How I started my paranormal journey.

I would sit up late at night watching those old black and white horror shows. Then I was brave enough to move onto colour.
I was always interested in ghost stories, old legends and stories from our past.

Then my nan told me a story that would put me on my journey into the paranormal
It was about a headless man that walked a country lane next to my nan's childhood home. In fact, she had seen him herself.
I had always remembered the story and a few years ago, I found, quite by chance, a newspaper cutting about a murder in the area my nan lived. I researched my nan's story and found out the true facts.

I realised that I enjoyed researching as much as an investigation.
With this in mind, every area I visit, I research and you will be surprised what information can be found.
So thanks to my nan, I lead an exciting life as a paranormal investigater.

I would like to point out that I do take this very seiously.
I am out to prove, one way or the other, IS THERE ANOTHER LIFE WHEN WE PASS or is it just our imagination.

Friday, 18 November 2011


Hankelow Hall
Nr Nantwich

31st October 2011


This Halloween, I wanted to return here. Since our last visit, things have moved around, voices and footsteps heard.. Our first visit was taken up with the legend of the George Thomas Bellyse Cooper. With the research that we carried out after our investigation, we needed to investigate this building with fresh eyes.

This investigation was not going to take all night, we were only here for a few hours but we didnt want to miss this oppunity to come back to this fantastic building
The weather was cold and windy.

We started just after 8pm with a walkround, just so we could plan our investigation and to remind us of the layout of the building. We had been joined by two other people from the house. As we walked round, we heard footsteps, voices, music, a cupboard door opening and stones were thrown by us.

We started to set up our equipment just before 9pm. Phil has brought with him a new experiment. This was sent up on the 2nd floor and faced down the corridor. This experiment was to see if a spirit walked through this corridor, the light image would change. In a way, we would be able to see the shape of the spirit. This was recorded at all times on Phil's camcorder. We left this running as we headed into the cellar.

We stood in the cellar, asking out. We thought that we heard something coming from the other part of the cellar, so I went and stood in that area on my own. As the others were asking out, I got the feeling that we were being watched but nothing happened and the feeling that I was getting could have just been my imagination due, in part to the weather. We deceided to have a sceance with the ouija board. Nothing happened.

We headed up to the 2nd floor, into the room behind our light experiment. We set up a sceance. As we were asking questions, we heard a few bangs. These bangs could have come from the windy conditions outside and we couldnt count out that the wind was causing these bangs.

We headed down to the 1st floor. It was still windy outside but the house had gone very quite.
Me and Nicola stayed in this room, Phil had gone into another room down the corridor and the two other guys had moved into the room next door to us. We heard heard a stone landing on the floor. We couldnt tell if it had fell from somewhere or it had been thrown.

We moved nearer to Phil. Me and our two brave guests stayed in one room and Nicola went into the room next door. We all heard another stone in the corridor. We started to ask out again but nothing happened.

By now, our two brave guys had left us on our own. We headed back up to the 2nd floor. We were asking ou but by now the weather was getting worse. It had started to rain and the wind was getting very bad. Any noice, by now, could not be put down to the weather and this ment that if anything moved or any noice was probably due to the weather and not spirits. We had to finish and so we stopped about 12.45am.

It had been such a shame that due to the weather, we couldnt finish the investigation. We hadnt planned to stay all night but a couple more hours would have been nice.
We did heard music, footsteps and voices. And we couldnt deciede if the stone had been thrown or just fell from perhapes the ceiling. But what was weird was the house. Even though the weather was bad outside, the inside of the house was too quite.

Saturday, 20 August 2011


I have written three articles for this mag and I hope to have included many more in the future. Here are the ones I have had published so far ..............


This article was written about an office in my own home town of Crewe.


OCT/NOV 2009
This article was written showing the areas of possible haunting. It includes such areas as Churches, Prisons and places of violent or untimely deaths.


This article was written about one of my favourite places, of course, its Denbigh.

Sunday, 10 July 2011


Hankelow Hall
Hankelow, Nr Nantwich


This building has never been involved in a paranormal

investigation before. It was such an honour to be the first group allowed to investigate such a wonderful building.

This whole area, including this family home is full of history and so many interesting tales and legends.


Hankelow is situated within the township of Audlem. At the time of the Domesday Book, this area was part of the Barony of Wich Malbank (now Nantwich) and it was owned by Richard de Vernon. During the reign of Edward 1st, this side of the Vernon family took the name HUNELOWE. There have been many spellings of Hankelow, inc HUNKELOWE, HUNKYLOWE and HONKYLOWE, so this is why the spelling in my report will change.

