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Red Lion Hotel, Colchester ghost hunt 11th August 2012
This ghost hunt we normally set up our remote cameras so that the guests can watch the activity in the bedrooms and the cellar, as these are usually the most active. However our set up on this day was hampered because it was so hot and that we had decided to set up three times more cameras than we normally do. We recorded over 110 hours of footage and this has led to the delay in the report. We are still going through the footage!
This particular ghost hunt was attended by the most people so far this year and conversely so few Ghost Hunt Events staff, just three of us. However the spirits had definitely come out to play and all groups had some excellent paranormal activity.
My first group in the cellar witnessed orb activity which was visible with the naked eye although the spirit energy who was in this area didn’t treat these particular guests to the activity that the other groups encountered, nevertheless the activity that they did encounter no one else experienced.
The spirit energy that was responsible for all the activity in the cellar was called Catherine, she was a school teacher aged in her late 50s and about 5’10” in height, she wore a V neck sweater which I thought was rather strange. Catherine was however quite strict, although a happy person and through various questions asked by the guests throughout the night she was not married and did not have children.
The second group to the cellar were moved beyond their wildest dreams with many people being pushed or bent over, twisted into really uncomfortable positions and generally pushed into positions that they would not voluntarily have moved into. I suggested to spirit early on that she might like to move some guests into a particular shape “I’m a little teapot” sprang to mind and without anyone noticing it wasn’t until everyone had been pushed or pulled that I had remembered what I had said earlier and to the guests’ surprise one particular guest was in the position of a teapot!
The third group in the cellar also were pushed, some of them quite violently and some were pushed to the floor. Arm movement was also felt by the majority of the guests and Catherine even held the hand of one of the guests, much to her amazement, the guest not the spirit.
There was so much physical movement achieved by spirit in the cellar towards the guests that there is not enough space to write about it. But needless to say that all the guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience because what they had experienced was amazing and profound.
Towards the end of the night we let all the guests go to areas in which they enjoyed or had experienced the most activity, we basically chaperoned them. Once again I was called to the cellar with a few guests and a different spirit energy made himself known to me, his name was Arthur, he was aged about 65 years old and walked with a hunch back and wore a flat cap. Mark (guest) said that this description was identical to his grandfather and through one of our communication devices he asked questions that would only be known to him and Arthur and concluded that it was his grandfather.
Carl’s (Paranormal Investigator) notes for his groups;
First Session in the Coffee shop & cellar, all guests witnessed high levels of KII activity and quite a lot of communication via our electronic devices. Whilst in the cellar of the coffee shop the whole group heard the distinct sound of someone in the coffee shop moving furniture and when the group investigated, nothing was found to be out of place.
The second session in the bar and Parliament Restaurant the group used the writing planchette and had a female spirit by the name of Alice who used the planchette to write “AM” which could be the known ghost Alice Millar.
The third session in rooms; 6, 7 & 10, strange noises were heard in room 7 near to the wardrobe and there were high levels of KII activity as well as very good communication via electronic devices. Some of the guests ventured into room 6 opposite and tried scrying in the mirror. All guests who were participating saw an angry man with a comb over looking back at them. Even when the guests changed places the angry man was still seen.
Marc (Paranormal Investigator) recorded some audio during the evening to try to record a ghost voice or EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) you can hear the best at:-
A very enjoyable ghost hunt at The Red Lion Hotel in Colchester and one in which all guests either participated or witnessed some amazing activity. We as a team cannot wait to return.
Steve – Psychic Medium
Marc – Paranormal Investigator
Carl – Paranormal Investigator
The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester. Essex – 14th April 2012
Ever since our first ghost hunt at the Red Lion Hotel back in January 2012, we as a team thoroughly look forward to visiting the Red Lion Hotel in Colchester and every time we go more activity and unexplainable episodes are experienced by us and our guests. So our expectations were high, but we were not disappointed.
My designated area for the evening was the cellar, the first group of people were all new to ghost hunting, however spirit energies came forward to provide them with some evidence. We were first joined by a male energy called James, he was about 28 years old and of a slim build and a round face, he gave me the impression that he was a religious man and connected with the church. He gave the year as 1930. James started to use his energy to move us, by gently moving the guest’s arms. Lucy (guest) felt a very odd sensation in her arm, like pins and needles and goose bumps. Kristein (guest) also saw lights and shadows at the other end of the cellar.
Carolanne (guest) said she felt child energies and had the desire to sign patriotic Vera Lynn songs from WWII. During this time I was being swayed left to right, which I didn’t notice until one of the guests mentioned it to me.
When I was calling out for spirit to copy a whistle, some of the guests heard whistles whilst I was talking and one guest heard a whistle in repeat of what I asked for. Audible sound played an important role during the ghost hunt and after a beer barrel was tapped, everyone heard footsteps within the cellar. At one point we all heard a strange groaning sound which I thought came from our remote cameras, other guests however thought it came from outside. On inspection of the footage recorded from this session the groaning sounds more like it actually came from the remote camera than outside.
