Hurworth Grange / Locations / United Kingdom

Team Reports – First Investigation of Hurworth

Hurworth Grange

Hurworth

Co. Durham

17 June 2005

 

TEAM 1

Chris Carnegie (API), Cindy Nunn (API), Karen Smith (TP), Barry Coates (OWNE)

 

Vigil 1: Caretakers Flat (kitchen, corridor, living room, bathroom, bedroom)

Start time: 23:30

Temperature: 21c

Body Temperatures:

Chris 29.5c, Cindy 28c, Karen 28.5c, Barry 25.5c Equipment used:

Video camera, 4 x digital camera, temperature gun, min/max temperature recorder (left in living room throughout), crystal pendulum.

Abbreviations Key: CC – Chris Carnegie, CN – Cindy Nunn, KS – Karen Smith, BC – Barry Coates, API – Anomalous Phenomena Investigations, OWNE – Otherworld North East, TP – Team Phenomena

Time  Witnesses Occurrence
23:48 All CC aware of cold patch in front of him, beside pendulum. KS took temperature reading of 22.5c.  (Corridor)
23:55 CN and KS Both the women heard a ‘tapping’ noise in the corner of the  room. Temperature dropped to 18c in the corner, elsewhere the temperature remained a constant 23c. (Living room)
00:22 CC CC saw green light anomaly moving behind KS. (Kitchen)
Body Temperatures:

CC 29c, CN 25c, KS 27c, BC 24c

End time: 00:34

No results were achieved using the pendulum. Both CN and BC tried this method. Numerous photographs were taken. The max temperature recorded in the living room was 24c with the minimum being 20c. A recording of 23c was taken when the temperature recorder was removed from the room.

 

Vigil 2: Outdoor location (small copse)

Start time: 01:32

Temperature: 18c

 

Body Temperatures:

Not taken due to nature of location.

Equipment used:

Video camera, 2 x digital camera

 

Time Witnesses Occurrence
01:55 CN CN thought she saw a dark figure in the trees.
01:58 CC and KS Both saw ‘dark figure’ pass from right to left at the edge of  the trees.
01:59 CN CN felt like she was ‘pushed’ in the back from behind.
02:01 CN CN felt like her hair had been pulled.
Body Temperatures:

Not taken

End time: 02:25

Various ‘sightings’ and sounds were heard, but these were natural, (falling twigs, animal sounds etc).   The area did go unnaturally silent for about 25 minutes with no animal sounds heard.

 

Vigil 3: Staircase (Staircase, conference room, meeting room)

Start time: 03:20

Temperature: 21.5c

Body Temperatures:

CC 25.5c, CN 25c, KS 26c, BC  26c

Equipment used:

Video camera, 2 x digital camera, temperature gun, min/max temperature recorder (left in meeting room throughout), crystal pendulum.

 

Time Witnesses Occurrence
03:28 KS KS saw a white light move across the skirting board next to CC.   (meeting room)
03:47 All BC dropped his torch causing a loud bang. Included here  in-case any other teams heard the noise. (Stairs)
03:48 All Team 3 came from the basement to see if everything was okay after hearing the above noise. (stairs)
03:49 All Noise heard like a door shutting. It was thought to be Team 3 leaving. CC and CN investigated but couldn’t replicate the sound. (Stairs)
03:55 All When investigating upstairs it was discovered that the door to the conference room was open. This door was definitely closed by CN just before the vigil started as witnessed and confirmed by KS. When the door was closed it made the same noise heard at  03:49 by all team members.
Body Temperatures:

CC 29c, CN 25c, KS 27c, BC  24c

End time: 04:15

No results were achieved using the pendulum. Both CN and BC tried this method.

