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Toys Hill & Weardale Manor ghost hunt – 17th August 2012
We haven’t had a lot of luck with the weather at this venue in 2012. First time it was -10 degrees Celsius back in February, then in April it was just before a thunderstorm, June it was a thunderstorm so fourth time lucky and this was well worth waiting for.
We started in the remains of the manor, gave the guests lots of our kit to investigate with and let them roam around. Many guests reported seeing shadows and lights within the near distance trees. I generally stayed put and various groups of people reported different activity in all directions, but the one thing they all commented on was the fact that all felt watched.
A male energy by the name of Philip approached, he was a gardener when there was a house at this place, he tipped his hat to me and some of the guests felt his presence.
Steve (guest) felt a light touch on his back and the sound of a dog, panting during the phase when the spirit Philip was around.
Many guests also reported hearing voices, whispering and whistles in one particular place. Four guests (Andy, Wendy, Marie & Shelley) all heard these sounds as well as the sound of a children’s music box. I then went over to the part to have a look and was met by a Frenchman spirit called Alain. He was about 55 years old and dressed in a smart black suit which had a silver pocket watch attached. He gave me the impression he was from 1900s.
The guests that had some of our equipment all had high levels of activity displayed on the various meters.
From here we decided to move into the woods to hold a séance, as the last time this proved very successful but due to the heavy rain it was not as enjoyable as it could have been.
Once again after finding a suitable spot there were high levels of activity shown on our KII meters and on our ghost communicators.
Within a few minutes of us starting a séance a male energy aged in his early 30s approached us, his name was Roger and he was wearing a white shirt and grey trousers and it was impossible to associate him with a period of time, although he wasn’t wearing a tie or hat.
Roger was very capable of moving people in various ways and generally pushed and pulled most of the group, starting gently and then as his confidence grew the level of movement increased and some people, especially Phil and Lisa, were manoeuvred into some rather uncomfortable positions.
Cold spots were also reported by the guests, mainly behind me as the temperature was a steady 20 degrees Celsius most of the night, these cold spots were felt behind four or five people and it felt like stepping into a freezer.
During the séance Andy felt a stick hit his legs and since Carl (GHE Team member) was outside the circle and at the time on the opposite side of Andy went to investigate although Carl could not see a stick anywhere near Andy. After the séance finished Andy found the stick about 14 inches in front of him.
After the séance finished, which I concluded after most people apart from two had either felt arm movement or had been pushed by Roger, some of the guests wandered deeper into the woods as they thought they heard voices and noises whilst the séance was taking place. The rest of the guests made their way out of the woods.
However those that stayed listening in the woods were soon returning because they heard footfalls in the woods and since no torch light was seen, this scared them.
We made our way back to the site of the manor house and conducted an EVP, although when we played the recording back very few anomalies were heard, however once we analysed them we discovered there were quite a few responses, although not all could be interpreted.
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Once again a very enjoyable ghost hunt and a very productive one with many paranormal occurrences taking place.
After we had enjoyed a cup of coffee back at the car park and just before we were about to leave, Carl (team member) saw a “shadow” behind me and exclaimed that it looked too real to be a spirit and so the four of us who were there turned on all our torches to try to see what this was. To our amazement there was a young male (real person, wearing a blue shirt, black top and trousers and had glasses with curly black hair) standing very close to the hedge on the way out of the car park and even when I blinded this person with my torch he failed to move, but just looked down to the ground. All of us decided that this was a very good time to leave as he was probably drunk. As we were driving out of the car park we noticed this same person lying down on the grass beside the road which was really strange.
Toys Hill & Weardale Manor ghost hunt – 2nd June 2012
You would think that organising a ghost hunt outdoors in June would be a fairly safe bet that the weather would be reasonable, possibly even warm? But no the British weather was unpredictable as ever and instead of a nice warm evening we were treated to a night of torrential downpours, thunder and lightning. Not the best place to be with lightning around, standing under trees on top of a hill holding electronic gadgets and conductive umbrellas!
