2020 Blog

Read all about what happened on our 2020 Ghost Hunt Events and what paranormal experiences occurred during the latest haunted evening!

2020


THE LOCK-UP EVENT SUMMARY
17.01.20

We were banged up at the Lock-Up again last night! Our first of 3 events this year, before the building shuts down for a revamp in July, was spent at the disused Central Birmingham Custody block known as Steelhouse Lanes “The Lock-Up”.
Built on old slum land, this fine building served for over 127 years and was often described as a mini prison, closing its Victorian doors in 2017.

Once again we took on the challenge to experience the paranormal side in this 1890’s building, with guests spending time in many of the cells with as much equipment as they could carry! From ghostly voices captured on our recorders, guests feeling sick, headaches, personal encounters on the ouija board and emf meters responding on command!

H I G H L I G H T S :

Cell 14 was the centre of attention tonight for one group and one to investigate further next time!
In vigil 3, the vibe pod was triggering in answer to questions being asked in the human pendulum. Pendulum, we had a male prisoner, 31 years old who was there in 1976. He died after being stabbed in a fight over contraband and was in for theft of an inheritance. Next was a female guard, 33 years old, who didn’t die there but was killed as revenge by an ex prisoner. She was strangled and gave the year 1962. She lived nearby and wasn’t married.

For another team member the highlights occurred during vigil one again, in the women’s block. A Rem pod went off and on, on command and then when flat. During the same vigil whilst conducting a Pendulum, a spirit named Lucy came forward who had committed a robbery.
During vigil 2, a cracking EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) was captured in the room opposite the kitchen saying “goodbye” and later, during a ouija board vigil, a personal connection was made with spirit who spelt out names of loved ones. Listen in to the EVP here

As always it was a pleasure to investigate alongside so many guests who share our passion for the paranormal. We hope you enjoyed the evening and thanks once again, for choosing to spend the night, locked-up with the Haunted Evenings crew!

A further date has been added to our diary for Steelhouse Lane. One of the last events to take place before the Lock-up is locked up for a refurb! Grab the chance to investigate this building in it’s most abandoned state by checking out our Ghost Hunts Lock-up page


ABINGTON PARK MUSEUM
11.01.20

A grade I listed 15th century manor house situated in Abington Park (Northampton) was our “home” for the evening and it’s fair to say we would move in permanently if we could! A fantastic building with an abundance of rooms to investigate, layered in history, from once a grand Manor to becoming a mental institution in the 1800’s, to its present day use as a museum.

Original photo courtesy of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Activity seemed to be apparent in all areas we investigated and some fascinating paranormal evidence was reported after each vigil conducted. Here are some of last nights findings :

Ouija board (Oak Panel Room + adjacent room):
Tim, youngest in his family of 7 came through on the ouija board. Spelt out H-I. Next door, simultaneously a group got Lim and the letters H-I. Tim had connections to World War 1.
Alfred 12 came through on the board, connected to Binny (25) who we believe both had connections to a spirit named George. Every time George was mentioned, the glass stopped suggesting George had caused both a wrong doing.
Eugenie, aged 9 also came through during a session as well as a personal connection for one of the guests.

East Wing :
Our spiritual team members picked up on the name Allan, Jessica (7 or 8 years old) and Elizabeth Bardon with a further surname Nee picked up on a later vigil. Names confirmed to be connected to the building. Another team member independently picked up on the same female spirit and was able to sketch out a chilling portrait of her.
An angry spirit sensed along the East Wing corridor with an EVP which we believe says “Yes I am”.
A guest felt her jumper was tugged from behind and felt shivers. Headaches felt in the side room near to the East Wing by 2 seperate people (unbeknownst to each other).
Music box triggered suggesting an unexplained movement detected.

Upstairs:
A Child came through during one of the human pendulums who was shot. In a later pendulum a John Watkins (or Hopkins) was sensed by the team member and through the pendulum, discovered to have wartime connections, poisoned 1859 (aged 25-30)

Ground Floor:
A cabinet door in the Oak Panel room opened of its own accord and could not be replicated by walking passed.
2 guests who braved going off on their own came swiftly back after hearing a heavy breath. Team member went back with them and connected with a Chaplin or Vicar who he sensed was grounded at the Manor House in his quest to help the sick.

I’m sure lots have been missed but it’s fair to say we certainly came away buzzing from such a paranormally filled night! 

Thank you to all the guests who attended last night, you were all such a pleasure to investigate alongside and we’re thrilled you chose to investigate with Haunted Evenings. 

Further dates are in the diary and will be announced soon for Abington Park Museum…watch this space!

Thank you for the feedback!

“Such a good night 😊” R.Hutchinson 11.01.20 Source:facebook

“Amazing time last night. Had such an insight to how it all worked x” E.Duckett 11.01.20 Source:facebook


DERBY GAOL EVENT SUMMARY
10.01.20

Last nights return visit to Derby Gaol was long overdue as we were last there to see in the New Year in 2015 (scary how time flies!). The location is split into 2 with the old Gaol site (1756) positioned on Friar Gate and the tower of the old county Jail (1843) off Vernon Street.

With 2 completely different areas to investigate, guests were split into 2 and spent time conducting experiments in both locations, combining both traditional and equipment methods together.

