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

Monday, 30 January 2017

Woodchester Mansion

Illustration by Jules
If you can only imagine that romantic Gothic horror film you see on the big screen or TV, where folks stumble upon a haunted house in the forest with bats flying around with a full moon. Well this is the place!!

Photo by Jules
Name: The mansion
Locality: Woodchester, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
Built: 1854
Owner: Conservation charities, Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales.
Grade I

The Mansions website : here

History: The mansion was built in the French Gothic revival style. It was designed by the famous architect Benjamin Bucknall, for William Leigh, using local Cotswold limestone. The work on the house took many years and in 1870, after 16 years work, the workers downed tools many of the 79 rooms unfinished.

Photo - Paranormal Places UK
The mansion then fell into a state of disrepair and dereliction, with Victorian tools scattered across the site. Visitors can still see the Victorian tools in addition to half-carved gargoyles, doors leading nowhere and abruptly ending corridors.

Photo and illustration by Jules - Paranormal Places UK

Ghostly manifestations: Headless horse, floating coffin, hooded figure, spirit of a french man, tall man has been seen outside, invisible children have been heard playing.

Ghostly anomalies: Strange banging, voices, poltergeist activity, visitors have been prodded and pushed, blue lights, someone crying.

Photo - Paranormal Places UK
After a long day searching for allegedly haunted places in the area, we came across a sign for Woodchester. I persuaded my better half to drive down the muck drive to the house. It was a long walk down and it was very hot. We spent about 20 minutes walking and ended up in some woodland, I thought to myself, the mansion must be around here somewhere, we had taken a wrong turning and got slightly lost. Then I noticed this Cotswold stone looming through the thick bushes, we had found Woodchester Mansion.  We walked back on ourselves, it was worth the walk, the mansion is your typical haunted house straight out of a Gothic horror novel.

Featured on TV Programmes

Most Haunted Live
Ghost Hunters International
The Scariest Places On Earth
Great British Ghosts

Bats in the belfry

 Greater Horseshoe bats and lesser horseshoes.

Spooky documentary - Great British Ghosts at Woodchester Mansion

Video cover of TV series Great British Ghosts
featuring Woodchester Mansion 

Illustrations by Jules

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