On 9thNovember 2019, Twilight Shadows Paranormal conducted a paranormal investigation
at the Devizes lock-up in Wiltshire. This is a very old building which was
built onto the site of a Yarn Hall which dated back to 1575. The lock-up
contains two cells below the Devizes Town Hall where wrongdoers spent the night
prior to them being presented to the magistrates in the morning. The lock-up
part of the building is dated as approximately 1650 with the rest of the
building being built in 1808. We couldn’t wait to start investigating this
We walked around
the building initially, exploring all three floors. The town hall is very
pretty, resplendent with beautiful chandeliers and a grand fireplace. There was
a lot to look at with a large photo gallery of mayors.
was upstairs, I went down to look at the cellars with Andrew. Andrew told me
that the Ovilus had previously omitted two words, ‘Little Witch.’ As we walked
down the stairs and reached the cellar adjacent to the room by the cells, we
heard a sound and saw that something was coming down the stairs as if it had
been thrown. All other team members were on the top floor. The object bounced
off somewhere into the room. Although Andrew and I looked for the object, we
couldn’t find it. We went into the next room and Andrew showed me the cells.
They were really small and it would have been very unpleasant to have spent the
night in them. The second cell contained 2 manikins.
We sat inside the
room which adjoins the cells and we all saw shadowy figures moving about. Matt
and Daniel asked Andrew to move his arm around as they thought that one of the
shadows may be him but it wasn’t. Dave laughed and immediately afterwards, we
heard a wheezy laugh imitation. It was eerie. The table started knocking. I
felt a little uncomfortable. Dave heard a knock on the wall. We tried to find
out who the spirit was. We heard a scratching noise and then a strange sound
which sounded like a voice making a sound like, ‘Du-du-du.’ We could hear the
sound of water gushing but we couldn’t find out the source.
There was a bang
in the cellar. Jacky ‘called out.’ There was no response but after we had been
chatting together for a while, the activity increased. This always happens.
Suddenly, Jacky jumped and she said that something had fallen onto her foot. Seconds
later, I also jumped as I felt something touch my right shoulder. I looked up
and saw something moving opposite me on the wall. We sat quietly and heard a
laugh. Jacky asked if the spirit could speak to us but she felt that ‘it’ was
getting agitated by this question. I kept seeing a shadow figure, standing
behind Jacky and Dave. I had seen this three times but I had only mentioned the
last time when a black shadow walked straight through us. Jacky said that as
this happened, she felt icy cold. Dave then told us that he could see a figure
standing by the door. Jacky said, “I can see an energy standing right behind
you Maria.” As Jacky said this, I could feel something touching the top of my
We asked if we
could hear footsteps and immediately, we heard loud footsteps on the stairs. Jacky
said, “Maria, you have at least three energies behind you, perhaps four.” I
asked if the spirits could knock the number of spirits present behind me onto
the table and there were 6 knocks. Jacky said that she could see the energies
in a misty form. She then jumped and she said that she felt ‘someone’ grip her
leg. The atmosphere had been thick but now it started to get lighter. We all
heard 4 knocks. I asked, “Where are you?” Jacky said that she thought that there
were now three behind me and one behind Molly and Dave.
jumped and said, “What did you do that for?” Jacky said that ‘someone’ had
grabbed her finger” and it scared her so much, she had grabbed hold of Dave,
making him jump. Jacky told us that whatever had grabbed her finger, had
grabbed it hard. We asked if the spirit could do the same to Tracy’s finger. It
didn’t. The table started moving in a very strange manner.
jumped and said that he’d heard a loud breathing sound right by his ear. The
table moved as if two pairs of hands were shoving it at each other from
opposite ends. I heard a strange crackling noise. There was a shadow figure
which moved behind Molly and then we heard footsteps moving away from her. We
heard a movement noise from the adjoining room. At this point, we captured a
strange groaning sound on EVP. Andrew
heard a breath sound and the Ovilus emitted the words, ‘Job and desk.’