There was also a female energy present, she was rather nervous and about 16 or 17 years old who had long ginger hair and wearing a very flowery summer dress.
When I asked spirit to make someone smile, Lucy started to laugh out loud, which is exactly what I asked for in my head, as I felt the energies would be able to make people laugh for no real reason.
A Second World War soldier was also present, his name was Matt but that is all the information he gave me.
After we broke the séance circle, myself and Lucy found it quite difficult to let go as it felt that both of us were “stuck” together with an invisible force.
During this session, many noises, footfalls and whistles were heard all within the cellar, the electronic equipment; K2 and Ion meters all registered high levels of activity.
The second group to the cellar felt completely different to me, the energies that were here in the first session had moved on and a male energy by the name of Alfred came forward, he was local man, aged in his late 60s, with greying hair, quite a stocky build who wore a flat cap and was what I would call a typical granddad type. He told me that he tendered an allotment which was straight down the high street. One of the guests (who lived locally) confirmed that this information is correct.
During the resulting séance, strange creaking sounds were heard by all, as if someone was walking on creaky floorboards, however there are no floorboards in this area. Many lights were seen by the guests as well as cold spots.
Alfred did attempt to touch and move some of the guests, however not all guests felt his energy. As I explained to the guests that Alfred would not have touched women (the group was all female) in his physical life and therefore he took those values with him into his spiritual life.
The third group to the cellar once gain had a completely different feeling and we were almost immediately joined by a First World War soldier, whose name was Captain Timothy West, standing about 5’11” wearing round spectacles and sporting a moustache. He was 22 or 23 years of age and carried a crop or stick and wore brown leather boots. Timothy happily started to move the arms of the guests, mainly backwards but would only push the male guests, forwards, backwards and from side to side. Many guests including myself had pains in our ankles which I attributed to Timothy as he was the only spirit energy present. Many of the guests felt cold spots however after about 30 minutes Timothy left us and the cellar felt completely flat. I then decided we would enter the cellar of the coffee shop since this area felt very active on my first visit to the Red Lion Hotel.
Once everyone was seated comfortably in the coffee shop cellar, we all heard a sound that resembled someone crushing a plastic bag. Whilst in this area guests and myself were asking out for spirit to copy rapping sounds and some responses were heard by everyone. Our K2 meters detected lots of activity and during an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena – a.k.a. ghost voice) experiment the K2 meter registered highly after every question that was asked, however at the time we heard nothing audible. However on analyses of the recordings many voices were heard, the best examples can be heard below.
Then we heard what sounded like someone rifling through a box of crisps, knocking the box over and running away. I sent Sean (cameraman) up to the coffee shop as I envisaged that someone had entered the coffee shop and was stealing the produce, I followed Sean and the both of us expected to see someone in the coffee shop, or at least the door open. However when we opened the door to the cellar, there was nothing out of place, nor any boxes knocked over, nor in fact any crisp packets within the establishment. One of my team members was outside at this time and on speaking to him he was stood outside for the last ten minutes and saw and heard nothing that could have been responsible for the sounds that we heard. In video footage for this instance the clarity of the sounds we heard is very audible and on watching this you can probably understand our reaction; that someone had broken into the shop.
All of the guests felt the need to leave the cellar and follow us into the main coffee shop.
From this point on we then had a 30 minute window where we allowed the guests a free roam of the hotel, many of these guests re-visited areas in which they felt the most activity or participated in an activity that they enjoyed the most. Three guests and Sean re-visited the cellar to the coffee shop to see whether the spirit energies could re-create the sounds that we heard moment earlier, however after 20 minutes they returned as nothing was heard.
Once again a very successful ghost hunt at the Red Lion Hotel and an evening where all guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and experienced all manners of the spiritual activity that the Red Lion Hotel can offer. It is an exceptionally spiritually active hotel and we as a team are looking forward to our next visit in August 2012 and subsequent visits later in the year.
As a sub note, I usually do not sleep after a ghost hunt, as we have a lot of equipment to pack up after our ghost hunts, but this was the first time that I decided I would actually have some sleep (3.5 hours) and as I was lying in bed the bed seemed to jump or jolt, which I thought to be strange and just as I was about to fall asleep I heard a female energy whisper in my ear “Hello”, had I not been very tired I would have investigated this more, but I shall leave this until our return in August. My room was room 10, which is a known haunted room, allegedly the room of the resident ghost Alice Millar.
RED LION HOTEL
INVESTIGATION NOTES SATURDAY 14TH APRIL, 2012.
Notes arising from the group investigations carried out by Marc Weston of Rooms 7 and 10 respectively.
