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|Tonbridge Castle - Kent. Revisited|
To investigate and further our studies into possible paranormal activity at this location.
|Adjacent to the mote, stands Gilbert
de Clare, magnificent 13th century five storey gatehouse. The defences were
badly damaged after the Civil War and it was further demolished in the 1730's
although the lower part of the southern walls are still visible along the
The house adjoining the gatehouse was built with stone from the walls in 1793. The castle underwent extensive renovation work in the summer of 2003 culminating in the roof being installed on the castle. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of the renovation, dramatic lighting effects have been created as well as a new audio tour guiding visitors around the castle and bringing history to life. www.tonbridgecastle.org
Staff had previously reported seeing an unexplained red light from outside the castle through the first floor privy window, as well as odd feeling as though not alone whilst locking up for the night. No other phenomena are known to be reported here although on our previous investigation some EVP evidence (Electronic Voice Phenomena) was recorded
The manor house has stairs that run from the basement to the ground floor that would have been used by the servants and will have been a hive of activity, so Kim placed her motion sensors across these. Ian placed his across the top of the east stairs in the gatehouse, these would have lead to what’s known as the great hall all be it there is no floor at this level any more. The rest of the kit used that night, ie: cameras, camcorders and digital voice recorders moved with us from location to location.
We started at the east end of the main hall with a vigil, silent at first to allow us time to adjust to the natural noises to be heard. It was early and street noise and passers by could be clearly heard as well as the wind knocking the flag pole on top of the eastern stair well. The area was draughty and there was an amount of dust in the air that had to be borne in mind when we reviewed our photographs and footage. The temperature was 14.3 degrees centigrade, EMF registered 0. Kim’s camcorder was facing the doorway into the hall from the eastern stairwell, Dave’s was facing up to the higher level doorway into the hall from the western stairwell, Paddy and Ian’s camcorders were facing into the area where the team were assembled. Paddy, Kim and Dave’s voice recorders were all running.
Unlike previously the team were feeling a little disturbed by something around them, Kim and Paddy both commented on some movement suggesting a figure in the upper doorway/landing where Dave’s camcorder was facing. Dave also saw a dim light source in the same area which appeared to move out then back into the darkness of the stairwell. Kim felt very conscious of someone in the castle with us that was loitering around the eastern entrance to the hall from the staircase, someone who was watching us. She is very drawn to this area and was expecting someone to run up the stairs and join us. The temperature had now dropped to 13.7 degrees centigrade, which was not unusual.
We began to draw our time in this location to a close by trying some verbal communication which resulted in a few previously unheard noises and an amount of sudden coldness felt by all the team. Still we chose to close this session to have a break and discuss the night’s events so far.
After the break we returned to the main hall to see if what we had start to feel was still there. Dave had to change the tape in his camcorder so took time to investigate the cause of the light source he saw in the upper doorway during the last session, and found an arrow slit where light could have shone in through. He also saw a plaque on the wall that could have reflected any incoming light and he felt this could have explained what he thought he had saw earlier. He also changed the area he was filming to the lower western doorway into the main hall. The temperature and EMF readings remain unchanged from before. All other camcorders and voice recorders were again running. The effects lingered for a while there were a few further noises and both Dave and Paddy thought they saw a figure of a man hiding in the shadows, but as soon as he was observed he moved. There were two separate “thuds” heard from the eastern stairwell sounding as though they came from the basement area. Nothing more occurred in that area so after an hour we closed the second session.
After another brief break and discussion we stayed within the basement of the manor house and sat at the foot of the servant’s staircase. Paddy sat on the staircase, Dave in the doorway of an opposite room. Ian and Kim were seated in the area at the foot of the stairs. The temperature was 15.7 degrees centigrade, no EMF readings were taken in view of the interference caused by the large amount of electrical wiring throughout the basement. Again our camcorders covered the area we were in and voice recorders were on. At one point Paddy thought he saw something float down passed Dave and on to between Ian and Kim. Kim was very drawn to the area of the flight of stairs where Paddy was sitting but was unsure why. She then thought she saw what looked like someone’s head pop up from behind the pile of pallets by the staircase and situated behind Ian, she drew a picture what she thought she saw.
We reconvened the east basement area of the gate house currently used as a display area. Temperature was 14 degrees centigrade and EMF was again 0. Tiredness was setting in as was Dave’s nasty cold, which seemed to be spreading to Paddy, Kim had had an upset stomach and for a change Ian was feeling fine if a little tired and fidgety. But despite this we decided not to give up just yet. We sat in this are for sometime again adjusting to our surroundings then continued the silence listening for anything out of the ordinary, but nothing was heard. Given all our ailments and tiredness we had to call it a night left the area and returned to base camp. It didn’t take long to collect and pack away our kit and left the venue after putting in a solid six hours of investigating.
|Results were few and far between.
- Our motion sensors were not triggered.
- The movement up in the west stairwell seen by Kim, Dave and Paddy (Ian was facing the other way) could possibly be explained light shinning in through an arrow slit and then possible reflecting of the plaque on the wall, but then this may not have been the cause at all.
- The apparent nervousness, apprehension and sense of being watched felt by some of the team at the outset of the investigation cannot be explained. We have been her before and felt perfectly comfortable all night so why was this occasion different?
- The figure thought to have been seen by Paddy and Dave could have been an effect of tired cold filled eyes playing tricks with the shadows, but again this cannot be truly explained.
- The two distinct thuds hear coming up the stairs, may well have been from an exterior source given the proximity of the castle to the High Street and the potential for late night passers by. However, there was no sound of anyone outside the building leading up to this moment and all the team heard and agreed at that moment that the noise came from the stairs and basement rather than outside. These remain unexplained.
- What Paddy saw floating in the basement could well be explained as dust, cobwebs or other light debris in the air.
- The head that Kim saw pop up behind the pallets could well have been the effects of shadows playing on tired eyes, but again this is something we will never truly know for sure.
Further scrutiny of all the video and audio footage is needed but so far nothing out of the ordinary was recorded, should anything be found later this report will be updated.
|Tonbridge castle always proves to be a difficult
place to investigate. There is always very little to be heard or seen to
help you remain focused while you are investigating there. The place almost
seems to be virtually empty of any paranormal activity, which is odd given
its age and everything that has happened there during its 900 year history.
Because of this we have had very few results and are once again unable to
draw any firm conclusions about the place. What little we have at least
goes to prove one thing, being that this place is worthy of further investigation,
and hopefully one day whoever is still resident there may choose that moment
to reveal themselves.
There was an amount of information forthcoming of a clairvoyant/psychic
kind, but this cannot be validated. 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
|Thanks to -|
|Once again we pass on our thanks to the owners of this magnificent venue, for allowing us access for the night, and also for their trust.|