I could see a
shadow figure which looked like it was sitting on the bench. Matt said that he
had seen someone moving across there. Daniel and Matt could hear dripping right
in front of us but there was no water. Andrew said that he could hear footsteps
behind Tracy. There was a big bang and then I could hear footsteps nearby too.
A little while later, we heard footsteps again. It was quiet for a time and
then I heard a shuffling footstep between Jacky and I and then I heard it again
by Andrew. I stamped my feet out in a pattern and asked the spirit to copy me.
There were thuds on the ground in the same pattern. After this, all was quiet
for a while.
We sat around the
table, chatting amongst ourselves and suddenly the table was pushed really
hard. Dave was struggling as he felt so hot even though the rest of us were
quite cold. This often happens to Dave when a spirit is close by him. It was
quiet again for quite a long time and then we heard two thuds. Dave jumped up
and said that he had seen someone standing by the steps. Dave showed us what he
had seen by walking up the steps and suddenly turning around to face us.
There was a knock
on the door behind Matt. We’d been asking if the door could be knocked all
evening. I asked for more knocking. There were two loud knocks on the door. I
asked if any of the prisoners had died down here and there was one affirmative
knock, also on the door.
We sat around a
table. Dave and I could hear a humming sound. We were talking to each other and
the table started tapping and it felt like it was trying to turn. Tracy asked
if this was the same spirit that was communicating with us downstairs and we
received two knocks indicating that this was a different spirit. She asked if
the spirit was glad that we were here and we were told, ‘No.’ Jacky asked the
spirit if they wanted us to stay in the room and if they had anything to say.
Both questions were answered, ‘Yes.’ Jacky asked if the spirit could use their
voice to communicate with us and we were told that they couldn’t. We were
informed that this was a female spirit. Daniel asked if the spirit was happy
but there was no response. Daniel also asked if this was the spirit of one of
the previous mayors and we were told, ‘No.’ I asked if we could see this spirit
and there was no answer. Daniel asked if the spirits could manifest in any of
the rooms of this building and we received a negative response. Daniel asked
how many spirits were with us in this room and we were informed that there were
8. He then asked if the spirit that was currently communicating with us was the
most powerful and we were told, ‘No.’
At this point,
there were a lot of bangs and taps. Daniel asked if the spirit had been
watching us all evening and there were several definitive bangs in the room. We
then became aware that there were patterns of rapping. We tried to work out
what it was but we couldn’t. We asked if the spirit was tapping out a song for
us and we were told, ‘No.’ We started to tap out some patterns and we were
copied. The spirit seemed eager to communicate with us. Jacky asked if the
spirit was waiting for something that it recognized and there were many bangs
and taps, all in a rhythmical pattern. Jacky asked if this tapping meant
something important. We received an affirmative response. She asked if we were
supposed to work it out and this answer was also, ‘Yes.’ We asked if it was Morse
code or music and both times, the answer was, ‘No.’ It was like ‘Ghost
We were trying
really hard to work out the patterns and as the knocking rhythms continued, the
pattern was always the same. We tried all sorts of ways to work it out but we
were unsuccessful. We heard a whistle, twice. We also heard a strange
vibrational noise which sounded like fingertips drumming.
Dave asked us,
“Did you feel that?” Although we were just leaning on the table and not
actively trying to table-tip, it felt like something was sliding from one end
of the table to the other. The table was also vibrating and wobbling. Andrew
said that he felt that two spirits were doing this, one each end of the table.
Daniel asked the spirits if they died in this building. There were two knocks,
indicating that they hadn’t. He asked if the spirits had worked in the building
at some time but there was no reply.
Matt said that he
had felt completely drained since he had entered the room and Jacky said that
she felt the same. She said that she could easily fall asleep. The table
continued to move back and forth. The Ovilis emitted the word, ‘Sacrifice.’
Molly said that she wanted to go downstairs to see if anything was happening
down there. As soon as she left, the activity ceased inside this room but
returned as soon as she came back. The knocking commenced again and the table
began to shake.