Room 7 – First Group
After an initial, short briefing on the kit provided and its usage and perceived benefits etc, protection for all present was administered and a re-iteration of “investigative protocols” given with regards photo flash and personal/environmental experiences, sensations etc
Within minutes of entering the room and “settling” the clients down, several complained of “seasickness” and “a feeling of disorientation”. This was attributed to the unlevel floor surfaces within the room, effectively creating a slope running away from the bathroom entrance doorway, the door remained closed throughout the vigil. All lighting was out and as much artificial, background light source reduced or minimised to the best of my ability.
From the outset, people were acknowledging temperature changes and fluctuations both apparent and actual within the room. Checks made with a laser beam type thermometer and monitored constantly via the MEL Meter actually indicated a rise in temperature when clients were suggesting that a temperature fall had occurred. A strange anomaly to say the least! This aspect featured throughout the night, associated with all groups in this particular room/area??
One lady requested I monitor her surrounding ambient body temperature, head to toe. At her forehead a reading eight (8) degrees Celsius higher, was recorded compared to her feet/ankle area, where she complained of a “blast of chilled air” No explanation could be identified for this effect. No windows or doors were nearby to create/cause draughts and attendees standing either side of her recorded no variations in temperature or other sensations whatsoever?
Shortly afterwards, guests sitting on the bed edge, adjacent to the wardrobe reported strange “sensations” emanating from the wardrobe itself. MW advised those present that previous vigils in this room had always had similar sensations originating and emanating from the wardrobe area and specifically the corner of the room adjacent.
Within seconds, two individual reports were made alleging the sight of a black mass, moving at low level, “growing” from the corner. Indeterminate in shape and form, several guests suggested that the black mass was indeed exhibiting a human form though this cannot be confirmed or corroborated.
The K2 EMF Meter, held by a guest sitting on the bed edge adjacent to the wardrobe and the corner of the room in question lit up simultaneously. MW attended with an MEL and registered a reading of 3.3 on the EMF Scale, concurring and corroborating that “unknown, unexplained, EMF activity” was indeed underway. Further inspection confirmed that no electrical circuitry or apparatus etc was present or evident in the immediate vicinity.
Simultaneous reports followed from a gentleman advising he was experiencing a “numbness and tingling sensation” throughout his body. He then complained of sharp pain in his chest area and specifically, beneath his lower rib cage lower right hand side as if experiencing a “hard prod by someone or something, maybe even an attempted stabbing?” This cause discomfort and “concern” for a few minutes, until the effect/sensation passed.
A suggestion by MW to utilise a laser grid, to ascertain possible “activity” in the area identified proved fruitless, as new batteries installed less than an hour previously failed immediately when the unit was activated. A guest who had brought his own laser grid pen along, offered to enable his unit to be used, subsequently to also advise that his batteries, too, had also completely depleted without any explanation.
The EMF Ghost Meter proved exceptionally popular with the guests and numerous contacts were recorded. Yes/No questions resulted in “confirmation” that the astral presence/spirit evident during the Q&A sessions was indeed Alice Millar and a gentleman called “Julian”?
A, EVP exercise was undertaken and participated in by all present. Data and resulting details are still not fully analysed and will be forwarded onwards accordingly once identified and properly categorised, etc. Playback immediately afterwards indicates some possible response data
With minimal, additional activity and photography, identifying various orbs, physical “sensations of touch” likened to “an insect or spider crawling on my face” the vigil was terminated and all present relocated to Room 10.
Room 10 – First Group.
Guests had fewer places to sit in this room and immediately noted a far colder temperature in this room. MW pointed out the window was open and that the heating had been turned down.
Those seated on the double bed, almost immediately began reporting “vibration and movement within the bed itself and throughout its fabric” Photos taken simultaneously illustrated orb activity above and among the guests being affected by this “phenomenon”
Several attempts at using the scrying mirror were made but insufficient background light proved almost impossible. An alternative solution to utilise the large, mirror on the rear of the room entrance door proved better and those attempting to incite activity had little to report other than “strange sensations” and a sense of disorientation.
The connecting cupboard space between the adjoining room 9 was occupied by several guests with a white noise generator running in the background and guests armed with an EVP digital recorder to assist with question/answer sessions. This data is still to be downloaded and properly analysed.
Participants of this EVP activity reported feeling strange sensations throughout their time in the cupboard and “physical contact/ touching” which was totally unexplained?
Tapping/knocking was heard collectively to the rear of the double bed headboard, where the exposed, glass fronted wall surface, is situated. This was achieved by request from MW and also voluntarily, and without request.
Strange “noises” were apparent, emanating from the adjacent en suite bathroom area, but these were discounted, as previous investigation has established the position of a boiler room, at roof top level, adjacent to the bathroom as the accepted source of such activity.
Room 7 – Group Two
The second group to participate in a vigil in this room/area appeared to be more analytical and ken to engage in contacts via the EMF Ghost Meter. From the outset, all emphasis was placed on the area in the corner of the room and the adjacent wardrobe unit. I must add that nothing was said about the previous groups findings and activities at this juncture, yet independently, the second group identified with and voiced very similar thoughts about the corner area and the wardrobe.
