Oxney Bottom - Ringwould
Present - Ian, Kim and Paddy.
This was my first outdoor investigation so I went with a bit of doubt as to whether I would enjoy it or not, I always feel safer in somewhere as opposed to being exposed on all angles!
It was a balmy night with a few drops of rain as we arrived about 8.30pm, we walked the long drive to the entrance to the woods. As we entered the wood my fears seemed to be coming true, as it did not feel a welcoming place at all. At least we had arrived before nightfall to give ourselves time to adjust to the surroundings, but the chapel still had an eerie quality to it.
The discovery of what seemed to be an occult altar stone in the woods next to the chapel didn't much help my anxiety. This area had been deliberately prepared with archways built from fallen branches, and saplings curiously snapped over and outwards from the altar stone, as though radiating out from the stone. Items had been placed on a nearby tree, a ribbon and a feather, all of this indicated that other people came here, the thought that others might turn up unnerved me more than the potential spirits!
I took some video footage of the area while Paddy and Kim sat chatting waiting for nightfall, and as dark fell we moved into the chapel.
Our time in the chapel took the form of a photo taking session followed by a seance, which I was nominated to lead? Kim became the camerawoman.
All I can say of Oxney is that it was the quickest investigation I have done yet with good reasons for its shortness. It is a truly scary place and one I would only wish to return to in a larger group, which is planned!
Investigators present: Kim Slater, Patrick Noble, Ian Batchelor
We reached Oxney a few hours before night fall. The air was warm and it had been raining heavily.
We parked at the bottom of the driveway to Oxney Court and walked to the top of the drive. We entered the woods and took the well walked path. Paddy and Ian ventured from the path to investigate the trenches that were dug during the war.
Before long we came across the chapel, we took several photographs, and decided to investigate the surrounding area. There had been a recent fire by a large tree to the side of the chapel. The fire had been very large and was possibly started by teenagers. The tree by the fire has a strange marking, this could have been done by one of the teenagers or could mean something else. We are researching the sign.
Further down the path there was a circular clearing with an up turned stone, Paddy turned over the stone to discover that he had previously seen the stone else where in the woods turned the other way. We assume that this is an alter stone and that recent occult activity has taken place in the woods.
We sat in the clearing on a fallen tree for sometime, talking. As I was sitting there I felt what I can only describe as something grabbing my leg from beneath the fallen tree.
We moved back towards the chapel and entered, we stood by the entrance for what seemed a considerable time, debating whether we should walk all the way in, we were very apprehensive as there is only one way in and one way out.
As we walked to the other end of the chapel, something at the far end caught my eye, a very sudden movement that looked almost grey like. Paddy turned to me and asked me if I had seen something, I said yes I had. He said I did too!
Whilst I was standing in the chapel I felt very apprehensive and had the feeling of being touched across my face many times. I could hear running in the woods, with no voices.
The atmosphere began to change and Ian and I felt as if something had entered the chapel. We could hear movement around the outside of the chapel and felt that someone was going to walk through the door at any time!
After a few more mins we decided that we should leave as we could all feel something negative building.
We left the chapel and took the path we had entered on.
Once away from the woods, I had time to reflect and felt that we were escorted from the woods.
Investigators present: Kim Slater, Ian Batchelor
We arrived before dark, so that we could get a good feel for the layout of the place, before attempting to negotiate it at night. Even though this was my second visit to Oxney the place did not feel familiar to me, although I was at least able to find the chapel straight away. I get the impression that no matter how many times I go to Oxney, it will not ever feel more familiar or welcoming.
Oxney Bottom has to be one of the scariest places I have investigated to date. I am usually very calm and take everything in my stride. I feel that I can control most situations I encounter on investigation, Oxney is different.
I feel that there is so much to discover and that there is something happening there that I can not describe. The place seems very black! The occult activity that we came across is a major concern when alone in the woods and adds to the atmosphere.
Definitely a place to return for further investigations.
This place does scare me, which is unusual.
I feel that we need to repeat investigations at this site, preferably
with a spirit medium who may be able to help Kim control the feeling
being passed to her by any spirits present. I would also like to return
with someone who has an understanding of occult rituals, who may be
able to shed some greater light on what may be going on at this site.
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