ESTELLE ROBERTS

More Survival Evidence
through her
Physical Mediumship


The remarkable autobiography of
Estelle Roberts is called:
Fifty Years a Medium
(Corgi Books: 1975)
(Psychic Press Ltd: 2008)
There was also an earlier version called:
Forty Years a Medium

Medium, Estelle Roberts
(May 1889 - May 1970)
An oil painting of Estelle in her middle years,
surrounded by spirit communicators.

'I heard my own (dead) daughter speak to me, in the same old loving way'
Psychic News founder-editor, Maurice Barbanell, attended an Estelle Roberts physical seance in Teddington (Middlesex, England). He records in his book This is Spiritualism that the medium's spirit guide, known as Red Cloud, brought forward a spirit girl who wanted to relay a message to her mother, who was still on Earth.

Through a lightweight aluminium seance trumpet a young girl's voice 'very slowly, but distinctly' said, 'My name is Bessy Manning. I died with tuberculosis last Easter. I have brought my brother, Tommy, with me; he was killed by a motor car... Tell my mother that I still have my two long plaits. I am twenty-two, and I have got blue eyes. Tell her I want her to come here. Could you bring her? She is not rich - she is poor... She is so unhappy.'

When Mr Barbanell said, 'I must know where she lives' - without hesitation Bessy replied, '14 Canterbury Street, Blackburn.'

Next morning, Mr Barbanell sent a telegram to Mrs Manning at the spirit-supplied address, telling her of what had taken place. There was no reply, so he telegraphed again. Two days later, he received two letters from an overjoyed Mrs Manning: the first expressed her happiness on having received the first telegram, and in the second she aplogized because Mr Barbanell had needed to send another, explaining that she lacked the money to reply by anything other than a letter.

She confirmed that Bessy had died the previous Easter from TB, and later verified that her son, Tommy, had been killed by a car nine years earlier. 'Oh, the glorious happiness to me and mine! I have to thank you for the great joy you have given to me. How can I ever thank you enough?'

Maurice Barbanell considered this communication as 'flawless evidence for the after-life. No theories of telepathy or the subconscious mind can explain it away... Mrs Manning had never met Estelle Roberts, or corresponded with her or any member of her family'.


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Following these remarkable events, Mr Barbanell paid for Mrs Manning to travel to London and he drove her to Teddington in Middlesex to attend a direct-voice physical seance with Estelle Roberts. At this gathering Bessy Manning duly returned and was overjoyed to speak with her mother. She relayed that her brother Tommy was again present with her.

Mrs Manning said to her daughter, 'Bessy, this is wonderful. You know how your mother loves you, don't you?'

'It is wonderful. God bless you, Ma,' replied Bessy.

When Mrs Manning asked whether Bessy ever visited home, she said that she did, adding that she had often seen her mother pick up her photograph, speak to it and kiss it.

Mrs Manning confirmed this.

Bessy reported that on that very morning she had heard her mother talking to her father about mending his boots, stating exactly what had been said - and this was also verified by Mrs Manning.

'After the seance,' writes Mr Barbanell, 'Mrs Manning was weeping, but they were tears of joy, not sorrow. "I am the happiest woman in the world," she said.'

Upon returning home to Blackburn, Mrs Manning wrote to Mr Barbanell thanking him for his kindness, and revealing that just before her daughter had died, Bessy had made a vow:

'Just before the end, she said, "If it is possible at all, I will come back."

'I knew she would keep her promise. I heard my own daughter speak to me, in the same old loving way, and with the self-same peculiarities of speech.

'She spoke of incidents that I know for a positive fact no other person could know'.