A round up of all our best past investigations from the years
St James Priory
(Dudley, West Midlands)
Were Neil Sinnett,Caroline Cox, Steph Weaver and Kay.
Neil and Caroline arrived at location after deciding that a protection circle was not needed as the location already was protected due to the ground been holy team set up ghostbox in ruin area Kay and Steph arrived and investigation began with questions been asked to the ghostbox we gained the name George from the box and he told us was a monk who had been seen at the location. Some of the team felt like they where being watched and photos taken one showing what looked like a rod of light just after behind you was said on the ghostbox.
Team moved to the pool area where local folklore says a young girl drowned in the pool not long after it was built. here a dowsing expirement was done at the same time as the ghostbox was used between the both of them contact was made with an entity claiming to be a young girl named Juile she told us she felt like some one had pushed her in the pool from behind and she at first did not know she had crossed over (died). Here team member Kay was affected statuing she felt unwell she had to leave site for a short time as the feeling became so bad for her.
Alot was caugth by the box including monks chanting this cannot be explained in any other way by us as not been paranormal as their was no other source for this sound.
Non paranormal veiw:
Stray sound waves from radio stations or other sources could be responable for what sounded like monks singing. Same maybe said for the names gained by the ghostbox pure chance could be to blame and they may mean nothing.
Fulk paganel the future lord of dudley was bourne in this year it was his famliy that later founded the priroy at st james.
The dates 1056,1060 and 1650 were given via the ghostbox(when the box stopped on these numbers) research is still been done to find out if these dates have any connection to the location.
Non paranormal veiw:
Could be chance that the box stopped on these numbers and they don't mean anything.
This outline was seen by two investigators at the same time near the pool area the figure seem to act as if they where watching the team but trying to stay unoticed by us as ever time a investigator looked the figure seemed to duck behind a nearby wall. When team went to see if anyone was their there was no one around but the figure seemed to move to the oppsite side of the pool.
Non paranormal veiw:
The fact that the figure seemed to move to the otherside of the pool when team investigated would seem to say that this figure was a trick of the lack of light at the site and was no more than the shadows playing tricks on the eye.
Two investigators became ill during the investigation one reported feeling like they where chocking and having trouble breathing, while the other had bad stomach cramps, these feelings left them after a short time of not been on the site.
Some mediums say that spirit energy can affect the living making them feel ill as described by our investigators also they say astrak beings are able to transfer the last moments of their life and the feelings they had onto anyone who is senstive to these things.
Non paranormal veiw:
The location was cold and at times dark tthe cold may have been affecting the investigators (none of who claimed any sort od physic attack) causing their pains and achs.
The order of Cluny is a Benedictine offshoot founded at a time when reformist ideas were gaining momentum within the Church. Widely regarded as the ultimate expression of the monastic ideal in the tenth and eleventh centuries, it became immensely popular, only to be superceded in the twelfth by newer orders such as the Cistercians. Though Cluny's spiritual authority has been undermined to some extent, the order still wields tremendous influence. Member houses, numbering in the hundreds, are spread over much of Europe. These communities' vast land holdings afford the order the status of a powerful temporal magnate. The Cluniac way of life emphasizes the celebration of Mass and Divine Office in the most elaborate manner possible. The order is known for its splendor, its lengthy and embellished liturgy, its richly decorated churches, and its great wealth.
The Cluniac order is Benedictine, in that its religious live according to the Rule of St. Benedict. To avoid confusion, however, the term "Benedictine" is used below only to describe those religious and houses that are not part of any order, including that of Cluny. Such a clear delineation between Cluniacs on the one hand and unaffiliated Benedictines on the other does not exist in reality. Indeed, Cluniacs are more akin to the black monks and nuns than are the religious of any other order, and they are often referred to by the same appellations. this was the order that lived at st james priory.
Good location with a long history thats connected to the nearby dudley castle we beleve their is at least one active entity at the site and sevrail playback type hauntings including monks singing this was witnessed by the team during the investighation and caught on tape. Witch we hope to be able to play on here in the near future.
were Neil Sinnett, Caroline cox Steph Wilkes, Jake Bayliss, Kay and guests
Arrived at location weather was bad meet rest of team and their guests. We then split into two groups with one group being led by Steph they took the ghostbox and did investigation around the swamp area were local folklore says a young boy was killed in 1605 as he fled from nearby Holbeach house as the sheriff of worchester tried to arrest the midlanders involed in the gunpowder plot a week earlier in London.