During the reign's of Richard II and Henry IV, William, son of Richard of Hunkelowe was the Bailiff to the Hundred of Nantwich. But between both of the King's reign, Richard Hunkelowe spent time imprisoned in Chester Castle as a debtor. Either through marriage or from the sale from Richard Hunkelowe, but during the reign of Edward III, the Hassall family gained considerable land and powerl. Through the Hunkelowe and Hassall family line, the marriage took place which brought them together into the Wettenhall family.

The Wettenhall family who stayed in Hankelow until the 18th century. Then the whole estate passed to the Bayley family and then to the Greaves family. Various families and people now own their own part of the area like with every village, town or city.


During part of the civil war, Hankelow was ravaged as the two forces met. It was on the 19th May 1644, when Prince Rupert's army engaged the Parliamentarian army at Moss Hall Fields, Hankelow.

Prince Rupert had stayed around this area before. In May 1642, he had reputed to have stayed at Highfields in Audlem with his army of 10,000 (mostly horsemen and dragoons). They were on their way north to the siege of Stockport.

During 1643, the Royalist forces occupied most of the areas around Nantwich, including Audlem, Brindley, Buerton, Hankelow, Hatherton, Hurleston, Stoke and Wrenbury.

In 1644, Prince Rupert's army were camped in fields in Audlem near Highfields. The Parliamentarians were in control of Nantwich. And the skirmish took place.


Timeline of the Hall and Owners

- Domesday - Richard de Vernon owned the estate.

- Edward I (1272-1307) - de Hunkelowe family (part of the de Vernon family).

- 1374-1585 - Richard Hunkelowe either sold the estate or it passed through marriage to the
Hassall family.
In 1447, Robert de Hassal and his wife Cecily accuired the lands of Hankilow. The Hall became the principal Hassal residence until 1585, when Ralph Hassal inherited Hassall Manor (near Sandbach) and William (his step brother) was given Hankelow.

- late 1500's - through marriage, the hall passed into the Wettenhall family.

- early 1700's - the present house dates from the early 18th century. It was built for Gabriel
Wettenhall. It was altered for his son, Nathaniel and remodelled in 1755.

- late 1700's - Edward Wettenhall sold the hall to the Richardson family.

- 1817 - sold to Thomas Cooper.

- 1873 - the estate passed to George Thomas Bellyse Cooper.

- 1893 - the hall passed through many hands including a wine and spirit merchant and a cotton

- 1929 - the hall was bought by Commander Claude Alexander Codrington.

- 1954 - the hall was bought by Peter Glover Nicholas of Fields Farm, Nantwich.

- 1959 - the hall was bought by John Henry Vernon of Moss Hall, Audlem.

- 1961 - the hall was converted into flats but by the 1970's, the building had fallen into disrepair. By 1978, it had been condemned by the local authority. But it was saved.

- 1989 - Mr Victor Vernon sold it to its present owner, Mr Kirk Shenton Homes Ltd.

There is a legend at the hall that a young man haunts the front door. It is said that he shot himself just before his wedding because he had killed his family on the lake in the hall's grounds.

The truth behind this tradedy is a little different. The gentleman in question, didnt live at the Hall and his family died in a accident many miles away.


This Grade II listed building is built of red brick. It is of early Geogian style.

Not long after work started on this building, evidence was found of an earlier house, including wattle and daub, remains of a timber framed building and window frames that have been dated to the 17th century.

This long building used to be the Hot House. It was built on an older building.

This building at the back of the hall, use to be the Engine room. It is said that a spirt has been seen here.

This photo shows the roof space at the top of the house. This area use to be the living quarters for the servants and during the summer/autumn, the fruit pickers.

These stairs are narrow and a lot smaller than the main stairs. They were only used by the servants.

This photo shows a large wooden fireplace situated in a wooden panelled room. This had been the libuary. It suits the room but this fireplace is not from the hall, but it came from Newcastle Hospital a few years ago.


We started our investigation at 10pm. The group included us and a few guests (invited by the owner).We walked to the cellar. Geoff told us that he had picked up a man called John from the 13th century. So, as we were all together in the cellar, we decieded to do some table tilting. There was some slight movement and we all heard the sound of a bell, like the bell on a cats collar. We also heard the sound of a small stone being thrown but no one saw it.

By 10.30pm, we had moved up to the second floor. Geoff was picking up on the Quakers. He also picked up on a battlefield. Geoff also told us that a man had come forward, named John (a different Man from the John he had picked up earlier). This John had the surname of Derbyshire or came from Derbyshire and he had been shot by Thomas in 1643.