During the evening, grainy voices were heard via voice recorders, people reporting headaches in certain areas, the sense of unwell in other parts of the jail, neck pains and EMF spikes were just some of the occurrences reported back last night. The spirit of the old Jailer was sensed as well a little girl.

Over in the older Gaol the evening soon warmed up nicely with movement on the ouija board in one of the original cells, picking on one of the more sceptical guests. Although no real sense was made from the board, it was a good indication of spirit energy. This was then strengthened when a REMPOD triggered in the doorway to the same cell. Grainy voices were also detected down the main corridor via voice recorders, again suggesting we were not alone! In the same cell for the second group, energy was detected once again when a K2 triggered when we asked for any spirits to bring their energy forward. The timing certainly suggested this was in direct response to our initial call out, with EMF meters showing some unexplainable spikes outside the cell moments before.

The main corridor was investigated again (after groups swapped over) and during a human pendulum, a spirit came forward and responded to yes/no closed questions. The spirit appeared to effect others in the group as well as the female guest in the middle, with swaying movements leaving us with the impression the character connected with was a drunk (A yes was given when we asked if they were!).
As the group moved into the “debtors” cell, people described feeling odd, from a feeling of crushed arms, headaches, heavy headedness and the feeling of droopy eyes, in some cases by more than one person. People also felt unstable yet standing still at the time. It certainly felt repressive!

The newer County Jail tower was less forthcoming activity wise than the 16th Century gaol but still provided some moments of interest. An EMF meter detected a shift in energy up in the spiral tower and a guest picked up on a possible fight that led to someone falling down the stairs. A human pendulum was conducted later on in the same tower and the same facts came through that had come forward for that group earlier in the evening. The quietest area was the drop tower with sadly nothing of substance to report for both groups by comparison.

Thank you to those who braved the rather cold wind chill to investigate this unique little location. We will be back a little sooner than 4 years as we have just announced a second Haunted Evening at Derby Jail in May. To book on please check out details here

Thank you for the feedback!

“Great night last night! Thank you to your amazing hosts and we hope to see you soon at another location ❤️” S.Partington 10.01.20 Source:facebook

“A brilliant night and a great group of guests. Derby Gaol definitely lived up to my expectations 👻” T.Marciniak 10.01.20 Source:facebook

“A fantastic little location which was a first visit for me, a great night thoroughly enjoyed with great friends. Would be interested in visiting again, hopefully when it’s not as bloody cold!!😂😂” M.Reeves 10.01.20 Source:facebook


LEICESTER GUILDHALL EVENT REVIEW
04.01.20

Thank you to all those who joined Haunted Evenings in our home town last night at the Leicester Guildhall! As much as the festive break was lovely, it was fabulous to get 2020 rolling event wise and what better place than an old faithful haunt of ours!

Throughout the evening activity was reported back in various parts of the building. A particular hotspot appeared to be the old library (3rd oldest in England) where our music boxes detected movement in the side room on 2 separate occasions, often responding on command. EVP’s from here suggest a male presence with muffled voices captured suggesting “murdered him” and “can’t hear the message”.

Down in the old Police holding cells, whilst EMF spikes were dismissed as being explainable and the ouija board wasn’t forthcoming, EVP’s once again suggested a spirit or spirits were present, implying they wished to get out. Again, muffled and not clear enough to upload but fascinating as these similar EVP’s were captured by both groups (unbeknownst to each other).

Thank you for the feedback!

“Had my first event with Haunted Evenings at Leicester Guildhall 04/01/20, It was an incredible event run extremely professionally, all staff were very welcoming and helpful, lots or really interesting investigations and findings throughout the night, will be booking again very soon and would highly reccomend to others” J.Ashby 04.01.20 Source:Google

“Fab night thanku 👻👍🏻x” V.Love 04.01.20 Source:facebook

“Great night thank u 😊 x” C.Love 04.01.20 Source:facebook


GRESLEY OLD HALL REVIEW
03.01.20

Last night to celebrate the New Year, Gresley Old Hall became our home for the evening for our private team “do”. Although many HE crew couldn’t make it, it was a lovely social gathering and of course, a chance to investigate one of our fondest locations at our leisure.

Although I had no plans to divulge the evenings paranormal antics, having caught a phenomenal EVP 2 floors up whilst EVERYONE was downstairs, it would be crazy not to share at least that bit!

What you hear is a crew members voice caught on the recorder (via a mobile phone on loud speaker) and then, a couple of bangs on command, followed by a class A EVP saying “Goodbye”. We did not hear this in real time, only on playback. (EVP in Insta link below)

 

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GRESLEY OLD HALL | 03.01.20 GRESLEY OLD HALL | 03.01.20 Last night to celebrate the New Year, Gresley Old Hall became our home for the evening for our private team “do”. Although many HE crew couldn’t make it, it was a lovely social gathering and of course, a chance to investigate one of our fondest locations at our leisure. Although I had no plans to divulge the evenings paranormal antics, having caught a phenomenal EVP 2 floors up whilst EVERYONE was downstairs, it would be crazy not to share at least that bit! What you hear is a crew members voice caught on the recorder (via a mobile phone on loud speaker) and then, a couple of bangs on command, followed by a class A EVP saying “Goodbye”. We did not hear this in real time, only on playback. A cracking start to 2020! #evp #ghosthunts #hauntedevenings

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A cracking start to 2020!