Well that was a good day. I met up with Michael William’s Paranormal Investigation team, the longest running and best group of its kind in the country. ‘Paranormal Investigation’ don’t do the ‘Scooby Doo’ type of ‘investigations’ so popular on the T.V. these days, their approach is far more intelligent and mature, taking in lots of historical research and local knowledge. Michael, if you didn’t already know, is a prolific Cornish author, (his latest is about Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters, but he has dozens of supernatural books to his name too), he is also a journalist for the ‘Cornish Guardian’, a publisher, a Cornish Bard, and a very long established and experienced paranormalist among other things.
We all met up across the border in Sourton (Devon), on the edge of Dartmoor, and then travelled in convoy over to Meldon. Meldon is a very pretty area with loads of industrial history. We were fortunate enough to have our own local expert guide with us, Mike Wreford. While we walked on the moor with Mike, he was telling us all about the fascinating history of the area, (lime kilns, glass works, copper and tin mining, quarrying etc.) We were briefly joined by a passing retired Dartmoor farmer/landowner friend of Mikes, who just happened to be passing by with his dogs, and he gave us even more history and detail.
From there we all headed back to the amazing, and very haunted ‘Highwayman Inn’ at Sourton, where we had a good pub lunch and lots of interesting conversations. I was lucky enough to be sat at a table in the dark, spooky pub, with, among others, a lady called Pamela, who was Colin Wilson’s secretary for many years, and she had some great stories to tell about Colin‘s life and career. All to soon the gathering came to an end, I look forward to the next one at an old manor house in North Cornwall in November.
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Dave Grohl telling his personal ghost story. Musical/creative people are frequently experiencers of anomalous events, it kind of goes hand in hand….and if he is just spinning a yarn, I don’t really care, because he does it so well!
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I make no claim to ownership of this material or of the intellectual property, and I make no monetary gains from having posted this video on my website. It is here simply for your entertainment and education, but, more importantly, because I admire Seriah Azkath’s ‘Where did the road go?’ podcast show, and David Weatherly’s research too, and hopefully, after listening, you will too, and maybe you will seek out their respective websites, as listed below….
This is one of Steve’s podcast appearances on Seriah Azkath’s excellent ‘Where Did The Road Go’. It’s a great conversation.
Ghost hunter Michael Williams has been interested in the paranormal for almost half a century. His new book focuses on strange happenings close to his home in North Cornwall.
These are his own words….
“It was 49 years ago, on Midsummer Eve, that I had my first paranormal experience, strange lights at Bossiney setting me on the ghost hunter’s road.
But for the writing of the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould I should never have begun this great adventure. He, like Hawker, the legendary vicar of Morwenstow, had no doubts about the reality of ghosts. Hawker also claimed to have conversed with angels.
I cannot make this journey across North Cornwall without saluting Colin Wilson, one of the greatest paranormal writers in literary history, who resided in Cornwall until his death last December. Conversations with Colin and reading his books – there are about twenty of them in my St Teath library – have shaped a deepening awareness.
In our cottage, I once asked him: “Why are so many intrigued by ghosts?”
Colin replied: “It’s quite a cocktail. Mystery and adventure, romance and a kind of other-worldliness all play their part.”
He was fascinated by the fact that some of our North Cornwall villages boast not one ghost but several. Recalling his commission to write a book called Afterlife, Colin said he was far from sure about the evidence for life after death, but when he had finished the manuscript, “the evidence pointed unmistakably to survival”.
There was a curious encounter at Wadebridge, a town soaked in history, folklore and ghosts. Ray Bishop, a fine photographer who lived in town, mentioned to a friend one afternoon that he was going to see a local shopkeeper called Mr X. However, his friend broke the news that Mr X had died. Upset by the news, Ray postponed his visit and some days later called at the shop to order some items. Ray said that as the female assistant disappeared into another part of the shop, Mr X emerged from his office.
“He looked very solid and real,” said Ray. “Though the man’s complexion was ashen I quickly realised I had misheard – he looked very ill but was clearly very alive. In fact we talked about the bad weather for the time of year and how it was affecting business in the town. When I returned home I phoned my friend and enquired whether he had misheard about the death of Mr X.”
“No,” came the reply. “He’s dead and buried.”
This is but one of many haunted tales from North Cornwall. I have taken readers on paranormal investigations to haunted territories like Bude Castle, Jamaica Inn and the Crow’s Nest, an inn where we had the extraordinary experience of meeting a Charlotte Dymond imposter – the only imposter spirit we have ever encountered.
On an investigation in October 2008 at the Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum, which is dedicated to the history of RAF, our group of 13 members all agreed there was a powerful sense of the past enriched with strong undercurrents and emotions. So much so that several of us were quite exhausted at the end of our five-hour investigation.
At one point we divided into four small groups for a silent session. Those in the air-raid shelter, which contains a simulated air-raid recording, felt some strange sensations especially on the right-hand side of the shelter. Elaine Beckton, for example, smelled rubber: a link to the wearing of gas masks. Elaine Flew of Tintagel and I had a surprising experience by the Fairey Gannet aircraft out in the open. Quite independently, we heard softly spoken conversation coming from within the empty aircraft and the sound of machinery quietly operating as if from a distance.
Another unusual feature of the silent session was that some members spoke of an aircraft flying over the site but those of us out in the open knew no aircraft had flown anywhere near the location. It would therefore seem that the airfield retains some phantom sounds – strengthening the theory that, now and then, ghostly planes are heard returning to Davidstow around 3am. We all came away with the impression that something of wartime activity hangs in the air.
So we move on to the King’s Head at Five Lanes where mediums have made contact with a young woman called Cross, whose uncle was a well-known Devonshire highwayman. He occasionally ventured into Cornwall and, on some excursions, his niece, dressed as a man and riding a dark horse, joined him. They made a cunning combination, the niece often picking up snippets of information in the bar about members of the gentry making journeys.
We also learned the inn was used by smugglers and customs men, one of whom had been shot by a smuggler in the yard at the front. But young Miss Cross made it clear her uncle had no direct business links with smuggling, though he did have the occasional social drink with a smuggler or two.
The inn became a posting stage for coaches in the mid-1700s and a local vicar described it as “an establishment where smugglers and shadowy characters frequented and shadowy deals sometimes took place”.
The King’s Head has long had a haunted reputation. Peggy Bray, a former landlady, is reputed to take an occasion stroll around the place at night and, more recently, a ghostly girl has been observed in the bar, seemingly real, only to suddenly disappear. Room 3 upstairs has an interesting reputation. More than one visitor has heard inexplicable tapping on the outside of the bedroom window and, on investigation, found nobody there. I have felt unseen presences in this bedroom and in the corridor outside.
Most significantly, four of our members did a night investigation here and picked up the sound of loud footsteps and a door latch being lifted in the empty bedroom and have them recorded. I have heard the recording three times – and know all four members are people of integrity.
So, thank you, Mr Baring-Gould”.
Haunted North Cornwall by Michael Williams is published by The History Press(thehistorypress.co.uk) at £9.99.
These are genuine original 1950s audio witness testimonies. They are well worth a listen!
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This is the long and eagerly awaited latest instalment of the excellent ‘Ghost Tapes’ films by my Colorado based American friend, Luke Millett. Don’t miss it! Many of you fellow paranormal enthusiasts out there will recall his excellent earlier works, ‘Ghost Tapes 1’, and ‘Ghost Tapes 2’. Needless to say it definitely lives up to Luke’s usual high standards. Well done Luke!
Here is the previous instalment….
Ghost Tapes Two….