However we proceeded with the ghost hunt armed with hats, hoods and umbrellas. I decided that due to the amount of rainfall we wouldn’t go to my normal starting point, as this was the most exposed, instead we headed into the woods, where I had hoped that the trees would give us some protection from the rain.
We have never tested our equipment in the rain, but assumed that it would be OK. After handing out KII meters and our ghost communicators to the guests, one of the KII meters showed some brief activity but then promptly stayed lit (when the other KII did nothing). After some brief tests we had to assume that water was affecting the device. The other meters however were working and we managed to get contact with a male energy, who looked like his was from about 12th Century, this was solely due to what I could see him wearing, although he did answer some of the guests questions via our communication devices. We also tried Carl’s (Paranormal Investigator with me) Spirit box and speaker but this proved to be unsuccessful or rather we couldn’t hear any obvious answers above the sound of the rain.
Deeper into the woods we held a séance because although it was raining heavily the tree cover was acceptable and the guests really wanted to experience something. We were joined by a male energy called Norman, he was approximately 5’6” in height and looked to be in his late 40s wearing a white shirt, grey flannel trousers with braces. He was also wearing a grey bowler hat which covered his mostly bald head. Norman gave me the impression that he worked with numbers, possibly an accountant or someone in that field. Norman then proceeded to give the guests some physical activity and he gently pushed the guests forward and then all of a sudden pulled some people backwards, much to their surprise. He also moved the arms of some of the guests. When he was moving the guests, especially when moving Jon (guest) it seemed very forceful. Norman was also able to rock most people, either from side to side or from left to right with ease.
I noticed that there was also a female energy nearby, she seemed to ignore us as she looked like she was out for an afternoon’s walk. She was dressed in expensive looking Elizabethan clothing and she was quite tall, about 5’10” in height and she carried a parasol. She did not interact with us and just walked by.
After the séance I used my spirit box to see if we could get a response and although we heard “hi” and “hello”, when I asked the spirit to say the name of anyone present, we think we heard the name “John” but due to the amount of rain hitting our respective umbrellas it was very difficult to distinguish actual words.
From here we walked back out of the woods, as we were all thoroughly soaked and whilst making our way through the woods the rain stopped briefly. I decided that since it wasn’t raining too heavily if at all, this would be our only opportunity to investigate around the remains of Weardale manor, as this is the most exposed location.
At this spot under some very tall pine trees I became aware of a female energy; either Anna or Annabelle who was standing near to us. She was dressed in a maid’s uniform and she was approximately 19 years old. Once again we had some KII meter activity and some communication. I also tried to do an EVP experiment, although the device would not play back at the time, there were some EVPs recorded but due to the noise of the rain (which had suddenly increased) we cannot clear the recordings up enough to identify the words spoken. We also tried the spirit box again although this stopped working after a few minutes, probably due to the rain. Just as this stopped working we all saw a huge flash of lightning and heard some very malicious thunder claps and decided that we would be better off not standing under the trees during the thunderstorm.
Although a very wet ghost hunt it was enjoyable and the guests did get a physical experience although we were all very glad to get back to the cars for a warm drink.
Toys Hill near Westerham is the site of what was once Weardale Manor, a 145 roomed mansion sitting on a hill overlooking the Kent countryside.
It was a very gusty and cold night, but with some beautiful views of the night sky and moon. We made our way to the site of the Manor house, this is in the most exposed location, it is also the most active location and it didn’t take long for spirit to join us. The EMF activity started fairly quiet and then just as we had settled it really lit up and at the same time I had noticed a young male energy, who seemed to be dressed as a gardener come and join us. As soon as I pointed out where the Gardener chap was standing, one of the guests (Sam) felt immediately frightened, as she had thought that she had seen shadows in that direction and thus she crossed over to the other side of our small circle (we weren’t holding hands at the time, just standing in a circle). This energy was approximately 22 years old, fairly muscular and had a menacing look about him, although I believe this to be just a look not how he was. However Sam reported that she felt very uncomfortable when he was present.
