Investigation log of Margam Park Port Talbot Saturday 4th October 2014

Investigation times: 10PM - 3AM

Weather: dry and mild

 

Once everyone had arrived, we initially took everyone down to the cloisters within the grounds. We have previously had a lot of shadows here in between the pillars. Although we didn't stay down here long, guests had the feeling of being watched and picked up that it was possibly a monk. He was seeming to hide behind one of the pillars just outside the main building part. We then decided to move back into the main castle itself.

Firstly we went into the first ground floor room to the right which used to be the base room but now used as a set. In here, whist all in a circle, we picked up on a little boy called James and a woman called Catherine. She seemed to give off the impression of being motherly towards James. James himself initially seemed to like teddy as he was setting off the touch sensors on him. Once i mentioned about the on/off torch, he then moved out of the circle and began to turn this on and off on command. Footsteps were then heard from the room next door. I went out to investigate but could only find a tawny owl in a room 2 rooms away (don't worry he managed to get out once i opened the front door) it definitely wasn't him (he didn't have his shoes on)

 

Everyone then went off to conduct their own vigils.

In the nursery, guests on the planchette picked up on a female nanny of the children of the house. She had the first initial of W.

Another group picked up a little girl with red hair was picked up. She was playing hide and seek with her brother also James. She was 3. She liked the tune of the song frère Jacques. Catherine who had been downstairs previously was also with them. Catherine was also the mother of this little girl. the little girl stated that she had been downstairs in the first room with us with her little brother.james was quite shy but managed to kick one of the guests chairs and also to move the torch off the table.

Others then heard someone coming down the corridor towards them as they heard the footsteps. It became very dark behind them. One guest took a photo which looks like a face. Another guest saw little white energy sparks of light

In the Venetian room, on another planchette, an Oliver was picked up. He stated that he worked in the house in 1811 as a footman. He had worked there for 17 yrs. He didn't particularly like it as the man of the house treated him like a slave. He had no children as his wife Mary died in 1836 during childbirth. Both she and the child died. Oliver himself died at a ripe old age dying in 1881 of influenza.

In the middle room upstairs. One guest was using the dowsers and asking spirit to guide him around the room. It did, following him. Every time he asked them to do something to the dowsers, they did.

Downstairs in the library, one guest heard footsteps near her

 

For the second vigil, we initially took everyone into the nursery. We all sat around the room. I could again hear someone in the corridor further up and some of us heard whispers but believe it was children. Kev and Col went off to investigate and seemed to be playing cat and mouse as as they would go into one room, the voices would then move onto the next. They never did pinpoint where the voices were coming from. Some went on the planchette whilst we were in the room and picked up on Catherine who stated she was a nanny to the children of the house in 1848. This Catherine was the one who fell down the stairs and died on the 3rd may of that year. She stated that the children are asleep. She looked after two children, one of them named Mary. There was also a flash of light in the corridor but no one was down there.

We then moved onto the bedroom. In here, small shadows possibly of a child were being seen by guests in the middle of the circle. One guest then said she saw the shadow come towards her and as it did, it seemed to move through her legs, making them feel hot and then back out the other side. Again we kept hearing children's voices and a faint whistle when i asked spirit to whistle for me. One guest had her hand touched and another was swaying back and fore. Others felt tingling and tickling. Once guests leg was touched before one side of the room became very dark. Again it seemed that the children were quite happy to play hide and seek with us as we just couldn't work out what room they were hiding in and talking in

 

Everyone then again went off to conduct their 2nd lones.

Two guests went into the first room (old base room) and although we had been in there at the beginning of the night, one of these guests felt very uncomfortable about being in there. She wouldn't go very far into the room. However there was a very loud bang then from the far corner of the room and to say she made a hasty retreat is an understatement, as Kev said he just saw this blue haze come flying out of the room.

 

For the last investigations, we initially went onto the main stairs sitting on the top balcony and top of the stairs. Just after id set up the knocking block, i walked away and got around 6 ft away just to start climbing the second part of the stairs, when the alarm went off. It was the first and only time in the night for it to happen. Catherine again was with us and liked to mess with the on off torch which id put further on down the staircase on a ledge.i went to sit at the top of the main staircase and saw a shadow walk past me from behind, in front of the virgin mary statue and towards the stairs opposite. However just after, guests then saw shadows walking back down the stairs towards me but stopping at the pillar so i couldn't see it. Voices were heard from some other part of the building and again, it was a game of cat and mouse for Kev and Col who had fun chasing the noise again. I then decided we would finish off in the back downstairs room and as everyone started to walk down the main stairs, dad shouted out for people to "watch the dog ". We wondered what he was on about but he states that he saw a dog's snout and long body describing it as a type of wolfhound shape coming up the stairs towards him. ( funnily enough, I've captured such an image on camera before which is on the website in the same place ) however one of our guests who happened to still be on the top balcony took a photo at the same time and has picked up a strange shape on the stairs in front of dad.

