The Ancient Ram Inn Paranormal Investigation

 

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After a long wait I was given the chance to visit one of the most apparent haunted buildings in the UK. Built on 2 lay lines and has a history of torture witchcraft and sacrifice. It seemed to be the perfect recipe for the possibility of paranormal activity to occur.

Upon arriving I felt excited and yet slightly apprehensive as a few stories of on goings in the past loomed in the back of my mind. I managed to suppress such paranoid feelings and go at it with a level-headed approach so not to fall victim to my own imagination.

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We all entered the building and sat in what was John, the owners, living room. I found it quite homely as there20160423_200133 was a new TV and lots of trinkets and items around to look at. I however imminently noticed that it was a cold musty house with a lot of dust which I half expected people to be effects by and say it was paranormal as the night went on.

 

Once everyone was ready we had a quick tour and then went through into the room downstairs where we started the opening circle. In which everyone joins hands and the medium, in this case Bill, stands in the center and tries to call upon anything
to come forward. We waited for a few mins and nothing happened so split into 2 groups.

My group went upstairs into the notorious bishop’s room in which we did not knock to ask to come in. This is apparently a tradition that should be done but this time was not. Straight away a few people started to feel pins and needle20160423_200505es, head
aches or pressure. I myself felt fine and thought I’d have a lay down on the bed whilst people spoke to what seemed to be nothing more than thin air.

After leaving the room we proceeded to the witches’ room where I set up a Ouija board. A few of us sat around and I can thankfully say we had no fakes as it not move an inch. After about 10 mins we went downstairs.

Downstairs things started up much the same as the last room with a Ouija board, however Bill had an idea to try out some “trance” so we made our way to the accent grave where bones of a child were found, supposedly due to child sacrifice. Bill asked me to say my “chant” about asking anything from the past to come forward to now and join us. I started moving about asking random things and after around 10 mins Bill went into a small fit and everyone turned toSnapShot him.  He seemed to be supposedly in contact with a girl who had died there and seemed rather scared. We tried to get more information but Bill started to come around. Just as he came back the bed warmer to his right seemed to move off and away from the organ it was on and then slam back down.

 

This startled everyone and I had caught it very slightly on film. I watched it a few times over and saw Bills foot move slightly right around 5 secs before the item moves. It could be that Bill distributed his weight slightly and the item was wedged in such a way that this movement caused it to fall out and back. I am Also aw20160423_230809are that around the same this happened a lamp upstairs was knocked off its shelf. A believer would suggest the spirit Bill was channeling left his body and used his energy to move the bed warmer and then up through to the lamp above. Due to the nature of the house and how easy it is to knock things or things to fall a natural occurrence needs to be assessed first.

After this some people were a bit shook up and other existed and we had a break and decided to split up into doing what we wanted. I found that 18 people all distributed over the house made it hard to tell if sounds or knocks were them moving or something more so my group decided to go into the barn which was more out-of-the-way. Here I set up a phone App “geophone” which only goes off when the item it’s on or its self is knocked. I SnapShot(0)tested this by jumping about to make sure I could not set it off. Karen, my friend, set up a ghost box and K2 EMF reader at the same time. I asked a few questions and my device and K2 seemed to respond around the same time. This may be due to phone interference and the app I may have just go off randomly for effect so it’s hard to justify as paranormal. However when changing batteries on my camera a stone seemed to come from apparently nowhere and startled Dan and Karen. As I did not see this happen I cannot say it was not falling from a banister of the walls.

After this we started going round rooms trying to get anything and Bill did a few readings. We then went back into the Bishops Room where Dan started to feel unwell. He then left the room and was fine, but I asked him to come back in and he was unwell again. I believe he was having some type of psychological effect with that particular room. At some points he was driven to tears and I had to get Bill and Ivan to help him. Whilst he was being sorted I was told by a bunch of guys that someone was thrown from a chair in the witch’s room. At this point I requested we go back in for more.