K2 meter was indicating amber on the light scale for lengthy periods, supported once again by MEL readings and temperature monitoring in support of the vocal claims of various guests.
Several claims were made by guests sitting on the bed, on the opposite side to the corner area, of “breezes” and a blowing effect” on their hair/facial areas. MW checked and confirmed that the windows were unable to open at all and that there was simply no apparent physical reason or explicable, logical explanation for this effect.
From the outset with this group, the EMF Ghost Meter exhibited unusual and extraordinary performance, rarely seen previously, though a similar occurrence was recorded during the last investigation at this site. Intermittent and sporadic flashing of the meter lighting, in response to questions was evident. Contact was apparent almost continuously, even to the extent that during mobilisation between investigation room areas, the meter continued to remain engaged.
One particular guest appeared to engage with the meter in a “special” manner. Questions to the responding light indicated that once again Alice Millar was present and with us? Questioning, indicated that she had died carrying an unborn child, was exhibiting “distress” “anger” and “was seeking help and assistance” We were told that her child had not joined her in the spirit world?
Two guests embarked on a mission to resolve and help the contact in her plight and MW was asked to provide assistance with moving the spirit on towards the light and reunite the contact with her unborn child. MW explained that better and more professional personnel had engaged in similar endeavours though several centuries without success. Indications are that Alice Millar is totally “grounded” and will haunt the building for eternity.
The group were collectively convinced that something or someone was “hiding “ in the wardrobe. Attempts were even made to enter the unit and close the doors to seek better clarification, etc, on the situation. This was not possible. However, throughout their endeavours, those involved, achieved amber readings on the K” meter
One gentleman advised that he had experienced a strong sensation of “something rushing bay or past him, resulting in a tingling sensation throughout his body. MW commented that he too had similarly felt a “rush of activity” simultaneously, culminating in a tingling sensation throughout his body also and a strong feeling of nausea. This sensation has been experienced by MW in this room and this area, on previous vigils, with other groups.
Several members of the group attempted scrying in the cosmetic mirror on the side table but no major effects were noted or recorded, however, when MW engaged in this practice, within seconds, he withdrew, noting “distortion and a black, hollowing effect, surrounding his eyes in the mirror face”
Another gentleman reported a “tickling sensation” to the side of his head and neck, very gentle but deliberate. Some time later, in the Tudor Room, during debriefing, this same gentleman advised MW that immediately after this vigil, he had gone to the WC and noted in the mirror, his necklace had turned in a full 180 degree half circle. He always fastens the necklace with the clasp uppermost at the rear of his neck. Without him knowing or feeling anything, and without this ever having happened before, this had clearly happened simultaneously with the “tickling effect” he had encountered in Room 7, earlier.
Room 10 – Group Two
Within minutes of entering the room, and at the specific request of MW for spirit to assist with audible footsteps or similar, within this room, all present clearly witnessed and experienced five (5) distinct and very audible footsteps, which appeared to traverse the room from the entrance doorway to the bathroom door area, at a fast running pace.
Most astoundingly, was the obvious mechanical pressure arising from this activity which physically created movement and “springing” of the timber floor area, which shook, as each individual step was heard, and appeared also to move/increase as the rhythm and pattern of the developing phenomenon unfolded. Everyone was left speechless at this “contact”
MW immediately followed up with grateful thanks to spirit for accommodating his request and asked for it to be repeated. Immediately, a large, loud, single bang/noise was heard in the corner of the room by all present, once again causing a ghast of amazement. No further audible noises were recorded during this particular vigil.
Two separate couples entered the cupboard space, awash with white noise and armed with a digital voice recorder. No data has yet been analysed arising from these encounters.
One female guest, emerging from the cupboard,, complained of “something touching her neck” likening the touch to that of a female human hand. When questioned, she stated she found the experience “unpleasant”.
During debrief in the Tudor Room, this same female guest, whilst recounting her experiences to me, asked if I had just exhaled deeply? Her husband, standing behind her as she sat on a chair, also confirmed he too had heard a lengthy exhaling sound.
MW assured the couple that he had not done anything resembling what had been heard/encountered. This episode remains unexplained.
Room 7 – Group Three
Accompanied by Carl Hutchinson on this occasion, filming with IR equipment, the group entered the room and immediately noted the “oppressive” atmosphere apparent in the room. Several also advised they sensed a “blowing effect” or “draft” on their faces and heads. MW once again confirmed that no windows were presently open.
As MW commenced calling out, reports of hair and face touching resulted and the EMF Ghost Meter was actiove throughout and responding well to questions, specifically those aimed at Alice Millar, the purported source from previous vigils.
MW took photos randomly which illustrated several large orbs above guests seated on the four poster bed. Filming everything in real time, Carl gave an elated squeal of amazement as filamentous orb activity was identified and tracked moving across the heads of guests on the bed. Several examples of such activity were successfully recorded.
