Coffin Works Ghost Hunt Birmingham
“The Coffin Works” Ghost Hunt | Central Birmingham
Event Date | TBC
Event Price | £40.00 per person
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E X C L U S I V E L O C A T I O N
Enter the unknown with Haunted Evenings as we conduct exclusive paranormal investigations at this former Victorian factory in Central Birmingham. This well preserved coffin furniture factory, which opened in 1894 in the Old Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, resembles a time capsule; with office paperwork, machinery and old stock placed back exactly where it was once left when the factory closed in 1998. A truly fascinating insight into an original Victorian factory, fully restored yet still with a sense of eerie abandonment!
Newman Bros. Coffin Works is now the only surviving building that remains on Fleet Street from the 1800’s. Perhaps because of this, the Coffin Works may provide familiarity to any remaining souls roaming the area? Who knows just how haunted this location is, this is a very exciting opportunity to find out! What we do know so far……
R E C E N T H A U N T I N G S
On numerous occasions, during the period after Newman Brothers’ closed and was awaiting restoration, a local passer-by would often make note of seeing the night watchman peering out from one of the many factory windows, only to be informed some while later by employees that there was never a night watchman on duty during this vacant period!
More recently, since opening as a Museum, the Museum Manager was working alone late one night in the “Shroud Room” when the telephone from inside the former 1960’s office next door started ringing. Perfectly normal? Not quite! The phone is not connected to anything other than a motion sensor on the inside office wall, designed to “set-off” the phone when tours walk into the Old Office and pass the sensor. Who or what set off the motion sensor? No-one was inside the office and needless to say, the staff member didn’t rush to pick up the phone to find out!
History of the Coffin Works
Fleet Street was once a bustling inner city residential street, with a row of terraced houses on one side and the Birmingham Canal on the other. By 1890, most of the housing was already being torn down to make way for regeneration and by 1894, the Coffin Works (a brand new build) was ready to serve it’s new owners Alfred and Edwin Newman. The Brothers were established brass founders, specialising in the production of coffin furniture and the business was later passed down to Alfred’s sons. The business thrived making brass handles and ornate coffin plaques for a century before dissolving in 1999 after failing to modernise and “falling behind the times”. Joyce Green, the last owner of the Coffin Works may have failed to keep this traditional factory operating but successfully campaigned for 10 years, until her death in 2009, to ensure the building and it’s contents were preserved. Now protected by the Birmingham Conservation Trust, anyone who enters will feel like they’ve just walked in to the Newman Brothers Factory moments after the workers have gone home for the evening!
Y O U R I N V E S T I G A T I O N
With access to 4 separate areas, we’ll be setting up experiments using all the latest equipment as well as applying traditional methods for you to take part in. Vigils to take part in will include Glass divination (Ouija Board), Trigger Vigil, Human Pendulums, Equipment Vigil, Locked Off Experiment (Lone Vigil)….It’s so rare to be the first to ever discover a buildings hauntings and we are so thrilled to be able to give you the opportunity to take part in vigils at this new location! Are you brave enough to join us at “The Coffin Works”?!
What’s Included? “The Coffin Works” Ghost Hunt Birmingham
- Access to the premises after dark. Experiments will be set up in all areas – The 1960’s Office, Original Factory Stamp Room, Shroud Room and Warehouse.
- Jam packed night of ghost hunting using different techniques
- Full use of all the latest paranormal equipment
- Take part in our lock down experiment
- Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
- Complimentary light snacks
- Fully Insured Event
Event Dates Available…
Event times | 9.00pm -2.00am
Doors Open | 8.55pm
TERMS & CONDITIONS – SUMMARY
*Guests must be 18+ (please contact for 16+)
*Deposits are strictly non-refundable / non-transferable
*Remaining balances refundable up until 4 weeks before
*No alcohol / illegal substances allowed prior to or during the event
*Complimentary drinks/snacks provided (to be consumed in the baseroom only)
*Guests must bring a torch, wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes
*Guests must adhere to health & safety at all times, incl respecting the museum (no touching displays etc)
*Lift available for those with mobility difficulties
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO AGREE TO OUR FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS BEFORE BOOKING
What happens after I’ve booked my place?
