Bradgate Park & Ruins.

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the VERY FIRST blog installment of 2019!! (on that note, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!)

I’m gonna kick off the new year by writing about one of my favourite historical locations that I love to visit in my hometown of Leicestershire.

 

Bradgate Park!

 

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Me by the ruins at Bradgate Park.

 

I bet you’re wondering how this park could be historical, but believe me, it is!

Actually, there is so much history at this location that when I was beginning to do my research I discovered I wouldn’t be able to fit it all in without writing a book, so I’ve covered some of my favourite areas as well as the plethora of ghost stories… of course!

This place was like a second home for me growing up, in fact, I spent most of my summers here with my dad and my older brother.

 

We’d have picnics, long walks and explore.

 

Part of the park is actually an extinct volcano and at certain points if you bang your feet on the ground you can feel the hollow grounds beneath you. I remember as a kid I was always scared and wondering if it was going to erupt and wipe everyone out! (Obviously I know that’d never happen now!) but I guess for me it always had a kind of magical atmosphere about it.

Now as an adult, I find myself visiting the park for my own peace of mind.

It’s great for long walks, clearing your head and the scenic views and atmospheric ruins are amazing for the soul.

Here’s some pictures I took from my latest visit!

 

The land itself spans a MASSIVE 850 acres and no joke! during my lifetime I have properly explored every inch of it.

To this day I still get lost. One of the most memorable times for me was being around the age of 8 and watching my brother showing off on some nearby rocks, he slipped and twisted up his ankle pretty bad and we were a VERY long way from the parked car.

In fact, we were lost. It almost turned into an episode of Bear Grylls survival in the forest as my dad had to carry him a good way before the park rangers found us and gave us a lift back in their truck. GOOD TIMES! (Lol!)

There is also a particular tree which is completely hollowed out, again this has been there for as long as I can remember. In fact, we were going to find it on the day I went recently but as it was so cold we didn’t brave it to that particular area.

 

I just really wanted to sit inside of a tree and have my picture taken to be honest. 😉

 

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Hollow Tree at Bradgate Park Picture from google.

Maybe next time!

As I’d mentioned above, the park is steeped in history and as this is a paranormal blog, I’m going to write about the old ruins and the story behind Lady Jane Grey who once lived on this magnificent property.

Known as the nine day queen…

Lady Jane Grey was an English noblewoman who reigned as the queen of England and Ireland from the 10th of July until the 19th of July 1553. She was also the great granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary.

Interestingly she is from direct Leicestershire roots as she was actually born and raised on Bradgate Park in October 1537 before moving to live in London at the age of 10.

The actual ruins date back to 1520 and the Grey family would then go on to live inside of it’s walls for the next 220 years.

 

The ruins can still be seen and visited to this very day!

 

So why was her reign as queen so short?

She’d actually only inherited the title of queen due to a political crisis following the death of King Edward VI and when she did take the throne she was only sixteen years of age!

When Edward VI took it upon himself to name Jane as his successor, he ignored the fact that he indeed had two other half-sisters who should also hold some right to the throne. Their names were Mary and Elizabeth. He wrote in his will for Jane to take the title due to certain religious beliefs. Jane was a Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England.

Due to the choices made and controversial statements at this time, just a mere nine days later Jane was removed from the throne and imprisoned in the tower of London whilst her sister Mary was then pronounced the new queen of England.

At just the tender age of sixteen, Lady Jane Grey was convicted of high treason and sentenced to death at the tower of London. She was publicly executed by being beheaded on the 23 February 1554.

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Illustration of the execution.

The statement she made before she died is spine chilling!

‘Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same. The fact, indeed, against the Queen’s highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but touching the procurement and desire thereof by me or on my behalf, I do wash my hands thereof in innocency, before God, and the face of you, good Christian people, this day.’

She would also ask the executioner for forgiveness ‘Have mercy upon me, O God‘ and the very last words she ever spoke were ‘Lord, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’

 

Now, let’s be honest. Aristocracy back in the day in England was totally ruthless. It’s utterly heartbreaking that a young girl of sixteen could be subjected to such harsh consequences.

 

After her death, there is a pretty well known legend in regards to Bradgate Park, apparently townsfolk would visit the grounds and chop off the top of the oak tree’s as some sort of commemoration for her.

 

Though how much truth there is to this story, it’s not fully known.

 

Online you’ll be able to find the FULL historical details of this young queen with a more in depth approach. I’m just filling you in the gruesome basic details.

 

Because that’s how I roll.

 

For the full history I recommend Wikipedia and you can find it here.

So after hearing all of this…

 

Would you believe Bradgate Park to be Haunted?

 

In my own personal opinion, I’d have to say,  yes.

This place was indeed her childhood home, maybe the only place in her entire life she’d ever felt safe before being thrust into a completely new world in London. So as an un-rested spirit (if it were me) I’d return to the place that I’d once felt the most comfortable in this world.

 

On that note, let’s talk about some of the ghost stories!

 

One of the most popular claims is that apparently on New Years eve, a ghostly coach leaves the ruins of her former home and travels to the nearby All Saints Church.

Lady Jane is then seen to be exiting the coach before she herself and everything else vanishes.

This is quite a popular and well known story and clearly shows signs of being a residual energy.

In fact, most of the ghostly sightings at Bradgate Park are thought to be residual.

Meaning she may not be an intelligent spirit that is able to interact, more like a moment in time that re-plays itself over and over again, like the stone tape theory.

I myself have unfortunately never witnessed anything out of the ordinary at the park when I have visited, but I have had certain feelings about different area’s, especially around the ruins which are very atmospheric, you feel a certain sadness in the air which in hindsight I am unable to explain.

The typical story of Jane is that of ‘The Grey Lady‘.

Spotted on numerous occasions in a long flowing dress and seen to be wandering the ruins and the grounds of the park as if she were lost and somehow seeking peace.

This location will forever fascinate me and remain one of my favourites.

Not only is there numerous sightings of Lady Jane Grey who has been seen by visitors and staff  but also those of soldiers, shadow figures, children and even horses!

Other reports include hearing the sound of drums in the distance and even disembodied voices. The amount of sightings and sound phenomena that has been documented at the park is staggering!

It’s definitely a place I’d love to investigate one day! (With granted permission of course!)

The park itself is surrounded by wildlife such as deer who are free to roam at their own free will which is why it would be highly recommended not to visit the park at night and without permission.

ALTHOUGH late last year I did see a few advertisements for ‘ghost walks’ which are organised by the park officially. I will definitely be keeping a keen eye out for those in the future as it’s something I’d love to attend.

Not only this but I’m going to be making another visit to the park in February (weather permitting!) accompanied by James Pykett. For those of you who don’t know, James runs a fantastic website called HauntedInsight ( http://hauntedinsight.com ) and recently we have decided to team up with our blogs and become sister sites!

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Keep a look out for his posts and I’m sure he’ll have some pretty amazing photos of the park on his site soon!

I see some great projects to come from us both this year and its really exciting!

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BUT Until next time,
Happy Hunting!

Blog written and edited by Vicky Grant.

Former Hatton Court Hotel.

Hi everyone! Welcome to the next investigation installment blog. For this blog we traveled to Hanslope in Milton Keynes to investigate the former Hatton Court Hotel.

This was a completely new location for us and I was really excited to check it out!

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We joined on a paranormal event with Barri Ghai (Help! my house is haunted) and the GPS Ghostfinders team.

 


Hatton Court Hotel. 

 

Currently being refurbished by the owner, The Former Hatton Court Hotel is said to house a multitude of different spirits. I was lucky enough to be able to speak to the owner on the night we investigated and she told me a little about the house and activity which seems to have heightened since they have began the refurbishment. It has a staggering amount of sightings  from full apparitions, shadow figures as well as disembodied voices being heard, loud footsteps and doors opening and closing on their own accord.

Not only this, but whilst they were renovating the cellar, Human bones were discovered in the concrete. Not a full skeleton, just partial remains! (Creepy right?!)

The location was Formerly known as ‘Hanslope Lodge’ and after speaking to owner, she went on to explain that she had been struggling to find actual historical facts in regards to the building itself. (And I can see why! I have spent hours researching this place online and there is little to no knowledge of when the place was actually built!)

It is suggested that it was constructed in 1861 and for many years served as a home before being converted into the Hatton Court Hotel. At times the location was simply known as ‘The Lodge’ and The earliest information about the site is from a map of 1779 which shows an earlier building owned by Stephen Hoddle who owned considerable property in Hanslope parish.

After endlessly browsing through various google searches and books, I decided to have a glance at the old newspaper archives, though again, not a lot of information was gathered here, but I did mange to find one documented death inside of the property.

Newspaper: Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press

Published: Saturday 04 March 1899

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Reginald and Caroline Walpole are said to have moved into the property in 1861.

In 1939, Hanslope Lodge seems to have been requisitioned by the Government and in about 1988 the buildings were refurbished as Hatton Court Hotel.

The entire history for this place certainly left me scratching my head, but as you can see it’s steeped in mystery which only makes it all the more intriguing, for we know not what fully went on behind it’s walls and with a discovery of those human bones in the cellar, one can only wonder!


 

The Investigation. 

