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Toys Hill and Weardale Manor ghost hunt – 1-2-2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Toys Hill and Weardale Manor ghost hunt 1st February 2013
Toys Hill, Kent

This location often surprises us as the best activity has been seen/felt by small groups of people however sometimes (it has happened before) many people in the group have had a paranormal experience, this was one of those times.

We started on the site of the old manor house, this has in the past been very active and on this night it was one of the more active times that I can remember.

After handing out some KII metres and our electronic communication devices things started to happen. Spirit energies were detectable on the KII and various spirits started communicating. I had the feeling that we were joined by a Maid and a Groundsman of the former house.

Many guests saw lights in the nearby woodland very low to the ground and some saw shadows which seem to move as people walked towards the woodlands to take a closer look.

As a group of us were just talking about previous guests’ experiences I noticed a male energy who looked to be a head butler or someone of importance approach us. He was about 55 years old, quite tall at about 5’9” and very well dressed in a three piece suit. He also had a full well trimmed beard and gave me the date at 1914. This particular spirit who wanted to remain nameless provided the guests with lots of answers to their questions and when asked to touch or move people some guests reported feeling a light brushing sensation, as if someone had just walked passed them. Some guests also felt a warming sensation behind their knees. One guest was sure that she felt a physical touch on her back. Other guests reported the feeling of a dog had just brushed past them.

From here we moved into the woodland as there is a particular area which seems to be more active than the rest of the woods. After walking through an extremely muddy section I stopped by a familiar tree and told the guests that this is the area where we would very shortly be holding a séance. After explained what is likely to happen during the séance an older male spirit approximately 70 years old wandered near to us, he seemed grumpy and called me “a daft old bugger”. Just as I was telling this spirit where to go I noticed another much younger male spirit energy approach, this spirit I have seen here before.

His name was Edward and he is in his mid-20s and every time I seem him he is wearing a grey pinned stripped suit with a bowler hat. He seems to have something to do with finance or accountancy, although he never really answers that question.

Asking Edward to move the guests’ arms, he did so very willingly and soon the majority of people had their arms moved. I also asked Edward if he were able to push or sway people and within a matter of minutes many guests were being pushed or pulled backwards much to their surprise.

Once again some people felt a warming sensation on the back of their legs, especially around their knees, whether this coincided with me asking for Edward to push people I don’t know. At one point when asking for Edward to do the same thing to everyone, my side of the circle (about two people either side of me) were all pushed at the same time towards the centre of the circle and then rapidly pulled backwards. This was a very strange sensation. After this Edward decided that some people should be pushed more forcefully or pushed to the ground, however it was a bit muddy and none of us really wanted to touch the ground, it took all our strength to resist.

After this rather physical séance I decided to conclude this session, but asked all the guests to think of a question to ask Edward, the questions and his answers were recorded and out of the nine people present there were seven responses, however only five could be easily understood.

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During the séance many guests including me heard the sound of cough, like someone clearly their throat to get attention, although I didn’t see anyone nor heard any footfalls that could explain this sound, it remains anomalous.

As we were leaving the woodland there continued lots of KII EMF activity and lots of communication via electronic equipment.

Once again a very enjoyable ghost hunt and one that many guests enjoyed especially because of the physical nature of the séance and the excellent EVPs that were recorded.

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Toys Hill and Weardale Manor – 3-11-2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Toys Hill and Weardale Manor ghost hunt 3rd November 2012

Toys Hill, Kent

We often find that this time of year is a better outdoor ghost hunt as there isn’t much noise outside, obviously being the weekend before Guy Fawkes we were treated to some interesting firework displays!

Our first session was under the trees where the manor house would have stood, this in the past has been the scene of quite a lot of activity and as usual there were high levels of EMF energy shown on our KII meters as well as some good communication via our other electronic equipment.

Some of the guests saw lights in the trees as well as shadows, these were not fireworks or car lights as they were too low to the ground. The shadows were unexplained although I have seen similar when holding previous ghost hunts at this location.

A couple of guests who had stayed with me under the trees (the rest had wandered off) felt a brush on their legs, they said that it had felt like a dog had brushed past them. This has also been reported here and one previous ghost hunt, we all heard the sound of a dog approaching.

After wandering deeper into the woods I stopped at a familiar area, as this has been the scene of so much activity on previous ghost hunts and held a séance here.

A male spirit energy called Daniel joined us, he gave his age as early 20s and the year as 1911. Daniel was easily able to move many of the guests arms, push them and generally sway them on the spot. Several guests also reported the feeling of people pulled downwards, and some were physically pulled downwards by their arms.

Dave (guest) was firstly pushed backwards, although I had noticed that he stood in front of a tree when we started and I am fairly sure he thought the same tree was behind him, but due to all the movement felt by the other guests, the tree was no longer directly behind Dave. So when he was pushed backwards he didn’t resist as he thought the tree would stop him from falling over, but he just missed the tree and fell over!