We thought it would be a good idea if we tried glass divertaion with the ouii board, as we had picked up on someone present. We picked up on some names .....
HYWEY WRNEP ... he had been born in 1665 and he was 12years when he died.VAZ was spelt when we asked how he died. Reasearch has shown that Hywey is a Welsh name, for example Hywey Dda (880-950) King of Dyfed, Powys and Gwynedd.
TNANP or TNANQ ... poss female and from the year(possibly when she was born) 1917 or 1907. She died in 1987, at the age of 39years. Born in Hankelow. Of course, no research has to be done to show she would have been older than 39 when she died or did she get her dated wrong on the board.
FLJK ... also lived here but when we asked how they died, LIVE was spelt out. So did they still think they are still alive. But when we asked for a message, it spelt IGEFIVJFHGHDHDIEWDWIFJEEF. We asked where they stood and it pointed over into a corner.
RLNN ... was spelt when we asked if anyone else was with us. He was a male nurse. No other information.
NOZ ... was also spelt out when we asked if anybody else was there but no other information.

By 11.40pm, a few of the group thought they heard noices coming from the next floor, so I went up on my own and the group stayed and asked for something to happen to me. I heard footsteps on the staircase. At the same time downstairs, Phil and Nicola heard a voice and footsteps.

At Midnight, there was just the three of us, me, Phil and Nicola. We were trying to debunk the voices and footsteps we had heard. Nicola and Phil heard the same voices. So I went down back to the second floor. Nothing happened. So we all sat upstairs in the loft. Nicola and Phil heard a loud breath and I heard whistling. As we were the only people left in the building, we couldnt debunk the sounds.

By 1.30am, we deceided to go back downstairs and headed into the Libuary. The last member of the vistors came to join us. So the four of us stood in the Libuary, asking out. We could still hear voices and noices above us, so Phil stayed in the Libuary and we went back upstairs. By now nothing could be heard upstairs but Phil was hearing noices by him. It was as though, these noices were moving away from us. So we went back into the Libuary with Phil. We heard nothing else and we all moved into the next room.

We stood in the room next to the Libuary and we started to ask out. About 2am, we all heard a loud noice (sounded like a bang). Then we started hearing very weird noices ... sound of bat wings fluttering ( this building does not suffer from bats), dragging sounds and voices again.

We finished around 3am, by spending a short amount of time around the front door. This after all was the scene of the suicide, according to the legend.

During my research after our investigation, I found two following pieces of information.
... Geoff had told us that he had picked up on a battle in 1643. My research showed that during this year, the Royalist army occupied most of the area around Nantwich with the Parliamentarians controlling the town of Nantwich.
... The legend about a suicide is not true. George Thomas Bellyse Cooper didnt kill his family and then kill himself out of guilt. It was a boating accident when he was only a baby, on Lake Windermere. He did die, years later, he accidentally shot himself whilst living in Tenby. I cant find any records to show he had married or was due to be married.

So did we pick up on voices from the past? And did we hear them walking around? All I can say at this moment in time, I love this place and I didnt feel that there is anything negative about this building. I would love to have the honnor to visit here again and conduct a second investigation.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

REAL Ghost Heckles TV Crew - Dead End



11th March 2011

This is my second visit to this wonderful building. The Winter Gardens has been made more famous for its ghosts thanks to many more ghost groups hiring the property and such shows as Most Haunted.

The land that the Winter Gardens stands on was once occupied by swimming baths, which were surrounded by gardens. The original facilites included 3 plunge baths, 24 private baths and 2 medicated baths. An entertainment complex was added known as the People's Palace. In 1896, it was announced that a new theatre was to be built in 1897 and it is this extension that remains today. It was owned by Mr T Baker and Mr R B Abbott. They were the directors of a west end pier company. The ballroom was designed by architects, Mangel and Littlewood, with Frank Matcham as consultant. After this huge transformation, the building re opened and re named as the Victoria Pavillion.

The building was very popular but this didnt last and in 1908, the company went into liquidation. It was bought by Broadhead and Sons and they added a funfair outside and a billard room downstairs.

In 1953, the building was sold again. It was bought by Louis Benjamin. The ballroom was converted to the Dixieland Palace and the theatre was leased to Trust House Forte. The theatre closed in 1977 and the ballrom was demolished in 1982 and replaced with an amusement arcade.

Over the years, this has been occupied by many things, as explained above, but I did forget the circus. A charitable trust has now taken over the property. The Friends of the Winter Gardens took over in 1986 and work is being carried out to save this building.

