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Timeball Tower Museum ghost hunt – 23rd June 2012
Due to the size of this venue I conducted the welcome briefing outside the Tower before anyone entered the building and told everyone of the experiences that the custodians of the building have witnessed for themselves as well as what happened on our first visit to this venue back in January 2012.
This is one of the rare venues that we have a very limited amount of people that we can bring into the Museum and therefore we generally allowed everyone to wander from room to room to conduct their own investigations throughout the night, watched over by the Ghost Hunt Events team. We also conducted several experiments on different levels of the building and guests were free to watch or join in with these vigils and experiments.
Every room we had investigative kit that guests could use as well as a Ouija table set up in the “Clock Room”. Given that this is a museum about time, there were many clocks throughout the building which ticked and tocked, some very loudly that the guests commented that it sounded similar to a dog barking.
The investigation started with people complaining of kidney and back pains as well as a team member having acquired a headache and had to leave the building to recover. Various EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena a.k.a. ghost voice) experiments took place over the entire evening and many EVPs were recorded by our team as well as some guests who had their own equipment. Many of these are still being analysed as we can hear words being spoken by spirit but cannot fathom the exact words.
During a vigil in the “Television” room two guests repeatedly reported feeling cold spots throughout their body and feeling disorientated and nauseous.
Various knocks and tapping were heard both in rooms and on the staircase, these were not in response to the clocks ticking as we used some relatively new equipment so that we could see the noise. This equipment detects sounds and then displays a light or lights to indicate the loudness of the sound. The noises which were heard in the Television room were reported to be metallic and in the absence of a heating system no obvious source could be found.
KII activity was reported in the uppermost room which on a previous visit we experienced the same phenomena. Our KII meters were picking up very high levels of EMF in the middles of the windows. Normally we can attribute high reading with power cables, but there aren’t any across these windows and thus this is still very much unexplained.
During a very active Ouija session where a male energy who would not give his name, but had visited us just to communicate with us gave us some remarkable answers to our questions including some very personal answer to the people present which simply amazed them. At one point we asked what was the collective age of everyone in the room and the spirit immediately answered with 323, it then took us several minutes to add up all of our collective ages since none of us present are good with maths. The correct answer was 332, but at the time we noted that spirit were correct because we could not be sure that we identified the initial numbers correctly. We then asked immediately what was the time to the spirit and the answer came back as 11:37, once again it took us a moment or two to see the time as we were operating in virtual darkness and no-one was wearing a watch. The spirit was spot on though. Everyone who was present were suitably amazed.
Towards the end of the evening we conducted a dual Spirit box experiment, two spirit boxes were run at the same speed (in reverse) to see if we heard a response on one did we hear it on the other. What was strange is that the two spirit boxes (which were identical) did not stay the same frequency apart during the experiment, with one box running behind the other and then catching up and finally overtaking the other. Whether this is normal or not we don’t know but it reminded me of the metronome synchronisation experiment, which is a known interference stabilisation method, once used in Cathode Ray Tubes (Old style televisions) to keep the picture in place.
When asking the spirit for the colour of the sky, Yellow and Red were heard by everyone present as well as the word rainbow and Saturday. However not all responses were heard on both devices and this is an experiment which we will conduct in the future possibly with three or more spirit boxes.
Once again a very enjoyable ghost hunt in which all guests enjoyed themselves and quite a lot of evidence was recorded (and is still being analysed). Generally this was a good ghost hunt for audible noises and inexplicable occurrences as well as two exceptional Ouija board sessions.
Joining me were;
Sean McMillan – Paranormal Investigator,
Kym McMillan – Paranormal Investigator,
Carl Hutchinson – Paranormal Investigator &
Marc Weston – Paranormal Investigator
The Timeball Tower Museum Private Ghost Hunt 27th January 2012
The Timeball Tower which is in Deal, Kent is a little gem of a building. Tucked away in this part of Kent, no-one would know how important this building once was. For those who don’t know, the Timeball was dropped at 1.00pm everyday so that maritime people would know the time. The signal for this came from Greenwich via the telegraph system.
The Timeball Tower then is all about time and the measurement of it, which for our purposes means that it is not a quiet building as there are clocks on every floor, some gently ticking, while others loudly clanking away. However this did not stop us enjoying the evening as this was a private event, the majority of the people knew about the Timeball Tower.
We started on the top floor and like many venues that have not had paranormal investigations held in them before, it took a while for the spirit energies to realise what was happening and to interact with us. Our EMF meters showed a small building up of energy surrounding the mechanism of the timeball and after about twenty minutes we were getting strong pulses and our dialogue equipment was also picking up spirit energies.
