What's your house hiding? The scary secrets unearthed during renovations

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Not to scare you or anything, but if you happen to be renovating, have you given any thought to what is lurking behind those old walls or under your prized parquet? Of course, there might be nothing more that the odd creepy crawly or lost marble, but we’ve been left feeling rather unnerved by some of the findings of the HBR team….Our advice? Draw the curtains, grab a blanket and read on for some seasonal spookiness.

In the past, our ancestors loved a good ritual, convinced that by sealing up possessions and potions within the walls of their houses, they could ward off evil or bad luck. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.