We then moved into the back room. Not a lot occurred apart from us hearing footsteps / voices outside the room but again, we couldn't find out the source. In the circle, spirits were raising our hands and one guest had a really hot neck and started to feel very sick. However she didn't wish to leave the circle however on finishing the night, she was still feeling ill and shaking like a leaf.

 

EVPs picked up are

On the stairs, a small voice is heard to say "oh" at one point and later on, there's the sound of a female humming when we were doing the investigation on the stairs.

In the Venetian room, there's a loud exhalation of breath but as though someone is about to start crying. Later on, when on the planchette during the first lone vigils, on being asked what year Mary died, there's a strange noise

Also much later on when we are just outside, on the stairs, just before i start to say something, there's a female voice that says something however; i can't work out what's said.

The sound of piano notes has also been picked up on the recorder which was on the camera set up on the stairs. However, there is no piano in the building

In the old base room, there's a faint female voice saying "hmmm" and in the nursery there are various taps and knocks but aren't the flagpole outside as this was making a different noise. Some of the taps were quite loud. Later on in the nursery, there is a faint whistle and not long after, it sounds like someone sniffs. However we are all downstairs in the library by this time.

Again in the library, there is also the sound of a female saying "hmmm" after I've not long set the recorder up, i was the only female in the building and by that point, id gone upstairs setting up other recorders in the nursery at the other end of the building so it definitely wasn't me

As for photographic evidence. Unfortunately, our camera only was capturing the top four steps of the main staircase and therefore, we haven't picked anything up when Dave saw the dog.

However, when we were all downstairs doing the last vigil in the library, when we heard footsteps outside, Kev went out to have a look. He had then walked up the stairs to make sure no one was in the entrance area at all. He took a couple of photos.

On the right hand side coming down from the top, where we saw shadows coming down the stairs, he has captured on one of them, a strange shape on the stairs. Another photo then taken just after captured a light anomaly in around the same place. We've tried for hours to look at it in different programmes and it's not a reflection off anything so believe that again Kev has captured somethin

Investigation log of Margam Park Port Talbot Saturday 4th October 2014

Investigation times: 10PM - 3AM

Weather: dry and mild

 

Once everyone had arrived, we initially took everyone down to the cloisters within the grounds. We have previously had a lot of shadows here in between the pillars. Although we didn't stay down here long, guests had the feeling of being watched and picked up that it was possibly a monk. He was seeming to hide behind one of the pillars just outside the main building part. We then decided to move back into the main castle itself.

Firstly we went into the first ground floor room to the right which used to be the base room but now used as a set. In here, whist all in a circle, we picked up on a little boy called James and a woman called Catherine. She seemed to give off the impression of being motherly towards James. James himself initially seemed to like teddy as he was setting off the touch sensors on him. Once i mentioned about the on/off torch, he then moved out of the circle and began to turn this on and off on command. Footsteps were then heard from the room next door. I went out to investigate but could only find a tawny owl in a room 2 rooms away (don't worry he managed to get out once i opened the front door) it definitely wasn't him (he didn't have his shoes on)

 

Everyone then went off to conduct their own vigils.

In the nursery, guests on the planchette picked up on a female nanny of the children of the house. She had the first initial of W.

Another group picked up a little girl with red hair was picked up. She was playing hide and seek with her brother also James. She was 3. She liked the tune of the song frère Jacques. Catherine who had been downstairs previously was also with them. Catherine was also the mother of this little girl. the little girl stated that she had been downstairs in the first room with us with her little brother.james was quite shy but managed to kick one of the guests chairs and also to move the torch off the table.

Others then heard someone coming down the corridor towards them as they heard the footsteps. It became very dark behind them. One guest took a photo which looks like a face. Another guest saw little white energy sparks of light

In the Venetian room, on another planchette, an Oliver was picked up. He stated that he worked in the house in 1811 as a footman. He had worked there for 17 yrs. He didn't particularly like it as the man of the house treated him like a slave. He had no children as his wife Mary died in 1836 during childbirth. Both she and the child died. Oliver himself died at a ripe old age dying in 1881 of influenza.

In the middle room upstairs. One guest was using the dowsers and asking spirit to guide him around the room. It did, following him. Every time he asked them to do something to the dowsers, they did.

