the red lion
On Saturday 26th October 2013, Twilight Shadows
Paranormal joined BUS – Bristol & UK Supernatural at their
paranormal investigation at the Red Lion Pub in Southampton,
We started the investigation in the bar. Claire started to 'call
out' asking the spirits to communicate with us. Dave also 'called
out.' We all heard a loud tap. Jacky started to address a male spirit
who appeared to be drawing close to us. His presence seemed dominant
and authoritative. There was another tap from upstairs and Jacky said
that she could feel an energy building up behind her.
Dave jumped as he heard a sound like someone clearing their
throat. The atmosphere seemed to thicken and we could all feel a
spiritual presence in the room. I saw movement behind the bar. Claire
decided to go upstairs and stand on the balcony and as she walked
upstairs, Jacky captured a light anomaly coming down the stairs.
Claire stood on the balcony facing us and we all heard footsteps up
on the balcony, very near to where Claire was standing. After a while
there were more footsteps followed by some more tapping sounds.
Claire asked the spirits to tap once for yes and twice for no.
Are you the woman I saw earlier?
You’re wearing a blue dress, aren't you?
Are you looking for someone?
There was a large bang in the room. Dave went upstairs to join
Claire on the balcony. Jacky said that she could see someone standing
by Andrew. She also kept seeing someone standing by the parrot cage.
(Later, Jacky discovered a strange photo of a light anomaly by the
parrot cage and Claire and Gary later saw the figure of a woman by
We could hear tapping up on the balcony near Claire and Dave. Dave
asked if there were spirits standing up with them. We heard more
tapping. This was followed by a loud thud down in the bar area by the
rest of us. Dave asked if the spirits could make that sound again and
there was another sound which Jacky thought sounded like a weight
shifting. Claire said that she suddenly felt freezing cold. Dave said
that he saw a light anomaly (with his eyes, not camera) fly over
Claire's head as she said this. I could not feel the cold cold
initially but Claire was recording the temperature and the readings
started to plummet. Claire said, “It's our friend from the
hallway.” Andrew said, “It's round here” and I could sense a
presence near as well. Dave said that he could feel a presence
standing behind him up on the balcony. Andrew and I were getting
colder and colder and feeling breezes swirling around us. Claire said
that it was as somebody has opened an outside door in the middle of
winter. Jacky and I could feel a male presence. There was a clink of
glasses from the bar, behind us.
Something knocked Dave's hand. The temperature was still dropping.
Dave asked if he could be touched again and he was. Claire said that
somebody had hanged themselves in the building as she could
clairvoyantly see a pair of black legs dangling and swinging. Dave
said that the person who had touched him was a woman. It was a
feminine touch. Claire, Dave and Andrew 'called out.' Jacky could
feel cold breezes again and Claire said that she could also feel a
cold draught. I suddenly smelt a strong cooking smell but no sooner
had I mentioned it, it had gone. We could all feel energy coming
through our feet.
We assembled in the cellar. Claire said that she could feel a
little boy in here. Jacky 'called out' and I immediately got pins and
needles down the left side of my body. Claire started 'picking' up on
a male spirit, an elderly man. She said that he looked older than he
was and that he spent a lot of time down here at one time. He had a
rough, scraggly appearance.
There was a loud tap on a beer barrel right beside me and then a
tap behind Jacky. Claire asked for more tapping sounds and there was
a very loud tap, followed by another and another right behind Dave.
Jacky felt like someone was standing right behind her and Claire told
her that 'he' was looking over her shoulder. Jacky said that she
wanted to run as she felt like 'he' was hugging her. Claire told
Jacky, “That's the inn-keeper. He's grumpy and he beats the little
We started to talk about the spirits of the pub and Claire said
that when we arrived, she had felt two energies. She had felt a
spirit woman and a grumpy man behind the bar. Andrew could hear
whispering but he could not work out what was being said. I had
previously heard whispering up in the bar area but I hadn't mentioned
it at the time. Dave said that he'd also heard it in the bar and he
could hear it down in the cellar now too.
Claire said that someone touched her finger. We could all hear
tapping on the ceiling. Dave said that he could see the figure of a
man, leaning on the wall. Dave told us that he looked mean and that
he was watching us. Claire said that this sounded like the same man
who was in the hallway earlier.
We heard a noise which sounded like something had been thrown in
the bar. I felt a breeze on my right arm. It felt as if an icy breath
had been blown onto me. We tried an EVP session but instead we got
taps on the table in response to questioning. Also, every time a
question was asked, I felt an icy blast of air on my hand. Something
was thrown at Dave. Jacky saw the object fly across the room towards
We sat down at the far end of the hallway. It was probably the
creepiest place in the pub. Apart from a few knocks and bangs and
some light anomalies captured onto Jacky's camcorder, nothing of a
paranormal nature occurred.
The Twilight Shadows Paranormal team would like to thank Claire
from BUS for organising this investigation. We really enjoyed working
with the BUS team.
Written by: Maria Williams