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Undisclosed 14th Manor House - Visit 20

8th September 2012

An unexpected visit to one of Ghost Connections favourite venues made for an interesting evening.
Part of the building dates back to the 14th Century and is currently being redeveloped.

Due to the nature of the site GC were not expecting to be able to carry out further investigations here as renovations have commenced and are due to continue through until March 2013, when the property will then be available for purchase.

A chance meeting with the owner and keys obtained GC ventured to the site.

 

 

  The Investigation
  Although familiar with the site a walk round was undertaken to familiarise the team with any changes to rooms and to highlight any areas that would be dangerous in the dark. Lights are not available on site as there is no electricity currently in the building, there is however security lighting outside.

The team note that 90% of the lower floor now has new flooring and a room previously unavailable to them is now in a safe condition to start the investigation.

It was decided that the investigation would begin in the dining room and further rooms would be chosen dependant on any occurrences that might happen.

 


The Team
- Kim, Dave, Ian and Graham

Apparatus:
Camcorders:
Sony DCR HC-62 with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
Sony DCR-DVD110E with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light

Digital Camera:
Fuji Fine Pix S1600
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-38
Canon Eos SLR

Voice recorder:
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus VN-6500PC
Olympus DM20

Other:
Tripods, Torches, Video tapes (MiniDV).




 

 

Investigation:

The investigation consisted of 3 sessions - 2 sessions were held in the Dining Room and the third in the Pink Room.

Results
Dining Room

All the following observations were documented by Kim in a note book. The following sequence of events is taken from those notes.

During this session the team sit quietly, occasionally calling aloud to ascertain any other presence in the room. All that follows are occurrences during that time.

The team settle down after the initial equipment set up. The team are sitting relatively close to one another in the corner of the room by the window. This window looks onto an extensive lawned area and pond. There is a constant noise from a motorway close by.

Dave ventures down into the cellar immediately below the dining room.

The rest of the team stay seated in the dining room and hear several clicks close by to them.

Dave returns and claims he heard a scurrying noise above his head, coming from the room that the team were sitting in.

Ian and Dave heard a thump sound.

Graham feels like there is someone else in the room.

A click was then heard behind Dave and another when Ian asked for a repeat.
A whistle was then heard from the corner of the room by Dave and Graham.

A heavy thump was heard by all the team.

Kim saw a green light glimmering in the doorway.

The whole team expressed a feeling of oppression.
Dave and Ian both claim they can hear a child.

Several more clicks are heard by the team around the room.

Footsteps and a shuffling sound are heard by Kim and Dave in the far corner of the room.

Loud click heard through the serving hatch into the kitchen.

Grahams torch began to flash, and when checked was not turned on.

Two taps were heard behind Kim; sound very like taps on the window pane.

Graham feels odd.

Dave feels cold.

Graham has an “electric feeling”

Shuffling is heard again behind Dave and Graham.

Graham claims he saw a boy illuminated in the window between Ian and Kim.

Kim turned her head and claims she saw a boy too, however in shadow form not illuminated.

Kim says she can hear static electricity.

Graham saw a small light shoot across the floor.

Graham feels odd again, and Dave feels cold again.

The noise of fabric rustling is heard.

More taps are heard by all the team.

Kim felt emotional for a brief second.

Graham complains that his head is hurting.

Dave feels as if someone is behind him.

Dave and Graham sit palm to palm and experience a heat transference.

A loud thud is heard, the room then became quiet so the team called a break.

Dining Room
2
As the team had experienced a wide range of unknown sights and sounds they decided to undertake another session in the dining room.

A squeaking noise was heard from the corner of the room.

A grating noise was heard behind Graham and Dave, possibly in the hallway.

Unfortunately as so very often happens with a break in an investigation, the second session was remarkably quiet considering the amount of detail logged in the first.

The team sit for another hour and then decide to take a break.

Whilst on the break Graham is drawn to an upper window and requests that the team undertake the next session there.

The Pink Room

The Pink room aptly named, as its pink.

This room has previously been investigated with some interesting observations. Please read our previous undisclosed manor reports.

Unfortunately in this room 50% of the floor is missing and Kim decided to stand in the landing area for the session.

Kim notes the smell of urine prevalent in the room and stairs.

Graham and Ian hear a groan.

Tap heard by Kim and Dave outside the room, it was difficult to determine from where exactly.