Since it was so gusty noises were hard to hear however Nicky and I heard strange ticking noises that seem to emanate in the trees (pine) above us, what this noise was we have no idea, we heard it twice only.
Whilst we were standing quietly waiting for spirit to come forward (as it seemed they were cautious in approaching) all the guests could smell gas, like butane and then an older male energy made himself known to me, his name was Max and he stood about 5’9” in height and about 60yrs old. He was well dressed in a dark three piece suit and he told me that he was the head of the household, basically in charge of every staff member. He also informed me that the year he served in the house was 1908. Almost without warning Tabby (guest) started to run away and Nicky was following. When I asked why it was because Tabby heard a whisper in her ear and became frightened so she thought she would run! Nicky was running because Tabby was running!
After they calmed down and realised that what Tabby had just experienced was fairly unique and somewhat privileged the smell of gas returned and faded very quickly. I could not smell this and logically it could not have been carried on the wind because it was so gusty. I then asked spirit to repeat this smell (all the while I was holding my EMF metre) the lights on the EMF lit up almost instantly & then all the guests said that they could smell it again (I still could not). Sam commented that she thought it was the smell of something they smoked, and the lights on the EMF lit up then a waft of this strange smell came back. Whilst all this was going on Tabby and I heard some female mumbling noises further into the distance and Nicky also heard some “people” noises behind her, like walking and talking. Tabby also commented that she thought it sounded like someone walking their dog, but no-one ever arrived. It didn’t help when I commented that the direction of the noises was the very direction that we were about to walk towards!
I asked on several occasions for spirit to make a noise that we could hear, but alas we did not hear anything, then I thought that I would record the incident in case anything was recorded but due to environmental reasons we could not hear at the time. I also asked spirit to make the noise and then flash the lights on the EMF, this happened several times, although none of us heard anything at the time.
This is a response to one of my requests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOpGnl4WNTc
Sam informed me later in the evening that she had heard a music box, no-one else had heard this.
By this time we were all feeling slightly chilly and I decided that a walk in the surrounding woods was in order, it would also take us out of the wind.
We walked in the direction of the Bat Tower which is an imposing tower which now houses bats, but since no-one really wanted to stand near this structure we kept walking into the woods to a place that I found very active when I visited back in August.
Whilst in this part of the woods which has some very old trees we all began taking photographs, as the energies around us seemed to be watching, the moon was also casting a shadow on the woods which also made it quite spooky however Nicky had an interesting photo of orbs all in a line seemingly getting closer to us, Tabby who hasn’t had a photograph of many orbs before was suddenly getting lots of orbs, most of these were looking ahead further down the path (where we hadn’t walked), one of which was extremely bright but well defined. Sam also had several interesting orb photos, one of which was a deep orange on top and white/grey below. It is the first time that I have seen a graduated orb photograph. I on the other hand took many photographs and none of them contained any interesting orbs or in fact anything other than woodland scenes at night.
We made our way around the circular path and started to climb a quite steep hill but stopped half way up as we all needed a break and my EMF metre was lit up “like a Christmas tree”. We were joined by a female energy who was in her early 20s and accompanied by her husband however her name was Antionette and she was French, she was unusually tall (I thought) about 5’10”, she gave me impression that they lived in the woods, as in their time, the 13th Century this whole area would have been a settlement. After asking several times for spirit to make a noise or give us a sign that they were still with us (as the EMF metre stopped flashing) we moved on.
We arrived back at the site of the mansion and the feeling at this location was different this time, we moved over to the area which I would imagine would have been the day rooms (looking out over the terrace) and it felt very serene and peaceful, however moving back under the pine trees where were had experienced so much before felt fairly normal (for the location) and the EMF metre flashed briefly, a cook by the name of Geraldine “popped in” she was in her early 50s but she didn’t seem interested in talking to me or interacting with the group.
We decided that it was too cold to continue and made our way back to our cars.
Once again a very interesting location and one which I will return to in warmer weather, as I feel that this location has much to offer on a night when it won’t be windy.
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