The Old Couple                                                                      Back to Ghost Stories

by Victoria Price
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This story happened in 'Cheavely' near 'Newbery' about 21 years ago when I was about five
years old.  It IS a TRUE story.

When I was a young I lived with my parents and brother and sister in a small four bedroom
council house that had never seemed to have any sort of paranormal activity before. Every
summer we would go on holiday with our caravan and very best friends and their caravan.

This year was no different.  It was the summer and we had all left our house with friends in tow
and headed to "Cornwall."

We were gone for two weeks.  We all had a really fantastic time.  When we came back
everything seemed fine until a few days later, my mum ran into an old friend of hers in the
village shop.  They were very pleased to see each other and her friend asked my mum where
she was living now.  My mum told her she was living in the same house as before in Cheavely.  
The woman then asked if my mum she had people staying at her house while we had all gone
on holiday?  My mum was a little worried and asked, "Why?"  Her friend then said not more
than a week ago, she had called to see my mum not knowing we had gone on holiday.  She
said that an old lady had answered the door and said there was no Sue or Pete (my mum and
dad) living at that address.

As soon as my mum got home she then questioned our neighbours, who had been feeding our
animals while we were away, and asked if they had seen anything or heard anything? They told
my mum that a few times they had gone round the house, and there had been an empty milk
bottle on the front door step.  Then on another day they had found the front door had been left
open, but as they could see, nothing in the house had been moved or taken - they just put it
down to their clumsiness and that they forgot to lock the door.

A week then passed and a few more little stories started to come to light.  A few people said
they had seen a caravan parked in our drive, and then a few more people had seen an elderly
couple going in and out of our house.

Neighbours just thought we had people staying at our house while we were away looking after
the place.  The funny thing was only half the street had seen anything the other half said they
saw nothing.

My mum and dad were really worried about all these stories, so they called out the police. As
the police did there investigations they also found that it was 50/50 with only 50% seeing
something, but it was still too many of the same stories for it to be a hoax.

As nothing had happened to us directly yet, we tried to get on with things until an almost normal
Sunday evening.  When we were all sat in the front room watching the 'Antiques Roadshow,' my
mum started to notice a very strong smell of bleach.  This ended up getting so strong that she
felt it burning the inside of her nose.  The really strange thing was, none of us could smell
anything at all.  Then I remember feeling really cooled, so I sat next to an open log fire; and then
a coat hanger hanging on the bird cage that was hanging from the ceiling, started to swing
really violently, which made our bird go mad.  This is all I can remember of that night.

Not long after this happened, my sister was having a bath.  With the rest of the family in the
garden, she was starting to get out and she heard some very heavy breathing and dragging
feet coming towards the bathroom.  As the sound got louder she started to get very scared and
ran out of the bathroom without stopping.  As she ran onto the landing, she knocked into
someone or something and heard it fall against the wall, but she didn't stop to look back. When
they all went back to look, they didn't find anything; only what looked like a pattern on the carpet
of something dragging there feet.

As for the elderly couple, nothing was found out about them and they were never seen again. If
anyone does know anything about the past history of this house 'Freeways, Cheavely,
Newbery, Berkshire,' please contact me -

To this day the families that move into that house don't seem to live there for longer than a year
now (or so I've been told). Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I would like it to
become an Urban Legend one day, you never know. All I can say is that this experience will
never leave me and I'll never forget it even though I was only five.  Our local newspaper found
out about our haunting, and they wanted to get the full story from my parents. This story has now
been published twice as it has become a very well known ghost story for the area.

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