haunted cottage in ringwood.
On Saturday 3rd August 2013, Twilight Shadows
Paranormal conducted a paranormal investigation at a two hundred year
old cottage in Ringwood in Hampshire. Sally told us that strange
things had been happening at the cottage that she and Rich live in.
When she first moved in, the television used to turn itself on. She
found a glovein the fridge. They lost their sieve for weeks and after replacing
it, the first sieve mysteriously reappeared. Rich's work boots moved
to the middle of the kitchen floor. Sally's son saw an apparition in
the back bedroom. Sally's grandson heard snoring in the back bedroom
and a tennis ball bounced into the lounge from the hall, while Sally
and Rich were watching television. Sally told us that most of the
activity occurs in the back of the house.
As soon as I stepped into Sally and Rich's cottage, I immediately
sensed a spiritual presence. It felt very strong initially as if 'it'
had come to check us out first. Andrew quickly began obtaining
baseline readings and instantly got a positive reading from the K2
meter in the lounge. After exploring the cottage, I felt a strong
presence in the back bedroom so we decided to begin our investigation
Andrew switched on the spirit box and I began to 'call out.' I
could feel the spirit in the room with us.
SPIRIT BOX SESSION:
Are you unhappy about us being here?
The two dogs that lived in the cottage became very restless. The
presence became stronger and the atmosphere was thick.
We all heard laughter from the spirit box.
Did you laugh? Yes.
How many spirits are here?F*** off!
Do you want us all to leave?F*** off!
The message was
definitely very clear. We could all feel the presence in the room
with us. I apologised for us being there but asked politely if we
could continue to communicate.
many spirits are here?Two. Have you got a problem?
said to everyone, “I really don't think this spirit likes us at
all.” The spirit box emitted a loud, No!I told the spirit that Sally and Rich really wanted their house
spirits to stay and did not have a problem with spirits and mortals
co-existing happily together. I explained that we meant them no harm
and just wanted to talk to them. Just to make sure I asked again, how
many spirits were here with us. The spirit box said, Two.This was followed by, Stay.This seemed slightly contradictory seeing as we were previously told
to leave and sworn at. Unless the spirit meant that 'it' wanted to
stay. Or perhaps this was another spirit.
I asked, “Can
you show yourself?” We talked about Sally's son seeing an
apparition in this room. The K2 meter flickered and went straight
from green to red. The atmosphere in the room really felt as if we
were not welcome.
Do you feel
annoyed by us? (no answer)
you like it best when it is just Sally and her family here? Yes.
you like us living with you? Yes.
you say the names of the people who live here? Sally.
else lives here? Him.(Rich smiled and said, “Thank you”).
What is your name?
(We could not tell if the voice from the spirit box said Tess or
is your name? (First it said) Peter
(and then) Jessica.
asked again and the spirit box said Jessicatwice more.
you know that you are dead? Jessica.
you happy being here? Happy.
I am. Happy.
A breeze flew
around the room and the chandelier on the ceiling started to swing a
little. Rich said that he could feel 'something' standing right
behind him. He said that there was also a breeze behind him but as he
said it, it stopped.
asked, “Shall we try downstairs?” A voice from the spirit box
We all assembled
in the kitchen and stood quietly for a while. Rich asked if anyone
was upstairs filming. We were all accounted for which Rich seemed
surprised by. He said that he had just heard someone up there. He
went upstairs to look and came back down saying that nobody was
'called out' and was very quickly told via the spirit box to Leave.
Sadness. Nun. Sally did
not know of any churches or convents nearby.
asked: Jessica, are you here? Present.
are you present? Present.
you like us being here Jessica? Nightmares.
I asked, “Has
anyone got bad knees?” Rich replied, “I have two bad knees.”
Leyland (or perhaps Leyline).
was quiet for a while until Sally asked, “Jessica, are you still
here?” Present. 1920.
Chills. Go. Richard
said, “Is there another spirit here? Do you want us to go?”
Prove. Bump. Richard
said, “You give us a bump.” Matthew.
Elliot must. We chatted
amongst ourselves for a while and then we heard a loud Goodbye.
Matt called us from the lounge and said that while he was sitting in
there, he glanced up and saw a blond woman just standing in the
middle of the table. He was really shocked by this vision.
while later, Dan said that he gently rolled a ball into a corner of
the room and the ball rolled back immediately but it looked unnatural
in its movement.
assembled in the lounge and I 'called out.' Nothing happened so I
suggested that Sally tried as the spirits of the cottage know her.
Rich said that he could smell something sour which had definitely not
been there previously. The spirit box emitted a voice which said,
of the spirit detectors was showing that there was spiritual activity
in one corner of the room. Dan said, “That's where I felt it from
the start.” As soon as we identified the spirit presence, it
disappeared but when we moved away, the meter spiked again. Matt was
holding another meter which he held in the centre of the table and
got a positive reading. Dan said, “That's right where I saw the
sat quietly and Rich suddenly turned around and said, “I've just
heard someone whisper Sally.” It felt as if a spirit was walking
around the room as the energy seemed to be swirling round. We all
felt as if there was a male and a female walking around together.
you say bugger?