Once in the w20160423_202439itches’ room I set my service bell up on the window seal and my camera facing a person on the supposed possessed chair. We started asking out for a witch or an evil man who was apparently preventing anything from coming through. After a while I started to get a bit board. Then suddenly my bell on the window seal went off! I could not believe it went off and was trying to find things it could have been instead. I then fixed my camera up to film it but it would not go off again. The only logical thing it could be is that a small bit of plaster or debris from above landed on it to create the ting sound. I cSnapShot(1)an only wish I can a camera filming it to see what the cause was. This being said it shook be up a fair bit and I felt that my night was complete and after 20 mins of trying to get it go off again and a quick table tip session where nothing happened we decided to call it a night.

Now in the moment of being in such a situation you need to be self-aware of your own mind-set and stay rational. If this is lost than paranoia or even hysteria can be caused. This being said is The Ancient Ram Inn haunted? This is a difficult thing to comprehend. My gut tells me something was not right about the house and the things occurring. It felt like there was more to the events that happened that night rather than a  long-winded rational explanation. My brain however thinks it must be explainable as the notion of a ghost being real opens up a whole can of worms and how we understand the world within a rational and scientific approach. Either way I had a great night and would recommend this as a good spot for any ghost hunter / paranormal investigator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drakelow Tunnels. Exploration and “Ghost” Hunt


Once again I set out to an abandoned building to try to crack down on the supposed haunting’s of Drakelow Tunnels with Anya and Dan. We were with the Spooktacular crew
who run a no messing about or fakers standard and pretty much just guide you about and let you try to contact the dead.

I was immediately existed as I walked down the dark road towards a small door to enter the a11903882_10153374629365589_4860776641162839073_nbandoned tunnels. My adrenaline was pumping and I was already worked up from watching stories about the place. I was aware that I needed to take this into account as I could have easily have started to freak out from my own imagination.

As me and my group followed the rest of the people down the dark candle lit tunnel we entered a large hall with what looked like a long table in a harry potter style. Here we got told the layout of the evening and then all went to do an open11892106_10153374629710589_4167885579348736965_ning circle in one of the tunnels. Jo had a load of random WW2  songs and speeches on her phone in hope that it would evoke the ghosts  down there. Besides the odd tap and slight paranoia from a few people nothing happened. We then split into smaller groups to do a vigil.

We set off with Bill into a small room and he wacked out his Ouija board and told people not to move the planchette as it annoyed him and whats the point in faking it. I pointed out that people can move it subliminally though and told him about the experiments where people have been blindfolded and its been clear people are moving it without knowing. Regardless of this I started thought I would crack on with it just to see. I planted a few seeds by mentioning dates and random names and in time it started moving to a story that I fabricated based on information from a Most Haunted episode. Soon enough I asked for the date and the number I mentioned earlier was given. Now either someone on the table had taken in that information and moved it or it was a ghost. I will leave for you to decide.

Once we finished are little session in that room we were whisked off to Sian’s dark boiler looking room where she said things were kicking right off. I was not expecting much but
11896048_10153374628205589_603469401857090560_nshe gathered us in a circle and shut off the lights so I could not see my own glasses on my face. She then asked for the ghost to come back and indicate with a bang. Then to the right of me a large bang followed. I replied with “no f**king way I need to document this” and left the circle and started recording with my camera. These taps and bangs continued and I was aware everyone was in the circle so they were not doing it, but being dark I could not tell what it could be, other than a ghost.

We all set back to the harry potter room and I decided to go alone back to the banging room. As I went in I heard a large bang and jumped a mile. I then heard a few more and started hearing little taps and clicks. I then noticed water was dripping from the roof down onto the large cylinders and boiler units. It seemed I have debunked the bangs and promptly renamed the room, “dripping room”.

We then had one finale vigil in the kitchen sections where a paintball smoke bomb seemed to come from nowhere. aka someones hand as it was conveniently pitch black when it hit a unit. Not much really happened apart from few tapping sounds down the tunnels which people said were footsteps and there was also some very faint crying sighing sounds which were a little unnerving but I cant be sure it11201828_10153374628710589_2748488312968631861_n was not someone in the group or another group down in a different section. Throughout the entire evening I also had my bell on me which also never went off once despite the fact the “ghosts” seemed to have the ability to tap and chuck things.

