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'Poltergeist' returns castle's lost valuables

August 4, 2017 | Comment icon 15 comments



Who or what took the candlesticks ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Derek Harper
Two priceless candlesticks that went missing years ago have suddenly turned up again in plain sight.
The owner of the historic Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire, England, had last seen the candlesticks, thought to be worth around $11,000, on Christmas Eve in 2014.

Despite multiple thorough searches of the property, no sign of them was ever found and an insurance claim was eventually filed on the assumption that they had been stolen.

Bizarrely however, a short time later, the missing valuables suddenly reappeared, as if from nowhere.

"They were impossible to miss," said Sir Thomas Ingilby.
"To add insult to injury, they were sitting right next to the bag containing the replacements we had purchased with the money from Ecclesiastical."

"Three of us had searched the strong room from top to bottom and I had searched it on three separate occasions. To find them sitting there in such plain view was quite astounding."

Sir Thomas believes that the ghosts of two children, Henry and Mary Ingilby, who were known to have died of leukaemia in the castle during the 19th century, were responsible for hiding the candlesticks.

"We often have customers contact us when items that were feared lost turn up unexpectedly, but these tend to be smaller items like jewellery, which are easy to mislay," said David Bonehill, claims director for Ecclesiastical.

"This is certainly the first time a customer has reimbursed us for items they suspect was returned by a ghost."

Source: Gloucestershire Live | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew 5 years ago
Andrew Lloyd Webber combo: Les Miserables + Phantom.†
Comment icon #7 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
We all know there are more poltergeist in this world than thieves. So what's not to believe about this story?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
How posh is his name†Sir Thomas Ingilby,as for the candle sticks bloody pikeys couldn't shift them so they took them back ...... I'm a little sceptic
Comment icon #9 Posted by Boozemonkey 5 years ago
Obvious use of ockhams razor philosophy.....must have been a ghost.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
It didn't say it's a ghost. It said it's a poltergeist.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
It's not unusual for objects to appear out of nowhere in poltergeist hauntings. These are known as apports.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Boozemonkey 5 years ago
My apologies, I take it back, that makes a lot more sense.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Wreck7 5 years ago
I had the same thing happen with a Zippo lighter. It disappeared off of the fire place mantle one night. I tore the whole house apart looking for it. Then, about two weeks later it reappeared in the same place. I was living by myself at the time.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
Our old house stuff was forever dissappearing and turning up a couple of days later the house was haunted by a couple of children my wife caught a glimpse of a little boy and I saw an apple jump out of the fruit bowl and gently float across the kitchen all very odd†
Comment icon #15 Posted by ChaosRose 5 years ago
I still can't find my laptop. I'll make sure I let people know if it materializes out of thin air, but I'm not holding my breath.†


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