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Newsham Park Hospital- England

Newsham Park first opened in Liverpool in 1887 as an orphan institution for children who had lost their parents at sea. 

In 1954 Newsham Park became a psychiatric hospital. Patients would tell of seeing “little boys in sailor outfits” though they had never been told it had been an orphan institution. 

In 1997 Newsham park was shut down however nothing was moved from the building. Today you can still find paperwork from doctors and various things such as suicide cages, patients beds and an electric shock theory chair in the building. There is even one room that was kept as a classroom from the days of the orphans. 

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http://projectnewshampark.org/joomla/ 

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Mysteriously Moving Statue Caught on Time-Lapse Video

An ancient Egyptian statue has frightened and confused museum workers – after it mysteriously started to spin round in a display case. But in recent weeks, curators have been left scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way.  Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years.The statue of a man named Neb-Senu is seen to remain still at night but slowly rotate round during the day.There is currently no known explanation as to why the statue is moving. A true mystery.

The Ghost of Wicked Jimmy, The Gloomy Earl at Lowther Castle

Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736 – 1802) was known by many well earned nicknames: the Toadstool Earl, Jimmy Grasp-All, Gloomy Earl, and Wicked Jimmy. When his mistress suddenly died, it is said that he kept her body as company, refusing to acknowledge her death, for several weeks. He is said to have dressed her corpse himself and often dined with her decaying body seated next to him.  She was only buried after the servants complained of the smell.

Wicked Jimmy died on 24 May 1802, and it is said that on the anniversary of his burial, his spectre can be seen driving his carriage at break-neck speed through the grounds of Lowther Castle. For a wonderfully written article about Wicked Jimmy go here.

In the late 17th century John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale rebuilt the family home, then known as Lowther Hall, on a grand scale. The current building is a castellated mansion which was built by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale between 1806 and 1814, and it was only at that time that Lowther was designated a “castle”. The family fortune was undermined by the extravagance of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, a famous socialite, and the castle was closed in 1937. During the Second World War, it was used by a tank regiment. Its contents were removed in the late 1940s and the roof was removed in 1957. The shell is still owned by the Lowther Estate Trust.

Lowther Castle is in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England.

photo by tommy martin

The Greatest Ghost Story

The Society for Psychical Research in London is the oldest institute of its kind in the world. The best authenticated ghost story on the file in the society is that of the Cheltenham ghost.

In April, 1882, Captain Despard with his invalid wife and six children moved into a house known as Garden Reach in Cheltenham, England. The house had been empty for years, and there were reports of its being haunted.

It was in June that Rose, the captain’s daughter, first saw the ghost. “The figure was that of a tall lady, dressed in black of a soft woolen material…. The face was hidden in a handkerchief held in the right hand … on further occasions … I saw the upper part of the left side of the forehead, and a little of the hair above. Her left hand was nearly hidden by her sleeve and a fold in her dress. As she held it down, a portion of a widow’s cuff was visible on both wrists, so that the whole impression was that of a lady in widow’s weeds….”

All 17 people who saw it—members of the family, friends, or staff within the house—say it was so lifelike that at first they mistook it for a living person. The figure was seen from all angles and always appeared in the same attitude. It tended to follow the same route, going down the stairs, into the drawing room, standing behind the couch for a while, then moving along the corridor to the garden door, and disappearing.

Several times Rose addressed it, and on the first occasion it seemed about to speak but only “gave a slight gasp and moved toward the door.” It never appeared when the family and friends waited for it, and not all the family had the ability to see it, even when it was pointed out to them. Those who could not see it did, however, hear its footsteps, “soft and rather slow, though decided and even.”

Rose attempted to photograph the ghost and even catch it. On one occasion she persuaded family and friends to join hands and make a ring around the ghost, but “it appeared merely to walk out between two people and disappear.” The haunting was at its height between 1884 and 1886. After that, the figure was seen less often and it gradually became less distinct in outline.