Footfalls and taps were heard from downstairs by Kim.

Both Dave and Ian feel that there is someone else in the room.

Dave described feeling “an air of anticipation”.

Graham joined Kim on the landing to survey the outside as Kim had said it looked as if the scenery was pulsating.

Graham returned to his seat in the pink room. A click was then heard.

Shuffles were heard around the room.

Graham thinks someone is behind him and has the sensation that someone is touching his hair.

Dave heard a groan; the rest of the team did not.

The room fell quiet and the team decided to call the investigation to an end.


Conclusions
Dining Room

Due to the nature of any building there is always varying amounts of movement; be it the building warming up or cooling down. Light taps and clicks can be attributed to this.
Certain noises can be heard that can be associated with this and have to be considered in any investigation.

A new flooring material had been laid and could produce certain noises once walked upon.

The scurrying noise Dave heard from the cellar, claiming that it was directly above where the team were sitting is interesting. The floor directly above making the ceiling of the cellar was indeed only a sheet of ply. No void had been created and only the one sheet was between the team and Dave.

One could then rule out a rodent scurrying between the floors boards as there were none in that location. The team are happy to accept that sound does carry and this could be one possible explanation.

The loud thump remains unexplained.

Graham claims to have seen a little boy illuminated by the window, at this exact time Ian was using his mobile phone and the window was illuminated briefly – Could this have caused a light shape that similar to the size of a small boy? Kim had also stated that she saw a boy – however this was seen as a shadow. Tricks of the light or something else?
The team are open to suggestions.

The electric feeling felt by Graham and Kim, but specifically Graham is harder to explain, and of course depends on your own personal beliefs as to what this can be explained as. There are belief systems that would state that this is a connection with spirit, others state cleaning chakras and even sensing your life force! The team lean towards static electricity, however have no explanation why this is so.

For further reading static electricity can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_electricity

The green light seen by Kim could have been a trick of the eye, and there is a perfectly feasible explanation for this. This is called the Purkinje effect sometimes called the Purkinje shift, or dark adaptation and is the tendency for the peak luminance sensitivity of the human eye to shift toward the blue end of the colour spectrum at low illumination levels.

The effect occurs because the colour-sensitive cones in the retina are most sensitive to yellow light, whereas the rods, which are more light-sensitive (and thus more important in low light) but which do not distinguish colours, respond best to green-blue light. This is why humans become virtually colour-blind under low levels of illumination, for instance moonlight.

Futher reading- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purkinje_effect, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wald, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_cell#cite_note-Kandel-1


The feeling of oppression felt by the whole team is interesting as this too does have a feasible explanation. Mass hysteria is the spontaneous manifestation of the same or similar physical symptoms by more than one person. One person in the team expressed the feeling and then the rest of the team began feeling the exact same thing.

However under test conditions this kind of hysteria commonly happens when all women are present and Kim is the only woman in the team and did not express the oppressive feelings in the first instance.

For further reading - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_hysteria

The team can only accept that all those present had this emotion and cannot currently explain why.

The loud clicks heard by the team can be explained. On further investigation of the outside a security light is situated above the dining room window. This produces a loud click when activated. Similarly the loud click heard through the serving hatch would have been the lighting at the front of the property.

Grahams torch being on and flashing when actually being off posses many questions –
Could the switch have been slightly forward touching the on button?
Could the batteries be failing and the torch acting strangely as some items do malfunction when their batteries being to fail?
Could it have been something else?

Graham states that the switch was definitely off.

The team have no idea and no way of testing how much charge was in the batteries.

The team have no way of knowing if something else was interfering with the torch.

The team have currently left this as unexplained.

Several of the noises stated through the report were from other areas not within the team’s vision or under any equipment control. These noises could be explained by rodents as they have been seen previously in the house.

The Pink Room

The room’s state immediately gives an air of mystery and apprehension. Missing floor boards, bare walls and holes in the ceiling.

The smell of urine in the room can be explained by the exposed voids under the floor boards, these contained large amounts of straw and these could possibly have been urinated on and used as bedding by various rodents.

Graham stated he felt as if someone was touching his head. Kim asked him to check for cobwebs above as this can sometimes be the cause. Graham checked for cobwebs and none were found.

The team have no other explanation for this.

Thanks
Many thanks as always to the owners of this venue and they're continued support, it is appreciated and we are grateful to be given the access to this building for as long as it continues to be possible
     
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