We arrived at the location at around 8.30PM on Saturday the 24th of November. This place is eerily hard to find and the route itself takes you along some very strange and creepy isolated country roads. I couldn’t believe how big the location was as we’d pulled up into the parking area just outside of the home. With the stain glass windows on the outside it almost had a reminiscence to a church.

Upon entering the building we were met by Barri and his team, as well as all of the other guests that had arrived for the event. For the first part of the evening Barri gave a short talk about the building and also showed us some evidence that he had captured previously at the hall.

He had some pretty amazing EVP’s to share with everyone which made it a great start to evening! What was also great about this was I actually saw a dark shadow in my own peripheral vision as Barri was hosting. Everyone was accounted for and we were stood in the main room but myself and another person both saw something flick by the door quickly, blocking out the light.

We were split down into two separate teams but for the first part of the night we all joined up together and headed into one of the main back rooms. I can only assume this was used as a ‘ball room‘ of some sort as it was quite big inside. With the help of Andy Bavington from Team Spiritz who led a seance, everyone joined hands around the room in hopes of trying to build the energy up for the night ahead.

I was stood at the back of the room and it wasn’t long before I began to get a very uncomfortable feeling as if someone or ‘something’ was stood right behind me. As I found out later, it is known that in this particular area of the house there is a spirit by the name of ‘Rob’ who is particularly fond of the ladies.

I distinctly remember it felt as if someone was stood right behind me and it gave me a really uncomfortable feeling. Not only did I feel this but a little later into the seance my vision had been completely blacked out for a few seconds. I could see the light from the devices on the table which was in the center of the room but at one point it had gone fully black as if someone had stepped in front of me for a few seconds. I also saw what looked like a tall figure walking around the inside of the circle, which was when I asked if anyone had broken the circle and was inside. It actually turned out that no one had and we were all still holding hands on the outside.

That was really cool to witness something like that.

Going back to the uncomfortable feeling of someone being around me, A couple of footsteps were also heard behind me at this time which was also witnessed from the people who were stood around me (including Barri)

It almost sounded like someone shuffling past us, But again, no one had moved.

After the seance Andy led a glass divination session and I joined on. We asked a multitude of questions but unfortunately we were unable to get the glass to move this time.

All in all, the group session gave some interesting experiences for myself. Another lady in the room (Gina) who was also stood on our side said she’d felt as if someone had touched her back and her hair.

 

The Cellar. 

Now we had split down into two groups, Our team had taken the cellar whilst the other team went up to the third floor of the building (to avoid any noise contamination.) We were all pretty far away from each other at this point.

Taking ourselves down the stairs and into one of the main parts of the cellar, it was pitch black down there and had a really old musky smell (it sounds weird but I actually LOVE that! It really gave off the essence of the building and it’s history!)

Splitting up, a few of us stayed in one area whilst the others took the short walk down to the other end.

Barri had set a R.EM Pod up in our area and he was also rolling on the EVP device.

We began calling out asking if any spirits would like to come forward and the R.E.M Pod started to flick to the green light. Now, you have to be pretty close to the device to get it to set off and we were all stood a fair way back from it.

Barri had asked if the spirit was male, but received no response. He then asked if the spirit was female but still nothing, but when he asked if the spirit was inhuman, the light flicked again as if it was answering his question.

The activity in the cellar came in small bursts and there was a particular corner which had a small wood panel built into it, so it was slightly off the ground.

Barri had asked if anyone wanted to stand there so I put myself forward and went alone to the corner. He never said what had happened previously in the area, but I was now stood on this board, still engaged in the investigation. I must have been there for a good ten minutes of so when it suddenly felt as if someone had kicked the wood from underneath me. It made quite a loud noise and I don’t think I have jumped off something so fast in my life (lol!)

Everyone heard the wood bang from under me and Barri thought it was pretty funny and interesting as it’d happened to people before when they have been stood there!

Intrigued, I took out my torch and looked underneath it. There was nothing except the ground and a small tiny gap, there was no way anyone could have gotten under it. It was also explained that recently, during the renovation of the home, Human bones were found in this area. Not a full skeleton, just partial remains!

Which is my mind is really odd! Firstly, what happened to the rest of the bones? and secondly, why would they be randomly buried in the concrete of the cellar!

Later that same evening, Both Barri and Carl stood in the same place and they both received the same response. A banging from underneath the wood. Which only made it much more compelling.

Also in this area Carl had the Ovilus device running. And it did come out with a few interesting details which would relate to witchcraft.

Every single one of us also heard whistling. It was a full tune! We checked with the other team as well to be sure and no one there had whistled. It was seriously the most eerie thing I had ever heard. This particular location was a hot spot for disembodied voices on the night. Not only did we hear the whistling, but also what sounded like a woman groaning and then faintly singing.

We all agreed that we didn’t believe the spirit in this area to be inhuman. It felt as if what it was, was messing around with us and trying to scare us.


The Third Floor. 

 

Now swapping area’s with the other team we ventured up onto the third floor.

This was a twenty eight bedroom hotel at one point in history and Barri had already warned us that he’d be separating people and placing them into different rooms to see what they may experience. Which honestly, was a good idea.

We started out in one of the larger back bedrooms and Barri was running an EVP session. I think the majority of us had felt a presence of some sort, like we were being watched and upon playing back the EVP you could very clearly hear a woman’s voice being picked up, although none of us at the time had heard a thing with our own ears.

When we split up, I was with another guest called Gina and my dad. We were placed in one of the rooms down the far end of the corridor and Barri had placed a few devices along the corridor. An EMF meter and the R.E.M pod.

Once inside of the room, I was sat on the floor and Gina and my dad was stood up. At this point, everyone was in a room and no one was out in the corridor. We’d been in the rooms for a while whilst Barri and Carl did some calling out and we received some bangs in response to asking for the spirit to do so.

As I was sat on the floor, I’d turned and for a split second, I saw this insanely massive shadow move out from the bathroom and stand right behind my dad. I remember I jumped up and was totally freaking out as it basically came out of nowhere. Gina also thought she’d saw something around that area too.

Barri came into our room to check it out. The whole time we were inside of this room I couldn’t stop feeling really drawn to the bathroom. I just felt like something was inside of it, watching us. It’s really hard to explain when you get a certain feeling about something. I’m no psychic, Just call it intuition! 

The four of joined hands and did a small seance, Barri called the spirits forward.

I really wanted us to go into that bathroom. So I asked if we could.

This was exactly how the conversation went down.

 

Me: “Can we go into the bathroom?”

Barri: “Go on then..”

Me: “Not on my own!” (total wimp, for reals man, are you mad?! LOL)

So my lovely dad was like “I’ll go in there with you.

So he walks me to the door and goes inside and then turns back around and leaves me there on my own. I swear there was some sort of conspiracy going on!

So I’m stood in there, on my one. The area I have just seen a MASSIVE shadow come out of, the area I’d been attracted too since we first stepped foot into the room.

I had my torch on…

A few seconds later I hear Barri…

“Vicky, turn your torch off.”

BUSTED.

I swear I eye rolled at him so hard through the wall, it’s cool though he didn’t see me.

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So yes, I turned off my torch and stood there for a few minutes and I swear it was the most uncomfortable I’d ever felt in my entire life. It was absolutely freezing in this room compared to everywhere else. I think Gina a fellow guest felt a little sorry for me in the end so she came in to keep me company, telling me I had ‘balls of steel‘ and I’m like ‘Oh yeah I know!‘ and in my head I’m thinking I really have not, I was absolutely shitting a brick haaaa!

A few seconds after Gina walked into the room, the R.EM pod which was right outside of our main door was triggered along with the EMF meter a little further down. It was as if we’d pushed something out of the bathroom and into the hallway and it triggered the devices along the corridor.

This was pretty much when everything started to kick off activity wise upstairs.

A few moments later we heard a couple more guests from along the corridor start to scream so Barri went to check it out.

They had a double room like we did. They actually thought it was two separate rooms and that a guest was sat in the room next to them as they saw something peek it’s head around the door and look at them. (It would have been about a child’s height) but they figured it was another guest sat on the floor.

When they realized that it wasn’t two separate rooms, but one joint room and no other guests were inside there with them, that’s when they both realized they’d just saw an apparition.

Barri came up to get us and we now all stood in this room where the apparition was seen. A K2 was placed in the little side room and unknowing to everyone Gina had a sweet in her pocket and she’d taken it out and was offering it to the child.

The Ovilus which Carl was holding outside actually said the word ‘sweet’ which when Gina told us what she had been doing.

She went and put the sweet into the room next to the K2 device and told the spirit they could take it. We then received the name ‘Tom’ – so we’d established a name for this boy as well as it stating he was twelve years old.

I think the spirit had taken a liking to Gina as the device had also said ‘Mummy’ not long after she spoke, so maybe she reminded him of her? who knows.

The K2 also flashed in this room where the sweet had been placed and on the way out, Gina felt someone touch her hair. This was her first ever investigation and she absolutely loved it!

We had so many experiences on the upper floors I feel like I could literally sit here and write a book!

These are just some of the highlights!

Downstairs Hall. 

For the final part of the investigation we spent in the the hall downstairs and this is rather large we decided to join both teams together again like we had the very beginning of the night in hopes of building up the energy once more.

There was various devices scattered around.

