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Beaumanor Hall – January 2017

Beaumanor Hall is situated on the on the edge of Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, the history of the estate can be traced back to the Norman conquest in 1066 and since has been owned by several influential and noble families.

Over the years the various owners of the Beaumanor estate have been closely associated with the throne of England. The most infamous owner was Lord Leonard Grey, uncle to Lady Jane Grey.

In 1595 the famous Leicestershire Herrick family bought the estate and set about its renovation. Over the next 344 years of ownership, the Herrick’s redeveloped the hall, which houses a vast labyrinth of cellars, sweeping oak staircase and servants attic accommodation and numerous estate buildings.

William Herrick VII (1794-1876) bought the bed that is reputed to have been King Richard III bed from the Blue Boar Inn in Leicestershire and fashioned a room around it, He married Sophia Christie, 37 years his junior in 1862. William died in the bar room in the arms of his wife, following a riding accident, Sophia out lived him by a further 40 years and eventually died in 1915.

During World War II the hall was requisitioned by the War Office and used as a training center then solely as a Military Intelligence Listening Station, this was top-secret work helped break the German Enigma Code and brought the end of the war to a quicker end. Information about this work is still restricted.

There have been numerous sightings and reported paranormal activity throughout the hall and estate. People have reported hearing footsteps and doors opening only to find no one there. A Victorian lady has been sighted in the grounds and a male entity in the cellar. Whilst visiting the site we experienced a female called Martha saying Hello in the cellars, a male presence following us in the attic and light phenomena captured on the camera.

Paranormal Ghost Walk, Bradgate Park – February 2017

Bradgate Park is one of Leicestershire’s most well-known and popular attractions welcoming around 900,000 visitors per year. Regarded as a picturesque tranquil oasis, it is a favourite with dog walkers and for family days out. Bradgate Park has a long history. In 1445 the park was owned by the Grey family. The most well-known former Grey resident of Bradgate House is Lady Jane Grey who, after just 9 days on the throne as queen of England, was executed at the Tower of London for high treason.
It is the ghost of Lady Jane Grey which is perhaps the most well-known at the park. Legend has it that on New Years Eve a ghostly coach leaves the ruins and travels to nearby All Saints Church. As Lady Grey climbs out of the coach, she and the coach vanish! Others report ghostly disembodied voices, sounds of military drums and other eerie unexplained sounds. Apparitions have been witnessed and photographed on many occasions. There are many reported cases of phenomena and Bradgate Park has become notorious to locals and mentioned in many paranormal publications.
Guests must be aged 16 years and over

Gresley Old Hall – Swadlincote. March 2017

Gresley Old Hall is a 16th Century, Grade II listed building reputed to have been built in 1556 for Sir Christopher Alleyn out of the materials of the demolished Gresley Priory which date back to the 1100’s. The house in its present form was built in 1734, replacing the original hall constructed in 1556. The current house has an array of floors, some of which have not been touched since the 19th Century and in the top most attics Victorian graffiti can still be seen on the lime wash walls. Over the years the rural setting of the hall has changed as land has been sold off and the Hall was bought by the Coal Board in 1953 to make it into a Minors Welfare which opened in 1964.
This location is a popular site for paranormal investigators due to its intriguing past. An apparition of a lady, said to be the ghost of a maid that burned to death by a fire, has been witnessed. There have been reports of noises of people who have worked there, hair has been pulled and people have been touched. The middle floor has 6 back to bare eerie rooms to investigate. With the land holding so much history and reports of activity captured in every room, there is little question that this makes for a gem of a spooky location.
Group members will have the opportunity to use a comprehensive range of paranormal investigative equipment such as dousing rods, EMF meters, ‘Ghost Boxes’ (record voice phenomena) as well as participate in séances, glass divination and table tipping sessions.

Smethwick Baths, West Midlands – March 2017

History of Smethwick Baths

Smethwick is listed in the Domesday Book, witnessed the dissolution of the monasteries and the loss of its abbey, and experienced horrific living conditions with foul water and a major small pox epidemic in 1883.
Post World War I the Thimblemill Baths were built and opened on 3 March 1933 to provide a safe healthy environment as a seasonal swimming facility then an events venue for dances, boxing and bands.

Just a few years later would see the start of world war II and Smethwick bombed, the tunnels and cellars would provide a safe heaven during these air raids. Sadly 80 people lost their lives during the raids with the injured, sick or dead brought to the baths.

The atmosphere particular in the lower section of the site is especially oppressive and eerie with emotions heightened by the original drawings and posters still on the walls left from this particular era.