Dave asked, “Did
you hear that?” We heard loud footsteps in the room. Jacky was asking questions
but there was continual random tapping. At this point, the chandelier started
to swing slightly. It had been perfectly still before. There was no draught.
Daniel had positioned his ball (that flashes with movement) as a trigger object
and he asked if the spirit could touch the ball to make the lights flash.
Amazingly, the lights started flashing. Molly kept re-positioning the ball and the
ball flashed on another three occasions. A tapping sound started. We asked for
the spirits to make the ball flash again but this time, the ball did not flash.
Daniel put the ball in the centre of the table and asked for the spirits to
make it flash and it started flashing. He asked the spirits to roll the ball
down the table and the table lifted on one side so that the ball did roll, but
this was obviously not what he had asked for.
I heard footsteps
in the room and the table started to move in a very strange way before really
shaking. A cold breeze was felt travelling in a circle around us and Andrew
said that he felt it blowing on the back of his neck. The breeze eventually
dissipated and then all activity ceased. We decided to relocate back to the
We sat around
together in a room outside the cells and I ‘called out.’ Although I attributed
it to pareidolia, I could see a face in the wall. The face was male and as I
told everyone, Dave said, “I noticed it too and I just saw an arm move near to
the face as if to scratch his nose. “Was this pareidolia or something else?
We heard a loud
tapping noise. I copied the tapping rhythm. I reversed the tapping pattern and
asked the spirit to copy me. My tapping pattern was repeated in the exact
pattern that I had tapped. I banged on the table loudly and there was a
response but much more quietly. Andrew said that he was freezing. Andrew has
only felt cold once before on an investigation. He doesn’t usually feel cold at
all. The Ovilis emitted the words, ‘Most, where and near.’
Matt turned around
and saw something move behind him and at the same time, Dave jumped and said
that he had heard movement behind him. We all heard something in the corner as
if something had been thrown.
Daniel had placed
a ball (which flashes when moved) into the far cell. We all saw the flashing
light illuminating the cell which indicated that ‘something’ had touched or
moved the ball. The table started knocking but it felt like a different spirit.
Daniel explained why he had put the ball in the cell and asked if the spirit
would or could move the ball. The was an affirmative knock indicating that it
could. Dave heard footsteps.
The table started
to lift. I knocked onto the table 5 times and 5 knocks were repeated back. I
rapped out another 5 knocks but this time nothing happened. We sat quietly and
we heard a thud from upstairs. We were totally alone in the building.
Downstairs, the knocking continued. We heard a scraping footstep sound. I asked
if we could hear footsteps walking around us and we did hear a very odd noise
which is difficult to describe. We began talking amongst ourselves and there
was a loud bang as if to make us focus, which it did. This was followed by a
big thumping sound. The table was tipping and swaying and then it seemed as if
it was kicked. Daniel asked a spirit to move the ball inside the far cell and
the table was shoved. However, we did hear a thud from inside the cell.
There was a
scratching sound from the underside of the table and another scratching noise
on the floor. We all saw a shadowy figure by the doorway. The table turned
around so that my camera which was placed upon the table, was facing the
doorway but upon looking at the footage, the figure isn’t visible. Nothing
happened for a while. We asked if the spirit could make the sound of footsteps
and there were two definitive taps on the table indicating ‘No.’ The Ovilus
omitted the words, ‘Monument, remove, leader and writing.’ We weren’t too sure
what context these words fitted into our investigation.
thrown up the stairs. The atmosphere suddenly felt eerie. The Ovilus said, ‘
Disturbed, fate, interest, scratch and puddle.’ We had heard scratching sounds
and we often heard the sound of water dripping intermittently and despite
checking several times, we couldn’t find the source of the sound and definitely
not any puddles. Nothing more happened and eventually the atmosphere felt flat.
As it was late, we decided to end our investigation.
On behalf of the
Twilight Shadows Paranormal team, I would like to thank Devizes Town Hall for
giving us access to this lovely building and to Tracy Hughes for organizing the
Written by: Maria