On Saturday 19th November 2016, Twilight Shadows
Paranormal conducted a paranormal investigation inside a beautiful
medieval building in Wiltshire. We are the first paranormal group to
have been able to investigate here so we felt very lucky. The owner
has asked us not to reveal the exact location or the history of the
After exploring this beautiful building we sat down in a group to
conduct a séance. We explained our purpose in trying to communicate
with the spirits who have been associated with the building. I've
been inside this building many times for various functions and I have
felt a presence lurking in the background so I was excited about the
prospect of making contact with it.
We were assembled around a large, heavy table. It started to rock
at one end almost immediately and then emitted a knock. I said, “I
hope that you are glad that we are here.” Although I was hoping
that the spirits of the building would welcome our group, we all felt
that the spirit who had already presented to us, did not seem to like
I felt that the spirit who had joined us was male and Pete (team
medium) confirmed this. We started to discuss the feelings that we
were getting and the atmosphere seemed sinister as though the spirit
felt that we were rude in chatting amongst ourselves. We asked for
appropriate knocks to our questions. One knock for yes and two knocks
for no. We asked, “Have you been here for a long time?” Yes.
“Are you here all of the time?” (No answer). We assembled some
equipment onto the table and the spirit seemed annoyed that we had
stopped communicating audibly for a moment. There were two loud
I asked how many spirits were connected to the building and there
were 5 or 6 knocks. The knocking was so fast that we could not
decide. The sound of fingernails scratching underneath the table made
some of the team shudder. Pete asked, “Are you Squire John?” No.“Do you know Squire John?” Yes. It felt colder in the building
but the temperature gauge on the equipment showed us that the
temperature was rising. All of the equipment on the table seemed to
be going crazy.
Pete said, “Someone has just moved my chair.” The feeling that
we were getting with this spirit was anger. Pete asked, “Does our
way of communicating with the dead go against your religious
beliefs?” Yes. We knew that historically, a Dean had once owned the
building and at that time the building held three floors. The current
owner converted the building back to just one floor and as near as it
could be to how it was during the 1300's.
We tried to find out how long the spirit had been at the hall but
we did not receive an answer. Pete thought that it was because time
does not exist in the spirit world. We started to discuss what the
building would have been used for most over the years and we all
thought that the answer was a banqueting hall. The spirit appeared to
be cross again because we were chatting. Pete asked, “Were you in a
position of authority?” Yes. “Do you think we are peasants?”
Yes. “Are you aware of other spirits in this building?” (No
answer). It was now so cold in the building (even though we had the
heating switched on), that I asked, “Are you making it so cold
because you want us to leave?” Yes. “Can you feel our energies?”
No. Pete asked a few questions (that we cannot share) and received
positive responses via the equipment on the table. We did ask if the
communicating spirit had a beard and got an affirmative response.
The table started to shake and it felt as if the spirit was
frustrated with us. The table tipped and we were surprised as the
table was very heavy. It continued to shake and then lifted. Andrew
said that he was looking towards the far wall and had seen someone
walk across. We were all quite cold but some people were really cold.
Pete thought that the spirit was picking on specific people. I felt a
cold breeze on my hand.
We tried some reverse psychology and 'he' seemed to react as we
got good responses. We asked, “Do you like the weddings that happen
here?” No. But he didn't seem to mind funeral parties. Pete said
that he was told that he held services at a local religious place
when he was alive. I told the team a story about something personal
that had happened to me in this particular religious place and the
table jolted and then lifted right up. I asked, “Did you know that
we were coming?” No. “Were you surprised?” No. “Do you like
us being here?” No. “Are you making us cold?” Yes. We were
talking to him really nicely and trying to make him like us but it
definitely was not working. “Do you want us to go?” Yes. The
table rose up at one corner. We lit some candles hoping that 'he'
would blow them out. He didn't.
