We have previously produced an article showing some research we did after picking up on a few subjects that were brought to our attention when doing an ITC session with the Dybbuk Box. Further to this information after going through some comments from viewers of a live video feed we noticed that the word witch came up a few times in separate sessions with the box. At the time we put it down to the fact we had a picture of 3 suspected witches but after looking back it left us wondering if there was any reference to witches or a witch in the Bible due to the Dybbuk box having many connections. Here`s what we found.
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The Witch of Endor.
The first step we took was to search for any connection with a witch in the Bible and when we did…
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The above picture is of item number one in the Curiosity Corner. We have covered in other blogs items of curiosity these can be found below as these were items we had come across in Project Paranormal.
Item Number 1.
Item number 1 in the Curiosity Corner is a World War 1 Bayonet (17 inch blade). This item has been in our family for at least 50 years where I received this item from my grandmother.
The Bayonet was found by my uncle in a stream that runs through a local wood and from then on was in my grandmothers home for 35 years. When I used to visit my grandmother as a kid growing up I remember seeing this bayonet and finding it very interesting and also getting told to put it down because I was not allowed to…
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Lee, Charlene and Phil explore different areas within Whitby. The first ITC session at St Marys Church situated next to Whitby Abbey. They encounter some very interesting responses relating to some of the history assiocated with area.
They then conduct a Live at the Ragdale Hall, reputed to have many hauntings. What they encounter is quite amazing during this and even leaves the sceptic thinking what could have been the cause.
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Below ive listed some of the History and Hauntings of Whitby and there will be follow on articles of further research of the area.
A GHOST called Hob
IT is alleged that a GHOST called Hob haunts the area of Whitby, witnesses have spotted his apparition appearing in front of cars, forcing them to skid and tyres mysteriously been let down. It’s also believed that he turns sign posts around causing confusion and frustration to whose who are new to the sea side town.
Devils Punchbowl Goathland
The hole of Horcum is a large natural amphitheatre which is by the A169 between Pickering and Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors. Locally known to many as ‘The Devils Punchbowl’ Local legend is that the amphitheatre was made by a giant, who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill.
ARUNDEL House was built in the 1880s, this hotel has had plenty of ghostly activity in nearly every one of its rooms. Visitors have witnessed seeing a lady and hearing footsteps as well as strange bangs and disembodied voices.
Bagdale Hall is one of the oldest historical buildings within Whitby. Bagdale Hall was built in 1516 and is a tutor house. Another building attached to the tutor house is No. 4 Bagdale, which is a lovely Georgian townhouse built around 1770.
THE former owner of the hotel Browne Bushell, was executed with charges relating to piracy. It’s believe me he returned to the hall after his death and many have witnessed seeing him walking up and down the staircases at the hall. Guests to the hall have heard clatter of footsteps up and down the stairs and on looking nobody was around.
DURING OUR LIVE WE EXPERIENCED THE GLASS OF THE CHANDELER MOVE, ON INSPECTION WE COULD NOT RECREATE IT. FOOTAGE CAN BE VIEWED ON THE TALKING TO THE DEAD EPIDOSE AND ON OUR GHOST OF BRITAIN GROUP ON FACEBOOK.
Other strange goings on at the Hall over the years include poltergesit activity, a strange shape gliding up and down the stairs and lights being turned on in an empty room.
Whitby Abbey is perched on top of a cliff top, it is well known for providing inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic Novel, Dracula 1931 and the filming of count Dracula in 1977.
The Abbey was founded in 657AD by Oswiu of Northumbria who appointed Lady Hilda as the founding Abbess. Known as Hilda of Whitby, she is said to haunt the Abbey. In life, a number of miraculous feats where attributed to Saint Hilda, for example, ridding the town of a plague of snakes with a magic whip. Her apparition has been seen at the highest window of the Abbey North side. In 867 the Abbey was attacked and destroyed during the Viking raid, itnwws then rebuilt after the Norman conquest by Reinfrid. It was later disestablsihed during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
After this the bells were sold off and loaded onto a ship for London. The Ship was caught in a storm and sunk. It is said that where the ship lays the sounds of bells can be heard from the ocean depths on All Hallows Eve.
It’s also said that on Christmas mornings a choir can be heard singing from the Abbey while nobody is there.
ST MARY’S CHURCH
The steps have seats built in for people to rest but originally they were put here so coffins could be places here for the bearers to rest.
ST Mary’s Church was built 900 years ago and over the years has been altered many times.
Being so close to the Abbey, the sighting between the two areas are the mostly the same but a young couple did report to the daily star that they was having a romantic stroll one night when they spotted what appeared to be a apparition of a dog beneath the frame of the Church door.
THE WESTERN LIGHTHOUSE
A apparition of a male has been seen laid out in front of the light house entrance.
IT is believed to that of a light house keeper, who on a stormy night noticed the light wasn’t on in the light house. He knew this could be potentially dangerous and set out to do his job. Due to the wet conditions, it made the steps slippery and dangerous and on his way down slipped and fell down the steps to his death.
Firmly known as ‘Grope Lane due to it being the red light district of Whitby. It is alleged to be haunted by a young girl who died after running a errand for her father. MOST days she would go to their bakery and heat up her father’s dinner. The girl was a set alight after her hair went in the ovens flames. Her father tried his best to save her but it was too late.