Carl assisted in requesting spirit “copy” noises made over several minutes, knocking, tapping and whistling were all included. On one single occasion, though the outgoing whistle was two tone and in two parts, a single, monotone response was heard by everyone present and hopefully captured on the camera footage arising from, this vigil?
Tapping, within the fabric of the flank wall, in the area adjacent to the closed bathroom door, was heard clearly and on several separate occasions. All at the request of both MW and Carl. All guests witnessed and noted this phenomenon.
An EVP exercise was undertaken and data remains to be downloaded and fully analysed. Initial playback to guests suggests some vocal response does appear to be present.
During the various phenomena encountered in this vigil. MW, monitoring with a MEL Meter, once again recorded levels as high as 3.3 simultaneously, two (2) K2 Meters indicated amber readings, all of this data collection is clearly recorded and evident on the film footage captured during the vigil.
Once again, the focus appeared to fall upon the wardrobe unit and the room corner previously identified by both earlier vigils and by other investigations of these premises earlier this year.
Room 10 – Group Three
Contact gained with the EMF Ghost Meter was maintained once again as the group relocated from room 7 to room 10 and the strange “behaviour” of the meter continued once again, as previously described.
Ironically, no similar, audible evidence or data appears to have been gathered on this occasion, despite the previous groups encounter and apparent success. Knocking was recorded however, on several occasions, emanating from behind the bed, head board, area.
An EVP exercise was conducted and data remains to be downloaded and analysed.
Photos taken, and film footage taken by Carl on IR Camera, need to be scrutinised, though initial observations did exhibit orb activity in the room over the bed head board as on previous occasions.
Vigils and EVP exercises within the cupboard space ensued, and Carl advised that he would join someone in this area and film accordingly. Minutes later, Carl emerged to advise that his battery power had completely and unexpectedly drained to zero despite full and complete charging!
Reports ensued of touching and feeling incidents once again within the confines of the cupboard space, and, on this occasion only, despite the presence of white noise being generated at floor level, “strange noises” were heard in the cupboard space?
Carl confirmed the above.
The vigil ended and a basic free for all, access all areas ensued for guests for which no feedback, formal recording or notation has been provided.
RED LION GHOSTHUNT – 14th APRIL 2012
WOW – what an amazing night with so many experiences for everyone;
1. Group B
For my first group for the evening we started standing in the Bar & Restaurant, and immediately the EMF lit up showing spirit present. We started hearing noises so sat down at tables to reduce our sounds and asked out to spirit to copy our taps. As this seemed inconclusive we started a séance circle. Some guests felt they were being pushed or pulled including myself. Using the EMF to answer our questions all we could determine was it was a female energy. Sean was filming and had to return to base for a new battery (which should not happen as it was a new battery) and immediately the guests started to feel movement, sensations and coldness. A guest opposite me saw a shadow move in front of her, and myself and another guest started feeling a tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. I then started feeling very lightheaded and thought I was going to faint. After unsuccessfully being put in the circle to recover I had to step away from the circle. Feeling much better I observed the guests within the circle and guests were continuing to feel unusual sensations and coldness.
2. Group C
For my second group of the evening we remained in the Bar & Restaurant. Again we had spirit showing us they were present by lighting the EMF. We tried a séance circle but as nothing was happening we broke hands and moved to different areas. We had little movement on the Ouija Board so tried glass movement on a table. Four guests sat around a square table with their fingers placed lightly on an upturned glass. By asking questions on the EMF we determined this was a male energy and immediately he started moving the glass around the table. Guests were asking the spirit to draw shapes (ie. square, zig zag & triangle) on the table and move the glass to specified areas on the table which the spirit did. The glass was moving around the table very fast. We also asked spirit to twist the glass so fingers were tangled up, to which spirit did. Whilst this was happening Carl who was filming started feeling sick and dizzy and asked me to continue filming whilst he stepped away.
3. Group A
Just before we started, my third group had heard a breath in their ears whilst in the Tudor Room on break so we decided to start in this room. We started with a séance circle and immediately we had spirit present. I felt like someone was holding my lower arm and asked spirit to do this to others or move my arm but had nothing more. We then decided to try glass movement on a table, and it wasn’t until all the guests had put their fingers on the glass did it move. I kept my finger off the glass, and all the other guests took it in turns to do this with the glass still moving, however often the glass would move to the person without their finger on the glass and wait until they had done so. We asked for shapes to be drawn which spirit did (ie. squares, triangles, zig zags & the number 8). We then specified to spirit different sides of the table as a yes & no, and asked spirit questions. We determined the spirit was female, a teenager, had brown hair & blue eyes, lived in Colchester but had never been to the Red Lion Hotel. She had passed over within the last 100 years. She liked having her hair made pretty. She had no friends but had brothers and sisters. Whilst asking her what things she liked to do, many of the answers being no, we asked if she liked dancing, with this question the glass flew so fast to no it went off the table and smashed on the floor. We got another glass and apologised for upsetting her. We then asked if she wasn’t able to dance and it went to no. We then asked if she liked to draw and she said yes. One of the guests asked if her name was ‘Alice’ (a known spirit of the Red Lion) and as the glass moved to no I had the name Polly in my head, I asked spirit if this was her name and got yes. We asked Polly if we should go to the Bar, replying yes. We moved to the bar area and tried the writing planchet, a device similar to a Ouija Board allowing the spirit to draw. With this Polly was able to draw a picture of a house for the guests to take home, along with a heart and a kiss. We then tried the glass moving again and whilst we were starting this I was telling the guests of a previous event where the glass was being moved along the edge of the table, around the corners and underneath the table, and amazingly Polly attempted this. She managed to move the glass around the whole of the rectangular table on the edge, even trying to move the glass under the table. We thanked Polly for her fantastic efforts and finished for the evening. An amazing night – a fantastic venue – one of which I can’t wait to return to.