When Dave finally stood back up Daniel continued to push Dave until he fell face first into the mud which gave us all a good laugh! Whilst all this was going on some of the guests on the other side of the séance circle could hear footfalls and shadows behind them and asked that Carl (GHE Team member) go to investigate. As Carl was now opposite me and I could clearly see him, on my side of the circle we too heard the sound of footfalls behind us and the sound of twigs snapping, like someone had walked over the sticks. We also heard some heavy sounds, like something dropping from the trees or something heavy being dropped, but considering it wasn’t windy the source of this noise remains a mystery.

After we finished the Séance I turned on my Spirit Box (a device that scans the FM radio frequencies in reverse at 100ms) and then asking for spirit to say our names. Several times we heard the name “Carl” and “Tom” (Tom was one of the guests) and “Hartnoll” (Tom’s surname) plus “Tommy” and “Donna” (another guest). During this time there was high levels of EMF energy which could be seen by the guests on our KII meters.

After leaving this area of the woods and heading back to the site of the old Manor I held an EVP (Electronic voice phenomena) experiment to record ghost voices. There were many unexplained noises in the recording and several possible EVPs but only one which could easily be understood. You can hear that one at http://youtu.be/AcT2s33BR3E

Once again a very good ghost hunt and one in which many of the guests felt spirit energy in the form of a physical sensation, plus the added bonus of hearing their names called out on the Spirit Box.

Carl – Paranormal Investigator joined me from Ghost Hunt Events

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Toys Hill & Weardale Manor – 17-8-2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Toys Hill & Weardale Manor ghost hunt – 17th August 2012

We haven’t had a lot of luck with the weather at this venue in 2012. First time it was -10 degrees Celsius back in February, then in April it was just before a thunderstorm, June it was a thunderstorm so fourth time lucky and this was well worth waiting for.

We started in the remains of the manor, gave the guests lots of our kit to investigate with and let them roam around. Many guests reported seeing shadows and lights within the near distance trees. I generally stayed put and various groups of people reported different activity in all directions, but the one thing they all commented on was the fact that all felt watched.

A male energy by the name of Philip approached, he was a gardener when there was a house at this place, he tipped his hat to me and some of the guests felt his presence.

Steve (guest) felt a light touch on his back and the sound of a dog, panting during the phase when the spirit Philip was around.

Many guests also reported hearing voices, whispering and whistles in one particular place. Four guests (Andy, Wendy, Marie & Shelley) all heard these sounds as well as the sound of a children’s music box. I then went over to the part to have a look and was met by a Frenchman spirit called Alain. He was about 55 years old and dressed in a smart black suit which had a silver pocket watch attached. He gave me the impression he was from 1900s.

The guests that had some of our equipment all had high levels of activity displayed on the various meters.

From here we decided to move into the woods to hold a séance, as the last time this proved very successful but due to the heavy rain it was not as enjoyable as it could have been.

Once again after finding a suitable spot there were high levels of activity shown on our KII meters and on our ghost communicators.

Within a few minutes of us starting a séance a male energy aged in his early 30s approached us, his name was Roger and he was wearing a white shirt and grey trousers and it was impossible to associate him with a period of time, although he wasn’t wearing a tie or hat.

Roger was very capable of moving people in various ways and generally pushed and pulled most of the group, starting gently and then as his confidence grew the level of movement increased and some people, especially Phil and Lisa, were manoeuvred into some rather uncomfortable positions.

Cold spots were also reported by the guests, mainly behind me as the temperature was a steady 20 degrees Celsius most of the night, these cold spots were felt behind four or five people and it felt like stepping into a freezer.

During the séance Andy felt a stick hit his legs and since Carl (GHE Team member) was outside the circle and at the time on the opposite side of Andy went to investigate although Carl could not see a stick anywhere near Andy. After the séance finished Andy found the stick about 14 inches in front of him.

After the séance finished, which I concluded after most people apart from two had either felt arm movement or had been pushed by Roger, some of the guests wandered deeper into the woods as they thought they heard voices and noises whilst the séance was taking place. The rest of the guests made their way out of the woods.

However those that stayed listening in the woods were soon returning because they heard footfalls in the woods and since no torch light was seen, this scared them.

We made our way back to the site of the manor house and conducted an EVP, although when we played the recording back very few anomalies were heard, however once we analysed them we discovered there were quite a few responses, although not all could be interpreted.

The best ones can be heard at:-


Once again a very enjoyable ghost hunt and a very productive one with many paranormal occurrences taking place.

After we had enjoyed a cup of coffee back at the car park and just before we were about to leave, Carl (team member) saw a “shadow” behind me and exclaimed that it looked too real to be a spirit and so the four of us who were there turned on all our torches to try to see what this was. To our amazement there was a young male (real person, wearing a blue shirt, black top and trousers and had glasses with curly black hair) standing very close to the hedge on the way out of the car park and even when I blinded this person with my torch he failed to move, but just looked down to the ground. All of us decided that this was a very good time to leave as he was probably drunk. As we were driving out of the car park we noticed this same person lying down on the grass beside the road which was really strange.