Her spirit is said to appear to people on Grape Lane with flames surrounding her and the smell of burnt hair can be smelt when she appears.
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By Charlene Kemp
Wardsend Cemetery was opened on 21st June 1857 as the burial ground for St. Philip’s Churh on Infirmary Road which is now demolished. The Rev. John Livesey, the vicar, had, at his own expense, bought five acres of land at wardsend when the churchyard was closed for burials. He paid towards building a small chapel and a sexton’s house.
The Cemetery has a distinct military influence due to its close proximity to Hillsborough Barracks. The obelisk monument commemorates the soldiers of 6th, 19th, 24th, 33rd, 51st, 55th Regiments of Foot, Victorian Army, who died whilst at Hillsborough Barracks during the period 1866 – 1869.
There are also memorials to several soldiers who gave their lives during both World Wars. Some of the 240 victims of the Great Sheffield Flood of the night of 11th/12 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke reservoir at Bradfield collapsed, were laid to rest within the cemetery.
Other epitaphs of interest are dedications to a number of Bible readers, one a member of the Philadelphian Wesleyan church; the Secretary of Sheffield Angling Association, widows referred to as relicts, and a reference to a 15 year old boy trgically killed at work in a colliery accident.
By the turn of the century, some 20,000 burials had taken place and in 1901, a further two acres of land on the other side of the railway were added. Its the only cemetery in England with a railway running through it.
The final burial took place in 1977, when the re-interment of remains from a building site close to Sheffield Cathedral took place and the cemetery was officially closed in 1988.
Wardsend cemetery has been neglected over the last thirty or so years and following the demolition of the chapel and sexton’s house, was more or less abandoned by the parish and church authorities up until recent times as it appears a group named ‘Friends of Wardsend cemetery’ have given the site abit of TLC.
Nefarious deeds came to light in 1862, when a labourer named Robert Dixon accused the sexton, Isaac Howard of disinterring newly buried bodies and selling them for dissection.
Robert had moved into the sexton’s house in the cemetery and said in his words, “I observed a curious smell in the room above the stable. I thrust some knots out of the deal boards, and looked down into the stable. We had then been there two or three weeks. I saw about 20 coffins – some of persons about 15 and 16 and 10 years old – others were those of stillborn children. None of them appeared to be the coffins of grown-up persons. I had seen Howard lock and unlock this door, and knew he had the key. The coffins were not covered over with anything, and were lying on the ground, piled in heaps on the top of each other. I saw some broken-up coffins piled in a corner by themselves – the wood appeared to be new. Those pieces are there now. The day I flitted (last Monday) I and several other men saw in the stone shelf near the house four or five sides and lids of coffins.”
The suspicion was that Isaac Howard was supplying the Sheffield Medical School with corpses for dissection. Also that money supplied by the medical school for the ‘decent burial’ of remains legally obtained from the workhouse, was being kept by Howard and the bodies disposed of.
On the evening of June 3rd, the news broke, what became known as the Sheffield Cemetery Riots of 1862 took place when a crowd gathered at the cemetery to find a large hole containing coffins, with and without bodies, one of which had clearly been dissected. Underneath the coffins was said to be several feet of human remains. Many of the crowd began to disinter the coffins of their relatives and a number of graves were found to be empty.
The crowd forced their way into the sexton’s house demolishing the windows and doors, before marching to Howard’s home half a mile away in Burrowlee. Howard learned that he was wanted and fled and went into hiding, eventually being found in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The crowd set fire to his house and destroyed it.
It came to light that the law had been breached by both the medical school and the town’s workhouse. The workhouse had sent bodies to the school in sacks and the school, after dissecting them, had allowed Howard to convey them to Wardsend in plain wooden boxes. The law required that coffins should be used.
It appears that the medical school, nervous of its reputation as a school for bodysnatchers, were trying to cover up what had happened.
The suspicion began to then focus on the Rev. John Livesey. It was revealed that he had made a false entry in the burial register, having failed to check that the body of a boy named James Greatorex had been interred.
On June 11th, a public meeting of parishioners at the Peacock Inn, Hoyle Street, severely criticised Livesey. The next night a crowd of 3,000 Sheffielders gathered in the Temperance Hall, Townhead Street, and demanded Livesey should be suspended until he had either been cleared or condemned.
On June 23rd, Livesey was committed to York Assizes, charged with making a false entry in the burial register. Isaac Howard made a statement blaming Livesey. He said that he had removed bodies from their graves, but only on the instructions of the Vicar. Howard was committed to York Assizes, charged with unlawfully disinterring the bodies of two children, William Henry Johnson and Charley Hinchliffe.
Although there was little evidence against Livesey, the jury found him guilty. The judge showed what he thought of the verdict and sentenced the clergyman to one week imprisonment. Howard, also found guilty, was also treated leniently and was given a three month sentence. Livesey was later pardoned, after Howard came clean about his crimes.
Said to have witchcraft assoicated with the graveyard since being abandoned some of the graves appeared to have markings upon them leading people to believe some of the graves are cursed.
One of the sightings is that of Issac Howard and John Livesey.
Another one is that of a football fan, a young lad that died on the railway track after his ball fell on the track and he went to collect it and was hit by a train.
Other sightings are of children at the top end near the railway bridge and strange like creatures believed to have been created by rituals that have suppose to have taken place in this area.
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