A R.E.M pod on both sides of the room which was detecting considerable temperature changes and a EMF trigger object bear had also been placed on a chair in the middle of the room which did spike a few times when asked if the spirit could move towards it.

As well as this, Carl Hutchinson was asking questions on the Paranormal Puck.

The most memorable part for me though was when he had absolute silence and the most toe curling growl was heard in the room which sounded as if it was coming from just outside of the door.

I was pretty certain every single person in the room heard this at the time and we were all hyped up by this!

The Hatton Court hotel is an amazing location and I feel absolutely privileged that I got to investigate such a magnificent and mysterious location!

I will definitely be looking out for events there in the future!


 

Now, as this is the LAST write up for this year! (I’m actually quite emotional!)

It’s been an absolutely AMAZING year as far as the blog goes and I have loved each and every second of it!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has showed us support this year and continued to read our posts.

You guys mean the world to us.

I have met so many wonderful people who work within the paranormal field this year and I can’t wait to meet many of you next year!

We have also been fortunate to visit some amazing locations and next year is looking very promising indeed with locations already booked in place such as 30 east drive, The Ram Inn, Moira Furnace, Tatton Old Hall and a return to Haunted Antiques!

This is just a few to mention, we are still in talks with many more teams and locations and we can’t wait for the new year!

It’s been a hell of a journey and I can’t wait to see where it takes us in the future!

BUT..

Until next year…

Happy Hunting!

😉

Blog written and edited by Vicky Grant. 

 

 

 

Fort Horsted.

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the next investigation installment blog. 

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Myself with the Breaking Paranormal UK team & Guests.

For this blog we traveled to Chatham in Kent to investigate the amazing Fort Horsted.

Breaking Paranormal UK were holding an event here and we attended as guests.

I have investigated the Fort before, but it was around four years ago. My memory on previous experiences here is not so good, but I DO remember we had a lot of unexplained voices and noises at that time. (I just can not remember what they were specifically!)

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Me in the main tunnel at Fort Horsted.

Unlike many locations in the UK, Fort Horsted is not packed with paranormal teams investigating it every weekend. In fact, they only allow very few paranormal teams in per year. I’m unsure if this may be the reason why we experienced so much activity on the evening we went, but it seems like a valid theory.

On the night we went which was December the 1st, I had one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had whilst investigating. This blog was originally supposed to be posted in January but I moved the date forward as I felt I needed to share with you what we experienced and captured!

Before we get fully into the explanation of the activity.

Let’s find out a little more about Fort Horsted!


HISTORY. 

Now for this part, I was going to do a MASSIVE write up about the history but then I actually started looking into it AND THERE IS SO MUCH! It’s really unbelievable. 

It was built in 1880 using convict labor from Borstal prison. So you can imagine how much historical fact is behind it’s walls!

I decided to take the easy route on this and instead of me just repeating myself over and over again, The official Fort Horsted website has a very detailed and knowledgeable history write up, and who better to explain it than themselves, right?

So here is the link; Fort Horsted History.


 

Newspaper Clippings. 

I did do some research of my own though after reading the history!

I’ve always been a sucker for looking into the old newspaper archives as honestly, you never know what you are going to find!

As mentioned above, the Fort was constructed by Convicts. It is a well known fact that one of these convicts were buried alive whilst it was being built and I actually came across the original article from Bromyard News which was published on Thursday 14 March 1889

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Not only this but I also found another article in relation to an accident at the Fort. One that might not be as well known as the other stories. It seems a man accidentally shot himself in the head which resulted in him loosing half of his nose!

It doesn’t state if the man survived or not.

This was published in the Aberdeen Evening Express on Friday 02 April 1886

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(Pretty gruesome, right?!) 

So along with the vast history of Fort Horsted, we could only wonder what energy would still be lurking and if we would receive any activity on the night of our investigation. As everyone know’s, when on a ‘ghost hunt‘ you can never guarantee that anything will happen!

It’s just the way of the paranormal, BUT on this occasion, I am thrilled to say that it did not fail to amaze us all!


The Investigation. 

We arrived at the Fort at around 6PM and was greeted by Paul, he overlooks the place and takes charge of the general day to day business.

He started with a safety talk and then went on to explain some of the activity that has already happened at the Fort.

I’m not sure if you are aware but Fort Horsted actually featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures many years ago. Season 6, Episode 9.

So as well as the activity that was reported in this episode, since then, many more experiences have come to the surface.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone at the event was extremely excited to investigate this magnificent place. Paul was kind enough to give us a walk around and during this walk around, one of the areas which is usually closed off to paranormal teams was shown to us.

There is a part of the Fort where you must descend down 90 steps…

Yes that’s right 90!

Now, walking down them was a doddle, it was getting back up them which takes your breath away! (I was knackered! lol)

But it was totally worth it as down these stairs and through a few more tunnels at the very top is a locked off room. In this room it has Old War Graffiti painted by soldiers. The graffiti is so old that if you were to brush against the wall it could easily be destroyed, but Paul was kind enough to let us get up close and see this.

He took us in small groups (3-4 people) at a time and allowed us to witness this!

Here is the photos I took! 

If you look close enough, you can see the signatures written on the wall in pencil. 


 

After our walk-around, we started the investigation.

As the Fort is such a HUGE location, we split down into 3 small teams of 5-6 people in each group. We knew we’d have no trouble with noise interference, as honestly, when you are in one area, another team would either be VERY far away or DEEP underground.

The walls of the Fort are also very thick,  which cancels out the possibility of too much noise traveling.

In my group, there was Myself, Kim & Luke (The owners of Breaking paranormal UK) Tammy (A team member) and also my Dad and Kim’s mum.

Nice small friendly group! 

We started in the main tunnels whilst the others ventured underground and to opposite sides of the location.

In this area, we stayed on the left side and walked down to the very bottom. At the start of the night Paul told us about a man who actually lives in the tunnels (This is a real person by the way!) His name is Tim. He has an apartment underground. Though why he is there, we really have no idea. At the end of this long tunnel it’s locked off as that would then lead into where this man lives. There is no way of this person getting into the tunnels we were investigating, as it’s locked off from our side.

This is where we decided to start our investigation. 

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We were about midway down this tunnel when we heard what sounded like a loud mental creaking noise. We instantly all ran back down to see what it was, only to find that the wind outside had picked up and it was hitting a gate making this noise we all heard. There is an opening at the end of the tunnel, so we debunked it.

With the noise getting louder from the wind, we headed to a quieter area in the back.

There is a small room with some seats laid out and we all sat down, kind of in a semi circle. We’d been calling out for a while and feeling as if we were not alone.

I can’t even begin to explain the amount of disembodied voices we heard with our own ears and the majority of them seemed to be coming from a female.

It was like a distant moan, singing and even what sounded like a hiss.

We actually picked up a lot of this on the camera’s audio as Luke was filming for the entire night.

A lot of us also saw shadows in this area. I guess what’s so amazing is that we didn’t even need to use equipment here, we were able to pick up on everything with our own ears and senses.

This can be a really rare occurrence on investigations, so I was pretty impressed!

I had a particular experience here after we’d moved from the back room and ventured up this flight of stairs into one of the ‘loft‘ areas. Paul had previously told us that in this particular area, whatever spirit was up here seemed to gravitate towards women.

We’d only been up there for less than a few minutes when I heard someone whisper my name…..

‘Vicky’

I instantly said that I heard it and thank god Luke was filming as he captured it! You’ll be able to see that in my video at the end of the write up.

In this Area Kim also heard something whisper into her ear.

Still in the same area, we decided to use the K2.

We actually had two of them, Kim was holding one and my Dad was holding the other, only a few inches away from each other.

We began to receive intelligent responses.

The K2 would light up for ‘Yes‘ when we asked questions.

But want to hear the really compelling part?

It was only Kim’s K2 that would respond. The other one that was just a few inches away did not even flicker! So IF this was a plane flying overhead or some random burst of energy, then why did it not light them both up? Surely it would.

I’d love someone to explain this to me, as honestly, I was baffled. 

During this session, we managed to find out the spirit was male and that he was a part of the army and his rank was lieutenant. We also established he was with a female spirit.

We played some old time war music for them and asked if they were dancing to which he responded yes. I was also using the Ovilus at this time and when asking who the lady was, it said the name ‘Mandy‘ (I got pretty excited over that intelligent response!)

Again, all of the above was captured on film and it’s available in Breaking Paranormal’s video.

 


 

For the second part of the investigation, we ventured down the 90 steps (again lol)

This area is deep underground and at the bottom of the steps is a tunnel.

You then walk up more steps to get to an area where the soldiers in the Fort would use as a firing point, this is where the room to the graffiti leads off.

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We actually started investigating just outside of the room with the graffiti.

In this first area again, we began to hear disembodied voices, both male and female.

There was a REM pod on the ground as well a ball which lights up when touched.

We’d kinda all moved into the middle of the room holding hands to build the energy and we were calling out when the ball behind us suddenly lit up.

Honestly, we were not expecting it. It was just a flash of light out of nowhere and we all kinda huddled together hugging whilst Kim (one of a kind) clapped her hands thinking it was amazing!

(It’s actually really funny in the video as I launch as Kim’s mum and jump hug her! I’m sure she was thinking, what the hell? sorrrrrry) 

After we’d composed ourselves we continued to call out again.

