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The Flying Brick at Borley Rectory

The photo was taken in 1944 by a photographer for Life magazine. The story was about Borely Rectory being the most haunted place in the world. During the photo shoot he snapped the following photograph. What are your thoughts?

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Billy

Billy is an active paranormal investigator with more than 10 years experience in the field. He's currently the director of The Paulding Paranormal Society and has completed work on two full length paranormal documentaries.

10 Comments

  • The brick doesn’t look like it fits the picture. It looks to bright compared to the rest of the picture. Otherwise, since it was taken in 1944 I’d say someone threw the brick out from the inside.

  • Actually, when the picture was taken, some worker threw the the brick away whilst working on the rubbles (Borley rectory was burned down in 1939)

  • I’m surprised this hoary old chestnut is still doing the rounds. The picture is a fake. Harry Price took the photograph during the demolition of the ruins of Borley Rectory in 1944. At a pre-arranged signal, one of those engaged in the work of demolition threw the brick across the doorway. Price took the picture and claimed that it showed a brick levitating in a doorway. Price, a reporter for the Daily Mirror, faked and tampered with so much of the evidence related to the Borley story that it is difficult after the passage of some seventy years now to determine, with any certainty, what was in any way genuine about the so-called haunting of Borley Rectory.

  • Two things. First, I agree with Krist as far as a thrown object taken with a camera from that era being blurry. I have to disagree with it not being a brick. Compared to the bricks in the wall, it’s not a match. But look at the white “bricks” in the lower right. Looks just like one of them. I’m not a huge “OMG ghosts are everywhere” person nor am I a complete skeptic. It could be a white “brick” levitating, not being thrown. Or it could be something not of a paranormal nature that can’t be pinned down because of the quality of the photo and not being right there to see all the angles.
    Namaste

  • As much as I would like to say it’s a flying brick and evidence of paranormal activity, I sadly can’t make that statement. There are many ways this effect could have been produced. That is not to say the rectory is not “haunted”; but as far as proof of supernatural occurrences, this is not a strong leg to stand on.

  • As much as I would like to say it’s a flying brick and evidence of paranormal activity, I sadly can’t make that statement. There are many ways this effect could have been produced. That is not to say the rectory is not “haunted”; but as far as proof of supernatural occurrences, this is not a strong leg to stand on.

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