Marton is a small hamlet at the fork of the A156 and the old Roman road, the A1500 in Lincoinshire. In 1891 the church there was restored and rebuilt.
Shortly after arriving in Marton to take over as vicar the Rev. Alan Taylor ‘became aware of a curious circumstance at the parish communion’, Without actually seeing an apparition, the vicar ‘formed a clear impression’ of a bald-crowned elderly man with a mane of white hair flowing over his ears. Most signifi cantly, he was thought to be wearing a dark-green cassock. Without experiencing anything more than a vague feeling, the vicar believed that the apparition was in some way connected with one of the servers at the church who was then thirteen. Two years after this event, when the reverend wrote to Andrew MacKenzie to report his experience, the boy was still serving at the church though the apparition had been felt less regularly.Around a year after first sensing the presence, the vicar was talking to an old lady who had been in the parish for many years. She claimed that the description fitted a choir member who attended the church at the turn of the century. On being rebuilt in 1891 the church had adopted a colour scheme of green and red and the choir were given green cassocks, somewhat exception ally, though they were replaced with the more traditional black just before World War I.
The Rev. Taylor may have had some of the qualities of a medium; he said that at funerals he often experienced emotional images which were not his own, yet he pointed out that at a funeral he would be the one person there without deep commit ment to the deceased.
The Rev. Taylor obviously kept his feet very much on the ground in reporting his experiences; he did not put much stress on them as he could not identify the source or verify the feeling; in any case they were not very frequent, although they seemed very real to him. Rev. Taylor made the point that he believed the state of the emotion mattered more than the state of mind. Carlton-in-Lindrick | Dublin | England | Exeter | Godshill | Lincolnshire | Norton | Old Lady | Whiston | Whiston |
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