Hen night ghost hunt at the Red Lion Hotel, Colchester – 9th March 2012.
As a team we were thoroughly looking forward to returning to the Red Lion as it was a brilliant ghost hunt the first time around, this time we were hoping for more of the same. We also came prepared with more of our kit, this time four infra-red remote cameras, which our guests can control throughout the night.
Colchester is a very interesting place, not least because about 30mins before we started a group walked by outside dressed as Cavaliers, random and strange!
The Hen party group had not done anything like this before and my introductory talk didn’t help matters when I told them that we would be predominately in the dark, some guests became scared at this.
However once we spilt into two groups, one heading for the haunted bedrooms, the other into the Parliamentary Restaurant and bar. Each group had a range of electronic kit, namely K2 metres and our ghost communicators, alongside some of our less technical kit, bouncy led balls.
After a while a young male energy 8-9 years old made himself known to me, he was dressed in a smart suit with knee length trousers, not a school uniform and he was from the 1850s and as I said at the time he would have grown up to be a gentleman as he was from a well to do family.
I also sensed another male energy who I met on our last visit, he was a grumpy old bugger as I put it. He mainly stayed near to the bar or public toilet entrance. The guests enjoyed their time communicating with the energy. The energy however didn’t like me the first time and he surely didn’t like me this time. The energy was about 70 years old, fairly short wearing a flat cap and smoking a pipe. Whilst Michelle was communicating with him and asking him to touch her, another guest who was in the restaurant felt a touch on her elbow. During Michelle’s questions I recorded some audio and a very clear EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena, a.k.a. ghost voice) was recorded.
One of the guests proclaimed his name was Robert. When asked if this was true the communicator responded with a “Yes” answer. The guest in question (Julie) stated that the energy held her hand when we were in the restaurant and that it was a pleasant experience for her. Although at this point Julie was rather tearful.
We also started using the writing planchette and some writing did occur, although the results were not conclusive. All the while Michelle was communicating to the spirit via our ghost communicator.
Our communicator device also flashed quite a lot which we have never seen before. The energy asked if I would move further away, which I duly complied with.
The energy also stood very close to Michelle and during this time our camera was out of focus, as soon as the energy stepped away from Michelle the camera refocused. Although when the energy returned and stood beside another guest (also Michelle) the camera went out of focus again.
Many guests saw a shadow within the restaurant which due to the lighting could have only come from within the restaurant (as the lights were outside on the wall) at the same time everyone heard a sound, although we have no idea what it could have been. Also one of our motion sensors was set off when no-one was near it.
Many guests commented that they felt uncomfortable in the ladies toilet, this seems to be a recurring feature of the ghost hunts that we have undertaken at the Red Lion hotel.
After a short break we headed for the cellar, which is one of the most interesting cellars I have encountered. On speaking to the manager he hold us that there is reputed to be a tunnel which goes to the Castle from these cellar, whether this is true or not remains a mystery.
As usual when a person walk heavily on the gratings outside the noise reverberates throughout the cellar, and when this happens all the guests jump!
A male energy was fairly quick to join us, his name was Archie de Marquis and he proceeded to give the guests some sense of his presence in the form of gentle touching and moving the guests arms.
Many guests felt pins and needles in their arms, cobweb sensations around their faces and numbness throughout their arms.
All in all a very enjoyable evening for the guests and us.
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RED LION, COLCHESTER GHOST HUNT 21ST JANUARY 2012
KYM & LYNN’S REPORT
Our first group went to the Tudor Room, this is where the hotel holds meetings. We started with a séance, and immediately we had spirit present. The spirit of Jeffery at first came close to Rachel (guest). She could feel very cold behind her and was moved. Spirit then moved around the whole circle, giving guests a cold sensation on their backs, and giving them some movement of their arms, or pushing/pulling them. We could also sense the spirits of an elderly couple observing what we were doing.
We dropped hands for a short while and Jo (guest) sat in a chair at the back of the room, and whilst sitting there felt and heard what sounded like someone jumping in front of her.