The 2nd team was lead by Neil and they took the back area of the woods and using dowsing rods they made contact with a young girl and a older female who claimed to be a white witch. Two members of the group reported seeing a small figure stood near a tree when investigated no one was near the area and all the group where accounted for.
Regrouping in an area of benches team then did a dowsing expirment with various degrees of sucsess and failers contact was made with an entity who claimed to be the horseman seen at the location (altough not seen by team on this investigation) also a ghostbox and contact board expirment were done not much was gained from the contact board but sevrail names and phrases where heard from the ghostbox. servail members reported being toched during various expierments and photographs taken during the seemed to show various mists that where not seen by the unaided eye.
Mists/vapour on photographs
Sevrail mists and vapours were caugh on diffrent photographs from the night some even looking like figures or one a horse, these maybe the 2nd stage of paranormal hauntings where an entity is trying to form a shape.
Non paranormal veiw:
The location is outdoors and has a high water level in the air this maybe what the camera is picking up and the figures and horse shape are what is known as the matrix effect where the mind sees things in shapes that is not their.This could have been made more as the team knew about the history of the site and its connection with a horseman.
The Wombourne Witchs
Their is no document evidance that the folklore tale of a witchs covan at himley is true also none of the names given to team sentives can be confirmed or found to be false as no surnames were given to the tea
One of the team (Jake )claimed to have been struck in the throat while using the dowsing rods and reported a feeling like been strangled.
Non paranormal veiw:
This may have been due to the cold in the air affecting him or from a a sciencel veiw the build up of energy around the rods and him is beleved to cause a simalir effect to what he descried on a person who is no used to it.
This expirment was done with sevrail people with some degress of both susscess and faliure. during this contact was believed to have been made with a young male how claimed to be with a horse he told us his name was Sam and that he haunted the location along with his horse (see below for more details on this haunting).
Their is a folktale in the local area about a group of ghostly horsemen who rode in the area of the location. our research has found the following,
This name was given to us via both the ghostbox and the dowsing rods as the name for the horseman, however without a surname we canot trace this person or confirm if he ever lived in the area.
This was a name put forward by many locals and for a time was said to be that of the ghostly horsman. He was belived to have come from a area only a few miles from the location called Kinver where he had lived with his mother and farther and worked at Holbeach house as a stable boy.
The main piece of evidance for this to be true was what seemed to be a song verse about how a stable boy was killed in cold blood after been mistaken for one of the famous gunpowder plotters of 1604 (wrote shortly after the event by a Grymer winsell for the local blackcountry bugle papper) as the end of the well known bonfire story happened within sitght of himley woods at holbeach House (now a private nursing home) the verse names the young boy killed as a Gideon Grove.
However it's now been proven by a local flimaker that the poem was a fake that was written over 200 years later by the same paper that was not even published at the time so this could not be the name of the phantom rider.
( Below is a picture of one of the riders at holbeach its not known if its the himley rider or one of the gunpowder plotters)
"Have been to this location many times before at diffrent times of the year but never on the night were folklore says the horseman rides as I did this time as always it has a very spooky atmosphere at night and had some intresting results via our expirments, as fo is the location haunted I beleive many but by the images of past events not by any active entity as we found no hard evidance of an active entity at the location on this investigation"
"well it was a good night and what I saw on the photos I took yes there was something their. as I was walking about the wood I got a strong smell of gunpowder like a musket going of."
Awsome location and the right time of year as its a fact the gunpowder plotters took a week to get back to the midlands stopping off at nearby Holbeach house with some being killed their, before been caught at other locations in the area.
Is it haunted? yes we beleive by the horseman at certain times of the year and maybe by 3 other entities the rest of the year.
Wombourne Railway Station
were Neil Sinnett, & guests.
Arrived at location did walk around took E.M.F readings that spiked in sevrail areas, ghostbox set up with little gained, Some team members reported a feeling of been watched from an area under a bridge, E.v.P recorder set up and nothing gained from it. Moved to a area by the site that now used as a picknic area some members did walk around while the rest of team did ghostbox experiment again nothing gained from ghostbox. Nothing been gained so moved to 2nd location.
Wombourne Railway Station
Arrived at 2nd location of the night, this was a return visit for our team leader (Neil Sinnett) did walk around location with other team members doing own vigil further from the main site,setup E.v.P recorder on platform then team did calling out a small stone was thrown at one of the investigators hitting the fence that now is around the platform area. Also a black figure was reported as been seen on and around the platform in the area now fenced off. Calling out done some team members reported feeling uneasy at the site
"A site that has a long history dating back to victorian years, their is a well known local folktale about a glowing horseman seen in the area. Our reserch found this story to be a hoax the event happened in the 1960's and was carried out over 5 nights the local police caught the person and he was charge with a public order offence."