From the dialogue meters we established there was a female energy called Annabelle who was aged in her early 20s, smartly dressed and used to work in the building in 1908. She seemed a shy girl but after a while she began to “talk” and it transpired that she was either pushed or fell from the roof of the building. What she was doing on the roof remains a mystery.
A second energy was also communicating via the dialogue meter, his name was Gordon and he was a well-built man, about 5’10” in height. Aged in his mid-50s and dressed in Navy uniform and wore a navy coloured peaked flat cap. He gave me the impression that he was from 1870s.
Throughout this session we could all hear various noises on the floor below, but there were no clocks on that floor that were that noisy. A guest volunteered to go down to the floor below, but as soon as they left us those loud noises ceased.
After a short break we resumed the investigation on the top floor and I set up the laser grid to see if the energies that were present could manifest themselves somehow. Although nothing noteable happened at first some guests could see lights and orbs within this grid, according to the guests the lights were white and red in colour, whereas the laser light was green.
During my whistle experiment a whistle was heard a few people but unfortunately not recorded on our audio recorders, although it may have been recorded via our video cameras, but the footage is still being analysed for anomalies.
Once again, whilst we were all on this floor many loud noises were heard on the floor below but as soon as someone went down to listen to them, the noises stopped.
The majority of the group made their way down to the second floor, as it was relatively cold on the top floor (there was no heating in this building) but I and another guest stayed behind to do some EVP experiments. From the recordings there were two EVPs recorded. http://youtu.be/HkC04pK4uOg
After the EVP recording session, I joined the rest of the group on the second floor and we attempted some scrying using the screen of a TV, all those who took part saw their features change as many different energies participated. Some of the guests found this to be a frightening experience!
Our final session we decided to hold a Ouija board session, which meant carrying a table from the ground floor to the top (only when we finished, did we notice the legs were detachable!)
The first energy who presented themselves on the Ouija board didn’t actually want to communicate with us, nor could they spell, so after about 20 minutes and very little activity a “proper” energy started to move the planchette. This spirit was called Andrew Dafny, aged 35 and from 1648 and was a Burmese citizen who belonged to some religious order, but one he would not divulge. I asked whether he came here specifically to communicate with us, as his actions on the board we precise and he knew to return to the centre of the board after answering a question. He said Yes. This raised lots of questions from the guests, all of which were answered by Andrew.
This was a great venue; all the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves since this was the first time that they had attended a paranormal night. Considering the ticking of the clocks the EVPs are some of the clearest we have recorded.
I would like to thank the Trustees of the Timeball Tower Museum for allowing us to conduct ghost hunts at The Timeball Tower Museum.
This venue is available for private ghost hunts, see http://www.ghosthuntevents.co.uk for more details.
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Rye Castle (Ypres Tower & Women’s Tower) Ghost Hunt – 17th September 2011
When I first had a look around this venue in the day time, as I do with all the venues, I felt that there was something different about it, something that I couldn’t put my finger on, or even describe, but I knew it was going to be good and a good ghost hunt. Fortunately I wasn’t wrong, it was a brilliant venue with loads of atmosphere and some useful evidence recorded. Since we were limited in numbers, which as it turns out was definitely a good thing, the evidence we all saw, felt and heard was second to none.
The whole group was split into two smaller groups, I headed up to the top floor of the tower whilst the other headed over to the Women’s Tower (their report is separate)
Whilst Ted (our host and volunteer guide for the evening) was giving us a brief outline of the history of the tower and its usage over the years, I could distinctly smell gunpowder, which at the time I attributed to the Museum, it was only later that I told Ted and he confirmed that there was nothing in the Museum that should have smelt of gunpowder.
It didn’t take long from when we started a séance circle for a male energy to step forward, his name was Percival from 1730s he was about 20yrs old 5’7″ in height and was a prison warden or someone who guarded people. He wore a red jacket with a single set of buttons down the front and was wearing a navy blue cap with a gold trim adorned with a badge, not dissimilar to a modern French Gendarme (Policeman). He also wore a belt which had many keys attached and about 12 pieces of white cord like material hanging from his belt. (I have no idea what these are).
He instantly started to push and pull various people in the group and move various peoples arms, our EMF metres were on the outside of the circle and began flashing up to the maximum almost instantly. At one stage everyone heard what sounded like someone moving some heavy piece of furniture on the ground floor, but then Ted (who was sitting in the room) began to investigate and we then heard several more bangs and came to the conclusion that it was fireworks, however the first noise sounded more like it was in the building, but we cannot rule out the fireworks.