We then all decided to sit very quietly around the large table with our hands on the table. Immediately we had the spirit of a large male energy present who didn’t like us. He gave his name of Henry James. He was known to use this hotel to lure his prey of young women, raping and murdering them. He was later hanged nearby for his wrong doings. We could hear his footsteps moving up and down the room with various other unexplained noises around us. One of the guests had a laser pen with a grid filter on it pointing towards one end of the room. This displayed an array of small lights. This did go off and on, we asked Henry if he was doing this to do it again which it did a couple of times.
For our second group of the night we all went to the cellar. After starting a séance we immediately felt Henry had followed us. We were looking towards the entrance of the cellar and could see shadows. We then heard a very loud bang which made everyone jump. On checking it out we established the noise came from people walking on the cellar door on the path above. Marc & Kate (guests) went to stand underneath the cellar door in case it happened again. The noise occurred again but much quieter and each time Marc & Kate could see the shadows of people walking over it. Then there was a very loud bang again, which came from the cellar door but no shadows were seen. We couldn’t explain this. Marc stayed under the cellar door and whilst looking towards the entrance of the cellar he saw a beam of light on the floor. This later corresponded with what Sean saw whilst filming later in the same place.
Lynn had also been feeling unwell, so she was put in the centre of the circle for protection.
For our third group of the night we went to the Coffee Shop downstairs, but after only seeing one light anomaly and the EMF going of just once we returned to the Tudor room. Once in the Tudor room we settled around the table again and asked out for spirit to make some noises. Immediately Marc (guest) felt a sharp stabbing pain in his left lower back. I was seated next to him and the second time he had the pain I had it too but on my right lower back. We had the EMF on between us which was lighting up. The pains continued several times each of us feeling the pain at the same time. Marc sensed a young lady had fallen to her death down the stairs outside the room, were we feeling her pain?
We were then all spilt into smaller groups and went to some of the rooms that were occupied by the team for the night. Myself & Lynn took a small group to Room 9, and after settling down we started hearing noises around the room. There were noises coming from the bathroom where the taps and shower had been found turned on earlier in the day. We were also hearing knocks on the dressing table and footsteps around the room. Lights were being seen too.
I then returned to this room with two guests and again we were hearing noises and saw two flashes of light.
Thank you to the Red Lion and all guests for making this a truly memorable night, I can’t wait to return, Kym
Red Lion Hotel ghost hunt – 21st January 2012
Ever since this venue had been booked for a ghost hunt my team and I were anxious to investigate this amazing location, a building which has plenty of history and known ghosts and the very fact that just about every room that we were staying in had some interesting history, usually macabre.
After many guests (and team) enjoyed another kind of spirit at the bar, for nerves obviously! We started by splitting the guests into two groups, one group stayed in the Tudor Room, the other, my group headed into The Parliament Restaurant where we let the guests use our equipment which consisted of K2 meters, dialogue meters and a tricorder, many hotspots were detected and spirit generally stepped forward to be noticed, the dialogue meters proved to be quite active and spirit was able to communicate with guests through basic yes and no questioning.
After a while I suggested that we hold a séance to try to get spirit to come forward and give the group some form of personal evidence. After a short amount of time a young boy called Timothy aged about 6-7 years old came forward, the group had already detected him via the tricorder and our other electronic equipment. Timothy was wearing a smart suit with short trousers, not a school uniform, and by his appearance he looked as if he came from the 1810s. He also brought his Sister with him, called Mary but she was rather shy. However between them they managed to move the arms of some of the guests. Hot and cold spots were also felt by the guests, but generally the energy seemed only to interact with those nearest to the kitchen.
There was also another female energy present, she was about 23 years old and was very shy, and she emerged from the kitchen area and stayed within an invisible boundary from the kitchen door to mid-way into the restaurant. She did not interact with the guests, but she could see that Timothy and Mary were interacting with us.
Throughout the séance I could sense a male energy sitting near the bar, he appeared to be very grumpy almost angry and he appeared to be dressed in clothing which I would associate as being from 1920s – 1930s. He did not want to interact with the group and stayed in the same place, muttering to himself.
After we broke the séance circle I conducted an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) experiment, which was stopped mid-flow due to a very noisy crowd making their way along the walkway just outside, but after we re-commenced the experiment there were two EVPs recorded. One which has been added to our website as it is very clear and the other which we cannot establish what exactly is being said.
You can listen to the clear one at http://youtu.be/XnZ-HpNAgvM
Many guests wandered over to where this disgruntled gentleman appeared to me and our electronic equipment picked up his energy. Some of the guests also photographed orbs in this location.
During this part of our investigation I set up the laser grid in the hope of seeing a spirit manifestation, as we have had some success with this in the past; however nothing notable happened at the time.
