Graded locations

Listed buildings are graded in each location in this blog. Eg. Grade I, II* II of grade I is of most importance. Grade A relates to Scotland. See BLB

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Gay Jay investigates 30 East Drive Pontefract (must watch)

What is so different about how Gary Jay works compared to the average paranormal investigator? Well he goes into a property completely open-minded, totally unbiased, no gadgets except his camera; no presumptions, with a take it as it is attitude, if nothing happens nothing happens, but he films everything. No bells no whistles. That is how it should be done. When you see TV shows going in and no sooner as they walk over the threshold everything kicks off, it does make you question the validity and claims of these tv programmes. Anyway watch funny guy Gary Jay do his stuff.

"Watch as I spend the night all alone with what is claimed to be Europe's most violent poltergeist in what could be the most in depth, unbiased look at this famous house which is non other than 30 East Drive".

Oakwell Hall, Batley, West Yorkshire

Oakwell Hall seems to be having a renaissance period at the moment, ‘Shirley’ a gorgeous house linked to the Bronte Sisters, with tales of crisis apparition. The house has been relatively ignored by ‘ghost hunters’, but thats changed somehow ?
Classified as a Crisis Apparition: Possible Veridical Haunting (Hallucination)
Oakwell Hall in Batley, West Yorkshire is a local haunt of mine ‘so to speak’ it has a famous legend.  The ghost of William Batt, a former owner of  Oakwell Hall in 1684 the ghost story comes from the Victorian writer Mrs Gaskell in her “Life of Charlotte Bronte”. 

“Captain Batt was believed to be far away; his family was at Oakwell; when in the dusk on winter evening, he came stalking along the lane, through the hall and up the stairs, into his own room, where he vanished. He has been killed in duel in London that very same afternoon of December 9th 1684.”

Jules (right) at Oakwell Hall

A classic crisis apparition sighting, there is a legend that he left a bloody footprint behind in a bedroom, I remember seeing a dark stain on the floorboards many years ago but I can’t remember which room I saw it in. Maybe it was just my young imagination.
A more modern witness saw children playing in the rear garden the children were wearing  period costume they ran off into a dead end part of the garden totally vanishing into thin air and never to be found outside nor inside the hall.

This is the back garden where the small children in period costume were seen by two visitors, only to just run off into a dead end disappear into thin air.

Source: Paranormal Database.

William Batt
Location: Birstall – Oakwell Hall
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 December 1684 (Crisis Manifestation), other sighting in 1987
Further Comments: William’s family saw him enter the hall on 09 December (some sources say Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, according to other accounts); they were surprised as they thought he was in London at the time. However, William suddenly disappeared and the following day the family discovered he had been killed in London around the time of his mysterious appearance. A woman wearing a Tudor dress was spotted hear in 1987 by an employee. The ghost stood by a window for several minutes before disappearing.

Wikipedia entry

We decided on a visit to Bodmin county gaol.  This cruel looking building must have struck the fear of God into those prisoners who saw it for the very first time.  It looked very threatening from the top of the hill on the drive down.  As we pulled up into the car park the heavens opened, I ran for cover only to find myself faced with a trap door and a noose! We bought our tickets at the bar and was handed a governors notice.

Once inside it was colder than it actually was outside. I peered into the small cells and I tried to imagine what it must have felt like to be imprisoned in such a dwelling ‘horrible’. We then walked onto a wing, each tiny cell housed with mannequins in various poses. One was called ‘Fed by the fairies’ – Anne Jefferies was born in 1826; apparently she attracted a large following in Cornwall.  She was suspected of been a changeling (fairy offspring) in solitary confinement and not given any food continued to thrive, she insisted that every night the fairies brought food to her cell. 

We then walked down to the naval jail it was a very tall building covered in overgrown shrubbery, but on the way whilst taking photos I looked up and noticed out of the corner of my eye a face in one of the high windows, it was slightly creepy but on closer inspection it was one of the mannequins that had been strategically placed, maybe by accident or by design, but it was quite amusing all the same.  

Inside the naval jail looked similar to a modern jail in its design, rows of cells going as far as 4 floors. I bobbed my head in one or two to get a feel of them, I would have loved to have visited at night. No ghosts jumped out at me although it did feel very creepy, even during the daytime.