In 1834, Bealings House was occupied by Major Edward Moor, FRS, who had retired from the East India Company and returned to Britain. Major Moor returned home from church on Sunday, 2 February 1834, to he told by his servants that the bell from the dining room had rung on three occasions when the room was empty. The next day the same thing happened, and at the last ring the Major was at home and heard it himself. He was out on business the following day and, on his return in the late afternoon, he heard that all the service bells had rung violently all day long. As he listened to the story a bell rang in the kitchen. There were nine bells in the kitchen each connected to a room in the house by means of a wire pull so that a servant could easily be summoned. The bells were hung about three metres from the floor in the kitchen.
Major Moor’s cook told him that the bells that had been disturb ing the household were the five on the right of the row which served the dining room. These served a drawing room over the dining room, a bedroom next to the drawing room and two attics above. As he looked at these hells, the five on the right suddenly rang with such force that they almost fell from the wall. Major Moor’s son was with him this time and told his father that he had heard the bells ring on a previous occasion. The bells then sounded fifteen minutes later and four more times in the next hour before falling silent.
That evening, the Major and his son were having dinner in the breakfast room when the bell for that room rang once although nei ther of them had touched the bell pull. As the meal proceeded, the five bells that had sounded before rang every five minutes and did so until eight o’clock that night when, for no apparent reason, they fell silent. The following day, Wednesday, .5 February, Major Moor, his sofl and his grandson were in the breakfast room and most of the servants were in the kitchen, when the five bells rang out again. The Major went to the kitchen to find his staff terrified. Five minutes later the bells rang again, and again one of them rang with such vigour that it struck the ceiling before settling into silence.
Although the Major was convinced that no human hand was responsible for the bell ringing, he could find no other explanation. The bells continued to ring day after day, when there was no one in the room or the passageway concerned, and all became convinced that something other than a human force was responsible. The bells rang from 2 February until 27 March 1834 and then stopped. The cause was never discovered and the bells still hang, dis connected, in the kitchen at Bealings House. Durham | Loch Ness | Abbotsford | Berkshire | Bruntsfield House | Canterbury | Devon | Devonshire | Edinburgh | Ely | Flat Rock | Ghost lady | Haunted | Haunted Flat in Manchester | Ireland | Lady in Black | London | London | Northern England | Nottingham | Orkney | Perthshire | Pontefract | Rathfarnham | Redcar | Rotherham | Scotland | South Africa | Steeped in sorrow | Surrey | The Room of Terror | Torquay, Devon | Tyrone | West Germany |
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