at the hotel 10.40pm. Mick set up trigger objects, took
temperature and EMF readings. We settled down in ROOM
15 for a vigil. Brenda felt like the room was divided
into two in the past. She also felt that there had been
stables to the rear of the building and an archway where
the two buildings now join. It used to be a coaching
inn. Brenda picked up on a girl in a grey dress with
a white pinafore ( a serving girl) she was carrying
a jug and bowl for washing. Mikey, Roy and Mick could
smell perfume. Creaking floorboards were heard outside
the bedroom itself. The EMF meters started to pick up
a slight reading. Brenda thought that the girl was coming
up a staircase from the opposite end of the hall to
where the staircase actually is. She felt that the hotel
was not called the Black Swan originally. Brenda picked
up on a young man (a Lord) and there was a Harwick Hall
mentioned. The young man was out in the stable area
with two beagle dogs and a black horse. Brenda described
him as being beautiful rather than handsome. Very tall,
blond haired, and smooth skinned with piercing eyes.
An older man (possibly and Aid) accompanied him. There
was another older man there who was arguing with the
'Lord' it seemed to be about the dogs. This man struck
the 'Lord' with a riding crop. The aid then stepped
in front of his master and picked up a large piece of
wood which he hit the other man with, killing him.
picked up on a man in the room sitting at a desk writing,
he wore a dark coloured frock coat and Brenda felt that
he was a preacher writing a sermon. There was also a
rougher man who looked like a blacksmith and seemed
out of place in the room.
cushion flipped itself over on the bed without anyone
touching it, this was witnessed by three people.
felt like someone grabbed his throat. He also picked
up on a little girl with dark , curly hair about 4-5
years old in a flowery dress.
BBC Radio York present. Brenda picked up on a sickly
sweet smell - honeysuckle. Mick had a heavy feeling
on his chest and stated that the room felt oppressive.
picked up on an old lady wearing a kind of bonnet that
had wings that stuck out at the side and came low on
the forehead. She was dressed in what looked like old
fashioned nun's clothing with a shoulder bib. This woman
had very bad Rheumatism. This woman had lived at the
hotel , a mother, at a time when everyone seemed to
be bundled in one room.
also picked up on a woman in a big brimmed hat with
a posy of flowers on the front, she wore a high collared
dress with a lapelled jacket that buttoned below the
bust and fitted in to the waist. Leg of mutton sleeves
and a long skirt, from early 1900's. She was tall and
experienced cobwebbing on his face and Brenda felt like
someone touched the tip of her nose.
said she felt that there had been a 50th birthday party
where they had taken over most, if not all, of the hotel.
She had felt that a female in her mid 30's had been
taken ill at this party with appendicitis.
started to go into trance and Mick said she looked like
she had a black eye. Brenda said she had a burning sensation
in her throat and pain in her back around the lung area.Brenda's
features started to change and the right hand side of
her face became droopy as a woman who had experienced
a stroke started to come through. The woman gave her
name as Ange, she said she was 48 years old and the
year was 1972.She gave her surname as Mason and said
she was staying at the hotel with her husband. At this
point it looked as if Brenda had no teeth. The woman
said she was sitting in a red chair and she was from
Westbar. When Brenda came out of trance Mick sat in
the same chair and said that he also felt a weird sensation.
There was a very high EMF reading in this chair and
had a fleeting glimpse of a shadow moving from the bathroom
towards the window. She also heard some whimpering or
crying (a child or baby) and picked up on a woman named
Doreen who was a chamber maid.
face felt and looked wider, and her head looked swollen.
She felt that a horse drawn carriage had overturned
and someone had been killed (head injury). She got the
name of Roper and also felt someone had passed as a
result of being poisoned by bad water (not a murder).
There was a smell of biscuits cooking and a smell of
perfume. Brenda started to say some kind of poem. "When
the time comes to meet your maker and darkness prevails"
Mick suggested it may have been on a tombstone but it
was too dark to look.
4.20 am we decided to call it a night.