Downstairs in the library, one guest heard footsteps near her

 

For the second vigil, we initially took everyone into the nursery. We all sat around the room. I could again hear someone in the corridor further up and some of us heard whispers but believe it was children. Kev and Col went off to investigate and seemed to be playing cat and mouse as as they would go into one room, the voices would then move onto the next. They never did pinpoint where the voices were coming from. Some went on the planchette whilst we were in the room and picked up on Catherine who stated she was a nanny to the children of the house in 1848. This Catherine was the one who fell down the stairs and died on the 3rd may of that year. She stated that the children are asleep. She looked after two children, one of them named Mary. There was also a flash of light in the corridor but no one was down there.

We then moved onto the bedroom. In here, small shadows possibly of a child were being seen by guests in the middle of the circle. One guest then said she saw the shadow come towards her and as it did, it seemed to move through her legs, making them feel hot and then back out the other side. Again we kept hearing children's voices and a faint whistle when i asked spirit to whistle for me. One guest had her hand touched and another was swaying back and fore. Others felt tingling and tickling. Once guests leg was touched before one side of the room became very dark. Again it seemed that the children were quite happy to play hide and seek with us as we just couldn't work out what room they were hiding in and talking in

 

Everyone then again went off to conduct their 2nd lones.

Two guests went into the first room (old base room) and although we had been in there at the beginning of the night, one of these guests felt very uncomfortable about being in there. She wouldn't go very far into the room. However there was a very loud bang then from the far corner of the room and to say she made a hasty retreat is an understatement, as Kev said he just saw this blue haze come flying out of the room.

 

For the last investigations, we initially went onto the main stairs sitting on the top balcony and top of the stairs. Just after id set up the knocking block, i walked away and got around 6 ft away just to start climbing the second part of the stairs, when the alarm went off. It was the first and only time in the night for it to happen. Catherine again was with us and liked to mess with the on off torch which id put further on down the staircase on a ledge.i went to sit at the top of the main staircase and saw a shadow walk past me from behind, in front of the virgin mary statue and towards the stairs opposite. However just after, guests then saw shadows walking back down the stairs towards me but stopping at the pillar so i couldn't see it. Voices were heard from some other part of the building and again, it was a game of cat and mouse for Kev and Col who had fun chasing the noise again. I then decided we would finish off in the back downstairs room and as everyone started to walk down the main stairs, dad shouted out for people to "watch the dog ". We wondered what he was on about but he states that he saw a dog's snout and long body describing it as a type of wolfhound shape coming up the stairs towards him. ( funnily enough, I've captured such an image on camera before which is on the website in the same place ) however one of our guests who happened to still be on the top balcony took a photo at the same time and has picked up a strange shape on the stairs in front of dad.

We then moved into the back room. Not a lot occurred apart from us hearing footsteps / voices outside the room but again, we couldn't find out the source. In the circle, spirits were raising our hands and one guest had a really hot neck and started to feel very sick. However she didn't wish to leave the circle however on finishing the night, she was still feeling ill and shaking like a leaf.

 

EVPs picked up are

On the stairs, a small voice is heard to say "oh" at one point and later on, there's the sound of a female humming when we were doing the investigation on the stairs.

In the Venetian room, there's a loud exhalation of breath but as though someone is about to start crying. Later on, when on the planchette during the first lone vigils, on being asked what year Mary died, there's a strange noise

Also much later on when we are just outside, on the stairs, just before i start to say something, there's a female voice that says something however; i can't work out what's said.

The sound of piano notes has also been picked up on the recorder which was on the camera set up on the stairs. However, there is no piano in the building

In the old base room, there's a faint female voice saying "hmmm" and in the nursery there are various taps and knocks but aren't the flagpole outside as this was making a different noise. Some of the taps were quite loud. Later on in the nursery, there is a faint whistle and not long after, it sounds like someone sniffs. However we are all downstairs in the library by this time.

Again in the library, there is also the sound of a female saying "hmmm" after I've not long set the recorder up, i was the only female in the building and by that point, id gone upstairs setting up other recorders in the nursery at the other end of the building so it definitely wasn't me

As for photographic evidence. Unfortunately, our camera only was capturing the top four steps of the main staircase and therefore, we haven't picked anything up when Dave saw the dog.

However, when we were all downstairs doing the last vigil in the library, when we heard footsteps outside, Kev went out to have a look. He had then walked up the stairs to make sure no one was in the entrance area at all. He took a couple of photos.

On the right hand side coming down from the top, where we saw shadows coming down the stairs, he has captured on one of them, a strange shape on the stairs. Another photo then taken just after captured a light anomaly in around the same place. We've tried for hours to look at it in different programmes and it's not a reflection off anything so believe that again Kev has captured something