Britain's most haunted house sits at 30 East Drive in Yorkshire, and it’s the site of a poltergeist best known as the Black Monk of Pontefract. In the late '60s, the Pritchard family moved into the home and immediately began experiencing a haunting that didn’t let up until the day they moved out. Over the course of their stay in one of the few real haunted houses in the world, they experienced banging, things flying off the walls, and even a full body apparition.
There have been multiple paranormal researchers who have attempted to find scientific explanations behind this haunted house, but so far no one has been able to debunk the terrifying haunting that captured the imagination of Yorkshire, England. Paranormal investigator Nick Groff and his team spent 100 hours inside the house in order to find proof of the afterlife in Britain's Black Monk House and he not only managed to amass some very interesting evidence, but he may have come face to face with the entity.
Groff Knew That Something Was Off With The House Immediately
Rather than just take a day trip to the most haunted house in Yorkshire, Groff and his research partner Katrina Weidman opted to stay in the house for 100 straight hours. Not only would this give them ample time to fully research the haunting, but it would also give the entity some time to ramp up its paranormal activity. Groff didn't need to wait long for anything to happen - he said he could feel something negative the moment he and Weidman got to the house.
"Right when we stepped on the property it felt different. There's an energy about it. When you take a step into that location it's haunting, it really is, without anything really even occurring you just feel it, you feel the energy and the sense that something is there lurking in the shadows."
The Monk Started Off Playful... And Then Got Nasty
Once inside the Pritchard house, Groff attempted to have a nice chat with the ghost. After taking some initial readings, he reached out to the Monk and asked if the entity would move a ball, and it did. This led Groff to believe that the entity was a kind spirit, if not ambivalent to his presence.
But then things changed. Within a few hours the ghost began to knock things off the wall of the home and made the crew feel nauseous. When Groff realized that something was off, he began to ask the ghost questions and the temperature in the home began to drop.
The Black Monk Spoke In Latin To Groff And His Team
After it became obvious that the ghostly monk wasn't interested in playing nice with Groff, the paranormal investigator set out to understand why the entity was tormenting him. The spirit knocked a clock off the wall on the second story and after Groff repeatedly asked the ghost to do it again, nothing happened. Groff pulled out his trusty EVP recorder and began asking the entity questions. When he asked, "Do you need a lot of energy [to move things]?" Groff slowed down his recorder and discovered that the spirit was speaking Latin to him through his recorder, specifically the word "desperata" which translates to "hopeless." You can hear the creepy recording here.
The Monk Kicked Up The Scares A Notch With Violence
It wasn't long before Groff and Weidman began to get a full taste of the haunting provided by the Black Monk of Pontefract. There were the bumps in the night and slamming doors that are standard with this kind of case, but the entity took things to a new level when it began to attack the ghost hunters sleeping in its home. Doors started slamming and the ghost hunters managed to film a shadowy figure walking through the home. This is when the ghost became violent.
Weidman seems to have taken on most of the brunt of the creature. She says that throughout her time in the house, she felt like something was constantly weighing her down and that she felt like she was stuck in quicksand. She also claims to have been scratched by an entity while exploring the house. And then there was the knife that something left on the stairs. Was it a warning to Groff and Weidman? Or had someone simply forgotten to put away the cutlery?