This time venturing out into the main area where the stairs are. In this area we persuaded Tammy (as she had a loud voice) to do some roleplay techniques to see if we could get activity. She began to yell out pretending she was a Sargent and that everyone needed to get to their posts as the ‘Gerry’s‘ were coming.

This probably sounds ridiculous.. BUT IT WORKS. 

You wouldn’t believe how much we had happen after this! Which is why I’m so glad that Luke was filming and it was picked up on video. The voices, the loud bangs.

It really seemed to rattle something, that’s for sure.


 

My amazing experience.

 

A lot of you may have seen on social media that I stated I had the most terrifying and amazing experience at Fort Horsted.

WELL, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED..

We’d actually decided to investigate the small tunnel at the bottom of those 90 steps.

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Now, I can’t even begin to put into words what I saw, so I thought it best to try and explain face to face in a video. It’s just easier for me that way.

In this video, you will see the explanation of the experience in question, as well as a few clips of evidence from above that was previously captured.

(My name being whispered, The ball getting triggered and also a strange voice we captured right before I had my personal experience.)

PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO. 

 

 

So what did I see exactly?

A man. He was young, looked in his twenties, he had thick black hair and it was swept to the side. No facial hair. I looked into his eyes.. they were dark, but I could see the whites of them. He didn’t have an expression and for that split second I saw him, he was looking directly at me.

I did contemplate trying to draw a picture of him, but I’m terrible (It’d look like a stick man) All I can say is, he had a thin face. He didn’t look evil or anything like that, he just looked like a normal person.

And then he was gone in the blink of an eye. 

After hearing the voice in the footage which sounded like ‘Ich‘ in German (to me) I can only wonder if the man that spoke a few seconds before was the man that I saw….

As I mention in my Video Log above..

Yes, this had changed my opinion on the paranormal, people can call me mad, but I KNOW what I saw and I will NEVER forget it.

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life….

 

so far! 


 

Kim from Breaking Paranormal UK also put together a FULL investigation video of the night, they captured some awesome stuff.

As the video it’s now available on YouTube I have posted it here & you can watch this below!

Kim also wrote on their own blog about their experiences of the night. You can find the post link below and it’s really interesting to read what happened from Team to Team. There is also some EVP’s that a guest (Ashley) captured.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW KIMS BLOG


 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you all. These experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Fort Horsted is a place I will never forget.

 

 

Wow.

I’m going to finish this blog on a fun note.

For those of you that have watched the new all female Ghostbusters…

The reaction from 41 seconds onwards is pretty much me right now.

 

😉

Until next time,

Happy Hunting.

 

Blog written and edited by Vicky Grant. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Shades Of Spectre.

Hi everyone!

So before you continue to read this post I feel like I have to include some kind of disclaimer here for what is about to follow on this blog. This is intended in all good fun and for adults only. So if you’re underage or easily offended turn back now! 


 

So I guess the question is, Have you ever had a ghost give you the willies? Well, I think I can honestly say that after this investigation, we certainly have!

Last night (22/11/2018) Myself and a few friends (Nick Stoppani, Miki York, Gaynor Cassie Issitt and Alyson Cheshire) decided we would all meet up and go investigate The Grace Dieu Priory in Leicestershire!

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L-R Alyson, Nick, Gaynor, Myself and Miki.

Now, I didn’t actually intend to write a blog on this originally, but due to a certain photo that was captured on the evening, I decided to go ahead and post that along with a few of the other pictures and an explanation of how it all happened.

You may have seen a few statuses floating around on social media saying it looked as if we captured a ‘ghost penis

THIS IS NO JOKE! (well it is! because it’s funny, but honestly, it’s really what it looks like and you will see what I mean below)

BUT FIRST…

Here is all of the other pictures I took on the night with my full spectrum camera.

 

SO! As you can see from the photos above there is not ONE strange mist in any of the pictures I took throughout the night. There was a total of 21 pictures all together. 


Then we have the actual picture in question….

The Spectral Schlong, The Phantom Phallus, Ectogasm, Haunted Horn, Spooky Sausage, Bewitched Wang, Boogeyman’s boner and last but not least Pareidickolia!

(Thanks to my dirty minded friends for the titles! always appreciated!)

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I know you can see it already.. BUT LET’S ZOOM IN ANYWAY!

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*giggle*


 

I noticed this as soon as the photo was taken as it flashed up on my screen! My instant thought was ‘omg, it’s a ghost dick pic‘ and upon showing it to Miki, it received the exact same reaction! 

So after we all had a good laugh of what it actually can be assumed to be, we decided to try and debunk the mist in the photo in case it was my breath that had caused it all in the first place. (BTW I was alone when I took the photo as I’d wandered off, so if it was going to be anyone that caused it, it would have been me.) and yes, I know that sounds completely in the gutter again… but you got this far, so why stop now? 

I went back to stand where I originally took the pic and breathed out and snapped a photo. (Miki can also vouch for this as he was stood right next to me when I did it!)

This was the photo of my breath..

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Absolutely nothing! Maybe a tiny bit of mist but nothing compared to the other one!

I also had a before picture too. So you can now see the EXACT order of which I took them.

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First Photo.
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Second Photo.
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Third photo (Whilst breathing out to try and debunk)

 

WELL…

There you have it guys! I hope the actual picture brought a smile to your face as I know we all found it extremely funny on the night!

Is the mist actually paranormal? No idea! After trying to debunk it I guess it makes it a little stranger! I think this capture is going to be something memorable for the rest of my life. They say there is a first time for everything….

And for those cleaner minds out there, it’s also been referred to as a ‘hoof‘ and maybe ‘an arm with a mitten on the endBUT SERIOUSLY GUYS .. We all know what it REALLY looks like don’t we?

It was even suggested to me that it looks as if a hand is somehow grasping it….

But I’ll leave you with that thought and you can make of it as you will!


All in all, it was an absolutely brilliant night and great to investigate and catch up with everyone.

Miki was actually doing a lot of filming and apart from the giggles we had, In all seriousness we captured some amazing responses and evidence.

I’m sure he will probably put a video together so I won’t say anything about it for now! 

Just keep your eyes peeled for that one soon!

Until next time

Happy Hunting…

😀

Blog written and photos taken by Vicky Grant.

Bosworth Hall.

Hi everyone! Welcome to the next investigation installment blog.

For this blog we traveled to Market Bosworth to Investigate the magnificent Bosworth Hall Hotel where we attended an event on Halloween night being run by Haunted Live.

This was my second investigation here in 2018 and I had such a great experience the first time around I knew I had to go back and investigate it again when given the chance on Halloween night!

As this was an event we were split down into three small teams..

So to get a more accurate idea of what activity was received on the night from team to team I got into contact with the HauntedLive lads and they agreed to write up there own personal experiences of the night and they will be guest featuring on this blog.

We also have Sam Littlejohns from The ParaAngels who was a guest on the evening and she was also kind enough to get involved.


 

Before we begin, let’s hear a little more about the history and the ghost stories of Bosworth Hall!

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The main house which is known as Bosworth Hall was built in 1682 after the land was inherited by the Dixie Family. The Dixie family have records which date right back to the 12th century so there is quite a lot of history that has passed through this building.

Unfortunately for them, they lost their fortune in the early 1880’s due to gambling debts and they were forced to sell their estate.

Although the Dixies did maintain close connections to Bosworth Hall as they served as governors for it’s grammar school.

In 1885 the estate was purchased by Charles Tollemache Scott and he made many changes to building. The cellar gates were replaced with cell doors from the Newgate Prison in London. The gate is still there, situated at the entrance to the Newgate bar.

Scott’s daughter went on to sell the estate in 1913 where it changed hands several times before becoming a part of the leicestershire county council where it was converted into a hospital and it would stay as this right up until the 1980’s.

Many soldiers have passed through it’s doors and some did not make it out alive. This is just one of the reason’s why Boswroth Hall is reputed to be so haunted.

After the closure of the Hospital in the 1980’s it was then that it was converted into the hotel that it is today. The present hotel has 210 bedrooms, a health and leisure club, restaurants and a bar. It also has conference and banqueting facilities.

With such a vast amount of history, it’s unsurprising that the Hall is reputed to be extremely haunted!

But what are some of the ghost stories?

Many guests who have checked in to the hotel have reported paranormal activity. Anything from shadows being witnessed in their rooms to objects being moved or thrown with no reasonable explanation.

The most famous of ghost stories is that of the Ann Dixie, Known as ‘The Grey Lady’.

The story goes that she fell in love with the gardeners son and her father did not approve. It is said that her father had set ‘man-traps’ on the grounds of the estate to stop the two from meeting in secret, but one night, Ann herself stumbled into one of the traps.

It is said that she suffered horrific injuries but somehow managed to drag herself from the gardens and back to her room where she evidently bled to death. The sighting of this ‘gray lady‘ has been seen on multiple occasions at the hall and upon its grounds. Some believe she is a restless spirit looking for her lost love, or even to exact  revenge upon her father.

 


 

My Experiences at Bosworth Hall.

 

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L-R Simon, Paul, Andy, Myself, Jason & James.

