Friday, 15 January 2010

The Moat House - Tamworth

‭From the W.M.G.C. archives.....

C‬onstructed around‭ ‬1575,‭ ‬the impressive Moat House Restaurant in Tamworth,‭ ‬South Staffordshire,‭ ‬has been utilised for a variety of purposes during it’s lifetime,‭ ‬including periods as a private residence,‭ ‬a gentlemen’s club,‭ ‬a hospital,‭ ‬an asylum and,‭ ‬more recently,‭ ‬a public house and restaurant.

Reports of ghostly activity at the site stretch back at least three decades and include a vast array of diverse happenings.‭ ‬Apparitions,‭ ‬poltergeist effects and mediumistic‭ ‬/‭ ‬psychic episodes have all been regularly experienced.‭

Just some of the apparitions allegedly witnessed on the premises include an old woman in a rocking chair and a lady in Victorian costume both seen in the library.‭ ‬A gentleman wearing a smoking jacket‭ ‬-‭ ‬carrying a brandy glass and smoking a cigar‭ ‬-‭ ‬has been seen in the main entrance hall to the building.‭ ‬An‭ ‘‬ugly‭’ ‬little girl apparently resides in the Restaurant‭ ‘‬Tower‭’ ‬and a‭ ‘‬grey lady‭’ ‬has been witnessed in the kitchen and living room of the resident staff accommodation.‭ ‬A terrifying face‭ – ‬so horrible that one of the witnesses concerned had to leave the premises upon seeing it‭ – ‬has also been spotted peering through the kitchen window‭…‬.

Some of the more startling poltergeist-like effects reported include:‭ ‬A kitchen knife allegedly sailing past the face of one staff member,‭ ‬in an otherwise empty room,‭ ‬before embedding itself in a nearby notice board.‭ ‬On another occasion,‭ ‬two members of staff were alone in the building when a heavy metal rack,‭ ‬loaded with literally hundreds of plates,‭ ‬toppled over of it’s own accord in the kitchen.‭ ‬Bottles have been witnessed flying across a bar and smashing onto the floor‭… ‬again,‭ ‬seemingly of their own volition.‭ ‬One staff member has heard her name being called out by a disembodied voice‭ – ‬while the sound of a woman singing a lullaby and the noise of a baby gurgling have been reported from the Function Room‭……‬.

West Midlands Ghost club members carried out an investigation of the property on‭ ‬the‭ ‬9th of July‭ ‬2004.‭ ‬The duration of the investigation lasted approx.‭ ‬6‭ ‬hours.

As with most of our investigations,‭ ‬the event was‭ ‬based around particular areas of the property which had been specifically pointed out to the group as sites of‭ (‬alleged‭) ‬paranormal activity,‭ ‬with a‭ ‬number of‭ (‬manned‭) ‘‬vigils‭’ ‬and audio‭ ‬/‭ ‬visual recording sessions‭ ‬being‭ ‬staged in various parts of the premises throughout the night.

As with a great many investigations,‭ ‬the evening passed mainly without event,‭ ‬save for a trigger object‭ ‬-‭ ‬based in‭ ‬a‭ ‬2nd floor Children’s Room‭ ‬-‭ ‬being found to have moved twice during the night.‭ ‬Following it’s initial movement‭ (‬of approx.‭ ‬1‭ ‬cm‭)‬,‭ ‬the object was re-positioned and,‭ ‬some‭ ‬50‭ ‬minutes later,‭ ‬was found to have moved again‭ (‬by‭ ‬0.5‭ ‬cm‭)‬.‭ ‬On both occasions,‭ ‬the object had moved in the same direction.‭

This particular site was purposefully chosen for this experiment as,‭ ‬during a recent visit by another local research group,‭ ‬a trigger object had allegedly moved of it’s own accord in the same position.‭ ‬Having mentioned the above,‭ ‬basic experiments with group members moving in close proximity to the object concerned did cause vibrations and led to the movement of the object concerned.‭

With regards to‭ ‘‬recorded‭’ ‬data,‭ ‬the only matter of mild interest were some peculiar‭ ‘‬knocking sounds‭’ ‬which turned up on video recordings made in the Library area of the property.‭

An article,‭ ‬briefly mentioning‭ ‬the groups visit to the Moat House,‭ ‬was subsequently released in the‭ ‘‬Tamworth Herald‭’ ‬newspaper on July‭ ‬15th‭ ‬2004.

Regards to all,

The W.M.G.C.

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