Explanations for “Ghost” Sightings
“Ghost” explanations considered
By Clive Rodgers
Paranormal Investigations & Explanations
A search on the Internet using a search engine such as GOOGLE, typing in the search something similar to ‘The Ghosts of Swanbourne’ will pick up some ghost and paranormal websites which tell the story of the ghosts of the village. In 2009 there was a field investigation by Luton Paranormal Society, the results of which are available via a PDF report from the following website:- http://www.lutonparanormal.com/
Investigations in to more logical causes came up with several reasonable explanations.
Being next to a pub for many years would certainly encourage ghost stories which in turn would encourage hallucinations and dreams. When the Manor was a home for the elderly, stories would have emerged again. Elderly people are subject to a greater range of serious illnesses which may be accompanied by hallucinations. The tendency during winter evenings for mist to hang on the hill top due to a local microclimate effect could, at times, give the appearance of ghostly movement if accompanied by a slight wind. This is an effect that I have observed myself during the winter.