 

Halloween 2018 was my second visit and investigation at the magnificent Bosworth Hall, the first was at a summer solstice event I attended in June.

Before I move on to talking about my experiences on the Halloween event, I wanted to briefly fill you in on some of the activity we had received in June.

On this event I was in a small group with Team leader Jason Wall of HauntedLive. 

We started out in one of the upstairs conference rooms and we had some amazing activity with the REM pod. I remember this particularly well because I have been using the REM Pod myself for many years and honestly, for me, It’s really rare to see it go off!

It has an antenna on the top which is activated by touch and it has an EMF field. We had set this down in the middle of the room and everyone was stood back asking questions. It didn’t do anything for the first ten minutes or so, that was until my dad (yes, that’s right my dad! who loves ghost hunting) started to ask questions and it began to respond.

We’d established that the spirit was male through this form of communication. Lighting up for when the answer was yes and staying off for when it was no. After multiple questions, we found out the spirit was around fifty years of age and he was also once a soldier who was brought to the hospital.
I was thinking at the time, Hospital? what? Myself wondering if there was one around here as Jason had asked the question. I had gone into this investigation completely blind and had not looked up the history at this point, which is something I will do from time to time.

Jason then went on to explain that it was used as a hospital at one point and that we were standing in what use to be one of the wards!

It kind of shocked me a little bit as when we had first walked into this room, I remember thinking it smelt like a hospital. It only lasted for a few seconds and it was just a feeling I got and that sense soon passed. It’s not often I pick up on things so for me this was a really profound experience and one I remember very well.

During the evening of the summer solstice we had a lot of activity throughout the different areas which is the entire reason I wanted to go back. As soon I saw HauntedLive were doing an event there again, we were booked on and ready for round two!

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For the Halloween event we were split down into small teams and this time I was teamed up with Paul Stevenson and James Pykett.

We’d started out in a downstairs conference room.

Their was some chairs scattered around the room and we’d all sat in a kind of a ‘half circle‘. Some of the guests in our team had EMF meter devices which were placed onto the ground and I also had an EMF trigger object bear. The devices had been sat on the ground for a really long time with nothing happening and on this evening there was a choir practicing in the room next door (as it’s an active working hotel) and we could faintly hear them singing. (talk about eerie!)

What’s strange to me is that as soon as they started to sing, the activity in the room would flare up. The devices on the ground would start to pick up on a high EMF frequency which wasn’t there before, some of them even going all the way up to red.

We had one device on the left side, so I took out my own EMF meter and placed it on the right.

We asked whoever we were interacting with to move between the two and it did. We had them lighting up from left to right on command as well as using the EMF trigger object bear being as a lady in our team at the time was picking up on a small child. We also had a few names comes through, Harry and Gina being the main two that I remember fairly well.

After all of the activity with the EMF devices we then swapped our area and we headed down into what I would call ‘the judges room‘. It’s a very small official room downstairs with a large table in the middle and chairs, which we all sat around.

From the moment we’d stepped into this room I didn’t like it. It just had this darker feel to the rest of the hotel. Again, just something I personally sensed.

Paul and James had the Alice Box device running (which is similar to the ovilus and gives out phonetic words) and it started to say some disturbing phrases like ‘Hell, Demon, Hung, poltergeist‘ which was completely different to the words we’d received in the other room only moments ago.

I was sat on the far back of the room towards the wall and it felt as if someone had taken their hand and ran it along a whisp of my hair across my forehead. I could feel the static electricity from this and it caused me to turn and look around. No one was there as we were all seated. I actually ignored it the first time and carried on. Then it happened again, but this time it felt like someone had actually touched the top of my head. I could even feel the fingers!

This was when I said something, letting everyone know I had just been touched as it was so prominent for me. A few seconds after me saying this, the lady who was sat in front of me said she thought she’d saw a very tall shadow lurking around my chair and then the Alice box said ‘Victoria‘ !! Which is my full first name!

This was amazing to me, that I’d felt something touch my head, someone saw a shadow around me and then the Alice Box said my name.

We all then tried to see if the spirit was connected to me, or maybe they had taken a liking to me, but nothing along those lines made sense. A lot of people in this room reported feeling uncomfortable and particularly a few also said they saw shadows around the room which seemed to be moving between us. We were also using these ‘light up trigger balls‘ (lol) which had been placed on the ground. You literally have to touch them for the sensor to go off which makes them flash and they had triggered a few times in this room whilst we were calling out.

After a short break and a Flapjack (YES I finally got a flapjack this time and hot chocolate, it was great!) We went upstairs to investigate the bridal suite. This was a new area for me because the last time we were at the hotel the room was booked out so we didn’t get a chance to investigate it.

Firstly, the room is absolutely stunning but it’s also known to be one of the most haunted rooms in the hotel and also it’s reported to be the room that Ann Dixie died in.

Inside it’s two separate rooms, one which is ‘kind of‘ a living area as well as the actual bedroom. We started in the living area and didn’t receive much activity so we moved to the bedroom and scattered ourselves out. Again we had the Alice box running and it actually came out with the word ‘bride‘ and ‘Anne‘ A few people in the room were sensing that their was something in the bathroom so we split up.

A couple of the guests went into the bathroom with James and we were sat outside still calling out. I actually heard the bathroom door handle move, so I thought they were coming out.

It was a few seconds after this that James came out to ask who was coming in….

All of us were sat down, but somehow the door handle had managed to ‘creek‘ on its own. That was really odd considering i’d also heard this myself with only being a few feet away from the door.

For the final parts of the investigation, we decided to go back down to the ‘judges room‘ again. We’d had quite a few experiences in here earlier. This time I sat on the opposite side of the table to where I was previously and what’s interesting is, the lady who was sat where I was before reported feeling touched on the head!

Not only this, but James also experienced the same thing. My dad was sat on the desk behind us, and it’s not very often he speaks up and says anything as he’s a kind of an ‘open minded sceptic‘ but he said it felt like the table was shaking that he was sat on.

Jame’s had put his hand on the table and could feel the same thing, though it probably only lasted for less than a minute, it was really weird. There seemed to be a certain corner in the room on the left side that people would see the same shadow, it could only be described as a ‘monk‘ as it looked like it had a hood. I personally did not witness this myself, but a few others did at the same time and said the same thing.

Not only did we investigate the hotel but also the grounds which are reputed to be extremely haunted. Whilst I did not witness anything unusual when we were investigating outside, I really enjoyed walking up to the old water tower and seeing the amazing scenery. It was eerily spooky at night even more so on Halloween!

Bosworth Hall did not fail to disappoint again with activity and I’ll definitely be returning in 2019 at some point.

The spirits inside of it’s walls seem very eager to communicate with the investigators, It can only make me wonder what else we will uncover in the future and then maybe we will able to piece together the stories that they are trying to tell!

 

Here are some photos I took from the previous event at Bosworth Hall!

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Andy Soar of HauntedLive was in a different team to myself on the evening and as mentioned I wanted to get a perspective from each team. He was kind enough to write up the experiences they had, here is what he had to say!

The Hallowen II event at Bosworth Hall did not disappoint. The unpolitically correct title – Team SPAS (Simon and Andy) had the task of starting off in the upstairs conference room. We had the Plasma Ball, Afterlight box and the SLS camera setup in there along with Jason’s flashy balls and a KII. In fairness, it was a little quiet at first and took a while for the energies to build up. In a very warm room, we experienced cold spots, Sam and Maxine from ParaAngels picked up on a distressed female in the corner of the room. They had an Alice box running and School Mistress was one of the words that came through. In this first session, there wasn’t too much to report in all fairness. That would change in a later session where Sam and Maxine opted to return accompanied by me whilst Si venture to the Bridal suite. More on this later. Not for the first time the numbers 3 and 7 featured prominently on both of the ITC devices.

This was the first opportunity to investigate the Cellar area at Bosworth. It felt a little restricted, Afterlight didn’t yield anything of any real value despite being perched near the second door from Newgate Prison. It may warrant further study but with a substantially smaller group. We opted to investigate the Dysart Room next, a room which always feels like more should happen than it does. The odd bump here and there. This time however, one of the flashy balls intermittently went off on the far table, shadows and movement around the door near to the other door from Newgate and the table itself, to those sat around it, felt like it was moving. Temperature dips here and there and some good banter made this room feel a little more active than before. One of the guests Nadia, seemed to be getting very good responses from calling out and did for quite a lot of the night.

I have to say, I quite like room 134, the one that’s now believed to more likely have housed the dying Anna Dixie. Yet again, we experienced the chain on the door looking like it moves by being touched rather than pendulously as a result of the door closing. Taps in the bathroom, temperature changes and a few good words coming through the devices. But arguably not too much else.

After the hot chocolate break, the groups split. As I mentioned earlier, I opted to sit in with the Maxine and Sam as they very much felt they had unfinished business in the conference room. And in all honesty, they were right. Each time that I went to a certain spot at the fireplace, I felt a charge, hairs on my arms standing on end. Each time this happened to me, there appeared to be some sort of transference to a creepy male spirit behaving in a pervy manner with Maxine. Sam caught a number of light anomalies during this time and showed me an epic capture from earlier in the evening as Maxine stood in front of one of the main mirrors looking transfigured. A remarkable photo as it’s only the area around her that was affected. At one point I chose to sit down and experienced pressure on my neck and shoulders as though I was being forcibly held down. Moments later it dissipated and I felt okay again. This area the second time was the highlight for me and the energy those two brought was fantastic to work with. A couple of times I did poke my head around the door only to see all sorts of stuff kicking off on the REM Pod – all lights being lit up and what looked to be a very happy bunch of guests.

