'Most terrifying thing ever': how spiders plagued a woman with a creepy nursery rhyme

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 24, 2018
08:18 A.M.
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An Ipswich mother of two young children who live on Bramford Road has gotten no sleep for a while. The problem she faced was a nursery rhyme that played loudly at night.


The woman who didn’t want to be named shared that she would awaken at night hearing the nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” playing in the distance.

For months, a woman living in Ipswich, England, was awoken nightly. She would hear the distant sound of a child’s recorded voice, singing the nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.”

The scary music would eventually stop but the next day, it would be back again. She recalled:

“The first time I heard it it was the most terrifying thing ever. I went cold and felt sick, and thought, ‘What on earth was that?'”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. She reported that the song had “threatening undertones” and it made her question her sanity.

She added:

“It was waking me up in the night, it was absolutely terrifying. I heard it at all times of the night - 1am, 2am, 4am - it was sporadic, sometimes it would play once, other times it was over and over. Last week it played for hours, it was just horrible.”

One day she finally got tired of the abuse and called the Ipswich Borough Council to report the incident. She said,

“I started to ask myself why I was living with this when I could do something about it.”


Early one morning, she was woken again by the music blaring off in the distance and quickly called the council’s rapid response team. She told them that the sound was coming from the direction of Europa Way.

The team joined the woman at the scene and went to investigate. The found that the music was coming from an industrial premises on the neighboring Farthing Road estate.


The nursery rhyme was playing through a loud speaker. A spokesman for the council said it was hard for them to believe that a nursery rhyme was playing loudly in the middle of the night.

“But we do take all complaints extremely seriously and asked the residents who contacted us to let us know when it was actually playing so we could investigate properly.”


“We took a call around midnight and immediately went to the Bramford Road area to find out more - we did hear the nursery rhyme playing from an industrial premises and it sounded very eerie at that time of night. We appreciate that people living nearby would find it quite spooky.”

According to building’s owners, the music was actually designed to act as a deterrent to trespassers and was activated by motion sensors. A spokesman from the site said:


“The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it’s designed only to be heard by people on our private land.”

It appears that the motion sensors were being triggered by spiders that crawled across the lenses of their cameras. The spokesman also acknowledged that they’d turned the music up too loudly.


They spoke to the unnamed woman and this month she stood by her window as they tested a lower alarm volume, and she "couldn't hear it."

In another story involving spiders, Nicole Photianos from Paulding County, Ga., said dozens of venomous brown recluse spiders had invaded her home. She had no idea on how to get rid of them.

Photianos found the 30 spiders immediately after she moved into her new house. She shared that she thought the spiders had always lived in the house but only got out when they did the mold work.

She joked:

“I just say we should just burn it down.”

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