On Saturday 13th May 2017, Twilight Shadows Paranormal
conducted a paranormal investigation at a Meeting House in Hampshire.
Built in 1727, the building was a Presbyterian meeting house. The
Presbyterians who were also known as non-conformists or dissenters
worshiped God in their own style, without the dogma of the Church of
During the 19th Century, the congregation became
Unitarian and it was then known as St. Thomas's Chapel, reverting
back to its original name during the 1930's.
In 1976, the Unitarians combined with a congregation in
Bournemouth due to financial constraints, meaning that they couldn't
continue to maintain the building. The Meeting House is now run by a
registered charity and has been beautifully refurbished.
Upon entering the Meeting House, we were amazed at how lovely and
quaint it was. There were boxed pews, balconies and a beautiful
organ. As we explored and went upstairs to the balcony area, we all
felt a presence. I was talking to E and she told me that the
Christian Spiritualists hold services/meetings every week and they
have said that they see spirits in the building.
We decided to start our investigation downstairs and I 'called
out.' We all heard a noise in the room. Tracy and I continued to
invite the spirits to come forward and make contact with us. I asked
if one of the three trustees of the Meeting House would like to try
and communicate as the spirits will see them on a daily basis. E
'called out,' We heard three knocks. We kept hearing three knocks but
we eventually realised that they were caused by the large clock that
was situated near the organ.
J said that he felt the spirit of a little girl. He thought that
she was a shy child. Dave said that he thought her name was
Henrietta. J asked the little girl if her parents were present with
her. We heard a strange vibrating sound. E asked, “Are you not
allowed downstairs?” The table we were sitting around shook. She
asked, “Is somebody with you?” The table shuddered. I heard a
noise to my left and then I heard footsteps.
J said that he thought that the little girl was alone. E felt that
she was upstairs alone and asked if she'd like to come downstairs
with us or would she like someone to go up and get her. E said, 'I
think that she's frightened.” She then asked. “Do you want me to
come and get you?” The table shuddered and E went up to get her. E
returned to the table and the temperature plummeted so we wondered if
the little girl had joined us. Matt had been upstairs on the balcony
when E went up to get the little girl and he said that he saw a shape
dart away to the end of the balcony.
I 'called out' and there was a noise by the stairs and the table
shuddered. I felt that a male spirit had joined us and I asked if
this was so. I asked him to shake the table and the table did shake
slightly. Some of us could feel an icy breeze blowing across our
There was a tomb outside the building and many graves underneath.
E wondered if we would get a positive reaction if we placed Mr. X's
bible upon the table. There was a bang within the room and a scratch
underneath the table. Andrew got the bible and put it on the table.
It was a huge bible and had such a presence about it.
E asked, “Do you like what we are doing with the building? Are
you pleased with the renovations?” The table shook and it seemed to
be an affirmative response. I really felt as if we were being
watched. E started to ask:
Have you got anyone with you? Yes
Is your wife with you? Yes
E said that she thought that there was
something in the bible that he wanted us to read.
She asked, “Do you want us to open
the bible?” The cover of the bible tapped. E opened the bible and
asked if the spirit would like her to read from it and the bible
cover tapped again. There was a ribbon book mark and we all thought
that she should read from where the book was marked. The passage she
read was about everlasting life.
The Ovilus emitted the words, ledge and
Southern. We asked if T was with us? There was a knocking sound from
the balcony. We asked if the spirits ever talked to the Spiritualist
Mediums during their weekly meetings. Dave and Matt said that they
heard a tap in response. A small stone was thrown near the pulpit.
Tracy asked if we could have more
information. She asked if the child would come and sit next to E.
Tracy called Mr. X but there was no response. E 'called out' and
there was no response. We could all feel a presence.
We asked: What is your name? Axe
How old were you when you died? 33 portar
Is that your name? No (I have
since discovered that the word portar is a Spanish for 'to carry.' We
do not know if that is relevant).
When were you here? 1831
Did you live in this town? Yes
Were you part of the congregation? Yes
Were you a farmer? No
Were you a minister? (No answer)
Are you male? Yes
Were you married? Yes
Were you a descendant of one of the
Did you have children? Yes
How many? 6
Were you a Presbyterian? No
Did you help build the Meeting House?
Were you here when Mr. X was here? No
Were you here in J's time? (No answer)
Is it your daughter that we were
talking to earlier? No
A friend of your daughter's? Yes
Was she scared to talk to us? Yes
How old is she? 6
Was she aged 6 when she died? Yes,
Were all your children boys? NO, 4
Can you see us? Yes
How many of us are talking to you? 5
,8, 3 (There were five of us trying to communicate, eight of us
altogether investigating and three trustees).
How many spirits are here now? 4
All male? No
So we have two male spirits and two
female communicating with us? Are the females adults? Yes
Is the little girl still here? No
Will she come back? (No answer)
Are you all from the same era? No
Can you communicate with each other?
Do you like us being here? No
I said that we were sorry for intruding
but we just wanted to find out about the people who used to be here.
We asked to speak to someone else. A new spirit took over.
Are you female? No, goodbye
Is anyone else here? SOS
Do you need help? No
What year did you die? 1936
Were you killed? Yes
Was it an accident? No, SOS, stabbed
Were you in a fight? Yes
Did you attack him? (No answer)
Did you live in this town? Yes
Did the other person die? No
Was the other person convicted of your
What's you name? Fred, channel
Spiritualists channel, do you come and
speak to the Christian Spiritualists? Yes
Are you sitting with us? Who are you
sitting next to? Tracy
Some of us went upstairs to sit on the
balcony. We looked over and down to where Tracy, Dave, E, J and G
were attempting some table tipping. They had good results and the
table was actually shoved towards J. While sitting up on the balcony,
I became asthmatic. The Meeting House was very clean and not dusty so
I couldn't work out what was wrong with me. Andrew had his laptop on
with some software and it clearly said Maria. Shortly after this, my
E, J and G left to go home and we
stayed a little longer to see if we could get any spirit activity. We
heard a whistle in the room, twice. I asked if we could hear another
whistle and the table knocked. There was a knock and movement in the
room. We asked if the spirit liked us being there and we received
three taps (it was not the clock this time). Jacky told the spirit
that we would like one tap for yes and two taps for no. We heard one
tap. I asked if the spirit could knock out the amount of spirits that
were in the room with us. There was no reply. I asked, “Is it just
you?” We heard one knock.
We were chatting amongst ourselves and
the table started knocking as if to get our attention. There was a
bang in the room. I asked if we could hear the spirits footsteps and
received two knocks on the table to tell me, no. Andrew said, “I
heard a sound behind me, it's behind me.” We heard the sound of
movement around the room and there was a lot of strange noises
upstairs. Matt and Tracy said that they had breezes blowing around
Jacky asked if the spirit would
manifest for us. There were knocking noises, footsteps and a big
thump. It was quiet for a while but suddenly Jacky jumped as
something hit her on the arm. It was another little stone. We asked
if the spirit could shake the table and it knocked twice and then
shook. We heard a scraping noise underneath the table and then a
whistle. I started whistling and the table started to knock the
amount of notes that I whistled. I had a sudden cold breeze on my
arm. I asked, “Did you breathe on my arm?” There was one knock.
We asked if the spirit could do something spectacular. All was quiet
for a while and then we heard a scratch underneath the table. All was
quiet after this and we decided to end the investigation as it was
very late. We said, “Goodbye” and there was a large thud in
On behalf of the Twilight Shadows
Paranormal team, we would like to thank E, J and G for allowing us to
investigate this wonderful building. Thank you also to team member
Tracy for arranging the evening.
Written by: Maria Williams