Dave left the table and went up to the minstrels gallery and the
spirit seemed to go with him. He said that it was really cold up
there and somewhat spooky. Taking advantage of the spirit going with
Dave, we tried to make contact with another spirit. A female came
through. We heard the sound of fingernails on the table again and
some small little knocks. The atmosphere felt calmer. The female
spirit said that she was married to the Dean and she said that he
wasn't very nice to her. They had three children together.
We could hear the weather getting really stormy outside and it
enhanced the spooky atmosphere within the building. We asked if a
spirit could make a sound that we could hear and there was a sound of
movement elsewhere in the room. We captured a strange breath type
sound as an EVP. We did not hear it at the time. There was a scratch
under the table and then the table moved. We asked the female spirit
if she moved the table and there were two knocks indicating a no. We
asked her if the Dean was back with us and she said no. Dave said
that he felt that the lady spirit liked us being there but she was
afraid to say that she was, as the Dean wouldn't approve. He asked,
“Were you scared of your husband?” Yes. “Did he control you?”
Yes. I told her what I thought about that and there was a sinister
noise picked up on EVP that we did not hear at the time. The table
moved and we could all feel that the Dean was back. It got very cold
and the temperature display on the equipment started to fluctuate
Pete said that he could feel another female presence. Not the lady
that was married to the Dean, another lady in another time. He said,
“She was here hundreds of years ago when the building was a meeting
house.” We started chatting and we heard banging in the room. Mo
went up to the minstrels gallery. She said that it was very cold up
there. We stood around the table and it moved. Andrew said that he
saw a light anomaly which seemed to come out of the equipment on the
table and quickly travel left. The temperature was still fluctuating
and we asked for specific temperatures and our requests were granted.
It was amazing. Nettie said that she saw a strange light.
We decided to assemble around another, even larger table, which
was situated at the far end of the hall on a raised platform. While
we were setting up, we caught another EVP, which sounded like a
female voice. Jacky started to 'call out' asking for us to hear
footsteps. The table was already shuddering and then we heard a tap
on it. I could also hear tapping from other parts of the building.
Pete said that he heard a voice ask, “What do you want?” He told
us that the grumpy spirit still didn't like us there and he was
pacing around the room, getting angrier. Jacky told the spirit that
we wanted to talk to him. The table started moving with force and it
shot sideways by about six inches. We could not believe that the
table moved like that because it was so big and heavy.
We asked if the knocking on the table could be louder and we
received two knocks for no. Pete said that a spirit voice said to
him, “You are sat around the table but you aren't eating. There is
no banquet.” Pete asked for the spirit to communicate more and the
table was pushed quite violently. It felt like an angry action. There
was another jolt of the table but after that there was a long period
of time when all was quiet. Pete said that the forceful spirit had
stepped back and a quieter spirit had come forward. Pete said, “They
still want to know what we want.” I explained that we wanted to to
talk, to see and to hear them.
I saw something in the corner of the room and at the same time as
I spoke, Lesley said that she heard a sound in the corner. Matt said
that he'd heard a sigh and Lesley said that was exactly what she had
heard. Some of us felt as if we were being drained of energy and we
all felt icy cold. It was quiet for a considerable time after this.
Pete 'called out' and there was a rapping on the table in
response. The table started moving. There was a massive bang but
after this, nothing happened for a considerable time. Eventually, the
table started moving and Pete said that he could hear disgruntled
The storm was getting wilder outside and the energy started to
build up again. The table seemed to be shoved around forcibly and for
a long time. Our hands seemed frozen to the table. Rachel jumped as a
there was a massive bang beside her. The table started to move around
the room as if it has an energy of it's own. Lesley 'called out' and
the table started pushing towards her. It then started pushing into
all of us.
Andrew saw a shadowy figure at the other end of the room, which
walked between the two curtains. There was a light on down there.
Andrew told us that he'd seen this happen several times. Dave heard a
funny noise and the table moved. It was now very late and we decided
that we would end the investigation. We really enjoyed our evening
and on behalf of the Twilight Shadows team, I would like to thank
Andrew for arranging this brilliant investigation.
Written by: Maria Williams