Finally we got to have some free time to venture into the tunnels. I decided I wanted to go deep and get lost. I did my own little call outs to apparent ghosts but with no knocks
cry’s or replies of any kind. I did however enjoy the general atmosphere and the sense of exploring the left overs of an old war bunker. Going down large tunnels round tight gaps 11889518_10153374628415589_8320765139980508627_nand through small holes in large walls to go to places far from the main group. This however soon got us quite lost and I started to wonder what was went there. I was expecting David Bowie as the Goblin King to step out and tell me I would never complete the labyrinth to reach his castle. I then came across which looked like a newly boarded up area and noticed a way round. what I found inside I was not expecting.

As I went round the right gap it opened up into a raided cannabis farm full of buckets and units that would have been used for growing. It was at this point we decided we sh
ould head back.

Thankfully dan  and Anya had a good sence of tracking back are steps to the small hole in the wall and we made are way back to harry potter room to find everyone else had packed 11222796_10153374625425589_2768289754322632884_nup and left and only a few of the Spooktacular team were there. I started to wonder if we had gotten lost I may still be wondering the dark tunnels now.

Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and would go again. Regardless of if there are ghosts or not its a cool place to go see and you can certainly allow you own imagination to run wild and take over as I felt this happen a few times myself before I decided  to rationalise it and calm back down. I also like to say thanks to the spooktacular team as they don’t mess about and fake stuff they supply a good deal of equipment and just let the night roll.

Poltergeist old and new

This will have spoilers, but if you have seen the old film or new film its fine.

At the age of 8 I watched my first ever horror film, poltergeist which at the time freaked me out a fair bit but since then I became obsessed with horror films and to this day I love them.

Now a while down the years I noticed they were making a new poltergeist. I heard that it was going to be in the same neighbourhood but with a different storyline, which sounded promising. Then came the trailer and it soon came clear that it was a reboot and same general story as the original. I noticed a few similar scenes and all be it the people in it all had different names it was the same family setting.

I had my worries for a remake as past remakes of horror films have been packed full of coming of age themes or loads of jump scares. I tried to watch it without comparing it too much to the old film. This was not easy to do as the original has a special hold on me not just because it’s a classic but the fact it was my first horror.  Knowing this film was a remake of an epic film to start with was one thing but because they remade classic scenes I had expectation to me matched or topped.

I sat down and set off to watch the film, first thing I noticed was it started different as they were trying to find a house rather than being already in one. This was a little odd but I thought bit may allow the viewer to see a side of the story prior to the things that took place in the original.

Little by little things started to happen. I found them to be quite cool at first, such as static hair but then everything seemed to be far too random talking to walls/toys and just chucking in bits for the sake of it. The film lacked mood and anticipation and a general build up. From what I was expecting I thought I would feel for the family more like is did during  the first film. It just seemed to me that they were plopping ideas in and adding some old classic moments.

Let’s talk about the classic scenes ,which all seemed to happen within the same close time span, first things first they swapped out the stacked chairs with stacked cards which was more funny than an scary moment. Then the classic there here TV scene which is where the film should have started from. Being petty now I didn’t like how she said there here and the silly black hands. I preferred the slow build up and whispers. They then skipped a large chunk out where in the original you get the intro to the family and the small subtle scenes of activity with the moving floor and spooky lighting counting.

All within a few seconds it seemed that the tree came to life and then the daughter casually walked off into the dark void to be grabbed. It was at this point they got the classic ghost hunters in. the next classic scene was the story of moving objects. Personally I like the idea from the old film where the entire room has flying objects, however the smashing chair was acceptably to.

They then skipped the overnight stay and spooky ghost coming down stairs and                                                                      kicked off a crappy face transform scene,

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biting grabbing scene, the rope scene and talking to the daughter scene all together within a few minutes. Next thing I know the medium is called, which has nothing to his name compared to classic Tangina, he wonders about for a bit looking confused and decides that they must go in after her.

I mean where has the build-up is gone, the tension the fear and sadness you get from the family which reflects on the viewer it all seemed to be absent. Next thing I know there using a flying toy with a camera on it to go to the other side. Now it’s all cool to see what may have been on the other side but first off why is the electrics working and 2 I think not seeing and hearing growling and screams is much more tense than going in and seeing a load of dark flapping arms with bright light.