The case is famous because it is the best evidenced in existence, and it is the only recorded case where people have actually attempted to capture a ghost. The identity of the ghost was clearly established as that of Imogen Swinhoe, who had lived unhappily in the house for 10 years and left it, and her husband, shortly before his death.

It was assumed for a time that the ghost was not seen after 1899, but then a woman reported seeing it in 1903. Later, when the house became a boarding school for boys, there were stories of a lady being encountered on the stairs, in the corridors, and in the garden, before the house was closed once more.

A member of the society, has reports of the figure being seen by three people in a house near Garden Reach in 1958 and 1961. He is currently assessing even more reports from this same area. Noises are still heard up to the present day, and the ghostly figure was last seen as recently as 1974.

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Yeah, we meet with a lot of the other countries often. It’s usually quite chaotic.

Ghosts of Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, has a few ghostly tales attached to its history. Before the current castle was built, the site where it sits was the location of the assassination of King Edward (Edward the Martyr) on March 18th 978, on the orders of his scheming stepmother Queen Alfthryth. Edward was stabbed while he was on his horse and then helplessly dragged along to his death by his own steed. The Queen Alfthryth’s son Athelred “the Unready”, was crowned in his place. Since then there have been reports of hearing a phantom horse’s galloping hooves at the bottom of the hill below the castle. Witnesses hear the horse approach and ride by but never see the ghostly animal.

Another tragic tale is that of Eleanor the “Fair Maid of Brittany” (1184 - 1241). In 1203 she was captured since she posed a threat to John, King of England, as she had a legitimate claim to the throne. The beautiful Eleanor was thus taken to Corfe Castle where she remained a prisoner until her death in 1241.  William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber (1144/1153? – 1211), also found ill favor with the king and as a result, his poor wife and child were starved to death at Corfe Castle. The disembodied sounds of a crying child can sometimes be heard around the castle grounds when there is no child to be found anywhere.

During the English Civil War, Corfe Castle was successfully defended by the leadership of Lady Bankes, a Royalist, in the absence of her husband who was away on business.  However in February of 1646, she was betrayed by one of her own people and the Parliamentary soldiers were then able to take control of the structure. Cromwell’s soldiers destroyed the castle,  reducing it quickly to the ruin that we see today. Soon after, stories began to circulate of ghostly occurrences. The best-known apparition is that of the headless ‘White Lady’ who sends chills down the spine of anyone who crosses her path. She has been seen mostly near the castle gate where she then fades away into nothingness, leaving witnesses shocked and shaken. It is believed that she could be the ghost of Lady Bankes, Eleanor “the Fair Maid of Brittany” or possibly even William de Braose’s wife.

Floating, flickering lights have also been reported moving around the castle at night. One popular explanation for this is that these are the spirits of the Royalists killed while defending Corfe against Cromwell’s forces. Whatever the reason, it just adds to the mysterious and creepy charm of this old Norman ruin.

The Ghost of Hampton Court

The 16th-century palace, once home to King Henry VIII, had a very spooky afternoon when an alarm sounded at around 1 p.m. signaling that fire doors were opened.  Upon investigation, guards found the doors closed. When they checked the security footage, this is what they found.

The video displayed the doors flying open with no one in sight. Then, this hooded figure appeared and slammed the doors shut. This occurred three days in a row, except the ghost never surfaced again.

The South Shields Poltergeist -

In the summer of 2005 in the town of South Shields, England, a young couple and their three year old son started being terrorized by a malicious spirit. The couple’s real names have never been revealed but they are usually known as Marc and Marianne.  It started off like most poltergeist hauntings. The spirit stacked chairs, moved chests of drawers and slammed doors but it didn’t take long for the ghost to find something that it really enjoyed playing with: children’s toys. 