Thimblemill Road also saw arrivals of troop from the U.S.A being stationed round the corner from the baths. This is information is very pertinent when on your investigation.

After World War II had finished the baths started to see happier, exciting times with bands such as the Kinks and the Beetles playing here.

So, what lies beneath?
Paranormal activity here is not just the odd reported sighting. There have been many reports of apparitions throughout the venue, which is deceptively large. Apparition of an airman have been seen along with a little girl (seen on our first visit by our medium) Strange light phenomenon and unexplained smells of perfume have also been witnessed.

Don’t let the name or use of this venue today put you off it has many layers of history and paranormal activity. Come and join the Haunted heritage team as we embark on the amazing investigation below the building..

Ancient High House, Stafford – March

What an amazing place…
One of the largest surviving timber framed town houses in England and was probably built around 1595, during the reign of Elizabeth I.

The house has had many uses, a hide out for Charles 1 during the English Civil War as well as becoming a prison for the gentry at a later date, a family home to mayors of stafford, apothecary, physicians and surgeons. In 1811 part of the house became a boarding school for your ladies and 1825 the house was converted into several shops which led to arrival of John Marston in 1827 till 1908 who has become a long standing resident.. shall we say since.

The Ancient High House has a notorious paranormal history but has rarely permitted public access after hours. It has appeared in several well known UK televised programmes, staff have experienced and witnessed unusual phenomenon on a regular basis. Even whilst carrying out exploratory testing during daylight hours one Haunted Heritage team member experienced two bizarre phenomenons which could not be explained.

The most infamous mass sighting was alleged in 1960 when a party of American visitors claimed to to have been a guided tour of the house by the resident ship keeper. On returning with friends they discovered that house was an uninhabited ruin. When shown a picture of William Marston who had owned the shop within the high house in 1890 the Americans claimed he and their guide were that of the same person.

Paranormal Ghost Walk, Bradgate Park – March 2017

Bradgate Park is one of Leicestershire’s most well-known and popular attractions welcoming around 900,000 visitors per year. Regarded as a picturesque tranquil oasis, it is a favourite with dog walkers and for family days out. Bradgate Park has a long history. In 1445 the park was owned by the Grey family. The most well-known former Grey resident of Bradgate House is Lady Jane Grey who, after just 9 days on the throne as queen of England, was executed at the Tower of London for high treason.
It is the ghost of Lady Jane Grey which is perhaps the most well-known at the park. Legend has it that on New Years Eve a ghostly coach leaves the ruins and travels to nearby All Saints Church. As Lady Grey climbs out of the coach, she and the coach vanish! Others report ghostly disembodied voices, sounds of military drums and other eerie unexplained sounds. Apparitions have been witnessed and photographed on many occasions. There are many reported cases of phenomena and Bradgate Park has become notorious to locals and mentioned in many paranormal publications.
Guests must be aged 16 years and over

Drakelow Tunnels – June 2017

Drakelow Tunnels in Kidderminster, Worcestershire are a 285,000 sq. ft. desolate network of tunnels that were formerly a top secret underground military complex .The tunnels were built in 1941 and used to manufacture machine parts during WWII. In 1961, the British Government converted half of the tunnels into a top secret facility and amongst 12 other facilities across the UK, formed a network of highly classified nuclear bunkers that were to be used in the event of a Nuclear War. In 1993, the Ministry of Defence deemed the facility surplus to requirements and the entire complex was decommissioned and sold. Today, the tunnels are in the process of being restored back to their original condition in order to become the largest Cold War Museum in the UK.

During construction and running of this facility, six people were said to have died from fatal human error. Throughout the years there have been many reports of activity, including a mischievous spirit who pulls hair, moves objects and touches people. It is also believed that during the sites decommission it was used as a place for satanic worship.

The amount of activity that has been reported here is startling. Many paranormal groups have investigated and this building leaves you in no doubt that there are spirits and ghosts within. Full body apparitions have been seen and tormented cries have also been heard. And not to mention Poltergeist activity.A place not to be missed.

Haunted Heritage guests will have the opportunity to carry out vigils and séances in the most active areas of the tunnels, including Ouija Board, Glass Deviation and Table Tipping experiments. You will be guided by our medium along with the Haunted Heritage team, but also encouraged to take the lead in the vigils and participate in small groups so that everyone is actively involved. The latest paranormal ‘detection’ equipment will be available for customers to use for themselves. This paranormal evening is not for the faint-hearted! Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.