Before I knew it the medium declared it ok to go in and the young lad, not the mum, ran on in. he then located his sister and within seconds pulled her out. They then both go to the classic wake up scene in the bath and once again the film jumps more tension. They decide to go straight from this house is clean to oh no it’s not without having the nice break of everything is fine that the original had. Next thing I know the medium runs on into the house to go to the other side and the house classically crushes into nothingness as the family drive off safe and sound.

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This film did not feel like a remake as such it was more like a summary of the old film, with random added new parts, rather than a thought through remake. I was aware not ever scene would match entirely the same as you may as well just watch the old one, but they just rushed though it so  fast that there was no time to feel the essence of the movie that the original film had.

Personally I would have started from the same TV scene and developed time with the characters more and spaced the classic re shot scenes apart and added extra tension in between. That or I would have stuck with the initial idea of making it in the same town with an entire different story.

As for it being scary there were times I jumped but mostly things were happening so fast I didn’t have time to get deeply into the story.

My Visit to Barrow Gurney Mental Hospital

Barrow gurney psychiatric hospital, once used to treat the mentality ill from 1940 till 2008 when they started to close it down. By 2004 only 3 residential wards remained open however the state of the site such as cigarette burns on floors, graffiti on walls, urine stains around a toilet and stains from bodily fluids on the bottom of a hoist chair. Also to mention the collapse of part of the ceiling onto the head of a patient meant that the last wards closed shortly after. Since then hospital has been a hot spot for explorers, graffiti and ghost hunting and had been decaying gradually overtime.

My visit to Barrow Gurney was part urban exploring and part “ghost hunting” over the past 2 years I had visited the site on many occasions to look into the apparently ghostly goings on and attempt to find a more logical explanation to anything I may have encountered. I kept an open mind to the possibly of such things and went looking for a good degree of evidence to subject 20690451_10155257750715589_6964096582660307664_oparanormal activity. My first few trips were quite freaky and unnerving, however that’s to be expected from an old cold rundown building with the possibility of security turning up or other people there to start trouble. With this in mind and the possibility of such ghosts every sound and creek kept me and the people I was with on edge. That being said nothing substantial ever happened to show a clear sign of activity.

A year went by and I had started to think barrow gurney was nothing more than an old building with a few ghost story’s to stir up fear and I was not intending to go back so soon. Then news came that the site was being demolished to make way for a new housing estate. This then re jolted my urge to go visit again and next thing I know a loads more people than I’d been with before wished to join me. On this occasions I packed every with the intent of doing a full search opposed to the 30min to an hour I had in the past.  Once everyone was ready we set off to investigate the site.

Upon arrival we were greeted by another paranormal group “Wiltshire Paranormal Investigators” who told us many stories about what they had found and heard in the site. They were all firm believers that something was there and said that the site security “Jake Hawkins” was on his way with a special device to help contact the resident ghost “Dave”. I found this quite funny and yet existing as I started to think what if something does actually happen this time.
My group went in to check out a supposed ghostly black orb in a unit that was apparently used for the more dangerous patients. We got there but nothing happened,10541893_10152632495455589_1456925404769431132_obesides the odd creek or howl of the wind, so we decided to re-join the group just as Jake was arriving and head into the Woodside building where the ghost Dave had moved to after the recent demolition of the mother and baby unit.
My group, the paranormal group and Jake and a few people he came with all set off into the building and went to the 2nd floor where there is an apparent shape shiftier and where Dave likes to reside. Once we were all ready Jake got out an app with a Geophone x y and z sensor that picks up types of motion, touching or vibrating around it depending on how its set up it can take quite a bit to make it go off. Jake began talking to Dave which I found hilarious and at this point was going up and down the corridors saying if there’s a shape shifter come out and such but was informed that if I was rude nothing would happen as I was not being respectful. I apologized and went along with then to see what may happen if I complied.
The geophone did make sound which seemed to respond to questions but at times went off by its self when no questions were being asked. This was apparently because Dave was being ignored. I can’t verify the device as full proof evidence as its been known to go off from low vibrations of traffic or low tones in the voice traveling through the floor. 10710408_10152697320080589_7930276307615464595_oThe responses would match up to questions as there is a slight delay between speaking and when it picks things up. That being said I hadn’t ruled out the possibility that Dave was there as some responses seemed very quick and precise. Once the night was over I was still not happy with the investigation and I felt there were too many people creating too much noise.