One night while in bed, Marianne felt her son’s toy dog hit her in the back of the head. She sat up and turned on the lights just in time to see a second cuddly dog flying in her direction. The couple hid under the sheets, but felt something trying to pull the blankets away from them. Suddenly Marc cried out in pain, and 13  deep scratches appeared on his back. Strangely, the scratches were gone the next morning. 

Even though the poltergeist had shown that it could cause physical harm to living people it seemed to decide that it liked torturing the family with toys instead. It hung a rocking horse from the ceiling by its reins and on another occasion it placed a large cuddly toy rabbit in a chair at the top of the stairs, with a sharp box cutter in its paws. The ghost left threatening messages on the three year old’s magnetic drawing toys, such as the one in the image above. The little boy would also go missing, only to be found in various strange locations in the house. One of the stranger habits of the poltergeist was its ability to send text messages and emails that could not be traced back to any number or computer saying threatening things like “You’re Dead.” On one occasion the family’s toilet cistern filled with blood, which mysteriously vanished a few moments later. 

After months of being tormented and threatened the family called in a team of investigators to put an end to the poltergeist problem. This only seemed to make the ghost worse. It threw knives at the investigators and their experiments, it appeared as a silhouette in front of both the investigators and the family, it destroyed equipment and it also began talking to people through a number of children’s toys. Eventually, after several visits from various experts they were able to terminate the problem and the poltergeist disappeared. 

Christmas just got Creepy, in memory of Cassie England

This year, I lost my best friend and the Monster High fandom lost one of its most dedicated members. You might remember the name Cassie England from this post, written by her dad, Logan. I can’t possibly explain better than he did how much Cassie suffered, and how much Monster High meant to her, how it buoyed her up on her bleakest days and got her through her worst pain.  

Still, Cassie was the kind of kid who loved giving presents even more than she loved getting them, and every year she’d fundraise and more for kids less fortunate than her. Over the years she and her family collected and donated toys to places like St. Jude’s Childrens’ hospital and St. Vincent De Paul. 

We want the tradition to continue this year. 

I know we all want those shiny new dolls for ourselves and our kids, but if you can spare a few extra bucks this holiday season, let’s wish some kids a freaky fabulous Christmas in Cassie’s name. 

This is the Christmas Just Got Creepy Amazon wishlist, run by Cassie’s dad. Dolls purchased from this list will go towards our local chapter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the that always took care of Cassie when her condition got bad enough that she had to be hospitalized. They’ll be donated in Cassie’s name. 

It’d mean a lot to us if we could blow this up for Cassie. Thanks, guys. Pass it on. <3 

17th Century Pendle Witch’s Cottage with a Bricked-in Mummified Cat at Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Dark traces of England’s most notorious campaign against witches appear to have been unearthed by water engineers engaged in improvements to a Pennine reservoir at Pendle Hill.

A buried 17th century cottage with a sealed room and a mummified cat bricked up in a wall has been discovered in the heart of the “witching country” of Pendle in Lancashire. Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the infamous Pendle Witches. The practice of walling up a cat, with the animal sometimes still alive, is known to have been a medieval precaution against evil spirits. The tradition survived into later centuries in remote areas such as the high Pennines.

The site is close to the supposed location of Malkin Tower, a ruin whose name echoes the spectral witches’ cat Graymalkin in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Three wizards and 17 witches were supposed to have plotted at Malkin Tower to blow up Lancaster Castle in 1612, to free an 85-year-old woman and her daughter accused of selling themselves to the devil.

The Lancaster Witch Trials were held at Lancaster Castle in August 1612. Ten people were found guilty and hanged; one died while awaiting trial and one was found not guilty. The trials were made famous by the publication of The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster (1612-1618) by Thomas Potts, a clerk of court.

History has never decided whether there was a genuine occult conspiracy or if unfortunate village herbalists were persecuted for religious reasons or because of personal vendettas.

Thomas Pott’s book is available to read free online:

Discovery of Witches 1612-1618 by Thomas Potts