WOOKEY HOLE PAPER MILL
On Saturday 26th April 2014, a small group of the
Twilight Shadows Paranormal Team joined another paranormal team and
investigated Wookey Hole Paper Mill. Set deep in the heart of the
Mendip Hills in Somerset, we were naturally very excited about this
amazing location. The atmosphere was electric as there was a
phenomenal rain storm which had been raging for hours (and continued
throughout our investigation). We split into our own groups and our
first area to investigate was the Magical Mirror Maze/Victorian Penny
MAGICAL MIRROR MAZE/VICTORIAN PENNY ARCADE
Even with the lights switched on, this area was really spooky with
just the six of us there. I have always been slightly unnerved by
mirrors but I wanted to challenge myself. We had only just entered
this area and we received an EVP of a female moaning. This was
encouraging. Quite quickly, we all heard tapping right beside us and
Jacky captured some strange light anomalies onto her night-vision
camera. Jacky 'called out' and we heard an eerie creaking sound,
followed by a loud thud. Jacky asked any spirit people within this
area to start up one of the arcade amusements. I asked if 'they'
could also move our trigger object. They didn't. We all heard a loud
thud followed by another sound which we all felt was a voice but we
could not discern what was said. We picked up this sound on our
Dave said, “Can you hear that?” We all listened and we could
hear a strange noise as if something was spinning. We checked all the
machines in the room, especially the one-armed-bandits but we could
not see anything moving. We heard a tap and a creak and then we could
hear footsteps within the room. Dave went to investigate but there
was nobody there. We sat quietly and we heard a tap right beside us.
Dave swung around and looked behind him and said that he had heard a
weird noise. Jacky said that she'd seen something very bright
traveling from left to right on her night-vision camera.
Dave 'called out' and there were two thuds. I knocked onto the
side of an arcade game and something copied. I knocked a few more
times and they were imitated over by Jacky. Jacky heard a voice
beside her and as I was looking through my night-vision camera (which
was placed on the table), the lighting behind Debbie completely
changed and then changed back again. It was as if a shadow had passed
by. Jacky asked for three knocks in the room and we all heard three
knocks. The sound of the knocking was really deep. Jacky asked for
another three knocks and we heard three knocks. Dave and Andrew were
standing by the entrance to the room and they both looked around at
the same time as they heard a groaning sound right beside them.
We walked into the mirror maze. It was very spooky in the dark. We
kept bumping into each other and scaring ourselves. Dave went for a
walk into the mirrors on his own and said, “There is something in
here with us. It's eerie.” Everyone decided to go through on their
own. I didn't think that I would be brave enough to walk through the
maze on my own but I did. I was terrified that I would see something
on my night-vision camera but I didn't. I kept jumping and right at
the end, I felt like something was really bearing down on me. When
Jacky walked through on her own, she said, “Dave, stop following
me.” We were all standing together at the entrance of the mirror
maze and Jacky was inside the maze on her own. We called to her, “We
are all out here together, you are in there alone” and Jacky let
out a squeal as she could hear movement in there with her. When Jacky
came out, we all walked through together. We were very quiet and we
heard footsteps following us through. But we knew that there was just
the six of us in this area.
We walked back into the Victorian Penny Arcade. We were standing
next to a very old table-top football table. I 'called out' and we
all heard a tapping on the glass surface of the football table. We
started to ask questions and asked for one tap for 'yes' and two taps
for 'no.' We asked:
Did you work at the paper mill? Yes.
Are you male? Yes. (The football table actually shook and the taps
Are you ever seen? Yes.
Are there any other spirit people in this area? No. (We discovered
that this was inaccurate but perhaps this spirit was unaware of
So you are the only spirit here? Yes.
Do you go anywhere else in this building? No. (We all heard a
Can you make that scratching sound again? The football table
Did you have an accident at the mill? Yes.
Was it documented? No.
We all heard a strange 'bumping' noise in the room, followed by a
sound which sounded like fingernails being drawn along wood.
Another spirit came through. We asked if the first spirit was
still with us and we received an affirmative response.
Do you two spirit people like each other? No.
Are there any female spirits here? Yes. (We picked up a female
voice (EVP) but we couldn't understand what she was saying. The
female voice was captured again. This time Loretta and Debbie heard
it but we couldn't work out the words).
Dave said that he had started to feel disorientated and Loretta
felt dizzy and nauseous. I heard a male voice. The table-top football
table was moving.
We walked around the clown museum. It was amazing with many clown
costumes, props and artifacts from all over the world. We took it in
turns to 'call out.' It was very quiet. The Ovilus said, 'Look!'
Jacky asked, “Look at what?” The Ovilus said, 'Ian.' Jacky asked,
“Is your name Ian?” We did not receive a reply. We looked around
the room for a clown named Ian but we didn't find one. We stayed in
the room for a long time but nothing else happened.
Despite 'calling out' for a considerable time, all was quiet in
PAPER MILL MUSEUM
We sat quietly in here and Jacky 'called out' asking for any
spirits present to make themselves known to us. We didn't see, hear
or feel anything for a long time. We were just preparing to leave
this room when we heard a loud tap. It sounded like somebody had
knocked on wood. We sat quietly and then Dave told us that he had
seen someone leaning over in the shadows. I heard a sigh. After this,
nothing else happened.
THEATRE AND STAGE
This was an interesting room which contained lots of costumes and
props. There was a uni-cycle which Dave tried. He burst through the
curtain on the cycle, then stopped suddenly as he saw someone
standing at the back of the room, behind the audience seating. We
checked and there was nobody there. We sat around and 'called out.'
I asked, “Please join us.” There was a loud bang. We were
wondering if this was a spirit that we had conversed with before but
it felt different so we thought it may be a different spirit. We
communicated with him and we learned that he had once worked at the
site and people see him.
All was quiet for a while. Jacky tried to resume the contact. We
were sitting around a table and although we were not conducting a
séance as such, the table suddenly moved. We asked if the table
could be lifted to show where this spirit was standing. The table
lifted, lowered, lifted again and then lowered very slowly. We asked
some questions which were not answered and then we heard a 'mmm mmm'
sound. The voice we heard was behind us. It felt as if there were two
spirits with us and Jacky kept talking to them. There was a long time
of nothing happening and then we all heard a scratching noise.
CAPTAIN JACK'S RESTAURANT
Attached to the restaurant was a new attraction (which had not yet
opened). It was an 'Alice in Wonderland' attraction and we walked
though it in the dark. Nothing happened in here. We walked back into
the restaurant and sat down.
As soon as I entered the restaurant, I could feel a strong
presence. We all heard footsteps walking around us. The storm outside
had got worse and this added to the eerie feeling within the room.
Loretta saw a shadow move across the wall. Jacky 'called out' and
asked if the presence we felt with us could make a loud noise. There
was an enormous crash but nothing had been knocked over. We asked for
another noise like that. It didn't happen again but we heard
footsteps walking towards us. Something was thrown at us. Whatever it
was seemed to bounce on the floor just before it got to us. We didn't
After a while, we heard a sound like marching which was really
creepy. Something else was thrown and again. The objects (which we
didn't find) were hitting the floor closer to us each time. There was
a long time with nothing and then the table moved and we felt
vibrations under our feet. Loretta saw a figure move past one of the
mirrors. I asked the shadow figure that she saw to join us and the
table that we were leaning on, started to move. I told the others
that I could hear voices and they said that they could hear them too.
Eventually, our time at Wookey Hole Paper Mill was over and we
packed up to go home. We had an amazing evening at this fabulous
location. Thank you to Emma for inviting us.
Written by: Maria Williams