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Old Church House Inn

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Event Showcase: Old Church House Inn
History of Old Church House Inn
The Old Church House Inn, Torbryan, Devon, built in 1240, it predates the Black Death and the fireplace is thought to be 8th century in origin.
The de Brian family were the longest lasting tenants having resided here for 250 years.
Behind the bar the wood panelling that lines the wall was salvaged from one of the ships of the defeated Spanish Armada.
According to legend, Bertie Robinson was working on a supernatural tale of terror concerning a giant black devil dog that hunted down and wiped out a family.
Another writer who frequented the pub was none other than, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
Some believe Doyle stole the idea from Robinson and used it to write The Hound Of The Baskerville’s. Arguably his most famous book.
Ghost Hunting
Talk of ghosts have been a part of the Inn’s history for well over a century. With both staff and patrons having numerous encounters with the supernatural.
Most Haunted investigated the Inn in 2005.
Other reported ghostly sightings:-
The Disembodied Arm – In 1997, a woman staying in Room 1 was yanked out of a deep sleep when a horrific sight met her eyes, that of a disembodied arm of a man was floating directly in front of her pointing at the wall behind her.
The Spectral Monk – Over the last century the menacing figure of a monk in a black robe and hood has been witnessed lurking around the bar.
The Landlord’s Encounter – A former landlord who lived at the bar with his son heard the boy cry out in terror. When he entered his son’s room he could see the transparent form of a man leaning over his son.
The Armada Wall – Patrons sitting at the bar have claimed to see the screaming faces of men in the wood stripped from the Spanish Armada war ship.
No ghost hunt has taken place for the last 15 years, hopefully at our event in February we’ll have some evidence.
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Old Forde House

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Event Showcase: Old Forde House

History of Old Forde House
Old Forde House in Newton Abbot, Devon has provided hospitality for kings, queens, princes, princesses and numerous lords and ladies since the reign of Elizabeth I.

Although there has been a house on this site since 1539, the present house bears the date 1610 and is built in the shape of the letter E. Commonly thought to be in honour of Queen Elizabeth I

King Charles I visited Forde House in 1625, on his way to Plymouth to inspect the fleet. In 1646 (Civil War) Sir Thomas Fairfax, accompanied by his lieutenant-general, Oliver Cromwell, stayed at Forde House on their way to capture Dartmouth.

It was in the year 1688 that William, Prince of Orange sailed from the Hague and landed at Brixham to lead his army to the capital. Two days after his arrival the Prince reached Newton Abbot. Prince William proceeded to Forde House. Prince William stayed overnight at Forde House in the first floor room known ever since as the Orange Room.

Ghost Hunting
We have been investigating the #OldFordeHouse since 2016.

Our favourite areas are; The Parlour for Table tilting and Séances (quite often people get touched or pushed during a séance!). The main hall is also good for table tilting and Ouija boards. Upstairs the Orange room and The Library are both good for Ouija boards, Séances and tech sessions. One of the most active ares where we haven’t held any sessions is the Male Toilets, not sure why but we have heard whispers, whistles and voices emanating from there when we’ve been upstairs. Strange smells (rotting flesh) has been smelt on the staircase too along with faces looking out of the rear facing windows. Many people have also had a paranormal encounter whilst in the snug room.

We don’t have any video footage from this location because we generally don’t bring our cameras to this venue.

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Old Forde House – 11th March 2017 – Steve

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Old Forde House ghost hunt 11th March 2017
Newton Abbot, Devon

When we are walking around the venue deciding on which team member is going to be in which room we all heard noises, voices and footsteps. This made Carol (the night custodian) very nervous, but to us this is reasonably normal and created the right kind of mood for the evening that awaited us.

The room that I chose for my sessions used to be a bedroom (upstairs at the end of the house) and on all three sessions spirit joined us.

The first session was a male spirit called Richard, who was in his early 30s. He was a footman for the house and said that he was here in 1855.
He could lift peoples’ arms and move people in just about any way anyone asked him to do. However most of the movements were pulling people by their arms or pushing them to the floor. This was very amusing for everyone.

The second session there was a female spirit called Miss Bossingham, she was dressed in an Edwardian dress and she carried a parasol. There was also a male spirit called Clive who was a golfer (dressed in golfing attire) from the 1920s and every so often another male spirit who was an Army Officer from the First World War just kept popping in.

With all these spirits there was no noticeable movement, the spirits just wanted to be noticed it seemed.

The third session we were joined by Richard (from the first session) and Miss Bossingham and Clive (from the second session). After a slow start, there was lots of arm movement, touching and pulling people to the floor.

This was a very enjoyable ghost hunt with lots of paranormal activity reported by the guests. We are looking forward to our return visit in September.

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Old Forde House – 9th July 2016 – Kym

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Old Forde House ghost hunt 9th July 2016
Newton Abbot, Devon

Equipment: Ouija, Glass Work & Table Tipping

Group B – We started with one group on the Ouija, and another group with Glass Work.  The group with the Ouija had a girl aged 4 from possibly 1967 or 1867.  She couldn’t spell, and gave her initials as P T.  We asked if she could see how many of us were there, and she answered 7 which was correct.  With the glass work the group had an older female lady that visited here.  She lived in Newton Abbott within the last 100 years.  She came here for a celebration that she disapproved of.

Group C – With this group we had not received much from the Ouija and Glass Work, so we all joined together to do Table Tipping.  Many could feel the energies around us with tingles, static engery, coldness.  The table was gently rocking, and guests were being swayed with it, to the point that they started feeling sick.  The table then started moving more, lifting up twice to one side.  The second time we were all touching with just fingertips, then with us all taking our fingers off slowly, leaving just one person touching whilst the table was tipped up to one side.  As the last person took his finger off, the table held there for 2 -3 seconds before very slowly dropping back down to the floor.  I had not experienced that before and was very surprised.  We tried re-balancing the table back in the same position, and each time it fell back down to the floor very quickly.  Very odd.

Group A – With my last group we started with the Table Tipping, and immediately it started moving.  After lots of twists, turns and rotating slowly, we then established a yes & no.  The spirit was someone the group had spoken to earlier.  They went through the names and worked out it was the spirit of Alice.  We asked a few questions, one being how had she passed; an illness, TB, and she was a servant here.  We then moved to the Ouija and continued speaking to Alice:  she was 21, born in 1813, and passed in 1834, and her surname was Turner.

A lovely new venue – and one I look forward to returning to next year!

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