Stupid bugger. I know you.
were getting high readings in front of Sally and behind her. Sally
went upstairs and her dog Daisy went with her. Sally tried to get
Daisy into the back bedroom with her but she would not go in there.
Sally said that Daisy usually goes in there without a problem.
decided to hold a séance and we all sat around the table. I 'called
out' and immediately I heard whispering but I could not decipher what
was being said. Tracy could hear it also. Sally 'called out' and
Loretta said that she could hear small knocks on the table which
seemed to be prompted by Sally's voice. There was another small knock
on the table and Loretta and Tracy heard other little knocks from
within the room. I could feel an energy building. Dan jumped and said
that he saw movement on the stairs. He saw a shadow edge around, look
at us and then went back up the stairs.
started to 'call out' again and the small knocking sounds began
again. At this point we made contact with two spirits who proceeded
to give private messages to Rich. However, one of these spirits was
called Charlie who Rich thought may be a relative. (Since our
investigation, Sally's Auntie has discovered that a man called
Charlie once lived at the cottage. Sally is going to send us this
information once it has been collated).
while later, another spirit came through who told us that his name
was George. Rich asked, “Does George's presence linger here?' We
received an affirmative reply. Rich asked George if the house was
here when he was alive. George replied, Game.
Rich said that the area
would have been a forest before the cottages were built and we
wondered if George had been a gamekeeper. George then told us, Love
to meet. We asked if
George could knock on the table but he said, No.
He then said, Looking
window. Sally asked,
“You are looking through the window?” George said,Yes. Rich asked, “Do
you want to come in? You're welcome.” George then made us all laugh
with his next comment which was, Just
nosey. Sally asked
George, “Which window do you look in, what's outside by the
window?” George replied, Bottle.
Sally squealed and said, “The solar bottles. They are right by that
window.” Sally asked, “Were you here before the cottages?” Yes.
“What was your job?”
said, “There was a miller on my list but that was a name, not an
occupation. At that moment, I saw beer in my head. I had no idea why
and then Matt said, “I wonder if he was a miller for a brewery.”
1733. Came. Sally
asked, “You came to Ringwood.” Yes.
Rich asked, “How old
were you when you died?” 86.
St. John. Rich asked,
“Is your full name George St. John?” Yes.
after this information was obtained, George's energy seemed to fade
and the atmosphere felt flat. It was early in the morning and we
decided that we would end our investigation here. The team really
enjoyed this experience and would like to thank Sally and Rich for
allowing us to investigate their beautiful cottage. We have since
been invited back to carry out another investigation here.
talking to Sally last night (19/10/13) and she said, “I just walked
into the back bedroom to get my coat and a white flash went across
the room. I said hello but it's gone now.” We look forward to
meeting Sally and Rich's ghosts again very soon.
by: Maria Williams
On Saturday 8thMarch 2014, Twilight Shadows Paranormal were invited back to Sally
and Rich's cottage in Ringwood. We decided to start our investigation
in the back bedroom.
As we entered the
bedroom, we could feel a strange atmosphere. One of the dogs who
refused to enter this room on our last visit, came in with us this
time and sat with us. We decided to use the Olvius and the Ghost Box.
I suggested that Sally 'called out' as the spirit lady known as
Jessica, clearly likes Sally. There was no response to Sally's
questions. I decided that I would 'call out' and explain about the
devices that we were using. I asked any spirits of the cottage to
join us. Immediately, a woman's voice (from the Ghost Box) said, 'Get
out!' I said, “Did you tell us to get out?” The same voice said,
'Yes.' I asked, “Before we go, could you tell us why you are here?”
The voice said, 'No.'
out,' asking why Jessica was so grumpy. She also asked Jessica to
show herself. The volume on the Ghost Box suddenly went very loud and
Dave couldn't get the volume to decrease. This has never happened
before. We called George who we had made contact with on our previous
A male voice said,
'Jessica.' Sally 'called out' telling Jessica that we were her
friends. A woman's voice said, 'Patchwork.' Another voice said, 'F***
off!' We explained that we didn't want the spirits to leave the
cottage and we weren't any threat whatsoever to their existence. A
voice said, 'Sally, yes, Sally.' Rich said, “We want you to stay
here.” The voice said, “I did.” I said, “Please speak to us,
even if it is to tell us to get out,” The voice said, “Get out,
around the table. Jacky 'called out' and the table immediately began
to shudder. There were two definitive taps on the table. The taps got
louder and louder. I 'called out' to Charlie as I could feel him
watching us. There was a tap in response to me calling him. Sophie
said that she had got really cold. I touched her arm and she was
freezing. The room was warm and so was everyone else. Sophie said
that she had suddenly got cold when I was calling Charlie. Peter put
his hand out next to Sophie and said that she was definitely sitting
in a 'cold spot.'