"Is the location haunted no evidance we saw could say this location was in my veiw"
Wombourne railway Station
No reson for this spike has yet been found.
Non paranormal veiw:
Their may have been underground cables leading to the nearby housing estate or the lockeepers house at the top of the set of locks that would cause the metre to spike in certain areas.
Figure on platform
Some of the team reported seeing a black figure on the platform in area now fence off and used by the cafe that is now based in the old station. There's a local folklore story that says a former ticket collector/station master haunts the platform this maybe who was seen on the platform by the team.
Non paranormal veiw:
Some of the team come from the area of Wombourne with them growing up in area and know of the local lengends of the site, so their maybe an element of autosurgession involed or a trick of the shadows cast by tree's or the railway building.
A small item was thrown at an investigator hitting the fence behind him with a strong force, this has remained unexplained by the team.
Non paranormal veiw:
The item may have been an small apple dropping from the nearby over head tree or a squirrel in the tree dropping/ throwing a nut near or at the investigator.
An intresting location with a good but short G.W.R history but on this occasion no evidance was caught by the team to prove a haunting here.
were Neil Sinnett, Caroline Cox and guests.
A senstive on the team reported hearing this name on more than one occasion at the location our research found Clark Gable was a famous movie star from the time the clifton was a cinema and it is historic fact that the first movie shown at the location on monday the 17th of may 1978 was the movie San Francisco starring Clark Gabble,Jeanette Macdonald and Spencer Tracy.
Non paranormal veiw:
The senstive who said they had heard this name had walked around the site before the investigation had started. So some if not all of his veiws may have been taited by knowing information already by some of what was seen on the walls in the form of photographs and old movie posters ect..
The photo below is a copy of the 1st movie poster for the clifton
Fire at the clifton
Some of the team reported temperature raise in some of the rooms at the location. This is strange as in most haunted locations their are reported cold spots not warm areas. This maybe a playback when the building was set on fire in the past as some people reported the smell of smoke in and around the location.
Non paranormal veiw:
A natural reson for the above event could be due to the amount of people in a small place this would make the temp climb as the more people over time the warmer the room would become. Also if anyone knew of the fire at the location they would put the temp increase down to this as a paranormal event, the same could be said for the smell of smoke at the location.
Without a surname this person cannot be traced
This name cannot be traced
"Well this was such an exciting place to investigate,and the atmosphere was very dense and draining to me the upper level of the cinema/bingo hall was of most interest to me and most of the other people, I did a table tipping experiment which had some success,a trigger object was moved up there too I did take some interesting photos of this part of the building.
The rewind room was fantastic with the original projectors in place, there was a gentleman spirit their that didn't like anyone messing with the switches and levers and I also caught this gentleman in a photo. The ladies toilet was very oppressive and upon calling out one of the guest was touched/grabbed by something previous to this I saw a black shadow in the mirror which I think most of the paranormal activity is centered around. On the stage in the hall in the tiled room downstairs I picked up on a gentleman that was a caretaker type person and carried a broom,when people come into that tiled room to read the gas meter etc he would lean on his broom observing the workman makin sure it was done to his satisfaction. This was one of the most interesting places iv been to and hope to return!!"
"The investigation at The Clifton was for me very exciting.The disused bingo hall / cinema was a hidden gem. On investigating the projector room a member of the public reported 2 me that sumthing had ruffled her hair twice which was also felt earlier by a fellow investigator.An investigation of the staff room did reveal a flash of light high up in the one corner of the room this was witnessed by me and various members of the public ,a natural reason for this could be the peolpe outside with torches. The rewinding room for me was of interest as i felt somthing touch my thigh unfortunatly i was not able to spend as long in there as i wished.The glass divination experiment in the pub itself revealed a child called Maize who we believe to be the daughter of a Mr Clifton the original owner of the property. Another spirit callled Tom also comunicated with us he is believed i think to haunt what is now the ladies toilets. Fellow investigators in the other part of the building also came up with the same people as we did at the same time. My time investigating this old building was really interesting and i would love to return to do a private investigation as i feel there is more to be revealed and before i will say that it is deffinately haunted."
