What a fantastic night at one of
our greatest stately homes. Thank you to Mr and
Mrs Howard for allowing us to investigate your home
and private rooms. James Martin's dad used to be
chef at Castle Howard and James himself actually
View more pictures taken on the investigation
First of all I would like to say
thank you to Mr and Mr Howard for allowing us to visit this
magnificent building. Thanks to Bob Sharp for staying with
us throughout the night and stopping us from getting lost.
We arrived at and assemmbled in the Estate office. After obtaining
our security passes Bob showed us to the room where that
would be using as our base for the night.
Bob took us for a walk around the
areas of the building that we would be investigating. Whilst
on the balcony overlooking the Main entrance hall brenda
got the impression that someone had either jumped or fallen
from the balcony. She said she couldn't get anything else
about it just a feeling of deep sorrow. Several of the members
of the group said that they got a strange feeling on the
We went back to our base and had
a coffee before going to the first 'guest' bedroom to hold
the first vigil of the night. Once in the first bedroom
Mick took some baseline readings. There was no real reading
on the EMF and the temperature was a steady 20 degrees all
around the room. brenda thought she caught a glimpse of
a child or a small animal in front of the fireplace. Several
of the group smelt a 'musky' perfume. Brenda felt like there
was something moving in the corner behind the chair she
was sitting in. She also thought she could see someone standing
between Gaz and Dave. Several of the group felt 'cobwebbing'.
Brenda said it felt as though a cat was sat on her lap.
There was no reading on the EMF. Brenda asked for any spirits
present to show themselves, still no EMF reading.
After a few more minutes we all moved to the
next room. Brenda said she could smell babies nappies. Everyone
said that it felt colder. Brenda went into trance and started
speaking in what sounded like German or Austrian and broken
English. She said she was cold and asked if we would 'Make
fire'. She appeared to be elderly and confirmed that she
was female and lived in the house. She said ‘Ask Frederick to make fire’. She said she had no husband
because he had died and she had no son. .She was not born
in this country, born in Austria. She said something that sounded like Ashwen.
Mick asked why she had come to this country. She told him
to ask Frederick. She said the year was 1892 and that she was
visiting. She seemed to be struggling to talk. Mick asked
how many spirits live in the room and asked to speak to
someone else. Someone else came through who also seemed
to be old and seemed to have a stroke like condition on
the right hand side of face.Brenda then came out of trance and we all went for
1.06 am we started the 3rd vigil in the corridor. Mick did baseline tests. Brenda asked
if the corridor went round in a big circle and said that
the layout had been changed.Apart from a few shadows, which may or may not have
been something, not a lot was experienced in this area.
After another break we decided to do the last
vigil in the entrance hall. Mick did the baseline tests
as normal. Apart from a few creaks and groans which are
quite normal in old buildings we did not experience much
in this area. At we decided to call it a night.
A couple of things that were quite interesting,
Bob the caretaker told us afterwards that there was mention
of an Austrian woman in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Steve
was reading up on the history of Castle Howard a few weeks
later and found mention of a Frederick. We are awaiting further input from the rest
of the group.