You will receive an order confirmation email once you have successfully placed your order. This is your proof of purchase as we do not send tickets out for our events, instead we operate a Guest List system. On receiving your order you will be automatically added to our guest list. Closer to your event date, you’ll be able to access all welcome information about your event from the “YOUR EVENT” tab from the main menu. This will give you all the information you will need for your night to come, including check in procedures, where to park, when to arrive and what to bring/wear. These details will likely not be available until the week of your event and could be added as late as 48 hours before. If your event is a few weeks away, please keep checking the Your Event tab closer to your event date. Most general information,( google map, arrival times) can be found on the product listing in the meantime.
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Location / Map
The Coffin Works
13-15 Fleet Street
Event Blog / Spoiler!
The Coffin Works in Central Birmingham opened it’s doors for the very first time last night to allow Haunted Evenings guests the absolute privilege of investigating this brand new untouched site!. Opened in 1894 as Newman Bros. this beautiful Victorian building is the only building of it’s kind left standing from the days gone by, on Fleet Street. Like entering a time capsule, this old factory has been preserved exactly how it was when it was fully operational up until its closure in 1999.
The Stamp Room which sits away from the main building and accessible only via the courtyard, is a narrow workspace filled to the brim with old manual machinery designed to cut out the metal coffin furniture this factory was famous for producing. We set up various pieces of paranormal equipment along the abandoned work benches, floor and on some of the factory presses. Movement was detected via our Vibe Pods during all 3 vigils, a few taps were heard, one occurring at one end which also set off our EDI geophone (movement) devise at the same time a team member felt something standing behind her and a guest felt cold. Grainy voices were picked up throughout the night, often starting quietly and building as each vigil was conducted, nothing majorly decipherable other than a possible couple of EVP’s which we will review later. The highlight of the Stamp Room came during the final vigil when a music box, designed to trigger when movement is detected in front of it, started to play after sitting idle for 30 mins or so. It was pointing down an old roped off work trough and no person present could have accidently stood in its line of sight. The devise was close to where the team member in the previous vigil had felt a presence behind her!
In the old Managers Office which has been preserved exactly how it was found after the factory closed, groups took part in Ouija board sessions. Personal connections were made with some guests but in the main the board produced contact from spirits connected to the building/area. The name Billy Hurst came up, a 5 year old who spelt out the letters PP. Significant as, at the end of the investigation when discussing experiences with other team members, the name PP was also picked up elsewhere during a vigil! The name Pat and the initials TF were also brought forward on the board, both claiming to have worked at the factory, one giving the date 1985. The name Jerry came forward who was 23 , died at 55 and mentioned the year 1923. A spirit named Victor was also detected during another ouija session and again, when summarising at the end of the night, surprised a team member to discover Victor had also come forward during a different experiment (Human Pendulum).
Up in the Shroud Room (Sewing Machine room) equipment was placed around the room and EVP sessions took place. For Group 2, the name Elizabeth and/ or Edith was sensed, shadows, K2 meters spiked and consistent yes/no responses occured via the use of the vibe pod. An orb was also seen by a couple of the guests shooting through a locked doorway. In an earlier vigil, Group 3 captured a grainy voice suggesting we should move, we were stood near the fabric cutting table end of the room.
It is always an exciting, daunting but above all else, thrillingly rare opportunity to be the first to ever investigate a building and we all entered through the cobbled courtyard with no real clue as to whether we would experience any activity at all!. I think its fair to say the chance to investigate this loveable building paid off as all groups experienced a steady trickle of unexplainable moments throughout the evening.
We would just like to say thank you to all those who attended with a good positive attitude to this unique event, to the HE team for taking up the challenge and a huge thank you to the Museum staff who welcomed the event with open arms.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be back on Friday 13th (March) to continue our paranormal research into this exclusive Haunted Evenings location! Tickets will go on sale next week!