Ghost caught on CCTV
By Trystan Swale, Researcher, SCFR
Said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK, Woodchester Mansion stands in a secluded valley in Gloucestershire. Look at this ghostly video taken by The Severnside Centre of Fortean Research and the Gloucestershire Paranormal Research Group!
On the evening of 7 October 2005, members of Dursley based Severnside Centre for Fortean Research attended Woodchester Mansion for an overnight investigation in conjunction with Gloucestershire Paranormal Group.
Originally perceived as the country house of devout Catholic merchant William Leigh, the mansion sits within a steep, secluded valley that stretches between the villages of Nympsfield and Woodchester.
Sitting on the foundation footprint of the large house that Leigh had demolished to replace with his own structure, the mansion was never completed. By the early 1870s construction workers and craftsmen mysteriously downed tools, never returning to reclaim them.
Despite having never been formally occupied, Woodchester Mansion is rich with ghostly heritage, much of it poltergeist in nature, and we hoped to experience some of this for ourselves.
Like many other paranormal investigators those present utilised both scientific and spiritual methodology. For the former the group was equipped with an array of environmental monitoring equipment, video and CCTV cameras. The group's sensitive was able to offer additional thoughts with what he believes to be his psychic abilities.
The main focus of the night's events would be the second floor corridor, where unusual blue coloured light phenomena, visible clearly to the naked eye, would twice evade capture on film.
Woochester corridor. Blue light absent.
The first was a perfect sphere of light the size of a ten pence coin which rapidly travelled the corridor before disappearing at the knees of two investigators; one of whom was left dazed with a strong feeling of déjà vu. On the second occasion the corridor was dimly illuminated for approximately three seconds by a blue glow descending from the rafters.
Having conducted thorough physical searches for the likely causes of both phenomena they remain without explanation, although the linkage between feelings of déjà vu and epilepsy hint that at least the first of these events may possibly have been electrical in origin.
For those who may prefer a supernatural angle, mediums feel they have picked up on the presence of two spirits in the same location, only one of which has been identified as human.
So that was that: an interested night, but not exactly any conclusive proof of something paranormal at Woodchester. That was until a few days later when the group's CCTV footage was analysed... (Click on the link below to watch the clip. Look closely in the middle of the screen, to the right of the scaffolding pole.)
Says Trystan: "This footage was from a CCTV we had set up in the chapel of the Mansion. Nobody was on the ground floor at the time it was taken. I remain open minded as to its origin although if you look closely whatever it is (hooded apparition?) certainly appears to be behind the scaffolding."
"My own feeling is that the apparition is probably a torch beam from a south westerly direction from one of the upstairs corridors, although until we can get access down there again we won't be able to attempt to recreate it."
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last updated: 18/05/2009 at 13:10
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