"At the start of the investigaton one of team (Amanda) said to me what do you think of the location, I said its ok and she seemed surprised by my replay. However by the end of the investigation and after witnessing an apperation of a male child at the site I think the place is awesome and look forward to the next visit we hopefully make to site in the future.
I wish to thank the staff and Wheatherspoons for allowing us to hold the location and wish to say what a good job Amanda did on running the investigation for the night"
A good location with a good past the old part the location inpressed all members of the team and we look forward to any future investigations at this great location. Is it haunted we believe the location has at least two active entities at the site and may have playback from past events at the location.
Samson & Lion
(Wordsley, West Midlands)
Neil Sinnett, Caroline Cox and guests.
"3rd visit for me to this location and I have on other visits seen doors slam open on their own but nothing that I saw on this occasion could not be explained as a natural or caused by another person at the site by accident."
"The investigation at The Samson and Lion public house turned out to be an interesting night ( my first investigation there) The glass divination experiment i took part in revealed various letters and numbers being spelt out, but for me the cellar was of particular interest. I did not experience any physical symptoms but me and a fellow investigator did hear 2 disembodied grunts and in one of the smaller rooms a strange shaft of light which very quickly moved from the ceiling to the floor. I have no explaination for this as there was only 2 of us in the cellar at the time and there were no windows in that room."
"Was a good investigation mainly because of the guests family members coming through on the spirit board, for me nothing happened that could not be explained logically but it felt like a positive place on that evening."
The Round Oak
were ,Neil Sinnett, Caroline Cox Jake Bayliss & gest
Arrived at location white light protection done contact board opened and contact was made with a male entity who said he was in his 50's nothing esle was gained so board was closed. photographs were taken and a scrying experiment was set up with various degress of sucsess. team then split into two groups each with a medium and both groups did walk around location with one group starting upstairs in main pub while the other stayed in funcation room.
Neil sinnett,,Lindy Ivory (medium) and guests.
Tasha, Caroline Cox Jake Bayliss and Hannah Wilde.
Group 1 began in funcation room were medium (Lindy Ivory) picked up on a female entity who names herself Jose she told team she was aged 30yrs and Lindy described her as having on a long skirt like a maids in style. also a female child aged about 6yrs let herself be known and she told medium that she had died after been kicked in the face by a horse. Lindy said she saw a dog that she said was a Rottweiller in breed in the area. Just before team was going to leave the room a guest who is sensitve to the paranormal spoke again ofthe male who had let himself beknown on the board she said he was stood by the bar near the cellar door he held a gun and gave the impression he was hiding something in a nearby tunnel, he looked very unkept and may have had a connection to the gunpowder plot. Moving onto the lounge & bar area both medium and senstive reported seeing a horse and coches outside in the area now used as a carpark medium also saw a young boy dresed in what looked like cliothes from the 1930's/40's as she spoke of this entity the emf metre spiked in the area were she said this astral being was. An old male entity made his presents known as he sat smoking a pipe lindy described the pipe he was smoking as white in colour and long and thin other members of the team reported smelling smoke in the area and a young girl also was seen by medium but no information was gained from her.
The tunnel & the gunpowder plot.
Local stories do say that a tunnel ran from the pub to the out side as escaped route for smugglers in the past. However we have found no proof that this ever was real.
Horse & Coach.
The location did use to have a stables at the back of the buliding so the image that the medium saw of a horse and coach is very probale true as many would have passed through wombourn and stopped at the inn over night.
The location has had two former landlords by this name who were farther and son. The entity who made contact with the team via the rods stated he was the older of the two men. the location is known localy by the older generation of the village as sparkies pub after these two men.
Female entity (jose).
This entity was seen and spoke to by medium Lindy Ivory she described her as been about 30 years in a long maid style skirt. Over the years many staff would have passed through this great location so its likely she was one of the staff who worked and may have lived at the site, however due to the lack of a first or surname our research team are unable to confirm who this entity may have been.
Even with alot of information given to team from this entity we did not get a first or last name so our team is unable to say for certain who this male may have been however he told us he had been 80yrs old when he died in 1969 at the location of a heartattack. He also stated he had owned a shop that once was stood next to the public house.
The shop/post office that he speaks of has confirmed as been once stood by the pub by our team as its in a photo of the location dated from the 1950's. The area is now part of the pub with the postbox from the business still in the wall of the pub today.
"Good location with sevrail so called entities making contact, however nothing I was witness to could not be explained as natural, however once the reserch has been done I may change my mind"
Intresting location with a good history as for is it haunted need to do another investigation at the location to gain a definate conclusion.
