Undisclosed 14th Century Manor House – Kent
Samsung VP-D351 with night vision
First vigil, Kim and Ian in “The Butlers Room”, Dave and Paddy in the old kitchen.
Kim and Ian climbed up the stairs to the the butlers room and locked the door from within. The loft hatch was open and it was noted that there may be a draft from this or noise heard from outside. There was an air conditioning unit and an electric heater on the wall, neither were functioning. Ian used his camcorder whilst Kim had her voice recorder running during the session. Initially there were some bangs heard but a radio check with the other two confirmed there were fireworks outside.
When settled again a few pictures were taken before Ian began an introduction and announcing their intentions. It was explained that responses like taps and knocks were needed to confirm if there was anyone present and after asking a few taps were heard from the other side of the room, although these could have come from the loft hatch area. As Ian continued the noises continued and became more defined. There were two very distinct knocks heard when Kim mentioned the word “butler”, so she asked if there was a butler with us and the noises were repeated!
They began to hear a rustling within the room coming from the opposite side, a sort of scratching sound that appeared to come from one part of the room then switch to another, but always along the opposite wall, this was intermittent and mixed with the odd tap. It was at this point the radio went and Dave said he and Paddy were coming upstairs to investigate some noises they had heard so we were aware of the possible noise they would make. More of this later. It was then that Kim and Ian heard a very pronounced response in the form of two bangs from across the room, so checked to see if Dave and Paddy had come upstairs yet and if the noise was them, the answer was no, they hadn't yet! After a brief visit from Dave and Paddy to tell Ian and Kim of what they had encountered they returned downstairs and the vigil continued for a short while longer. The odd scratching noise continued and Ian and Kim surmised that it could be coming from within the void behind the wall, Ian also checked up through the loft hatch but could see nothing that would make this kind of noise. Both Ian and Kim complained of ringing in their ears whilst up in this room, but with nothing else occurring the vigil was closed.
During this time Dave and Paddy were downstairs in the old kitchen. Paddy using his camcorder and both using their voice recorders. They first noted the ticking of the wall clock above the back door and the same fireworks that were heard by Ian and Kim, then the movement of the kitchen door they had just used and shut hard behind them. This was firmly shut and could not be opened easily and could have been simply settling after they had shut it so firmly. There were also noises that could not be identified heard coming from the hallway beyond. Dave began calling out for signs of someone else with them when when his words were interrupted by loud repetitious noises from above them not unlike heavy footfalls. It was at this point that they radioed Kim and Ian to say they had to go upstairs and investigate the cause as they were so defined. It was agreed that the room above was what we know as “The Tudor Room” so they went up to see and could find no one and nothing out of place, so after visiting Ian and Kim to impart this occurrence they returned to the kitchen. They reported some odd noises coming may be from the pipes above a range of cupboards and a couple of taps heard through the serving hatch to the adjacent room. A request by Paddy for a sign that someone else was there was met by the sounds of what was compared to an electrical relay near the large vertical beam. No source could be located at first but this was next to a couple of fridges that were switched on and these were later identified as being responsible for these noises. Dave commented on seeing a bright royal blue light source in the corner of the room by the back door that lasted for only a second or two, by the distance he estimated it would have been about ¼ “ in diameter.
After these two sessions Dave changed his camcorder tape and left this running at the foot of the stairs to the pink room and the pairs swapped locations, without giving away what had been experienced thus far, although Kim and Ian were aware of the footsteps that had been heard by Dave and Paddy in the kitchen. Ian and Kim had a less eventful time in the kitchen. Despite Both Ian and Kim being quite insistent in their requests nothing was heard other than the same noises coming from the two fridges that were on, and for the duration of their time here nothing was worthy of note.
Dave and Paddy were having their turn in the butlers room. It was not long before they too were hearing the scratching noises heard previously by Kim and Ian, Paddy humorously compared it to a rabbit as there were pictures of rabbits on the walls, this obviously used to be child's bedroom. Dave had his pad and pen with him, as we all do, so while questioning this noise he left it on the floor near where the noise was coming from and invited anyone with them to use them to write or draw something. Nothing happened except the noise seemed to shift location to another part of the room, so the pad and pen were moved to follow it, still nothing happened. Nothing else occurred during their time here other than hearing some noise that was later identified as wind noise heard through the open loft hatch and getting very frustrated over the large amount of inexplicable scratching to be heard.
The team had a break and discussed their times in both locations and also spent some time trying to recreate the foot falls heard by Dave and Paddy. Ian and Kim went to the room above while Dave and Paddy went to the kitchen. Ian walked across the room a number of times before Dave confirmed that he was walking at the right pace and strength to accurately copy what they had heard. This would mean those foot falls were of a large framed man, heavier than Ian walking at a quick pace, it was also likened to walking on bare floor boards rather than the carpet that is there now.
Before long we were moving on as a team for a group vigil in the great hall. We had two camcorders and two voice recorders running. Despite some time spent asking for evidence there were no noises heard, nothing, not even any natural noises you may associated with an old house such as this. After a very disappointing session it was time for another break and a rethink.
It was decided to spend time as a group in the Tudor room, where the foot falls had been heard. This is also a room where occurrences had been reported over the years so this may prove to be interesting. Sadly the results were obviously beginning to tail off as despite spending some considerable time in this room trying as much as we could provoke a response nothing was forthcoming.
As by now it was well into the early morning we decided to call it a
night, we were just going to have to wait till another time for this place
to divulge more of it's secrets.
|Many of the noises heard through our time here
could be readily explained and quite instantly. There were two main occurrences
of the night the first being the seemingly responsive scratching noises
and knocks heard by both pairs in the butlers room. These were later investigated
and no cause could be found. It is worth noting that as the room is in the
high pitch of the roof the angled walls would suggest a cavity behind them,
which could harbor birds or rodents capable of making such noises. It was
difficult to find what adjoined the walls of this room, the space was there
but there appeared to be no access to it. In the circumstances these noises
are going to have to remain unexplained.
The other occurrence was the foot falls heard by Dave and Paddy. These were completely inexplicable as we know for a fact that no one else was in the building. They were faithfully recreated and the source of them was confirmed. It was later found that these foot falls were recorded by Dave's voice recorder that was with them in the kitchen, as well as by his camcorder that was stationed on the landing of the rear service stairs, not far from room where we believe these noises originated. We have no explanation for these.
Dave's camcorder also recorded a series of other noises during our time here, namely what sounds like a door handle or latch being played with as well as some knocks and bangs that weren't heard by any of the team at the time. A selection of these as well as the foot falls can be heard on the short video accompanying this report.
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.
Most of our camcorder footage, still photographs and voice recordings have now been examined and nothing further of note has been found. This report will be updated should anything else become evident.
|Again more questions raised than answers given and frustration as the first impressions were that we were in for a packed night but sadly this tailed off. It just goes to show that this place still has some surprises and secrets to unlock, and we hope to be continuing our research here. We are still adamant that there are other people still residing here waiting to be found or announce themselves, lets hope our investigations continue with success.|
|Thanks again to the owners, a better night and more rewarding than the last visit. It just goes to show the value of returning to venues and being able to conduct a long term study of one place. We are grateful as always for the continued support of the venue owners.|
20th December 2008
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