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Toys hill and Weardale Manor ghost hunt – 7-10-2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Toys Hill near Westerham is the site of what was once Weardale Manor, a 145 roomed mansion sitting on a hill overlooking the Kent countryside.

It was a very gusty and cold night, but with some beautiful views of the night sky and moon. We made our way to the site of the Manor house, this is in the most exposed location, it is also the most active location and it didn’t take long for spirit to join us. The EMF activity started fairly quiet and then just as we had settled it really lit up and at the same time I had noticed a young male energy, who seemed to be dressed as a gardener come and join us. As soon as I pointed out where the Gardener chap was standing, one of the guests (Sam) felt immediately frightened, as she had thought that she had seen shadows in that direction and thus she crossed over to the other side of our small circle (we weren’t holding hands at the time, just standing in a circle). This energy was approximately 22 years old, fairly muscular and had a menacing look about him, although I believe this to be just a look not how he was. However Sam reported that she felt very uncomfortable when he was present.

Since it was so gusty noises were hard to hear however Nicky and I heard strange ticking noises that seem to emanate in the trees (pine) above us, what this noise was we have no idea, we heard it twice only.

Whilst we were standing quietly waiting for spirit to come forward (as it seemed they were cautious in approaching) all the guests could smell gas, like butane and then an older male energy made himself known to me, his name was Max and he stood about 5’9” in height and about 60yrs old. He was well dressed in a dark three piece suit and he told me that he was the head of the household, basically in charge of every staff member. He also informed me that the year he served in the house was 1908. Almost without warning Tabby (guest) started to run away and Nicky was following. When I asked why it was because Tabby heard a whisper in her ear and became frightened so she thought she would run! Nicky was running because Tabby was running!

After they calmed down and realised that what Tabby had just experienced was fairly unique and somewhat privileged the smell of gas returned and faded very quickly. I could not smell this and logically it could not have been carried on the wind because it was so gusty. I then asked spirit to repeat this smell (all the while I was holding my EMF metre) the lights on the EMF lit up almost instantly & then all the guests said that they could smell it again (I still could not). Sam commented that she thought it was the smell of something they smoked, and the lights on the EMF lit up then a waft of this strange smell came back. Whilst all this was going on Tabby and I heard some female mumbling noises further into the distance and Nicky also heard some “people” noises behind her, like walking and talking. Tabby also commented that she thought it sounded like someone walking their dog, but no-one ever arrived. It didn’t help when I commented that the direction of the noises was the very direction that we were about to walk towards!

I asked on several occasions for spirit to make a noise that we could hear, but alas we did not hear anything, then I thought that I would record the incident in case anything was recorded but due to environmental reasons we could not hear at the time. I also asked spirit to make the noise and then flash the lights on the EMF, this happened several times, although none of us heard anything at the time.

This is a response to one of my requests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOpGnl4WNTc

Sam informed me later in the evening that she had heard a music box, no-one else had heard this.

By this time we were all feeling slightly chilly and I decided that a walk in the surrounding woods was in order, it would also take us out of the wind.

We walked in the direction of the Bat Tower which is an imposing tower which now houses bats, but since no-one really wanted to stand near this structure we kept walking into the woods to a place that I found very active when I visited back in August.

Whilst in this part of the woods which has some very old trees we all began taking photographs, as the energies around us seemed to be watching, the moon was also casting a shadow on the woods which also made it quite spooky however Nicky had an interesting photo of orbs all in a line seemingly getting closer to us, Tabby who hasn’t had a photograph of many orbs before was suddenly getting lots of orbs, most of these were looking ahead further down the path (where we hadn’t walked), one of which was extremely bright but well defined. Sam also had several interesting orb photos, one of which was a deep orange on top and white/grey below. It is the first time that I have seen a graduated orb photograph. I on the other hand took many photographs and none of them contained any interesting orbs or in fact anything other than woodland scenes at night.

We made our way around the circular path and started to climb a quite steep hill but stopped half way up as we all needed a break and my EMF metre was lit up “like a Christmas tree”. We were joined by a female energy who was in her early 20s and accompanied by her husband however her name was Antionette and she was French, she was unusually tall (I thought) about 5’10”, she gave me impression that they lived in the woods, as in their time, the 13th Century this whole area would have been a settlement. After asking several times for spirit to make a noise or give us a sign that they were still with us (as the EMF metre stopped flashing) we moved on.

We arrived back at the site of the mansion and the feeling at this location was different this time, we moved over to the area which I would imagine would have been the day rooms (looking out over the terrace) and it felt very serene and peaceful, however moving back under the pine trees where were had experienced so much before felt fairly normal (for the location) and the EMF metre flashed briefly, a cook by the name of Geraldine “popped in” she was in her early 50s but she didn’t seem interested in talking to me or interacting with the group.
We decided that it was too cold to continue and made our way back to our cars.

Once again a very interesting location and one which I will return to in warmer weather, as I feel that this location has much to offer on a night when it won’t be windy.

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