(Dudley, West Midlands)
were Neil Sinnett & guests.
Arrived at location did white light of protection then started investigation, did walk around with team then we split with anmanda and serena taking one side of location and neil taking the other bobby stayed near top of location. Using dowsing rods neil was lead via a sprirt energy to a grave of a lady who passed aged 80 years this was confirmed when the headstone was read, also a female energy led ne
This name came to us via the ghostbox our researchers found that the blackcountry fighter known as the tipton Slasher is buried at the location his real name was William Perry. William perry was an English prizefighter who fought between the years of 1835 and 1857, when he was beaten in the tenth round by Tom Sayers he was bourne in dudley in 1819 and died of lung problems in 1880.
The following history was found by our reserch team about a female entity who lead the team to her gravestone at the location. we also wish to thank Black country genealogy & family history for their help in the research on this person.
Mary Ann Mason was born in Woodside, near Dudley. In 1841 she was only three years old and appears on the 1841 census with her parents and siblings. (There are Baptism records for two Mary Ann Masons born in Woodside, Dudley in 1837. Their births were on the 2nd and 4th October 1837 and they were both Baptised on the 29th October 1837, which suggests that the families were probably related).
When she was seventeen, Mary took a job as a kitchen maid at the Sailor’s Return Public House. A question remains whether or not this was against her father’s wishes, who was reputedly a Lay Preacher. It has been written in a newspaper report from 1855, that her parents placed her in service at the Sailor's Return to discourage Mary Ann's relationship with Joseph Meadows.
The owner of the Sailors Return was William Hunt who in 1851 was an Engineer living with his wife and children in Shaver’s End. One can assume he became the owner of the Sailor's Return Inn some time after 1851 and before 1855 when Mary Ann was murdered on his premises. (He appears on the 1861 census as an Engine Smith and Innkeeper).
Joseph Meadows, with whom Mary Ann had a relationship for nearly a year before her murder, was a Whitesmith (Apprentice) who worked for Joseph Rann. Joseph Meadows lodged with his employer at Holly Hall, a short distance from the home of Mary Ann.
Mary Ann had been working at the Sailor’s Return where she was now living, for only seven weeks before her tragic death.
Much has been written about Mary Ann Mason and sometimes it can be difficult to separate the fact from the fiction because stories are embellished. One story is that her wages were paid on the condition that she would not get ‘involved’ with any of the men she became familiar with at the Inn – it has been stated that Mary Ann was very attractive and profits increased for William Hunt as men gathered in the Inn to see and be served by her. It is true to say that in order to keep her job, Mary Ann had to pretend that Joseph was her brother and this did not bode well. It was inevitable that Joseph Meadows would become jealous and Mary Ann played upon this by flirting with her male customers. Joseph drank excessively and their relationship became very volatile. In Joseph’s mind, it was obvious that if Mary Ann did not want to be with him, he would not let anyone else get close to her. The scene was therefore set for a tragic ending to two very young lives.
This name came via the ghostbox research has found that julia Hanson wife of the famous brewers Hansons is buried along with her husband at the location
One of our investigators was lead to this grave using dowsing rods we have found some information about this female but out of repect for any possable famly we will not use the information on this site.
My 3rd visit to the location and found it to be a good location with alot of history to it the best part of the investigation for me was finding the information about mrs Mason as I felt she had and still has alot more to add about her murder to the well known local storof the real event. found the graves of the Hansons and the tipton slasher to be intresting to. as for is it haunted I think maybe yes but only becase of the poor conditions of some of the graves and also becase mrs Mason feels her side of the dudley murder has not been told yet.
My first visit to this location,it seemed to become more active as it became darker. Some interesting things were picked up on and proven to be correct upon researching it. I feel there is much more to find out here and I look forward to a return
My first visit to the location, and my first investigation. The night was a really good night, I felt plenty of strange events, and I saw plenty of unexplained sights. But never felt of anything that would harm me or meant any harm to anyone else in the team. Its a perfect place to do an investigation and enough activity to suggest to myself this place is haunted.
First visit to location great place a lot of sadness tho due to the fact of the condition of the graveyard and graves also picked up on many spirits which gave no harm at no point there did I feel unsafe more like settled they all get on well great place and I think that miss masons is trying to get her side of the story of her murder told as their are more secrets that's have been told on the story and its a great place can't wait to return to find out more on the many spirits we found .
