Undisclosed Napoleonic Defences, Kent
24th September 2011
To investigate paranormal activity at an Undisclosed Napoleonic Defence in Kent.
During the late Georgian period England was under threat of invasion twice from the French and in various strategic locations extensive fortifications were constructed to thwart the perceived invasion. Armed heavily with canons and featuring extensive tunnels and defensive positions these amazing feats of engineering have gone generally unnoticed in the history of Britain. Many are now inaccessible and dangerous although this example is safe albeit a little difficult to find.
The investigated location consisted of a defensive position defending a deep dry ditch. It was two stories high inside with the remnants of the first floor still in place. Ventilation was provided by shafts to the surface above.
This was our first investigation at this site and, with no actual reports
to go on, speculative.
Using visual and scientific methods combined with spiritual information investigate the background to any occurring paranormal phenomena at this venue.
We all sat facing towards the extensive tunnel network leading from
the location we were in and, having set up our equipment, sat around and
called out for responses in the traditional manner.
|After some time in the, almost, pitch dark Dave
stated he saw a light illuminate around the entrance into the location.
Ian described how his ears were ringing.
Dave then described how he felt a pressure on his head behind his ears to which Ian added that he was feeling similar but across his temples.
Ian sees what he described as a pin prick of light to his diagonal left towards a tunnel entrance.
Ian and Dave, together, described a draft traveling left to right across their legs.
Ian and Dave, together, described a glowing light in their peripheral vision.
Dave then described a light emanating from a point diagonally left from Ian.
Instances of note then picked up with a noise being heard somewhere within the area they were sat.
A tap noise was heard within the area of the integral fireplace.
A shuffling noise was heard to the teams left followed by the sound of footfall in the same general area.
A noise was heard behind Paddy.
The session was then concluded in favour of an explore around the rest of the site. Due to other events occurring before the investigation it was late after the explore and the investigation was concluded.
|The light seen around the entrance cannot be
sourced although the outside of this venue is, albeit poorly, accessible
to the public. Having said this there were no voices, no torchlights or
any other sounds that actually led us to believe that anyone else was present.
The ringing in the ears is a common event on investigations. It is similar to the mild tinnitus encountered when someone is plunged into silence after being in an area of noise. We have no idea why we encounter this at some venues and not at others.
The pressure described by both Ian and Dave cannot be explained. Whilst these defences are underground they are also, to some extent, on the surface and only really a few feet underground and should not be subject to any atmospheric changes of pressure.
The various light anomalies described by Ian and Dave cannot be explained. There are no outside light sources at all and therefore nothing can be said to be penetrating into the defences. There were, however, discarded glow sticks that were reacting to our, now extinguished, torches. Any noted anomalies may be down to these objects.
Any drafts may be explained by small breezes entering through the proliferation of gun loops piercing the walls.
The two undefined noises mentioned may well have been due to debris falling from the structure or down a ventilation tube and/or the fireplace chimney. Due to the rubble on the floor the actual piece of debris could not be identified nor excluded. The initial noise was caught on the footage due to its closeness to the camera although nothing can be seen to show how it was caused.
The shuffling noise and the noise heard behind Paddy were close together
in time. It is entirely possible that these were caused by bats or rodents
within the derelict structure. The footfall is described as such for want
of a better description and may well not have been such.
A non productive investigation but such is the historical context of these defences that a return visit may well occur to see if anything further can be detected.
Still photographs and voice recorders were later examined and nothing
of note was found other than the sounds described previously. Recordings
of this may appear on our seperate pages later.
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