Seeing and hearing accounts from the other groups, I know that this Halloween event was great for the majority of guests and I look forward to returning to do it again in 2019.


Sam Littlejohns from the ParaAngels was also in Andy and Simon’s team on the night and she captured a rather amazing photo which you can see at the end of her write up. Not only this, but she also sent me along a video of some strange light anomalies. Here is Sam’s account of evening!


What an amazing place Bosworth Hall Hotel is!

Two members of ParaAngels team attended. We are not mediums but we do have sensitivities that we are listening to a lot more during investigations. Our best equipment is ourselves.

We started in a large stately room. Set up for dining this room was foreboding with a large fireplace and 2 large mirrors.

Upon entering the room I felt the energy of a female. She was stood in a far corner just watching us. After a few moments I was hit with a feeling of utter sadness. At this point I started to use the dowsing Rods. The information I gained:

  • Nanny
  • Not worried
  • Sadness
  • Died here
  • 1710
  • School mistress
  • Poverty

Maxine was also picking up on an anxiety feeling with the same female energy and a pressure in her head which was confirmed by Simon a HauntedLive member, who felt the same.

We returned to this room at the end of the night to see if we could communicate with this lady but when we had gone in we immediately noticed the feeling had changed.

A male energy was now present. At the side of the fireplace had become ‘charged’ with energy which was tangible. A lecherous man who Maxine felt was touching her. During this time we were filming and caught some light anomalies that seemed to back up what Maxine was feeling. Upon reviewing some pictures took earlier in this room I caught a black mass near one of the mirrors.

Downstairs in a small meeting room we saw shadows pass by a large glass window to an empty corridor and also felt taps on the table and felt footsteps that actually made the floor ‘bounce’.


Here is the mysterious photo that Sam captured of a strange black figure / mist forming by a mirror in the upstairs conference room.

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Photo taken at Bosworth Hall Hotel by the ParaAngels.

 

This is the video she also provided (Thanks Sam)

I particularly find the part from around 36 seconds very interesting. You will see a strange light anomaly (definitely does not look like dust or a bug) whisping in-between the two people stood in the video. It almost looks like it’s bouncing between the two before it completely disappears!  STRANGE!


 

Jason Wall of HauntedLive who was in the third and final team has also provided us with his experiences of the evening!

Here’s what he had to say!

Bosworth Hall Hotel. Just the name itself is enough the make the HauntedLIVE team a little excited. This is the location of our very first public event, Halloween 2017, and a year to the day we were back to celebrate our first anniversary back at where it all began.

There are so many different layers of history in and around Bosworth. Not just the land, where the famous battle took place but in the hotel itself. From a family home with a dark story to cloud the magnificence of the building, to a hospital where lives started and were taken away, even after a year of investigations, we are only touching the surface of what we believe is there.

For their sins, my team, or team Jason no mates, as we were affectionately (I hope) called began in the cellar area. This was a first, no teams had previously been allowed into this part of the hotel on the events before. The cramped and restricted space made the area feel oppressive to some degree; however, it was eased by the fact that the lighting could not be switched off and there was a constant background noise from the working hotel staff. From an investigation perspective, although of interest to the guests it was not a great space to focus our energies on so we quickly moved to the smaller Dysart conference room on the ground floor.

The Dysart room, situated on the ground floor of the hotel, was in a previous life a justice room. People were bought in, sentenced and taken away again to serve whatever punishment was given as quickly as it took to read this sentence. Scary really!

Although we tried calling out and had several EVP sessions, there were no immediate responses to what we were trying to achieve. As we continued our calling out though, we slowly felt the atmosphere change in the room and a pattern started to develop with how the K2 meters lighting up. Placed on opposite corners of the table they were bizarrely reacting in almost perfect symmetry even at a distance of 2 meters away from one another. Two of the group, sat in the furthest corner of the room both felt or were aware of a presence around where they were sat. Whether this affected our the team mind-set is unsure, as we all collectively experienced what we believed to be a change in temperature and slight draft move around the table. It was as if someone were moving around, checking the team out. It was only after this, from the opposite corner of the room to where the presence was felt, and interestingly where the second K2 was placed making themselves known with we thought to be a slight knock, not once but at least twice, maybe three times. For a 25 minute quick vigil we all came away from the room thinking this was the start of something more for the night.

Vigil 3 & 4 were in the bigger ground and first floor conference rooms. I have combined these two vigils because, at this point some of the guests believed we had the same spirit follow us from the Dysart room. Lucy, who herself is experienced in investigations believed that the spirit from the smaller room was moving around us initially in the large room downstairs. We sat in a circle, with the K2 meters again with the same people as before and the motion sensor ball in the centre of the team. The ball was set off a number of times, and despite us trying to debunk this, it was clear that without us being obvious with our movement or stomping loudly that we could not make the ball light up. As earlier, the K2 meters were once again working in tandem around the same people as before. Interestingly, the REM pod, situated away from us was silent. When we moved upstairs to what I find the most active of the conference rooms, things changed. Lucy was last to enter the room, however just before she was about to step inside she stopped and held the door open for someone she thought was behind her and part of the team. There was nobody there.

In order to try to confirm if we were communicating with the same spirit from downstairs we replicated the vigil from downstairs. Sat in a circle, with K2 with the same guests and the motion ball in the centre. What we experienced was the same K2, the same ball movement again. This time with specific responses to lead us to believe that whoever was there was the same spirit as in the Dysart room, and the larger conference room on ground floor. This re-enforced what the team already thought. What is interesting is that as we were about to start the vigil, a photo was taken of the room with the door to the room in shot, this shows when zoomed in what could be taken as the face of a person. The face is very high when measured against the height of the door, and it is easy to make out features of a man.

Is this pareidolia or is it the face of the person Lucy felt the presence of and saw standing behind her when she went to enter the room? That is open to discussion. All we can say about our experiences within the building is that they were consistent throughout the evening!

After refuelling on copious amounts of hot chocolate and snacks (if you ever join us on this event make sure you have a brownie and flapjack, get in before Simon and Vicky though or you will be out of luck, I speak from experience!), we had our last vigil outside in the gardens of the hotel.

Just beyond the building, there is a set of trees close to the stream. One of the first trees we come across is set in a circle, surrounded by bushes and appears to be set out similarly to other locations investigated where witchcraft and sacrifices took place. Previously we had great activity in the this area and as then, the first initial feeling was of being watched. This feeling and some strange noises around the team ensured that we all unknowingly closed in together to form a tight circle. There were clear movements that could be clearly heard by all the team behind the tree, where the greenery had disappeared as the colder season had taken hold. The fact the plants and bushes were bare meant we could see there were no animals to make those noises and most of the team agreed that the sounds were more like footsteps and movement attributed to human rather than animal. Alice backed up these claims by coming up with the words, died here and more chillingly, not at rest when we asked if this was a soldier from the battles that had been nearby. It is an area of the event that needs more investigation work.

Once again, Bosworth Hall had not disappointed, repeated activity around certain team members and a photograph of a face that raised even more questions. None of us can wait to return and explore more of the mystery of this fascinating location.


Paul Stevenson who was in my Team on the night has also contributed to the blog, Talking about what it’s like to investigate with the HauntedLive team and being at Bosworth Hall! Here’s what he had to say!

 

BOZ, BACK OF HOUSE, BEHIND THE SCENES!!

When Vicky asked us to write about the Halloween Ghost Hunt at Bosworth, I just knew I had to be different, not just because I knew that most of the other guys would want to write a piece about what happened and what went off (and rightly so), and the one thing you don’t want to read is repeat, after repeat, after repeat. But also, because different is good, different is cool and different is just simply me, pure and chuffing simple.

This was our 4th ghost hunt at Bosworth Hall, and our 2nd Halloween event and to cut a long story short, you advertise an event, people pay to go on said event, people turn up for said event, you do the said event, you chat and mingle with people during the said event, the said event finishes, you wish everyone well and then everyone goes and the said event finishes. As I said that’s the short version.

A lot goes into planning an event to make it run the best it can, from the beginning to the end and everything in between, and if you’re thinking by planning we mean “fish wire”, guests being dragged upstairs by ghost ropes and the Hall’s kitchen knives being flung around the rooms like it is an audition for Britain’s Got Talent, you are very sadly mistaken.

For HauntedLIVE we are five very different types, all good mates, different in personality, different in skills and different in life in general BUT that’s what makes it work, we think.

We’ve been doing events at Bosworth for just over a year now and WE LOVE IT, the location, the history, the fact that we are the first people do to this kind of thing at Bosworth Hall and of course, our working relationship with the people at Bosworth Hall, add all those into the mix and we truly believe Boz (our nickname for it) is simply one of the best places to investigate.

With this event (and all events to be fair), our design guru, Andy, aka The Haunted Guy designed yet another cracking advert poster for the event, we are all old enough and ugly enough to realise that marketing and promo plays an important role in any sales for the event.