Some photographs were taken of the ceiling in the area which separates the bar and the restaurant and someone noticed that there seemed to be a woman’s face looking down through the window, but alas this turned out to be a mannequin! However during this time many people photographed what seemed to be a patch of brickwork on the ceiling, there was no brickwork. At the time the photographs looked very real however on examining the photos that we took and those taken by some of the guests we can conclude that it wasn’t brickwork, it was the wooden beam, which although doesn’t look anything like brickwork under certain circumstances the wood of the beam is reflected in the flash, which lightens the wood and since the beam is etched this looks like brickwork because the beam is out of focus. A mystery solved!
The second session we swapped the groups and my group headed into the café since the noise on the street had quietened down. We were assembled in the cellar of the café and although there were spirit energies present the activity was rather subdued. We did however hear some very loud bangs and crashes which sounded like they were emanating from right above us, but we know that we were the only people in this area. A male energy called David made himself known to the group via a electronic equipment, I could also sense him and he told me that he was involved in an RTA (Road Traffic Accident) in the 1980s. I thought that he was riding a motorcycle as he was dressed in leathers, but he answered via our dialogue meter that he was not on a motorcycle. What his fate was I do not know because he didn’t provide us with answers.
I found this café area strange, not because of the lack of spirit energy, but when I first visited The Red Lion this room seemed to be electric and I felt vitalised and full of energy, yet on the night the reverse was true, everyone including me felt drained and tired which was a huge disappointment as I was hoping for some great activity to take place in this room.
After this session we headed into the cellar which is situated on the other side of the public walkway. This was a very spooky place and the group was split. The majority of us were in the main cellar and a couple of guests were near to the beer cask entrance as the other group reported some strangeness when they were here.
A male energy joined us he was from Norfolk aged between 17 and 19 years old, called Phillip and seemed to be a very simple minded chap. He did not physically interact with the group instead we heard all manner of strange noises like groaning, whistling, loud bangs, knocking and all round weird noises. Every time something happened all the guests jumped, as these noises came with no warning and were not caused from people walking on the pavement above us, as we could hear everything that was happening on the street above, the noises in the cellar were coming from the floor or from within the hotel.
The group of people who stayed by the beer cask entrance heard and felt much more than they bargained for and on many occasions some very loud bangs and crashes were heard in this area and just after the noises the guests who were near that area screamed!
During this session a guest felt a party popper (which was stored there) hit his leg which made him jump! And two guests witnessed a Christmas tree (which was being stored) move in front of their eyes. Some of this session has been videoed and hopefully the noises especially the whistling have been recorded. Many orbs were definitely recorded.
The final session of the evening we allowed the guest to roam between the rooms, as my team were all staying overnight and we had the majority of the haunted rooms.
In room 7 which has many stories, a mist formation was photographed by a guest and an EVP was recorded, however the EVP is unintelligible and has been sent off for further analysis.
In room 6 we tried a scrying experiment and all guests who stood in front on the mirror could feel their features change, the spectators could see the results and on several occasions the spirit energy that people could see looked either scary or malicious which frightened some of the guests!
One of my team members who was staying in room 9 reported that when he entered the room the shower was on, much to his amazement. He was not responsible for this as when we arrived he just dumped his overnight bag in the room and then joined the rest of the group in the bar.
After the public investigation had finished, those who were staying in the hotel overnight, which included some guests as well as the team members decided to re-visit the cellar, as it was now much quieter on the streets of Colchester. As before some of us were near the beer cask drop and the rest of the group in the main part of the cellar. I stayed by the Christmas tree in the hope of seeing it move and to experience some of the noises which seem to be related to this old opening. We heard many strange noises here but during the séance which was being conducted in the main cellar I felt that there was an unwelcome spirit energy and although this energy was doing what was asked of him – gentle movements etc. – I felt that one of the guests would soon need my help. I thought I knew which guest it was going to be as this guest (who will remain nameless) has had a similar experience at another investigation of mine.
When I entered the room the guest that needed help was Andy, his partner Wendy was scared of him and said that she felt that Andy was looking menacing and threatening even though Andy was feeling generally fine, he could feel an unusual force or energy around him and I realised what was in progress and stepped in to help Andy, and ultimately Wendy! The spirit energy that was responsible was called Adrian Muller and he was able to push Andy with great force whilst I was standing directly behind Andy, which was probably just as well because otherwise I think Andy would have fallen over.
After giving Andy some much needed energy in the form of emergency healing and placing him in the circle the feeling that he had and his appearance to the group had changed, Wendy could now look at him without being scared!
This event was a huge success and the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, we as a team also had a fantastic night and we cannot wait to return to The Red Lion Hotel as I believe there is so much more to experience at this venue.
We have recorded many hours of video footage which is currently being analysed for audio-visual anomalies; any results will be published on our website in due course.
Our next public event at The Red Lion is scheduled for 14th April 2012 and tickets are available from our website. http://www.ghosthuntevents.co.uk
This venue is also available for private events (birthdays, hen nights etc.), for more information please see our website.
I would like to thank all the staff, especially Warren the General Manager for making this event run smoothly and Jason the Night Porter who although sceptical helped us with the event into the early hours.
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