Within a few days me and my group went back on a sole mission to investigate with less interference. Once we arrived I started with my Ouija board in the back cell block area. At first nothing was happening but then it started to respond. I felt that this was someone 1617156_10152697320205589_4357126843020738279_o     pushing it or we were pushing it sub consciously, however after I asked a question something on the other side of the room fell or was thrown. This made me and everyone else jump as was unexpected. I quickly asked for it to happen again to verify possible activity, but nothing happened and the other people wanted to end the Ouija session and leave the block.

We decided to go to the units next to it which was used as medical sectaries unit. As we were walking over I thought I spotted a girl like figure stood in the window. As I moved my torch to look it seemed to then move to the left. I imminently had to go and check it out to rule out it being my light. Me and the other claimed into the building and I started asking for activity. Which then happened immediately by something crashing in the corner. Everybody bare me ran back out and at this point I started questioning my 10539149_10152612362360589_2295362295901896543_obeliefs and possibility of a ghost actually being there. I kept trying to clear my mind by thinking it was us causing the debris to fall as were disturbing the area. With this in mind we carried on to the other side.

Once we entered the long corridor it soon came clear that there was too much handing from the roofs to actually go in safely so we started asking question by the door. I attempted to enter the building and just as I stepped in above me within the roof space there was an almighty bang. I backed back out and asked for it to happen again but nothing responded.

One 10655245_10152612361200589_3135099082926386427_oof my team then said can you see a figure down the corridor. I started shinning my torch and was like nowhere there’s nothing down there. Just as I said this a brick came from one room and then into a wall. At this point everyone ran off and backed into an open area.

Now we were at a point where fear was rife and people’s minds started to sketch out and play tricks. I kept bringing the group back to normality by trying to subject it’s a
rundown building it could just be things falling apart and Coincidence. This however was not good enough to support going further and part of the group left.
With a few people down we decided to check out Woodside as it’s it was still in half good condition and not falling apart as much.
Upon entering within seconds we heard footsteps upstairs so went to check it out but yet again there was nothing there. At this point there were things being thrown down stairs and corridors left right and centre. It started to become quite far-fetched and I started to think there must be other people there. We all kept quiet and I could hear what sounded
like low mumbles within the how. I was sure security or another team were there so we did a full sweep, however found no one. Just before calling it a night we checked out one last room downstairs. Nothing was 10669178_10152697320200589_3191702553722043878_ohappening now and I was ready to go, but just as I turned to leave I saw what looked like glass come down the corridor at us. This was very unnerving and we promptly left the building. My mind was all over the place and did not know what to think anymore so we called it a night.

Some time went by before a few of my other mates said they would go. Once we arrived it was obvious that work had been commenced on Woodside as most of the roof was in 10682254_10152631734990589_5871531367439701477_obits and the left side torn down. I decided to go in the building alone and do a quick sweet to rule out others being in the building and or mass hysteria as I was much calmer now. Low and behold nothing happened at all and we went home.
I was ready to call it a day but was not happy with how quick I was on my last visit so I went back one last time with Jake and my team and into Woodside for another full investigation. We were expecting the entire place to go crazy like something from a horror film after the last visit we had as a group but there was nothing. It was just a cold, damp creaking building again with the odd sound from Jakes geophone. We left feeling a little calmer and said are goodbyes as this felt like closure and I was ready to let it go. This lead me to think that either there was others following us, quiescence, mass historian and mind going wild, us causing things to fall over or all of them put together.

 

Upon looking back at barrow gurney I had a fun interesting and yet quite scary time there. After thinking about things such as glass coming at me or footsteps and knocks it can be logically explained by things such as wind, expansion and de expansion, interference from us or another party. The glass may have been launched into the air by something else falling from the roof and then to us looked like it was coming towards. With a lack of light and the natural feeling of fear and hysteria it was all a recipe for un-rational thinking and the more we went on the worse it got. It goes to show that after calming down and re visiting nothing happened or fazed us. This leads me to think that logical Barrow Gunrey may not have been haunted after all, however some strong believers out there may say I’m making up random explanations to try to keep myself from the truth of the place. Honestly I can’t answer with 100% certainty either was I can only was it was an experience that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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