Good location with a spooky atmosphere when it gets dark is it haunted ? we believe yes both by imprints and visters who are NOT happy about the way the churchyard and graves have been left to ruin team will go back to this site as we feel we only toched on the surface of the hauntings at the location.
were Neil Sinnett and Guests
Some good early results from ghostbox with some names coming through and alot of replays to questions asked by Investigator, this expierment is still been researched at this time and more results will be published as we get them.
The room that bleeds
Local legend says that after a storm one of the floors in the main part of the location runs red with the blood of the monks killed at the location.With research we belive the reson for this is a natural one becase the floor contains a high level of sulphur (this substance is a red in colour) that may come to the surface when the floor is wet and give the impression that blood is raising to the surface.
This date was given via an entity (as been important) the only date in the 1600's we can find is 1645 when the then fortifeid house feel into the hands of Parliment during the English civil war.
2nd visit for me to the location find this location to be one of the most forgot about haunted sites in the shropshire area. very impressed with amanda and the way she delt with her violent encounter and also with the entities at the site. Very haunted location with a very spooky atmostsphere at night.
Strange place mixed feeling there its a shy but scary place and the one that hurt u (Amanda) there is so much there hiding its unreal let's go again very excitin but scary place
With a location so steeped in history its no suprise that the location is belived to be haunted. with some of the events that have happend to team on this investigation we do beleve the site to be very haunted and one of the resident entities is of a nasty nature.
Were Neil Sinnett, Matt Coles ,Serean Crook, Caroline Cox and guest.
This was a return visit to this location with astral first doing this location in 2008 with a diffrent team line up. Arrived at site and did a circle of protection led by sam jones, then began walk up gibbet lane. Felt like some one was walking with team as we got to top lane we followed path and Serana felt like looking down were when dirt was move was a stone in the ground with some strange markings on it. moving down team member felt the entity of a young male along with an older male the young lad was aged about 17yrs old and was in trouble for stealing a rabbit from the older male who said he was an earl of kniver and lived at nearby dunsley hall. The lad was telling are team sensitve that he was not guilty of this crime and the earl had orded his hand chopped off as punishment for his crime, the lad then gave the impression he had died from shock of this event.
Moving back back to the car the team had short break, during the break two team mebers walked down a road oppsite the site with the ghostbox were they reported hearing a song that told them to go away. Starting the investigation again this time in the wooded area known as gibbet wood all team felt very warm and the feeling of been watched from the dark. Neil reported feeling like he was been taken to a certain area of the wood and some of the team reported hearing what sound like footsteps breaking twigs behind them. After following an apperation along a path one of the investigators saw the entity stood by a gate with another entity he was dressed in what looked like dirty boots old style trousers and shirt with a waist coat and hat on walking onto path Neil then reported seeing a tall large horse with a figure on its back but the figure was just an outline. Sam had to be bought out of trance were she gave the name paul and he was talking to another entity about the team been here and they should not be here as this would anger their leader Edward.
Returning to the car investigation was ended and a protection circle was done.
This was experiment can be a useful tool if done right however the team must all trust each (not to push the planchet) other doing the experiment or its a waist of time.
This name was given for a male who is belived to have commited a murder at the site then gibbet for his crime at the site. Our research has found no person named Edward connected to the site as the male who committed the murder was named William Howe. However its well known the site was a popular place for highway robbery so it maybe the person was a member of one of the gangs that robbed at the site.
The following name was given by an entity at the location who claimed he came and worked in the area
Tom King (died May 1737) was an English highwayman who operated in the Essex and London areas. His real name is thought to have been Matthew King; whether "Tom" was a nickname or an error in reporting his crimes is uncertain, but it is the name by which he has become popularly known. Some sources claim that he was nicknamed "The Gentleman Highwayman". A contemporary account of his last robbery also mentions a brother, Robert King, who was captured by the authorities on that occasion.
King's fame rests mainly on his association with highwayman Dick Turpin. According to The Newgate Calendar (published nearly forty years after the deaths of Turpin and King), their first encounter occurred when "Turpin, seeing him well mounted and appearing like a gentleman, thought that was the time to recruit his pockets", and tried to rob him.
The Newgate Calendar goes on to say that King was "very well known about the country". According to legend, the two joined forces and hid out in a cave in Epping Forest and pursued a successful partnership. Their first crime together was to steal a race horse called White Stockings or Whitestocking, but it was under King's influence that Turpin turned from his life of petty crime to a career as a highwayman. On 2 May 1737, during a robbery that went wrong, King was shot, possibly by Turpin himself. Turpin rode off, and King later died of his wounds.
