The main www.uncannyuk.com site has received a number of very interesting readers’ comments over the past few months. Two were made in response to the article on so-called ‘time slips’.
‘Jack’ wrote: I just wanted to report my time slip experience which was experienced by myself, my father and my sister. It happened in the late 1990s (can’t remember exactly when – sorry) in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. My dad, sister and I were in the town to send my sister off on the train and we were passing the time standing by a fence near the railway station from which one could see a road and roundabout ahead. It was about noon and we had no agenda at that time other than to wait before heading to the station and there was a lull in the conversation.
‘We were all casually looking straight ahead when suddenly the atmosphere changed. The sound of the traffic around us stopped abruptly – as if someone had literally turned the volume right down. The air seemed to change, too; it became very still; spookily still and no sound could be heard. None of us spoke.
‘Then there came the sound of horse’s hooves on the road and within a few seconds we saw a horse and cart, driven by a large, angry-looking man, dressed in what I estimate to be 18th century clothes. He was of very rough, dirty appearance and his cart was well-used. He drove the cart around in a circle, all the time staring around, sometimes directly at us, sometimes away but looking absolutely furious as though he was looking for someone he wanted to kill. His face was red with hatred and he was a big, rough-looking man – someone you would definitely not want to cross. Eventually, he turned the horse and cart around and drove it off down the same road from which he had appeared and we could hear the horse’s hooves disappearing into the distance.
‘Immediately the sound had gone, the atmosphere changed back again and the sound of modern traffic and the din of a modern town returned again. We all three looked at each other; shaken and almost disbelieving but once we had asked the inevitable “Did you see that?” and received the answer “yes” we were even more shaken. It was such a peculiar experience and one which I shall never forget.
‘Was this a time slip? We didn’t notice any other changes; the buildings and road layout seemed the same but that part of King’s Lynn had remained unchanged for many years (although I understand it is quite different now) so I don’t know but it spooked us all for sure!’
In response to ‘Jack’s’ comment, ‘David’ added his own experience. He wrote: ‘Yes, that was a time slip. Something similar happened to me as well. I was in a building at the time but the effects where similar. I was walking through a large echoed corridor (it was a new addition) towards the dance studio when the sound of my footsteps seemed to become muffled and slightly more distant. The light coming through the window at the end of it sort of shimmered.
‘I blinked and in the split second I felt a breeze, cold and harsh. The sound of faint music from around me had gone. I was standing in a field completely on my own. I shouted to what I thought was someone or something. The sky was grey as if it were raining.
‘There was a tomdous [sic] noise behind me. I turned to see the corridor again. I was back. I was completely stunned. This spurred me on to find out what had happened. I checked on Google about the area the school had been located in and it was previously a field.’
I am grateful to both readers for contributing their interesting experiences. You can read Nick Redfern’s orginal article on ‘Time Slips in Rural England’ at: http://www.uncannyuk.com/509/time-slips-rural-england/