So, the advert gets placed on social media, the main three being Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and interest in the event happens fairly straight away, then sales follow, deposits or full payments, entirely the customer’s choice and then the event starts to fill up, we limit the number to 30, as we think this works, given the amount of teams that we split the group into and also the areas that we are given access too. We could sell 40 or 50 but to us that’s not customer effective in our opinion, each to their own, I guess. We, as I am sure other companies do like to make the payment process as quick and easy as possible, as it should be, email confirmations are sent out, any news updates re: the event / Boz / what we are doing gets sent to them, just to make them aware that we thank them for their custom and it’s not just a case of pay, turn up and go.

So, the event becomes SOLD OUT and preparations start for it, we do a recce at Boz just to see what locations work best, what have worked best in the past, what new locations and areas are available and obviously discussions with Ruth at Boz re: food, logistics and all that behind the scenes stuff that we like to make sure is bang on. We all know that on an event, anything can happen, such is the beauty of the paranormal but back of house we like to have things set in place so that we can deal with any issues should they arise.

As an event location, Boz is getting use to us and we are getting use to Boz, none of us know if the ghosts and spirits of a location have to feel safe and comfortable before attempting to possibly communicate but hand on heart, every time we have ran an event here the activity has grown, yes quieter in some areas but overall the crescendo in activity has increased.

The guests, the paying public are the Kings & Queens of the event, we are merely the servants for the evening, some may say court jesters. It is their night, it is their event, we are there to help, to explain, to interact, to make everyone feel comfortable and (at times) to go “wow, WTF was that, did anyone else hear that?”.

I could have gone on and on about how the five of us all work differently in the paranormal, how we like to mix up who each of us team up with, how we like to test ourselves, how we like to try to give a paranormal experience like no other without the need to fake, to spoof or to stage anything, but I won’t as I believe Andy has written a thesis and Jason and James have pitched in with their encyclopaediac pieces.

All paranormal event companies are different, we don’t profess to be the best, to be the most fun, the most experienced, we just want all of the guests to have an enjoyable time on our events, maybe to have picked up some paranormal activity, but also to have had a laugh, to have some bloody fantastic food (at Boz) and to have met new friends and to go home thinking “you know what those HauntedLIVE lads, they aren’t bad you know”.

#DontBeNormal BE PARANORMAL!!


 

To finish this blog I am going to post a Poem that James Pykett from HauntedLive wrote about the Halloween event. It pretty much sums everything up in a lighthearted and fun way!

 

There is a Hall named Bosworth where I spent Old Hallows Eve,
I walked around it’s haunted grounds as leaves fell from the trees,
I went inside to start the night and felt all warm inside,
With food laid out and drinks a plenty – my stomach I could not hide!

We started in a big old room with nervousness in the air,
As lights lit up and beeps were heard we knew that they were near,
It wasn’t long before we changed as there was so much more to see,
I even stopped at the haunted toilets to let out a little wee…

The Bridal suite is where we went even though we weren’t to wed,
As the handle turned with no-one there – was it all just in my head?
Paul sat awkwardly near the window whilst Vicky pushed for more,
Asking questions over and over like the sea returns to shore,

Next was Dysart, cold and dark with panelling all around,
“If you can hear us tap the wall – so we can hear your sound!”
Violent words flashed up on Alice which put us on high alert,
Vicky was tapped, and I was touched but luckily, we weren’t hurt.

After a break we went upstairs to investigate some more,
With two Alice’s running, and innuendos we were left rolling around the floor!
As it got dark we switched it up and decided to go outside,
The dark trees stood there all imposing for the spirits and ghosts to hide.

We shared stories like long lost friends and stumbled along a trail,
Knowing full well that this amazing night will be told in future tales,
I don’t think we have even scratched the surface, but friends I see you all,
I love this place more and more – The amazing Bosworth Hall!


I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the guest writers on this blog for getting involved and sharing their wonderful experiences with everyone!

 

HauntedLive have exclusive Ghost Hunting events with Bosworth Hall so if you ever wish to investigate this magnificent place they have now announced the dates for 2019 and you’re able to book on!

Just visit their website HERE for more details!

It is also a fully functioning hotel so you can book a room and stay there yourself! (I have to admit, the rooms are very beautiful!)

For more information on this you can visit the hotel’s website HERE!

 

But, Until next time

Happy Hunting!

(Blog written by Vicky Grant and guest edited by Paul Stevenson, Andy Soar, Jason Wall, James Pykett and Sam Littlejohns.) 

Paranormal Lockdown UK.

Hi everyone!

First of all happy #HauntedThursday to all of the #HauntedThursdayFamily! 

(and if you read this after Thursday, you can ignore that! ha!) 

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Now I know most of you including myself are saddened by the fact that we reached the final episode of Paranormal Lockdown UK!

SO! With that in mind I thought it’d be cool to do a rundown of the locations that Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman visited whilst here in the UK as well as do a re-cap on some of the amazing activity and evidence they captured!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Paranormal Lockdown fan and I have been from the very beginning of the series. I have a massive amount of respect for both Nick and Katrina and I admire the way the two investigate with a totally no BS approach. They are always finding new ways to experiment within the paranormal field with innovative inventions which prove to catch some amazing evidence! (Shout out to Elizabeth Saint the baddass gadget guru!)


 

FOR THIS BLOG we were lucky enough to get an exclusive quote from the main man himself Nick, Where he spoke about his time here in the UK.

 

Here’s what he had to say! 

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So, there we have it guys! It’s great to see that Nick was impressed with the locations that he visited whilst over here in jolly old’ England. (Fingers crossed that the two will be coming back very soon for another paranormal adventure!)


Now, let’s re-cap on some of the amazing evidence and locations from this season!

 

Below you will find a list of each location that Katrina and Nick visited and investigated whilst over here in the UK. I have also included the websites where appropriate so you can catch up on the history and discover more about the hauntings. (PS, Not every location has a website or detailed history as some are privately owned, But I did a little digging online and those will be accompanied by a short write up.)

I have also included a detailed re-cap of some of my favorite evidence that was captured throughout the series!

SO FYI – If you have yet to see the series…

spoilers ahead!

 


Episode one – Shepton Mallet Prison.

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Location: Somerset.
Website & History:  Click Here

Shepton Mallet highlights.

  • A lot of shadow figures witnessed in the courtyard from both Nick and Katrina which is a regular phenomenon reported to happen at the prison.
  • Captured on film – very clearly a cell door was heard slamming in ‘A’ wing. This was also where Nick had extremely disturbed sleep due to continuous banging and footsteps. An EVP was rolling throughout the night which captured unexplained voices.
  • Evidence in reference to ‘The Kray Twins’ (who were once imprisoned at Shepton Mallet) — via the Geoport.
  • A ‘hiss’ was clearly heard as Nick entered one of the oldest underground jail cells.
  • Amazing response on the Geoport from a spirit named ‘Cassandra’ which clearly said the words ‘I don’t want to die’.

 


 

Episode Two – Drakelow Tunnels.

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Location: Kidderminster.
Website and History: Click Here

Drakelow Tunnels highlights.

  • Unexplained footsteps and noises were heard and caught of film throughout the tunnels and they both heard what sounded like a ‘group’ of peoples ‘footsteps’ bounding towards them with no reasonable explanation.
  • Great responses on the Geoport.
  • Nick experienced battery drainage on his devices whilst alone and felt a presence. He then captured a very clear figure (of what looked like a man) walking behind him and turning into another tunnel.
  • Light panel experiment and after life box showed great results.

 


 

Episode Three – The Royal Oak Pub.

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Location: Winchester.
Website: Click Here
Hauntings: With the building being used a courthouse and a hospital for soldiers in the past, its unsurprising that the royal oak pub holds so much energy within it’s walls. It is said that the former landlady and her daughter passed away in the property and the current owners believe their to be some kind of ‘vortex’ to the spirit realm which is why the activity is so hot at this location. Not only that but it’s also believed to be haunted by  ‘Jack Stevens’ and his family.

Royal Oak pub highlights.

  • Nick and Katrina both documented feeling an oppressive energy as well as static electricity.
  • Unexplained banging from the downstairs rooms.
  • French responses captured on the Geoport believed to be that of soldiers as well as references to a baby.
  • Katrina experienced disturbed sleep sensing a darker energy and a flickering light was caught on film whilst in the vortex room as well as random bursts of extremely high EMF readings on the TriField meter.

 


 

Episode Four – The Abandoned Park Hotel.

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Location: Morecambe
Website: n/a
Hauntings: Built in the 1900’s The Park hotel served as a fully functioning hotel for many years. The site is now abandoned and tales of horrific ghost stories have emerged. A lot of deaths have been reported in the hotels history and a lot of people believe the souls of these spirits to still be trapped inside of it’s walls.

Abandoned park hotel highlights.

  • Katrina reported feeling an uncomfortable and oppressive feeling in the upstairs parlor room.
  • Sounds of banging and footsteps heard from the upstairs rooms.
  • Extremely loud and powerful disembodied ‘scream’ from a woman was picked up on the cameras audio with no logical explanation.
  • Great intelligent responses via the phonetic audio device.
  • A door closed on Nick and this was caught on film.
  • Stick figure was caught using 3D mapping camera and they received intelligent interaction with the light panels.
  • Reference to witches was made using the Geoport.