Following research we cannot confirm that Tom king did come from the midlands however many local stories claim he was born in the Birmingham or Stourbridge area.
On gibbet lane very spooky place lots of mystery the spirit edway is not nice at all he trys to make woman feel scared n uneasy there are more than what we idocated at the location but we need to spend more time investigatin direct there maybe a camp out there I believe later we there better the result especailly wiv the judge man he's violent visious and the story doesn't make right he dun more that he let's on ....
This is the 3rd visit to the location for me the last been in 2009 great place that never fails to impress me and again it did not as I saw an apperation of a huge black horse with the outline of a figure sat on it. Also felt a strange feeling as i knelt down on the ground in the lane it felt like someone was in fear for his life and the impression was it was a young male aged about 16/17years.
Intresting location with a history steeped in blood including highway robbers and murder this sight is haunted and look forward to returning again some time in the future.
Were Neil Sinnett, Jake Baliss and Matt Coles
Arriving at location one investigator (neil) reported feeling af if we were not welcome their. A circle of protection was then done in lane outside of location, as team walked down dirt track surrouned by woods we all felt that we not alone. As we walked onto feild were location is we set up equiment including moment alarms, near a doorway were its reported a dark shadow is seen.
Group then walked around location with ghostbox on through this we gained the name Mary as we were doing walk E.M.F readings were been taken by jake who reported sevrail high spikes at diffrent parts of the location. One investigator reported feeling very sad as we walked through an area near the back corner of the location, another investigator and senitive sam said she had the feeling of been choked in the area this was the second time she gave these feelings of been choked. Moving back to the main ruin neil reported seeing the entrance wall change and a big wooden(oak)door in place of the ruined entrance before it became the ruin again. In the doorway neil reported a female voice say the name Azela/Azle and this was her area. the name Charles Stuart was heard in the main ruins of the location.
Neil and some of the rest of the team reported feeling a sharp pain over the top of their eyes this pain left as soon as they left the feild were the site stands photographs taken around location investigation ended with circle of protection again in the round outside the location.
Witchcraft at the location.
It was not uncommon for female religious houses to become the targets of scurrilous gossip or accusations. This was particularly so when ferment in the wider society involved the patrons of these houses, since by discrediting the recipients of their patronage it was possible to discredit the patrons themselves.
As with subsequent accusations of witchcraft, it seems likely that there was little truth in the reports, but that they were being used as part of wider power struggles between competing local magnates.
these entity told us her name was mary however with no surname this cannot be confirmed as a real person connected to this location as she cannot be traced.
Good location site maybe haunted by imprints of the past(not true hauntings) and even though not seen on this investigation we do believe their is an active entity at the location who name is mary and is a former nun at the location.
Ye Old Foundry
(Dudley, West Midlands)
Were Neil Sinnett and guest team.
Arrived at location and conducted baseline test E.M.F spikes recored whistle doing this. Circle of protection done and investigation began with team doing glass divanaon and some of the team in cellar were evp recorder was set up. room at back of cellar was reported as not feeling right by sevrail of the team.
Calling out done and lights seen in cellar area. also while in cellar two investigators reported hearing what sounded like footsteps in a diffrent part of the cellar when investigators went to find a reson for this none could be found as they the only people in the cellar. while looking for the source of the footsteps a small clip was threw at an investigator.returning back to rest of group who were holding a ouja board expeirment and made contact with sevrail entities including a small boy.Trigger object in a wall was moved more calling out done in cellara and as well a unexplained smell also their was afeeling of nastyness in a area were its said a ayoung girl killed herself.
Tabble tipping done and via this experiment a name George was given and the entity told of a tunnel connecting three well know public house locations together in dudley.
During an experiment using a table tipping the information was given about sevrail tunnels conneting 3 public houses in dudley. The idea was put forward that they may have used as escape tunnels for priests, however this would be unlikley as research has found that even a large town like dudley would only need one location as a safe house and their would be no need for 3 diffrent safe houses so close together.
This name was given by an entity at the location and he told us he came from the nearby station hotel,Their is story about a former landlord named george and he was a local man but their is no evidance that he ever came to or was connected in any way with the old foundry public house.
Intresting location with sevrail events still remained unexplained by team. So yes we believe the location maybe haunted.
The 3 Crowns
(Dudley, West Midlands)
Arrived at location after a walk around with the landlord set up equipment around location including voice recorders and trigger objects. Then returned to cellar with member of pgs and while we were in a small room in the cellar we heard someone moving around in another part of cellar, after a look around we confirmed their was only us in the cellar at the time.
