On Friday 25th May 2007 the Twilight Shadows Paranormal team
conducted an investigation at The George Hotel in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
The George Hotel is a beautiful and historic 13th century travelling lodge. The structure
contains an abundance of oak beams and several fireplaces for open fires in the
Upon entering the building on the left side, Selena and I
felt that this part of the building was 'wrong.' Eventually we realised that
the area in which we were standing was not originally the main part of the
building (it is now) and this part was added on.
HALL, STAIRS AND PASSAGEWAYS
After having a general exploration of the location we went
upstairs into the hotel part of the building. There are 32 rooms so this part
of the building is quite extensive. I experienced a sudden and quite extreme
headache in the first corridor and Selena saw the spirit of a black cat that
hissed as we walked by. It possessed a nasty nature and was vicious and
definitely not a pet. It was a rat-catcher. The area smelt of hay even though
it was a hotel passageway. Selena noticed this first and smelt it quite
strongly. Some of the team could also smell it but perhaps a ltttle less
pungent than the hay smell which Selena was experiencing. It was later verified
that this area used to be a hay barn. There were rats within the hay hence the
presence of the black cat.
We entered Room 6 which is the room where many paranormal experiences have been
reported. (My headache instantly disappeared). This room is lovely and contains
a huge four-poster bed. It has an Olde Worlde feeling and we all wanted just to
'book in' to this room to stay the night.
We set up our equipment (motion detector, trigger object and digital
recorder) and left Room 6 to explore other areas of the hotel. Just as we were
leaving the room, Selena heard a sigh which was not emitted from any member of
Selena heard some children in the passageway running about
and having fun. She said that she felt that the stairs were supposed to
"go up more." It was discovered that the stairs had been blocked off
in this area. Selena felt that the landing should have been a different shape.
She saw a lot of activity on the main stairs. The stairs were busy with
As we approached a small table in the hall, Selena developed
severe back-ache and felt that she had fallen down the stairs and she said
"I feel as if I have broken my back!" Climbing the second step,
Selena felt a tap on her head.
We headed downstairs and all assembled in the Function Room.
The team assembled together in the function room and
prepared for a seance and glass divination. (Selena had brought a glass and
letters that she uses on a regular basis). The glass moved quite quickly
surprising most of us. We all became aware of a cold blast of air around our
hands. The glass slowly travelled around the table as if the spirit was
introducing his/herself to each one of us. (This often happens during glass
The glass spelt out "Hello Steven, say hello to
Carol." Selena immediately leapt up from the table and went into the bar.
She asked if anyone in the bar was called Steven? Immediately a gentleman said
that his name was Steven and he was actually texting Carol! The glass started
whizzing around the table.
We asked how many spirits were with us in the room? The
answer was four including "Fred and two children."
We were then joined by the manageress Lyn. The glass spelt
out "look!" We asked "look at what?" The glass seemed to be
reacting to Lyn. It spelt out "cat." We all presumed that the spirit
was telling us about the 'rat-catcher cat' that Selena had seen upstairs. Lyn
then told us that a cat had gone missing from the bar. The glass quickly spelt
out "burnt." We were all appalled that the cat had been burnt and Lyn
asked "did someone throw it in the fire?" The spirit spelt out
"yes." We were all very relieved when Lyn informed us that the burnt
cat had been a toy cat and not a living creature. It had disappeared from the
bar. The glass started whizzing around, spelling a name. Initially it spelt a
person's real name and then the name that he was known by. Although we will
keep the identity of this person anonymous (he is a regular at the bar), Lyn
and the two male barmen laughed and said that this information made sense and
one of them said "I thought it was him."
We tried to find out the name of the spirit controlling the
glass. She eventually divulged to us that her name was Helen (we need to keep
her surname anonymous) and she died in 1936 as a young woman from cancer. She
used to drink at 'The George' and she lived in Porton. One of the barmen said
that there is a family with Helen's surname currently living in Durrington. The
spirit replied "yes."
The glass spelt out "deed" and "bad." We
asked "bad deed" and the answer was "yes." The glass then
spelt out "be fussy." We asked "about what" and the relpy
was "men!" We all laughed at this statement and some women were
grateful for this advice (I think)?
Helen then told us that although she did not have children,
she looked after the two spirit children that Selena had previously heard
running around. They are David (aged six, died 1912) and Elizabeth(aged two, died 1864).
Helen then gave us some information that surprised the
staff. She said that Mr. S (need to maintain anonymity) had died in a room (she
named which one) of a heart attack only a few years ago. This was confirmed by
the staff and we were all impressed with Helen.
We asked Helen if she would join us upstairs in Room 6 and
she said "Yes." She then directed the glass towards
BACK IN ROOM 6
Caz lit a candle and we tried to reconnect with Helen. We
asked Helen to make the candle flame rise higher and this happened immediately.
We were all quite surprised but this is obviously not conclusive evidence of
paranormal activity. There were a few cold blasts of air and the smell of cigar
smoke filled a certain part of the room. But nothing of paranormal significance
occurred. It was difficult to concentrate as there were so many drunken people
out in the street shouting and swearing.
We decided to end the investigation. Many thanks to Lyn for
allowing us to investigate The George Hotel. Also thanks to Selena and a massive thank you to Vikki for
arranging this lovely location.
Written by: Maria Williams
On entering the building, I didn't feel anything specific,
but I felt positive about the visit and very receptive.
We were based in Room 6 on the 1st floor. It felt very
welcoming and throughout the evening had some positive energy about it. The
only time I felt at all apprehensive or any tension was when we visited the 2nd
floor. I couldn't say whether that was because there were negative energies
there or simply that it was due to the passages being narrow with low sloping
ceilings. I certainly wasn't conscious of anything specific.
However on visiting the Dining Room on the ground floor, I
felt aware of at least one presence, in the same way that when you walk into a
room, even without seeing any occupants, you know that other people are there.
It might have been interesting to do some more work in that room.
The Function Room was interesting. I felt very at ease and
wasn't sure whether that was because I had previously attended a family 'do'
there. It was a good room to work in and having made tentative contact with
many people, Helen came through and seemed to positively relish in being able
She was happy to tell us about herself and the glass moved
around with great strength and energy. Loretta took notes on what was said, and
it would be interesting to see if the information could help to verify the
existence of Helen. We'd probably have to strike lucky with a census of Porton
to find anything.
It was interesting that there were other spirits there
including the children, I got the feeling that there were others that we didn't
communicate with, because they simply saw no need.
Written by: Marian Hibbs
During the investigation the motion detector was not
activated and the trigger object did not move. We have still to evaluate our
camera footage and digital recorder.
We captured an EVP [Electronic Voice Phenomena] which we
believe to be saying 'Blood'. This sound was captured in the Function Room.