THE Bridge tearooms.
On 21st June 2014, Twilight Shadows Paranormal
conducted a paranormal investigation at a tearoom in Bradford on
Avon, Wiltshire. This lovely old tea shop dates back to 1502, with
additional building of a second storey added in 1675. Originally a
cottage, it was the home and workshop of a tailor and later a
blacksmith, who conducted his business in a forge next door.
Many customers have experienced strange phenomena within the
tearoom. Reports of an eerie presence have been recorded and some
people have actually seen a female ghost dressed in Crinoline attire,
busily bustling about. Tearooms were extremely popular during the
Victorian era when ladies could go for tea, without a male escort.
As we entered the Bath stone-clad building, it was like we had
stepped out of our time-zone and traveled back in time. We hoped
that we would make contact with the previous occupants of this
beautiful building. Jacky immediately said that “her back was
going” which is something that happens to her when she senses
spirit. My left hand tingles when I feel an entity close by and I was
experiencing this at the same time as Jacky had spoken. I could feel
a female spirit drawing near.
We sat around a table chatting and the table knocked twice. I felt
someone touch my head. Sharon told us that the whole of her right
side had gone cold. It was midsummer night and very warm outside so
we could not find a logical reason for this. Lauren then said,
“Someone has just touched my right ear.” I asked for the spirit
to keep touching different members of the team.
There was a service bell and we all heard it ring twice when
nobody was anywhere near it. Ben jumped and said that his hand had
just been touched. We all felt comfortable as the atmosphere was
pleasant. Nothing happened for quite a while so I 'called out' asking
for the spirits of the building to make contact with us. The table
moved and we caught a strange EVP voice. I heard a breath behind me
and as I was going to mention it, Loretta said that she had heard the
sound of someone breathing out. We all then heard a choking type
sound and this was also captured as an EVP.
I felt the spirit of the female drawing close and as I said so, a
cold breeze swept over my hands. Everyone said that they were feeling
really cold although the night was very warm. I heard a breath
'huffing' sound to my left. There was an old photograph of a very
stern looking, older lady on the wall. Ben and I were staring at the
photo for a while and we both saw the image of a skull at exactly the
same time. We picked up an EVP of a woman sighing. I had heard the
sigh and I imitated it for the rest of the group and another sigh
seemed to copy me.
After a while, we all felt that the female spirit had left the
room and it was quiet for a long time. We all then felt this female
presence return and as we did, there was a tap on the table and a
clicking noise to my left in the corner. We had all been drawn to
this corner as we felt something was lurking there. We sat quietly
and then we all heard a noise which sounded like a chain clinking. As
we sat there, we heard a creaking noise. We then heard a shuffling
noise, followed by a long sigh.
We decided to try a session with the Spirit Box. I asked, “Could
you speak?” We heard a voice from the Spirit Box say 'Speak.' I
kept asking for any spirit present to speak and the Spirit Box
emitted a crying sound, an intake of breath and then a voice that
said either Emma or Anna. We could not decide which.
We assembled together downstairs and I 'called out.' We heard a
shifting noise and a knock on table. Suddenly, we all smelt soot. It
was very strong. There was another knock on the table. We asked the
spirits present if they could affect a piece of our equipment when we
asked questions. We asked how old the spirit communicating was but
there was no response. I asked if the spirit could make a sound. I
actually meant a voice but we all heard the sound of movement. I kept
asking the spirit's age when they died and we received the
information that they were in their 70's but not specific. We asked
if we were talking to the same female spirit and we received an
Did you live here? Yes.
Did you work here? No.
Was this your house? Yes.
Was it the blacksmith's house? Yes.
Was your husband the blacksmith? Yes.
Is that why we could smell soot? Yes.
Is your husband here with you? No.
Are you trapped here? No.
Are you only here some of the time? No response.
Do you watch people who come here? Like.
You like people here? No response.
Sharon and I both had a pain in our chests. The spirit said that
it was nothing to do with her. I suddenly became very cold. The
spirit said that my coldness was nothing to do with her either. We
all heard a strange sound in the room which sounded like a cat. I
felt someone touch my arm and Matt (who was standing next to me),
shivered and said that the coldness was seeping into him.
We thought that this lady liked us being there but we weren't
entirely sure. We asked her when she died and we received the
information that it was sometime during the 1600's. We asked if she
was lonely but we did not receive a response. We asked if she felt
bad tempered and received an affirmative response. At this point we
obtained an EVP which sounded like, 'Ahhhhhh.' and we also captured
another 'Ahhhhh' sound.
Lauren said that someone touched her head. I was freezing cold.
Loretta said that she felt that the spirit was trying to tell me
something. After this I received a prediction from the spirit which
although I will not disclose, came to fruition five months later.
Amazing! As it was very late, we decided to finish our investigation.
On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Jacky and Dave Wicheard
for securing this lovely location and for the owner for allowing us
Written by: Maria Williams