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Woodchurch Windmill, Woodchurch, Kent

 
 

Ghost Connections were privileged to be granted access to the same venue as visited in 2008 and 2009. To our knowledge it has never been subject to a paranormal investigation and after our first visit we are pleased to be able to conduct further investigations at this venue.

The windmill overlooks the village from the north with extensive views over the Walland marshes towards the English Channel coast. It is a fine example of a Kentish smock mill and was originally one of a pair of windmills standing on this site, known locally at that time as "The Twins".


Now almost completely restored to a working condition by local craftsmen and enthusiasts, the mill is a familliar local landmark which can be seen for many miles.


The first records of a windmill in Woodchurch are from 1660, with the earliest accounts of a windmill on this site dating from 1729. Grinding continued commercially by the surviving mill until 1926 after which time both mills fell into disrepair. The "twin" known as "The Black Mill" was used as an observation post by the military throughout the first world war and survived until 1940. The only signs of its existence today are a few pieces of its brick base. The remaining "White Mill" has undergone several discrete periods of extensive renovation since 1946 and through the unceasing work of the Woodchurch community it once again stands proudly overseeing the village.
Text taken from Woodchurch Windmill website


 

Aim:
To continue our investigations into the possibility of paranormal phenomena at this location and to move on to examine areas of the house not previously investigated.

  The Investigation
  Apparatus:

Video camera-
Sony DCR HC-24E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
Sony DCR/DVD-110E with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light

Digital Camera-
Fuji Fine Pix S5000
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-38
Panasonic Limix DMC FZ-38

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus DM20

Other-
Video tapes (mini DV)

Team: Kim, Paddy, Dave and Ian

Method:

Using visual and scientific methods combined with spiritual theory investigate the background to alleged paranormal phenomena at this venue.

We had tried previously various different pairings and full team approaches to investigations here and on this occasion returned to a team approach, at least for the first sessions.

Investigation:

The weather was calm on this visit thankfully, with no wind and therefore there were very few noises around the location attributable to the building or its surroundings. Taking note of previous noises in the area of the electric lights in the building these were discounted.

1st Floor Session 1

The whole team decided to base themselves on the 1st floor as it is the largest floor within the mill itself and provided scope to move in relation to any noteworthy events.

1st Floor Session 2

As before the team based themselves on the 1st floor.

1st Floor Session 3

As before the team based themselves on the 1st floor.

Results
There is no way any persons could have entered the building without our knowledge and the integrity of the investigation is thus preserved.

1st Floor Session 1

With allowanced made for noises of lights cooling off a number of other noises were noted in and around the floor level of this floor notably near to the millstone machinery.

Paddy started to become breathless.

Kim complained of a pain in her jaw.

1st Floor Session 2

More noises were noted during this session that were not believed to be connected to the lights.

Paddy's breathlessness continued.

1st Floor Session 3

More noises were noted during this session.

Paddys' breathing did not improve and the session was abandoned.

Conclusions
It is probably as easy to combine the sessions here as the results were few and far between.

Some of the noises are what we have grown used to at this site and were likely to have been due to the cooling off of the strip-lights. Having said this there were a number of noises at floor level that sources were not located for. It is possible that these were due to rodents however in our experience they were a little too loud and unlike most rodent noises we have identified.

The pain in Kim's jaw is unexplained. She was not suffering from any ailment or toothache before or after this investigation and the symptoms did not persist.

Paddys breathlessness was later diagnosed as a sudden chronic chest infection.

This was probably our least productive visit to this location but it also produced what will rate as one of our most discussed incidents. What had caused the, believed, horizontally occurring noise followed by the untraceable falling object? We may never know.

During our stay 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 and may prove interesting when compared to other peoples experiences. Should you wish to discuss this information please email us

Camcorder footage, still photographs and voice recorders were later examined and nothing further of note was found. Some of the audible noises were found to be recorded and as such we can be certain that they were not imagined by the team.

Thanks
Ghost Connections extend their thanks to the custodians of this site for their continued support to an ongoing series of investigations.
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