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" Research at a 'haunted castle' in the Lake District has provided fresh evidence about the reasons for many reported ghostly sightings.An academic paper published in the current issue of the European Journal of Parapsychology suggests that a combination of an unusually high magnetic field..."

Haunted Castle

Research at a 'haunted castle' in the Lake District has provided fresh evidence about the reasons for many reported ghostly sightings.An academic paper published in the current issue of the European Journal of Parapsychology suggests that a combination of an unusually high magnetic field and movement could account for many unusual experiences.The paper is based on research carried out at Muncaster Castle, reputedly one of Britain's most haunted castles. It was written by Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist from the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre at Birmingham University and Maurice Townsend, from the Association for the Scientific Study ofAnomalous Phenomena. The research focused on the Castle's Tapestry Room, where there have been a particularly large number of unexplained events, with many of the most striking reports coming from overnight occupants of the Tapestry room bed.

These have included the sounds of children crying and screaming, feelings of another presence in the room, of being watched and even touched, fleeting visual apparitions and the sound of footsteps. The reputation of the Tapestry Room at Muncaster Castle has meant that there is a waiting list of people who want to spend a night in the room to find out for themselves whether it really is haunted. The Penningtons, who own Muncaster Castle, have fully supported Dr Braithwaite's scientific research since its conception in the early 1990s. Peter Frost Pennington said: "People come from allover the world to visit the Castle or even stay in the Tapestry Room. Every year we get fresh reports of unusual phenomenon, for which there is apparently no rational explanation. So we are very keen to find out what is happening here." Dr Braithwaite carried out a number of tests around the bed in the Tapestry Room shortly before Halloween last year. Strange These tests revealed that there is a strong and severe deflection in the Earth's magnetic field around the bed, so much so that a magnetic compass is pulled away from north by over 90 degrees. The anomaly can still be detected up to two metres away from the bed. Using a custom made device called a magnetic anomaly detection system (MADS), Dr Braithwaite found that there are also significant variations in the magnetic field aroundt......


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