Many famous acts has graced the floor here, inc --- Laurel and Hardy, George Formby and Thora Hird.

The building was taken over during WWll by the RAF. They organised their own shows.


--- this building is said to have a rather unusal type of haunting, there is a claim that there is an invisible line down the middle of the building making a good side and an evil side.
--- a seven year old child plays in the building
--- 2 male figures seen on the first floor. They are said to be Mangel and Littlewood.
--- an Edwardian lady
--- a lady in the dressingroom
--- man and woman dressed in RAF or NAVY uniforms
--- an angry man named Henry
--- another man named Stan
--- 2 women actress
--- Charles Straton
--- Alice Shields


Paranormal research had been invited here to watch the investigation and perhapes offer help and advice. We arrived at 7.30pm. Me and Nicola went for a walk around the building. We then joined Phil and set up our equipment. The psychic, Racheal (who was running the event) and Phil went off to set up some trigger objects and experiments. Me and Nicola joined the main group on the guided tour of the building lead by a member of the Friends of Morecombe Winter Gardens. Nicola held the EMF reader and I took notes and we both took photos as we walked.

The walk started in the front foyer and the main entrance. The EMF stayed on one green light.

We then went upstairs to the 1st floor. As we entered through the wooden doors, the emf jumped to red and then back to the single green light. Nicola walked through this doorway several times and it never went to red again. As we walked around, through the ladies bar, offices and gents bar, the emf stayed on green. In fact, as we continued around the building, the emf stayed green. No more red lights. We finished the tour at 9.40pm.

As we walked back to our meeting point on the ground floor, the emf went to red again as we passed through these doors. I thought at first it was the cables, as this area is directly below where the emf went to red on the first floor. Again Nicola passed through this area several times but the emf stayed on a single green light. And the emf had not turned to red earlier as we started the tour as we first walked through these doors. So why turn red now and then disappear?

We all re grouped in our meeting area by the side door and about 10pm we all headed behind the stage. We started with table tilting after Nicola had explained about our emf recorder and what we used it for.

The table tilting had started and I heard what sounded like footsteps above me. I know there was a lot of banging here because of the wind from outside. But these "footsteps" were clearly heard by me. I climbed the stone stairs at the side of the stage. As I stood above the rest of the group, I heard nothing. After a while, I joined the rest of the group back on the stage. Shortly after, Phil also heard footsteps above him and also the sound of a girl laughing. I had also heard these footsteps at the same time as Phil but no other voice. I went back upstairs but again I didnt hear anything. Nor did I see anything.

We moved into the Auditorium about 10.30pm. Nicola took half the group to the first floor and Phil ran a sceance by the stage. A red light was seen on the first floor balconly by the boxes (not car lights). I went to sit there on my own (do you see a pattern here, as soon as something happens, Im sent on my own. Brave or daft, a bit of both) I had only been there a few moments and at about 10.50pm, I started to hear footsteps and whispering. I radio through to ask where everyone was and I was told that everyone was back in the auditorium. But Nicola and another member of the group had also heard the footsteps.

I went for a walk around along the balconly, looking for a stray member of the group or anyone, as I was so sure it must have been someone from our group as the footsteps were so loud and clear. But I saw no one. But what I did see, seemed unbelievable. As I entered the gents bar, I saw that not only had the car trigger object moved but they had moved onto another table. I radioed this through straight away and I stayed in the doorway without touching anything or going into the room. Nicola and another member of the group were the first to me and they saw for themselves where the cars were. At this point, I will say with my hand on my heart, that I didnt touch these cars. I am a paranormal investigator and I try to find out for myself if a place is haunted or not. I am just as happy to say no its not haunted, as I am to say yes. But both me and Nicola thought this movement was a little too good. I know that neither Phil, Nicola or myself moved these cars and no body went into the room from the balconly. But this is not a silled room and there is the entrance around the back and we didnt have enough camera's to leave one recording here. So did someone cheat or was it paranormal? I cant answer that for certain.

We split up again. Phil carried on with the sceance downstairs. Nicola took a few people into the Gods and I returned to my seat on the balconley with another member of the group. I did this, just in case anything else happened and I would have a witness.

Only a few minutes went by and nearly everyone had heard a child's voice. Nicola's group reported hearing shufflinf noises, one seat was down and strange emf readings on the staircase. Phil's group reported a thud sound on the stage, whispering sounds, temp changes, a young girl's voice cry out and a shadow darting across the foyer.