The spirits seemed
a bit friendlier downstairs and we chatted to them and got tapped out
responses on the table. We conducted a séance.
Are you here with
Yes, Yes. No.
Are you Albert?
Albert (We think
the surname is Waney but we were unsure and we haven't been able to
find this name in historical records).
Are you Albert
Yes. Me. Me.
seemed to change and then we were given some names and when we asked,
“Is this you?....., we were told, 'No.' Sally said that she felt
that this was Jessica being naughty and there was a massive bang on
All was quiet for
a while and then Sally started asking Jessica some questions. She
asked how old Jessica was. The response was 57. Sally asked:
Did you have a
Did you have any
We discussed how
old the cottage was and Rich said that it was built in 1820. We were
told that Jessica and Albert moved into the cottage in 1829. Jessica
said that she wants to stay in the cottage and that she's really
happy that she can co-exist there with Sally and Rich.
During the séance,
Jessica said that she moved the kitchen bin. Rich asked if she had
moved his boots but she didn't admit to this. Sally asked, “Do you
move other things?” The table tapped. Rich asked if Jessica could
move the bin somewhere else in the kitchen sometime during the
evening. Sally asked if the spirits found it funny when they have
moved things and the mortals are looking for them. There was a
massive thud on the table and then it moved. Sally felt that it was
Jessica who had moved the table and she asked if she could move it
again. The table was huge and really heavy but there was definitely a
force trying to move it. Sally asked, “If I put my hands on the
table, could you move it?” She placed her hands firmly onto the
table and said, “Right, I'm ready” and the table was shoved
towards her. Sally asked if the spirits could lift the table. It
didn't lift. She also asked if the spirits could move a bunch of
sticks which were decoratively placed in the corner of the room. The
sticks didn't move but the table kept moving, although the spirits
only seemed to react for Sally.
Jacky and I
decided to go up to the back bedroom with the Ghost Box but apart
from about ten minutes of small knocking noises on the wall, we
didn't experience anything of a paranormal nature.
The rest of the
group continued with a séance in the main living room. They were
sitting around the table with Sally 'calling out.' Sally asked,
“Jessica, can you show us that you are here?” There was an
immediate response of three loud knocks. Sally asked Jessica to lift
the table and asked how far up, she could lift it. The answer was
three inches. The group counted to three and waited. The table did
not lift. Just as they were saying that this was disappointing, the
table was shoved from one end and then shoved the other way. When the
group had recovered from this action, they all agreed that the table
may not have lifted but it was moved about three inches each way.
Peter said, “Can you move the table to the right?” The table
moved to the right.
Jessica if her husband Albert was with her. There was no response
which Sally thought indicated that he was not there. Ben put a can on
its side, onto the table. Sally asked if the can could be rolled
along the table towards her but it wasn't. Jessica seemed to leave
the room completely for approximately ten minutes and it seems likely
that this was when Jacky and I could hear the knocking on the wall
The energy seemed
to return to the séance and the table began to move again. Sally
asked if Jessica liked having lots of people visiting the cottage to
try and contact her. The group discussed this and they felt that
although they thought that Jessica was lonely, she was not keen on
having people, other than Sally and Rich at the cottage.
the information gained. There was Jessica and Albert. Their surname
was Waney, an unusual surname but it is a known surname. The date
given was 18.29 and they had four children. The names Guy, Tess and
Zachary were given for their children. However, when we asked for the
name of the fourth child, the word Wessoy was given. The group
speculated whether this may be Wesley or a nickname but this
information remained unclear.
Jacky and I
rejoined the group and the table started moving. The table moved upon
command with specific instructions. Suddenly, Sarah jumped up from
her chair and quickly moved from the table. She was quite shaken and
told us that her T shirt had been pulled up at the back and she felt
like someone was running their hand up her back. Sarah eventually
rejoined us all at the table.
continued to knock and move and obey instruction upon lifting the
table from specific sides. Jacky's camera switched off and as she was
saying that something significant would happen now that she wasn't
recording, the table was thrown into the air with a massive force,
making us all jump. The table was dropped immediately, crashing down
to the floor with a bang. We were all amazed as this table is
especially heavy and the boys had to strain to lift it. The room was
freezing cold but there was a feeling of good humour. The table
continued to lift and move and Sarah felt that she was touched twice
We decided to end
the investigation at this point. Rich checked the kitchen and the bin
had not moved. Twilight Shadows Paranormal would like to thank Sally
and Rich for allowing us to visit their lovely cottage for the second
time. We really enjoyed our time with you.
Written by: Maria