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Undisclosed 14th Century Manor HouseKent

18th July 2009
 

Investigation 10

Aim:
Our ongoing study of this site is to investigate reports of paranormal phenomena as well as following up on events during our previous visits..

Background:
As mentioned before we cannot disclose the location of this venue at the request of the owner, none the less we are grateful to be able to continue this long term study especially at a venue as old and historic as this. On previous visits we have had some odd happenings which we were hoping to expand upon.To see our previous investigation report and those before please use the following link.

Apparatus:

Camcorders:

Samsung VP-D351 with night vision
Sony DCR HC-24E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
Sony DCR-HC19 with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light
Sony DCR-DVD110E with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light

Digital Camera:
Canon 400D
Fuji Fine Pix S5000
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Pentax K-100D Digital SLR
Sony Erickson C905 camera phone


Voice recorder:
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus DM20
HNSAT DVR958
Other:
Tripods
Torches
Video tapes (MiniDV)
DVD-RW's

Investigators:
Ian, Kim, Paddy and Dave.

Method:
We had decided to stay as a group for this investigation and concentrate on the an area that was identified by the owner prior to our first visit. In addition to this we also hoped to have time to revisit another area that had been of interest to us on a previous investigation. We were going to conduct group vigils as well as conduct what has now become a customary séance or two. We have started to experiment with a séance as, although not being a spiritually based group, we have found that this can increase the amount of responses, which in turn gives us more chance to hopefully capture those responses on our equipment for later analysis.


The Investigation
After leaving our kit in the usual place and walking the house to ensure we were alone and the house secure, we proceeded directly to what we call the Tudor Room.

First session - séance – The Tudor Room
We decided to head straight for what is known as a “hot spot” within the house, The Tudor Room” and further decided to cut straight to the chase and try a séance in the centre of the room. Ian's camcorder was set to record the corridor outside whilst Paddy and Dave's were set in the room. Paddy Kim and Dave had their voice recorders running in the room. We spent our time concentrating on the surroundings as Dave began to speak asking for anyone else present to begin to make themselves known to us. The session was to prove to be interesting as before long we became aware of some taps or clicks within the room that were not present at the start of the session. This was then accompanied by the sound movement around us, there were also the sporadic sound of what was perceived to have been footfalls either in the room or possibly outside in the corridor. At point or another we all complained of being either cold or hot, Kim complained that her face was really hot and she had a bad back, Ian also complained of a sudden wave of tiredness when he had been very awake at the beginning of the session. Paddy complained of a pain in his right wrist. After some more interesting moments we felt the night had got off to a good start, but were feeling uncomfortable and a little weary for the experience so decided to take a break.

Second session - vigil – The Tudor Room
After a break we needed to continue in The Tudor Room as we felt that the earlier signs were encouraging, but decided to dispense with a séance in favour of a less intense vigil. We started by each taking a corner of the room and sitting on the floor. Ian and Paddy had their camcorders recording events, Kim, Paddy and Dave all had their voice recorders running.

Dave started calling out asking for a continuation of the atmosphere experienced earlier on. This was met by the odd tap within the room, then the chair Dave had used before the break cracked as though it had been moved or even sat on!, this was closely followed by the same from the one previously used by Ian. This was not just the once or twice as this happened a few times to the point that Ian tried to demonstrate to the rest of the team that it would not be possible to make that particular noise by playing with the chair he had used. As he did so the same noise again came from Dave's chair as if to say “yes you can”? These noises happened periodically and became less frequent, along with other odd taps heard within the room. After a little while with nothing to report we decided to take another break and move on to another area of the house.

During this break we went out by the back door for a cigarette and encountered some weird goings on. One of the rear windows by the back door cracked and when requested it cracked again. This first happened to the left hand side window then the right and then again on the left. Paddy investigated them by pushing the panes and could recreate the noise but only with some considerable force.

Third session -séance – The Victorian Bedroom
A part of the house have referred to before is The Victorian Bedroom. We had spent time here on a previous visit and were surprised to have caught some interesting taps on camcorder and the sound of movement about the room. Ian again set his camcorder up in the corridor outside the room whilst Dave's was set on the séance we were to perform in the room, The other threes voice recorders were again running as normal.

Despite a prolonged attempt to encourage some activity there were no noises, feelings, sensations or anything to report on, other than the teams growing tiredness, so it was not long before we had another break to attempt to refresh us.


Fourth session – walkabout – The Grounds

Due to the teams fatigue we decided to venture out for a tour of the grounds, an area we had not investigated before, in the hope that the fresh air would invigorate us. This time was more of a wake up for the team rather than a traditional outdoor investigation but at one moment we walked along two the end of an avenue of trees and when we turned Paddy and Kim both witnessed a large area of light move within the edge of the avenue half way down, Dave and Ian were looking the other way at the time. We waited for a re occurrence but this was not forthcoming so investigated the area as this, however unlikely, could simply of been someone else out in the grounds with a torch. We looked but no one could be found.

With little else we could do we continued our night time tour until we thought it was about time to return to the house, at which point we decided the fresh air had done little to invigorate us and closed the investigation.

Results
The Tudor Room
The taps or clicks and sounds of movement heard from within or outside the room during the first session had not been experienced on previous visits, therefore, could not necessarily be put down to the usual movement of the building, currently we have no explanation for these.

The noises caused by the two chairs during the second session were very unusual. It was first thought that this could have been due to the chairs settling into their natural position after having been sat on during the first session but given the length of the break we had between these sessions we felt that they had time enough to do this before the occurrence. We also tried to mimic the noise but applying pressure to one of the chairs and were unsuccessful. These moments can be seen on the accompanying investigation videos and we can also offer no explanation for this. These videos also includes some of the footage from Ian's camcorder, which was placed outside the room, as some unexplainable noises were caught on the audio.

Break
The noises heard during the break were odd. When investigated by Paddy it was found that the windows had plastic glazing and, therefore, we attributed the noises to the panes contracting in the cold night air, although it took some considerable pressure from Paddy to achieve a similar noise from the panes. The timing of the noises was also interesting given that it was repeated upon request more than once. At this time we feel this can only have been a rare coincidence and that our first conclusion was correct.

The Victorian Bedroom
No results were forthcoming from our time spent here.

The Grounds
The area where Paddy and Kim had seen the large light anomaly was investigated and no one else was present to have caused this. We experimented with torchlight to recreate what they had seen but this was not successful as the beam from a torch is very obvious. The described seeing more of a blanket of light float between the trees and we could not see how a torch beam could achieve this. At this time this has to remain unexplained.

Other footage and recordings are still being scrutinised and should more results be found this report will be updated.

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. Should you wish to discuss this information please email us.

Conclusions
As always we had a good night, some moments proved very interesting and others not but that's investigating for you. As normal little more information was released to us and this wonderful house still remains a mystery. The video footage provides some interesting moments some we were aware of at the time and some we were not. We could never get tired of investigating this venue and look forward to a return with a difference, Ghost Connection's first 36 hour investigation, “The Manor 36”.
Thanks
Many thanks again to the owners for the trust they put in us and allowing us unlimited access to this venue, we are more than very appreciative.
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