Rye Castle, Rye, East Sussex
10th April 2010
To our knowledge the castle sight has never been investigated
so given its history, and the feelings and emotions that would have been
felt within its walls, we were very much looking forward to this investigation.
Investigators: Ian, Kim, Paddy and Dave.
Guests: Peter Varley, Vice-Chairman, Rye Museum Association
Ian and Kim would start in the women's tower whilst Dave and Paddy dealt with the main tower, and swap after an hour. Then change pairs and locations so Paddy and Ian were in the basement of the main tower, whilst Kim and Dave took first floor, again swapping after an hour. This would provide us with full coverage of the premises over a 4/5 hour period, with the option of returning as a group to the area with the most activity. We also did not rule out the possibility of conducting a séance if we felt this was appropriate. Our guest, Peter Varley, would be invited to join any of these vigils. All the normal equipment as above was deployed around the vicinity of the vigil areas.
Womens Tower - Disused
Ypres Tower – Dave, Paddy and Peter
There were intermittent noises emanating from two areas of the room at
much dispersed intervals. These sounded as though something metallic was
Immediately prior to the conclusion of this session a loud tap was heard
coming from an area of the west wall of the tower at around head height
on the wall. This was immediately in response to a question from Dave.
Dave immediately had a sensation of a ringing in the ears which eventually cleared.
In response to questioning there were a number of very faint noises in the area of a metal shelving unit by the east wall. They were also produced louder on request.
Dave was sat by the door to the top of the stairs, which they had closed upon entry into the room.
Dave then felt a touch on his left upper leg which he could only describe
as a finger tips being run from the top of his leg towards his knee.
A further sequence of odd taps was heard around the room without repetition.
A sequence of footfalls was heard between Dave and the door itself.
Ypres Tower – Ian and Kim
As Ian did this some taps and the sound of movement can be heard on the video footage but as the team do not comment we can assume that these were not heard at the time.
As Ian persisted he and Kim comment on a sound heard within the south west cell.
Kim began coughing, this seemed to worsen as Ian continued. The vigil progressed to the point that Kim became very uncomfortable and unwell, ultimately giving us reason to end the vigil.
The slight noise mentioned was not recorded and neither was it identified. It remains unaccounted for.
The sensation felt by Dave is unexplained. He was not seated near to the radiator and so this is unlikely to be the source of heat. When he placed his own hand upon his face it felt no warmer than the other side.
The loud tap was clearly sounding and was recorded on the footage. The area of the wall that everyone present identified it as coming from was examined and there was nothing mounted in that area. There was no immediately obvious source for the noise and it remains unexplained.
It is possible there were rodents within this part of the building as there appeared to be no rodent repellent devices. These may have been responsible for these noises although none were seen or heard to make other noises. The production of louder noises may be entirely co-incidental. These noises were unfortunately not caught on the footage due to their faint nature.
Whilst having to take Dave's word for this sensation we can say that we know he was not near any objects which could have touched his leg by any involuntary movement of himself or any movement of any objects.
It is not certain what caused the 5 initial noises but it seemed an opportune moment to see if by request and example the sequence given could be repeated. Two returned is better than none although three would have given us more cause to investigate the phenomena and draw a more accurate conclusion. We do not know if the repetition of only two is merely co-incidental or whether this was a genuine attempt at some kind of communication.
No conclusion can be drawn from the odd noises heard.
The noises of footfalls are somewhat unique in nature and we know there were no animals within the room of adequate size. Nothing was seen in the area to be a likely cause and nothing further was repeated. They were faint and not recorded although were heard by all present. The cause is unknown.
Ypres Tower – Ian and Kim
Additionally some noises were heard at the time and repeated on request, even to the point that when multiple taps were requested these were heard shortly after. Unfortunately not all those involved heard these and neither were the multiple responses recorded by our equipment, so this is not evidential.
The most interesting evidence gathered on this vigil was only found after watching back the video footage. Unheard at the time Ian asked for two taps in response to a single tap he thought he had heard. This was followed by two very obvious metallic taps, like two pieces of metal being hit together. This was not heard or commented on at the time. A few seconds after this event the same noise is heard although in a more random way, like the jangling of keys! No explanation can be found for this noise, especially as it was not heard at the time and able to be investigated. We have no explanation for these events but the footage can be seen on the accompanying video.
|In all this was a great investigation at a fantastic
venue. Early indications were that we were in for a very eventful night
and indeed some of the experiences and results recorded were very interesting.
It is, however, a shame that as can frequently happen the level of phenomena
encountered dwindles during the course of the investigation. But we have
been left with some good footage and some unexplainable occurrences, in
particular the footsteps and other noises heard in the women's tower. The
fact that these were experienced on two completely separate vigils by different
people is of great interest, and we would very much like to return at some
point to see if this occurs again.
During our stay a certain amount of
other information was forthcoming to the team of a clairvoyant nature.
As Ghost Connections conducts scientifically based investigations we do
not publish such observations, however, this information is held on a
separate database and may prove interesting when compared to other peoples
experiences. Should you wish to discuss this information please email
|Many thanks to the Rye Museum Association for kindly allowing us to investigate the Ypres Tower. Please take time to visit their website , or better still, pop down and have a look for yourself|
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