 

TEAM 2

Jo Carnegie (API), Jill Armstrong (OWNE), Sarah Hutchinson (OWNE), Terry Smith (TP)

 

Vigil 1: Servants Quarters (store room 1, storeroom 2, storeroom 3, storeroom 4, corridor)

Start time: 11:26

Temperature: not recorded

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

Equipment used:

2 x video camera, 1 x digital camera, 2 x EMF meter, 1 x temperature gun, 1 x temperature gauge

 

Abbreviations Key: JC – Jo Carnegie, JA – Jill Armstrong, SH – Sarah Hutchinson, TS – Terry Smith, API – Anomalous Phenomena Investigations, OWNE – Otherworld North East, TP – Team Phenomena

Time Witnesses Occurrence
11:40 JC, TS  JC and TS  reported ‘feeling uncomfortable’
11:51 JC JC reported that it felt like someone had ‘touched’ her right shoulder inside the door of  ‘storeroom 1’
11:58 ALL All team members felt temperature  fluctuations. This was thought to be draughts due to the location of the vigil, which was in the attic.
00:15 JC JC recorded picking up on the name  ‘Albert’ and saw a ‘dark shadow’
Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 00:30

 

Vigil 2: Staircase (stairs, conference room, and concert room)

Start time: 01:31

Temperature: 17c

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

Equipment used:

2 x video camera, 2 x digital camera, 2 x EMF meter, 1 x temperature gun, 1 x temperature gauge

 

Time Witnesses Occurrence
01:48 ALL All team members reported hearing ‘banging noises’
02:14 JC JC  reported picking up on a man, she asked for his name but didn’t get it. She did  however state that the man was the ‘caretaker’.
Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 02:30

It was recorded that the EMF reading fluctuated quite a bit during this vigil, but no other records of it were taken.

 

Vigil 3: Caretakers flat

(living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and corridor)

Start time: 03:15

Temperature: not recorded

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

Equipment used:

2 x video camera, 1 x digital camera, 2 x EMF meter, 1 x temperature gun, 1 x temperature gauge

 

Time Witnesses Occurrence

NONE TO REPORT

 

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 00:30

Numerous orbs were said to have been caught on Terry’s video camera. We will have to wait to hear from him regarding this. It was also recorded that the EMF meter was erratic in this area.  No other reports were made.

 

 

TEAM 3

Colin Nunn (API), Jim Gilbert (API), Barbara Anderson (API), Tony Liddell (OWNE)

 

Vigil 1: Staircase (stairs, conference room, and concert room)

Start time: 23:32

Temperature: 21.5c

 

Body Temperatures:

CN 25.5c, JG 28c, BA 26.5c, TL 26c

Equipment used:

EMF Meter, 2x still cameras, 2x video cameras, 1x digital camera, x low frequency listening device, 1x thermometer

 

Abbreviations Key: CN – Colin Nunn, JG – Jim Gilbert, BA – Barbara Anderson, TL – Tony Liddell, API – Anomalous Phenomena Investigations, OWNE – Otherworld North East, TP – Team Phenomena

Time Witnesses  Occurrence
23:38 TL TL heard light footsteps.
23:45 ALL The sound of a door opening was heard.
00:15 TL, CN TL recorded wildly fluctuating EMF readings. Both TL and CN reported having ‘very sore stomachs’. (Concert room)
Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 00:30

 

CN recorded that the battery in his EMF meter had ran out. This was a new battery, which was inserted just before the vigil started.

 

Vigil 2: Caretakers flat (living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and corridor)

Start time: 01:26

Temperature: not recorded

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

Equipment used:

EMF Meter, 2x still cameras, 2x video cameras, 1x digital camera, x low frequency listening device, 1x thermometer

 

Time  Witnesses Occurrence
01:28 CN CN saw an orb in his peripheral vision ‘shoot’ from floor to ceiling.
01:50 TL, BA, CN TL’s camera started charging itself. BA’s camera showed batteries flat then started charging. CN’s camera battery power was sapped so quick that the Lens didn’t have time to retract.
01:40 TL TL recorded fluctuating EMF readings.
02:00 CN CN was being followed by a ‘regular blue flash’. JG noticed that this was caused by CN’s Bluetooth earpiece!
02:20 CN, TL CN felt the presence of ‘a girl, 20ish, tied back dark hair, very melancholy’. He also picked up the name ‘Francis’. TL reported that CN’s body temperature had fluctuated by approximately 10c. No records of the temperatures were submitted.
Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 02:30

 

Vigil 3: Cellar (boiler room, storeroom 1, storeroom 2, engineer’s room, and corridor)

Start time: 03:15

Temperature: 19.7c

Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

Equipment used:

