of Abigail accompanied me on my film shoot? Did she wish to tell her side of the story? My time in Canterbury was brief, but the impact it had on me will last for years.
Communicate with the other world
Miki York, an expert from UK Haunted says:
“I’m not surprised Nicola experienced this on a film shoot. Spirits need energy to communicate with the living, be it visually, audibly or making objects move. They get that energy from many sources; the main one is energy from electrical equipment that many people investigating the paranormal would use.
“Battery drain is very common when using a camera or any battery-operated equipment in a haunted location. They take the energy from the battery and use it to communicate, providing either a piece of audio, appearing on camera as a shadow or a light source, and on rare occasions, moving an object. This has happened to me many times over the last 13 years. I’d be filming in a haunted location with a camera that has a full battery, then the camera would shut off and not come back on. I would leave the area or the room and the camera would turn back on and work fine.
“Even though Nicola was not ghost hunting that day, spirits wanted to communicate. It is likely that this spirit latched on to Nicola because of her psychic abilities.”
Click here to listen to the video clip of the spooky voice Nicola caught on Hawk’s Lane!
Nicola Kelleher is a TV presenter, psychic, white witch and author of Very Practical Magic (£8.99, Austin Macauley Publishers) amazon.co.uk. To find out more, visit nicolakelleher.com