In 1957, three young Royal Navy cadets visited Kersey in Suffolk to carry out a straightforward map reading exercise. However, the village they encountered was uninhabited with ancient-looking buildings. What the cadets witnessed was not Kersey in 1957, but the village a few centuries earlier.
Three Royal Navy Cadets Travel Back In Time (Kersey ‘Time Slip’)
Jul 6, 2021
In 1957, three young Royal Navy cadets named William Laing, Michael Crowley and Ray Baker were carrying out a straightforward map reading exercise, which involved walking for around five miles to an assigned location in the countryside, and to come back and report what they had seen. The assigned location this time was a village named Kersey located in Suffolk, England. As the three approached Kersey that Sunday morning, the village had slowly gone silent. The streets of the village were deserted, and there were no telephone wires strung in the roads, no cars parked on the side and no street lights. What’s even more strange is that the houses in the village seem to appear ancient, and one of the cadets described it as “medieval in appearance”. The boys then approached one of the buildings, which appeared to be a butcher’s shop when they peeked in through the windows and it appeared uninhabited with skinned oxen inside the shop. As the boys went to check the other houses in the village, they were met with a similar sight with no possessions or furniture present anywhere. The cadets then felt a little uneasy, and left the bizarre village, and as they were leaving, they could hear the bells from a nearby church and could see smoke rising from the chimneys.
View of Kersey from the churchyard by Nick Smith
Kersey St Mary’s church by Adrian S Pye
Gymnopedie No. 1 by Kevin MacLeod Link: incompetech.filmmusic.io/song…
Time slips have fascinated me for decades… it’s just so radical a thing to contemplate.