Whilst everyone was being rocked or pushed in the circle another energy stepped closer, just behind Graham, which came as no great surprise to him as he was already feeling something behind him. This energy was female, a rather shy girl about 17 years old, but touched Graham’s neck and back several times which made Graham quietly surprised and a bit jumpy, as she didn’t affect any other guest. During this time a spirit energy (I’m not sure who) touched my upper arm, as if they were trying to squeeze past me. Louise also had an energy who was touching her hair and head, Louise described it as if someone was running their fingers through her hair, like a head massage.
I became aware that behind Sean there was yet another male energy but he wasn’t a nice energy, not because of any malice, but he was just unhappy or grumpy and wanted anyone near him to feel the same. He was a very tall man about 6’7″ in height, roughly aged about 35 and wore a basic white shirt with blue strips. He didn’t really say much, just grunts and groans. He did however make the person who stood in front of him feel strange and would exert massive pressure onto them, as if he were pushing them down from the shoulders. He also had this strange coldness about him as the temperature at this end of the room felt much colder than anywhere else. Ted even came over and felt the difference in temperature from inside the circle to the temperature outside the circle and he confirmed there was definitely a real difference. We had begun to rotate the circle, so that everyone could stand in the cold spot and experience that energy, whilst we were doing this Louise exclaimed that she had just heard a women walk behind her, she knew it was a woman because of the sound of the clothing. But it wasn’t a physical person, as Ted (who was the only person not in the séance circle) was sitting on a bench on the other side of the room. This was another female energy, a lady of the night dressed in a maroon/purple dress, who just passed us by.
This room proved to be very useful and gave us many experiences.
After a short break, we swapped locations with the other team, the Women’s tower is a very small tower with an upstairs room and a downstairs room. We headed upstairs, almost instantly a female energy came forward she called herself Maam and she described herself as First Yeomantry, she took an instant dislike to Sean and proceeded to inflict some pain on him. Everyone else was being pushed and gently rocked. The atmosphere however changed almost instantly and I felt an ebergy standing behind me, he was a tall man, about 6’2″ called John Chevalier/Chevaux and he seemed to be the person who cleaned up human excrement. Although I could feel his energy all around me, I was generally feeling fine, I had a headache but nothing more. Then Sean said that my nose looked very different, much bigger and knobbly, Graham also noticed that my face seemed to change, it had become more rounded and fatter. I could obviously not see this, but nevertheless I could feel some odd sensations around my forehead, nose, cheek bones and chin. Most of the group could see that my features were changing and at one point many could not look at me because I was scaring them! Nevertheless I was still sounding like myself (I don’t often do trance, as it scares the guests) so I voluntarily stepped into the centre of the circle to get rid of this energy. He then moved behind Graham and started to do the same thing. I exited the circle and stood alone outside to lure him away from the guests and to give some protection to Graham, but in that short amount of time Graham was feeling dizzy, drained and as he described it, the feeling the day after a heavy drinking session. (Not quite with it as well!). When I re-joined the circle I almost jumped, as I saw in a physical way the back of the spirit energy John walk past me, past Debbie and through the wall behind Graham. This made me jump, because I wasn’t expecting to see this.
After this episode we were about to take a quick break but a child energy arrived and began to twirl Debbie, like a musical box, to and fro for a few minutes. I could not describe her, as I couldn’t see her properly, all I know is that she was about 8 or 9 years old and liked Debbie.
After our little break, we walked into the ground floor room of the Women’s Tower, Debbie who had stayed outside came rushing in, as she said she had heard someone walking on the gravel (no one could get into the yard as the gate was locked, the only people who could have entered the garden were the other group). Graham then decided he would investigate and he too after a few minutes came rushing back in as he had also heard the same noise. I then investigated but did not hear anything until I had turned my back and had just entered the ground floor room.
I started recording with my Audio recorder to see if those noises that we could all hear (from time to time) could be recorded, but alas none of the recordings have any sounds of footsteps or the sound of someone walking on gravel.
However during this period we tried various EVP (ghost voice) recordings and some tapping experiments. At the time we all heard the taps, but like the footsteps, nothing can be heard on the recordings. The EVP experiment on the other hand was very successful, out of the 20 or so recordings there are about 4 really good examples. Two of which are:-
One of the strangest phenomena’s of the night is the lack of photographs, usually in very active places we have untold amount of photographs, with orbs, mists and other anomalies, however this venue out of the five people taking photos only four of us have anything unexplained and the odd thing is that three of us only have one orb photo each.
A very enjoyable night for all that attended and a location that I would like to return to in 2012, as this venue is perfect for a small group.
We would like to thank Peter from the Rye Museum Association for allowing us to investigate Rye Castle (Ypres Tower) and Ted who watched the proceedings on the night.
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