This is not the first time we’ve heard about haunting and ghosts at Thorpe Park. In 2009 there was an incident, believed to have started after the use of a Ouija board that resulted in speculation as to whether Thorpe’s Saw Ride was haunted. Now we’re asking if the water slide, Storm Surge, at Thorpe Park is built on ancient burial ground and is haunted by the ghost of a monk.
Trouble began during the construction of the new water slide. Builders working on the Storm Surge attraction apparently reported sighting the ghost of a headless monk. The usual reports of things moving around and sudden shivers have also, apparently, been reported by staff.
The divisional director of Thorpe Park, Mike Vallis, told press;
‘It became apparent that something strange was going on when teams started clearing Storm Surge’s initial site.
‘Staff reports of eerie goings-on shot up and the only physical change in the park, at that time, was the beginning of ground preparation work for the new ride.
‘As employees were getting freaked out, we decided to call on an expert to see whether there was anything to report but had no idea of the dramatic effects.’
As it happens the area in which the 64-ft tall ride is being built was once known as “Monk’s Walk”. It was a footpath which once connected Thorpe Church to Chertsey Abbey.
It’s South West London Paranormal who have been called in to investigate. Speaking for SWLP, Jim Arnold also told press that;
‘We carry out these kinds of investigations quite regularly, with medium to weak results being reported on a weekly basis.
‘Thorpe Park, however, was more striking as results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge.
‘The results were so strong, we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity.’
Given Thorpe Park benefited from the publicity over last year’s ghost scare there is every reason to be sceptical about this current claim. Is there any science to the sighting at all?
The park have also invited a geophysical expert in to examine the site. Peter Masters from Cranfield University hasn’t commented on ghosts or monks but he has scanned the site and does appear that some of the signature readings detected by the equipment are similar to that of a burial ground, one that could be ancient, but not definitely so. The readings could also be caused by the remains of an old building.
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Reports suggest that they may have moved the site of the Storm Surge game because of this or altered the design. The question is – a marketing stunt from Thorpe, do the builders really think the site is haunted by a monk or could this be a mixture of them both?
Hepzibah Harris says
i dont know about the other rides at Thorpe Park but the Saw ride is differnatley haunted and the spirit that does is not an ancient ghost far from it he does no harm he is just looking after it as it wouldnt be there without him and the others that built it
yup probaly but i never been there i would like to go check it out
Andrew Girdwood says
Clever PR stunt, right? Why would the headless monk wait until a water ride was being built to show himself?
day v lately says
Yes i agree it is likely to be a pr stunt but as they said ‘The results were so strong, we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity.’
So its not like the monk thought "i will show myself now for no reason".
Eve Guevara-Sansom says
'Ghosts' as our real Spirit – or Soul passing 'over' are real – our Soul is electric phenomena – and moves to new reality after Death experience. From signs and Dreams sent – I believe that the Spirit of DIANA is appearing at Thorpe Park – Storm Surge. She spent one of the happiest days of her las life experience AT Thorpe Park on the Water Slide with her beloved Children – so, that Memory would still be 'alive' in her own Memory – which, although Happy – would have a thread of sadness because it is a moment which will not be real again in that context – so people can pick that up – and because this phenomena is still not properly understood – it scares some people – or makes them feel earey. If we can learn to embrace Spirits who revisit moments they knew – we would not get upset or scared. The Monk – as Headless – is a symbol of Divinity and a Holy moment. – as a Spiritual encounter – too many truly Spiritual and Holy Souls lost their lives throughout the History of Earth up to now. So, Spirits are SHARING moments they knew – also to remind us of the life-cycle phenomena – not reappearing to HAUNT us. Eve Guevara-Sansom
well as i see it there was already ocotopus gardens there before how comes nothing happened then ?
Because its a fake.
It has now been exposed as a publicity stunt. Do a Google search for:
Thorpe's Storm Surge Ghost-Led Move Exposed as Publicity Stunt
My recent post How to Cope with Paranormal Spiritual Activity in Your Home
Well to answer a couple of things here, when we carried out the investigation at the park we never reported seeing any headless monk, however there has been lots of reports over the years of paranoraml activity within the park grounds for many years. We at Southwest London Paranormal had nothing to do with the press release, and stand by what we found.
We never suggested any ride be moved by our findings, but yes we did find a fair bit going on within the park our full report can be found on our website.
As far as it being a publicity stunt, about them moving this ride, well thats down to them, and as far as the headless monk goes, well monks have ghosts of monks have been reported many times over the years, long before Thorpe park, and one of the reasons we wanted to investigate the park.
There have been ancient items found in and around the park, one, a Shield is supposed to be in the british museum, as i said to see what we found and said please read our report.
Jim stopped outside and said he could feel a presence. He explained that he felt the building work currently being done was disturbing something. If they were to continue to dig further down they would uncover some remains, of what would have been an old settlement dating back hundreds of years. There was an unhappy feeling here, and a sense that someone wanted us to move away.
Tony, the Suite101 article does not debunk anything Jim and his pals did. It carefully steers clear of that. The whole purpose of the article was to expose the publicity stunt Thorpe Park carried out – not to discredit or challenge the actions or findings of South West London Paranormal on the site.
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