Nicola came back and joined me on the balconly. The three of us heard a child's voice at the same time as Phil heard the same. We also heard more footsteps and what sounded like paper moving. We all decieded to re group and have a brew. But before we went downstairs, we checked tha cars but nothing. So about 11.20pm, we all mew up for a well earned brew.

At 11.40pm, I went back onto the first floor balconly and everyone else went back into the auditorium to conduct another sceance lead by Phil. Ten minutes went by and Nicola radioed to me that they had seen a figure walk past me. I looked around but I couldnt see or hear anything. Two other members of the group came up to join me. Us three heard a noice coming from the gent's bar. We went to look and found a packet of earplugs on the floor but the cars were not touched. I made a cross shape in the flour and I asked for another cross shape to be made in the other patch pf flour on the other table. We placed the earplugs on a chair and asked for these to move. We had a walk around and found that a green toy was also on the floor in the ladies bar toilets. This was re placed back on the chair. Again I can not confirm how the toy had moved and where the earplugs had come from.

Everyone was now on the first floor and I went back to my lonesome seat. Movement was seen on the main staircase and I was hearing footsteps behind me again. While the group were asking out in the gent's bar, I saw what looked like a torch light on the other side of the balconly but no one had their torches on.

By 12.30am, we split into two groups. Racheal took one group down into the cellar and we took the rest of the group up to the Gods. Nothing much was happening to us but some reported that the seating was shaking. I didnt feel anything but I was sitting further away.

By 1am, our group moved down back to the first floor. We stood with Phil asking questions like "what is your name, why are you here and could they do something". Then it sounded like a stone had been thrown and hit the floor. We then heard breathing sounds. We couldnt find anything out of the ordinary. We carried on asking questions and at 1.05am, another stone was thrown. Again we couldnt find anything. Nothing else happened and so about 15mins later, we moved into the ladies bar to try some table tilting. In this room, there is a smaller room. One brave volunter sat in this room and while we conducted our table tilting, we also asked if something could happen to him. But nothing did.

During our experiment, the group from the cellar had broken up and they were wandering the building. This now meant, that any trigger objects would be worthless as anyone could now mess with them. Im not saying anyone would, but the possibilty was there.

We re grouped and had a coffee break.

From 2.15am, we split into different groups, covering the whole building, from the cellar upwards. While Nicola's group went behind the stage, a chair moved slightly when someone sat on it and Nicola's face felt tickerly. Nothing else happened to anyone else even when WWll music was played.

We finished about 4am.

In my view, this was a missed oppertiunaty for paranormal research. We were invited here just to watch a physic investigation. But we wnded up being more involved and trying to run the investigation towards the end. If we had known, we would have brought more equipment and better trigger objects and had camera's recording them. We would have had the event more structured and organizated. No one would have wondered off in their own groups.

But lets look at what happened .......................
... EMF went red three times
... footsteps heard several times
... a child (possibly female) voice heard four times
... red light seen
... whispering sounds
... one seat down in the gods
... two shadows, one in figure form
... earplugs appear from nowwhere
... cars moved?
...stones thrown...twice

I have checked my photo's and I have found nothing.

I have checked my voice recorder for EVP's and I have found several noices I cant explain. These are .........................
... whilst I was sitting in the first floor balconly with another member of the group after the cars had moved. We were talking between ourselves and I said that if I was a spirit, I would be fed up of doing stuff and answering questions. The word "YEAH" had been recorded as though it was agreeing with me.
... Phil had carried on with the sceance on the first floor, while he was talking there is a weird voice which sounds like "YES". Followed a couple of minutes later by three weird breaths.
... Another weird breath was caught on the first floor when people where telling us about the seats shaking.
... We also caught the sounds of the two stones being thrown and landing on the floor. But just after that I had said to Nicola that I had a weird and horrible feeling and she said she had a slight pain in her head. There came a "YES" whisper, followed by "HELLO". Four minutes later as a couple of the group were talking to me, there was what sounded like a "LOW WHISPER VOICE" as though it was joining in out conversion.
... Still on the first floor around the middle sitting area, Phil had been asking questions and just asked what year is it. We can hear a whisper saying "HELP ME" in a female voice.
... In the cellar, Nicola was asking if someone could move the glass, the name "HELEN" is heard followed by a loud "YES".
... In the cellar as well, I had just been explaing what this room had been used for, a loud "NO" and possibly another "NO".
... Again in the cellar, we were talking amounst ourselves and laughing, a weird voice sounded like "ITS NOT FUNNY" was heard.

Other photo's of the theatre