 


 

Episode Five – Skegness Hell House.

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Location: Skegness.
Website: n/a
Hauntings: The Skegness Hell house has become increasingly popular with paranormal investigators over the last few years. This seemingly normal suburban house in the heart of Skegness supposedly holds an entity so terrible that it has received reference to The Enfield Haunting and 30 east drive. The family who once lived in the property have been subjected to a terrifying haunting for over the last twenty years.

Skegness Hell House Highlights.

  • Both Nick and Katrina documented smelling a ‘sulfur’ like odor which can be a sign of a demonic presence.
  • Unexplained banging captured throughout the home.
  • Nick reported feeling dizzy and felt the entity was trying to attach to him.
  • Great experiment with the E.E.G to monitor Nicks brain activity whilst he slept in Sylvia’s room. Documented vivid and intense dreams.
  • Intelligent responses via the geoport in reference to the family who lived in the home as well as the name ‘Lucian’ which came up several times.
  • Nick, Katrina and Rob all reported that it felt as if the entire building shook.

 


 

( SPOOKY FACT: As listed here on the blog, The Skegness Hell house was supposed to be episode 5 and Newsham Park was episode 6 but due to unforeseen circumstances on the day the hell house episode was supposed to air, it mysteriously would not work! This forced Quest Red TV to swap the episodes around for that particular week.  Was this paranormal? Who knows! It’s a little strange though if you ask me! )

 


Episode Six– Newsham Park Hospital.

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Location: Liverpool
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Not only was this remarkable location once an institution for the criminally insane, before that it was also a seaman’s orphanage. Some believe that the prospect of good and bad energy combine in this location. We have actually investigated this location ourselves and It’s a place I said I would NEVER go back to simply because of the awful experience I had inside of it’s walls. I felt followed, touched and pushed around. This place certainly messed with my head.

Newsham Park Hospital Highlights. 

  • Katrina had the feeling of high anxiety in the kitchen area.
  • Sounds of a door banging and footsteps running in the punishment hall. (which is known throughout the UK as the naughty boys corridor.)
  • Great experiment with lasers and fog in the kitchen are. Documented light panels being activated at the same time responses were being received on the geoport which said ‘I lost my head’ and made reference to it ‘being sawed off’ — also received the name ‘Sid’ who was a ‘patient’.
  • Outline of a figure was captured on a photo through the fog.

 


Episode Seven – Margam Castle.

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Location: Port Talbot, Wales.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Click Here

Margam Castle Highlights. 

  • Extremely loud bangs caught on the cameras audio coming from upstairs as well as the sound of footsteps.
  • Katrina saw the figure of a woman sitting next to the window in the front bedroom.
  • Had a clear response through the geoport after asking the spirits age it said ‘811’ And also a response saying ‘monks are here’ and ‘not good enough.’
  • Nick received disturbed sleep due to what sounded like doors slamming from upstairs.
  • A red glowing light anomaly was captured on camera from outside showing on a window where Emily’s room would be.
  • Sounds of an item being thrown which was captured on camera.

 


 

Episode Eight – The Mill Street Barracks.

 (Dead Centrals TOP PICK ⭐️ — Favourite episode.) 

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Location: St Helens.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: The most regular reported phenomena at The Barracks is that of an angry spirit who is known to go around pushing people and causing trouble. Other well known sightings over the years include a Man called ‘Jack’, Soldiers, Nurses and a Three legged dog called Bruce.

Mill Street Barracks Highlights. 

  • Loud noise of what sounded like something being dragged caught on audio whilst investigating in the basement.
  • Locked off camera caught a chair moving in the main hall.
  • Nick reported feeling a negative energy.
  • Captured a voice saying ‘I’m Claire’ during an EVP session and also what sounded like a dog panting.
  • Nick was startled after seeing a shadow rush past the door in the basement.
  • Intelligent response which said the name ‘Bruce’ (which is the name of the three legged dog that has connections to the building) this was during the daytime investigation whilst using a device that generates phonetic words.
  • Captured light panel censors being activated as if something crossed over them.
  • Used the ‘phasma box’ in the bunkbed rooms and received some intelligent responses to their line of questioning. The name ‘Jack’ and also what sounded like a dog barking.
  • Katrina saw a crescent moon shaped light anomaly.
  • Captured curse words coming though the phonetic device that said ‘F**k that!’ And then captured what sounded like something ‘sparking’ described as an energy burst.
  • Motion censor on the chair in the main room was activated whilst Nick and Katrina were in the basement as well as lights flickering on the EMF devices.

 


Episode Nine – The Kenton Theatre.

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Location: Henley-on-Thames
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Many reports of shadow figures have been witnessed by both staff and visitors at the Thetre and a general feeling of being watched by something unknown. Objects have moved without a reasonable explanation and staff say that they believe it to hold a lot of residual energy.

Kenton Theatre Highlights. 

  • Nick reported seeing a shadow move out into the audience seating area whilst stood upon the stage and Katrina said she saw something similar in the sound booth.
  • Katrina saw another figure which seemed to be walking back to their seat. During a geoport session she asked who she saw and it responded ‘murderer’.
  • Katrina had disturbed sleep as it sounded like someone was moving around and Nick captured a voice saying ‘Get up Nick’ on the EVP.
  • The geobox said the words ‘close it’ and a few seconds later the trap door slammed shut on Nick whilst he was on the catwalk.
  • Used a motion detector which was attached to a stage curtain as well as ‘ping pong’ balls set on the ground for wind detection encase of a draft. Katrina also saw another shadow in this area as witnessed later by the cameraman, Rob.
  • Motion censor on the curtain was activated and the curtain was caught on camera as it moved, Nick also saw a shadow at this time as well as footsteps and movement captured coming from the stage area.
  • Figure captured on 3D mapping system which looked like something ducking in and out of the curtain on the stage.

 


 

Episode Ten – Hinchingbrooke House

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Location: Cambridgeshire.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: The site is believed to be haunted profoundly by that of a Monk, many have witnessed a dark figure upon the grounds draped in what could only be described as a  hooded Monk’s attire. There is also a very well known story of a lady in white, again, she is seen to glow and walk the grounds as well as the house and has been spotted by numerous visitors of the location.

Hinchingbrooke House Highlights. 

  • Katrina reported getting a pain on the side of her head as well as a ringing in her ears at the start of the investigation downstairs. Nick also saw a ‘shadow man’ standing by the doorway.
  • Loud footsteps were heard coming from the hallway / upstairs and these were caught on the cameras audio.
  • Using the ‘poltercom’ device, it sounded like a prayer was being said and also the words ‘leave now’.
  • Katrina (several hours later) still reported feeling an extremely bad pain in her head. (One of the reports in the home is that a lady was shot in the head.) it was believed she was picking up on the emotion of that. She asked for the spirit to give her sign of a noise if she was correct and a bang was heard coming from the corner of the room.
  • Received reference to a ‘black monk’ on the Poltercom device. Unsure (at the time) if this was connected to their investigation at 30 east drive. This came through multiple times throughout the second night and day.
  • Nick received disturbed sleep after seeing a shadow in an underground (cellar) area which was soon followed by footsteps and a loud bang.
  • Using a device activated by touch they received an intelligent response when asking if the figure in the cellar was a monk.
  • On the final night they received more voices one in particular which said ‘who are you?, get out’. The light panel sensors had been set up upon the stairs and just as Nick saw a shadow move over them they activated and lit up.
  • A lot of loud footsteps and bangs were heard coming from several different directions in the house.
  • When asked if the body buried beneath the stairs was the black monk they received the response ‘yes’ and also had reference to the 11th century.

 

To finish this blog. I would just like to say what a joy it was watching Nick and Katrina as they investigated some of the most haunted locations that the UK has to offer. They really captured some amazing evidence and I really do hope they decide to come back again very soon! (And also a Massive thank you to Nick for always being a gent and supplying us with a quote!)

AND for those of you in the UK…..

QUEST OD still have some of the episodes up online for you to watch and they can be accessed by clicking HERE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the re-cap blog and have liked delving back into some of the history, hauntings and evidence caught throughout Paranormal Lockdown UK.

It was certainly a pleasure to write about.

 

 

Until next time..

Happy Hunting!

This blog was written and edited by Vicky Grant.

 

 

 

 

The Old Nick Theatre

Hi everyone! 

This is just a small blog update to talk about our feature in issue 21 of Haunted Magazine!

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I went off to investigate the brilliant Old Nick Theatre in Lincolnshire UK this past September and I have written about the nights paranormal investigation as well as some of the activity we received which can all be found in Haunted Magazine!

Haunted magazine is available for purchase (worldwide) in print via their website HERE

It is also available to read for FREE online in digital format AND.. they /also/ have  an APP you can use on your device or tablet under ‘Haunted Magazine’ in the APP store.

 

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I hope you enjoy the article and the magazine in general.

It’s a really great issue that explores a lot of variety within the paranormal field and includes a whole host of different individuals and their stories. (They also bagged a couple of amazing exclusives from Nick Groff, Katerina Weidman and the Tennessee Wraith Chasers!) well worth a look!

 

 

Until next time,

Happy hunting.