After circle of protection done team split up into two with some holding a contact board session in lounge area of pub and and other returning to the cellar ( Neil, Karl (medium) and scott) upstairs on board contact was made with a former landlord who told of a gypsi curse on the location while downstairs in the cellar medium Karl made contact with a sprirt who said his name was billy and was a former cellar man at the location. also mad econtact with a young boy who liked to play at the location Returning to the bar area were a ghost box had been set up along with a voice recorder, sevrail of the teams names were given by the box when asked for.
Good location had some events that are still remained unexplained by the team. As for is it haunted not sure as some events can be explained as naturals would need to hold another investigation at the location to gain a proper conclusion.
This form of contact is too unreliable to be taken as a useful means of gaining information on investigation as many (NOT all) of the mediums astral search uk have worked have in our veiw been playing to the team or public or been proven by us as fake.
Arrived at location to find that its now a building site with limted access so walk around back of location and took some photographs and E.M.F readings also set up a E.v.P recorder in doorway of one of the rooms did a calling session and one reporter reportes seeing a light in a window on the 1st floor of the location.
held glass divanation experiment in lane near location made contact with sprirt of little boy who stated he'd lived at the location and visted along with his mom and dad. During the experiment one of team reported hearing footsteps in the area behind them on the glass the lad said it was his dad stood their. After closing board down the team then left for the next location.
"Illey lane - Wished we stayed longer and wished we could have got inside. But dangerous - Good place though. Can't say much on that one as just basically checked the place out...
Cotwell end nature ReseveTanya (Spookie,p.g.s)
Field - felt calm and not threatened. Did feel sick, smells lingering around. I reckon from animal mess and urine/horses/wild animals etc... History sounded cool from what I heard off Karl...
Tree: regarding hanging - It's a regular that one - Every tree seems to have a hanging centered around it - I think this is highly unlikely. So not to offend Charlie, Karl and Sam I have totally diff' views regarding that... Please do not be offeneded by my views. I would rather be honest with you..."
Intresting location unable to gain a conclusion (not enought time spent at location) as need to return to location in the future
Cotwell end nature Reseve
Nothing team witnessed can conclude that the location is haunted as all we saw could be explained as naturals any activity that maybe their would be of a playback style haunting (imprint) so again as no entity is their we would not class this a true haunting.
& Keys Hill Cemetery
We found the names of two possable people buried at this location with the name Edwin the first was a Edwin Ellis a banker from Bilston (in the black country) who died in 1882 aged 41 years. the second was an Edwin Yates, who became Mayor of Birmingham in 1865 who died in 1874 aged 30 years aged 54 and was buried at the cemetary (Key Hill) .
Jack the ripper
One the team felt their was a male entity connected to the white chapel murders (or Jack the ripper case as it later became known as) in london connected to Heys lane cemetery and the Birmingham area our reserch found the following:
Eddowes, also known as "Kate Conway" and "Kate Kelly", after her two successive common-law husbands, was born in Graisley Green, Wolverhampton on 14 April 1842. Her parents, tinplate worker George Eddowes and his wife Catherine née Evans, had ten other children. The year after her birth, she and her family moved to London, but she later returned to Wolverhampton to gain employment as a tin plate stamper. Losing this job she took up with an ex-soldier called Thomas Conway in Birmingham and moved with him to London
Kelly Kelly (aka Kate Conway) was one of the named victims of the Jack the Ripper murders.
One of the team reported seeing what looked like a Roman soilder near the gates of Keys lane Cemetary this may have have somthing to do with the road that runs by the two locations its called Icknield Street or Ryknild Street its a Roman road in Britain that runs from the Fosse Way at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire to Templeborough in South Yorkshire. It passes through Alcester, Studley, Redditch, Metchley Fort, Birmingham, Lichfield and Derby.
It acquired the name Icknield Way during the 12th century, but it is now called Icknield Street (or Ryknild Street) to distinguish it from the older Icknield Way, an Iron Age trackway running from Norfolk to Dorset.
Much of the route of the Icknield Street is still used by modern roads, most notably the A38 from Lichfield to Derby and some retain the name Icknield Street as in Hockley, Birmingham and in Redditch, Worcestershire. The name Ryknild Street is still in use in Lichfield as is Ryknild Road in Derby.
Keys Hill Cemetary
Most intresting location of the two sites and both teams agree this is the most active of the locations.