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Woodchurch Windmill - Woodchurch, Kent

A Victorian smock mill dominating the village of Woodchurch and subject to intensive restoration is impeccably maintained by its custodians the history of which was detailed in our initial report.

Our first report can be read here.
Our second report can be read here


Background:

Ghost Connections were privileged to be allowed an immediate return visit to this wonderful venue. There had been no previous reports of any paranormal phenomena but we were keen to return given the experiences we had on our previous two visits. Interesting though it was, our attempts to conduct a meaningful investigation were thwarted by the effects of the weather upon the structure of the building which meant the integrity of any results was questionable on our first investigation and the second faired a little better.

The Investigation
Apparatus:

Video camera-
Samsung VP-D351 with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light
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-
Fuji Fine Pix S5000
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Pentax K-100D Digital SLR

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus DM20
HNSAT DVR958

Other-
Tripods
Torches
Video tapes (MiniDV)
DVD-RW's


Team:
Kim, Ian, Paddy and Dave

Guests:
Ghost Connections allowed two observers to monitor the investigation for future reference.

Method:
We were going to apply the same methods as before, being silent vigils along with periods of asking aloud for activity, we hoped to provoke some potential paranormal phenomena that could be recorded on our equipment.

Investigation:
As before for the purposes of this report we shall refer to the four floor levels of this windmill as ground, first, second and third floors.

This time the weather was to remain calm with no wind for the entire investigation although we were well aware that there would still be an amount of noise caused by movement within the structure that would need to be borne in mind although this was to be minimal on this occasion.

After arrival we prepared our equipment, this time without the CCTV. The exterior flood lights are on a timer and extinguished just after we started the investigation. There would be no movement of moving parts at all during this investigation giving us the opportunity to explore naturally occurring noises within the structure itself and eliminate them allowing us to concentrate purely on the paranormal otherwise occurring.

As always we observed and noted the sounds, smells and feelings the mill provided us.

Initially we began by starting on the first floor. We all sat on chairs available on this level and filmed all available angles.

Kim noted the smell of leather.

Various clicks were heard behind Paddy. They appeared to be random in timing and were not responsive to repetition requests.

Kim developed a cough which intensified until we were forced to conclude this session and after a short break the investigation moved up one level to the second floor.

No chairs were available on this level and the team and guests settled in as best we could.

Various clicks and taps were heard above Dave on this floor but again were not responsive.

From this point on one the guests complained of feeling sick but willing for us to continue. This guest stood up and then crouched on the floor. After some time of not hearing this person participate in the investigation the session was concluded for safety reasons. The guest was found to be sitting crouched upon the floor and was unresponsive to questioning although stated that they felt strange and unable to move. When assisted to stand they appeared to be vague. The guest then walked downstairs and when spoken to by any of the team would not respond and acted as though the person speaking to them were not there.

An extended break took place to attempt to ensure that they recovered. During this break they were still unresponsive to conversation and then (all breaks being taken on the ground floor), they inexplicably walked back upstairs. The other guest was spoken to and requested to ensure the first was in good health. Following their return the unaffected guest was unwilling to disclose what had caused the effect we had witnessed. The affected guest meanwhile would later state that they were unaware of what had caused the symptoms we witnessed or the lack of communication with the team.

We continued with a session on the third floor. In order to assist visual monitoring of the affected guest we kept the lights on in this session believing this may also be beneficial to them.

A noise was heard on the fourth floor and due to limited space Paddy went to investigate this after what sounded like footsteps were heard.

Clicking noises were heard intermittently from above where Ian was sitting.

It was established that the previously affected guest had initially felt dizzy but then accompanied by the other guest they sat together. The previously affected guest twice confirmed to the team that they were OK. The two guests then continued for some minutes to whisper to each other (video footage would later confirm that they were distracting each other physically and verbally during most of the session).

Dave called an end to the session much shorter than normal due to the disruption being caused.

A break took place until the team reconvened with guests to explore the ground floor area. Numerous noises were heard within this area. On a couple of occasions these appeared to be responsive. Attempts were made to identify the source.

After a further break our guests departed and the team then concluded their investigation and left the windmill.

 
 
 
 
Results
During the first two investigations here it was observed that of the initial noises, some that could be attributed to the strip lights cooling once extinguished. This seemed to be consistent with the fact that the strip lights had been on during our break and were obviously cooling again. A further study of this was made during this investigation and it was found that the clicks heard on each floor appeared to come from the area of these lights and so it is natural to assume after three investigations that this the source of these noises.

The footsteps upstairs during the third session remain unexplained as we were the only persons within the mill and the door remained locked when the team were within the building conducting the investigation.

Whatever made Kim cough cannot be identified and its intensity faded immediately during the break as has been witnessed before on other investigations.

Whatever the cause of the symptoms experienced by our guest remains a mystery also. The other guest intimated that there was a 'personal problem' existing that they wished to keep private. This was not the explanation given by the affected guest themselves and as such we cannot comment on any aspect of what we saw, heard or had related to us by them. Any difference in accounts or wishes to keep certain information secret does not assist any investigative strategy.

During our stay a certain amount of other information of a clairvoyant nature was forthcoming. 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.

Nothing of interest was forthcoming from audio or visual recordings from any other session.

Conclusions
On this occasion the weather conditions were much more conducive and none of our noises heard could in anyway be attributed to moving parts of the mill straining within the wind. This did assist a more accurate investigation of anything occurring.

The investigation was frustrated and evidential analysis of recordings was rendered useless due to the interference during session three.

Thanks
  Ghost Connections offer their continued thanks to the Friends of Woodchurch Windmill for their allowing us to return so quickly. We would also remind you that the windmill is open to the public on Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons from 1pm - 5pm from Easter to September, for further details please visit the windmill website
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14th March 2009

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