I have always had an interest in the paranormal, ghosts and haunted houses. However have recently been watching some great TV shows relating to the topic. My interest started after hearing campfire stories when younger, some ghost stories were really terrifying. Through life, I have experienced a few unexplainable events, including some in Gloucestershire. The last one being odd noises and the feeling of something passing. All while enjoying a beer in the New Inn in Gloucestershire.
What is the Paranormal?
They say the paranormal is a subset of pseudoscience. What sets the paranormal apart from other pseudosciences is a reliance on explanations for alleged phenomena that are well outside the bounds of established science. Thus, paranormal phenomena include extrasensory perception, telekinesis, ghosts, poltergeists, life after death, reincarnation, faith healing, human auras, etc.
Paranormal & Ghost Hunting TV Shows
They have also shown some paranormal activity in Gloucestershire on various television shows.
Owlpen Manor Ghosts
Most Haunted a Channel 4 reality TV show presented by Yvette Fielding. A variety of experts join her, including mediums, historians and parapsychologists. The show visited and filmed at Owlpen Manor, a Tudor house between Dursley and Stroud. The manor house is in a secluded location in its own valley in the Cotswolds.
Gloucestershire’s Owlpen Manor is reported to have a bewildering array of ghosts. These include a former Queen of England, a 17th-century alchemist, a mischievous child and the ‘Black Monk’. The Most Haunted team visited to investigate for the first episode of their 4th series.
The manor has a rich history, including a visit from Queen Margaret of Anjou. Margaret was the wife of Henry VI, She visited just before the battle of Tewkesbury. The show has some interesting snippets of history, regardless of where you are a believer or sceptic.
Ancient Ram Inn a Haunted Building
The Ancient Ram Inn is a Grade II* listed building and a former pub in Wotton-under-Edge. They say it is one of the most haunted hotels in the country. This attracted the Ghost Adventures team to visit. They investigated the Ancient Ram in their 8th episode and finale of their 2nd season. Ghost Adventures is a long-running American TV show that investigates paranormal activity using science and experiences.
They built the Ancient Ram Inn in around 1145, and the inn has a rich and dark history. The site also used to be a pagan burial ground, a site of alleged sacrifices of children. This building also has connections to Stonehenge via ley lines.
Their investigation highlighted EVPs or electronic voice phenomena and some disembodied voices and laughter. They spotted dark mists and doors closing, which they featured. However, if you believe or don’t, the series is a great watch.
There are many historic pubs in Gloucestershire and many have documented sightings of ghosts and unexplained going on. They record lots of these local events on their website, which is a fascinating read.
In 1997, the landlord of the Coach and Horses on Catherine street in Gloucester had heard strange noises. Also, a family member witnessed a phantom-like little girl.
The Dick Whittington in Gloucester has had a few reports of paranormal activity. This includes a sighting of a hunched figure in their cellar. They have also known furniture to move and mystery lights in the bar area.
The New Inn in Northgate Street, Gloucester, which dates back to the 14th-century. They originally built the pub to house visiting pilgrims. There have also been some paranormal events reported at the inn. This includes hearing footsteps and rattling doors. Also, a pint of beer appeared to be moving unaided on CCTV.
The landlord of the Leckhampton Inn in Cheltenham got a shock. A man and dog he was serving disappeared when he turned away for a second. In St George’s Vaults, another pub in the town, a ghostly figure. This apparition appears to be wearing tweed. Also, there have been instances of glasses shattering for no reason. An investigation of St Georges Vaults only witnessed orbs, of which many or cynical about these being only dust.
Ghost Tours in Gloucestershire
There are many options for ghost tours in the county, including one in Gloucester. The Gloucester Ghost Walk has 3 different routes it takes, all starting at the tourist information centre. The tour routes include many haunted places throughout the city, including the cathedral. Other locations include Blackfriars, The Black & White Chippy, the Prison and The Robert Raikes pub to name a few.
HH & Spooky Nights organise periodic evenings of ghost hunting. One such hunt is in the now-closed Gloucester Prison, which is supposedly a hotbed of activity. Before becoming the prison, the building was formerly Gloucester Castle and has a rich history. The prison events take place a few times per year and are bookable in advance.
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