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Leonard Metcalfe, who died in 1958, said he often saw a choir of nuns crossing the hall at midnight and heard them chanting along to the sound of music. The family used to scoff and disbelieved his story as none of them, at that time, had any knowledge of sisters visiting the house in the middle of the last century. These were from the Sisterhood of Saint Mary the Virgin of which Mr Metcalfe knew nothing at the time of his death. Very recently, in 2007, a group of young guests were in the hall one evening, when two of the girls began screaming that ‘figures in long dark robes were walking across the hall from the front door’ towards them. These girls were completely unaware of what the robes signified and had heard no stories about the manor. Were these the same nuns that Leonard heard and seen? Outside the small attic room, a Nun has been seen with her hands dripping with blood, she is just said to be looking down the staircase that leads from the attic. When Mr Parr lived in the house, he awoke one night to see his cousin who had died in 1917, standing at the foot of his bed. She was wearing a full length violet coloured dress, addressed him as ‘Tom’, spoke of her recent religious experiences and of deceased members of the family. The ghost said “Well Tommy dear, I have to go now as we are about to receive Aunt Em”. Early next day he received a telegram saying that Aunt Em had died in the night. An older relative who was staying in the “Blue Room” would always lock her door at night for fear of burglars-was surprised to find her door ajar the following morning. A guest staying in the Panelled Room dreamt that someone was hanging from the tall Chestnut tree which the small window in the room overlooked. When he awoke in the morning and looked out a body was hanging from the branch. A man had committed suicide in the night. Other visitors have experienced a similar dream. In 2002 a former manager David and his wife Evette were living at the manor with their children. One evening his wife Evette witnessed seeing a figure of a man on the stairs, her husband David presented her with a collection of random Victorian photos from a book about the vicars of Farlington. David asked if she could identify the clothing of which the apparition was wearing, but instead of pointed out the clothing; Evette pointed to a picture of a man in the book she recognised and said it was him she saw on the stairs. It turned out the photo was incorrectly credited and the photo wasn’t a vicar but was in fact Sir Francis Austen who is buried across the road at St Peter and St Paul church. Sir Francis was a full admiral and Commander in Chief of the North American and West Indian fleet, he was made a Senior Admiral of the Fleet when he was 89 years old. His sister was Jane Austen the famous author. Sir Francis died in 1865 Many paranormal groups over the years have visited the Manor, and have reported all sorts of phenomena. A number of apparitions have been sighted by ghost hunters, as well as many EVP’S (Electronic Voice Phenomena) recorded on tape and Dictaphones. Now the Manor belongs to the charity Wymering Manor Trust, their aim is to renovate the building and is trying to making it a valued community asset. The Friends of Old Wymering are still supporting and helping the Manor, but they are a separate organisation. The Manor still allows paranormal groups in occasionally, as well as murder mysteries and workshops.

Norie x

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“OUTSIDE THE SMALL ATTIC ROOM, A NUN HAS BEEN SEEN WITH HER HANDS DRIPPING WITH BLOOD, ”

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