EMF Meter, 2x still cameras, 2x video cameras, 1x digital camera, x low frequency listening device, 1x thermometer

 

Time Witnesses  Occurrence
03:21 BA,TL, JG BA had a ‘shiver down her spine’. TL reported EMF fluctuation. All except CN reported hearing a male shouting.
04:00 ? Nothing to report
04:10 ALL Bangs heard at both ends of basement.
Body Temperatures:

Not recorded

 

End time: 04:16

 

Some Notes about Team 3’s vigils: On the 25th of June Cindy Nunn was reviewing the video footage taken by Jim Gilbert (JG). She noticed a number of things that were not recorded in the notes.

During Vigil 1, which was conducted on the main staircase, the entry way and the large conference room – Tony was getting some very active readings n his Gauss Meter. It was noticed that ‘the presence’ in the conference room seemed to be responding to Tony’s spoken commands to “move forward” and “go back.” The Gauss meter was responding accordingly. Later, upon going through footage the next day, this image was found showing a black figure to the left of the investigator, Tony.

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During Vigil 2, which was conducted in the old Caretaker’s Apartments and the Servant’s Quarters. Tony and Jim reported some movement of the wind chimes in the area of the servant’s quarters. It was also remarked upon that there were no draughts of air that could be detected. Tony, Colin and Jim also heard noises from the ‘locked off’ area with the stained glass window/floor, leading them to believe something was in there watching. Also in this general area Tony again commanded an apparent ‘presence’ to “come forward” and “move back,” with the Gauss Meter responding accordingly, as if something were moving towards the meter and then away from it. Jim also stated that something had touched his nose. Back in the caretaker’s apartments, while the group (Colin, Tony, Jim and Barbara) were sitting outside the kitchen door, Cindy could hear the distinct sound of a spoon stirring tea or coffee in a cup, but none of the group present seem to have heard it. However, it is audible on the video tape.

 

Various Incidents

The Grange – 17 June to 18 June 2005

 

During various times over the evening a number of incidents, occurring outside of vigils, were reported.

At approximately 10:22pm Colin Nunn and Chris Carnegie were doing some base readings with the EMF Meter and the Thermometer. While in the area of the main staircase, Colin was pushed by an unseen force. Chris witnessed this incident and stated that the movement of Colin’s body did indeed look as if something had pushed him from behind with a certain amount of force. Earlier, both Chris and Colin also claimed to feel spells of dizziness on the back stairs.

It was reported to Cindy and Jo, by Eric Laycock, Manager of The Grange, that the widow of the former caretaker had been to the location earlier in the day and reported sighting her deceased husband in the Caretaker’s apartments.

While the teams were setting up in the base room (Fletcher Hall) Colin was approached by a woman who is a regular visitor to The Grange. She claimed to have seen the form of a ghostly woman with long blond hair and wearing a white gown.

While the teams were sitting at the tables during a break Tony Liddell of Otherworld North East was taking photographs of the team members. One of the photographs of Cindy clearly shows an ‘orb’ in front of her. After this photo was taken Cindy’s camera would not work for the rest of the evening, even after changing batteries.

Cindy heard the sound of footsteps walking towards her as she left the base room during a break. This occurred just outside of the men’s toilets.

On another occasion, again during a break, Cindy left the base room to find Colin and Chris. She believed them to be outside. As she came up to the men’s toilet area she noticed the light on. Thinking it was Colin or Chris she called out their names. She received a mumbled reply, but it was not Colin or Chris. Then she heard footsteps coming from the men’s toilet, but nobody appeared. Cindy ran back into the base room and asked Jo to go with her to locate Colin and Chris.

While coming in from outside during another break Cindy and Barbara were walking towards the stairs that lead up to the old caretaker’s apartments. On the wall above the first landing is a window. Cindy came to a sudden stop and told Barbara that she had just seen someone reflected in the window and they were coming down the stairs. Upon further investigation nobody could be seen on the stairs between the first and second landing. Then Cindy heard the sound of a man’s footsteps coming down the stairs between the first and second landing, but there was no visual sign of a human presence. Barbara confirmed that she too had heard the footsteps. Then they both heard the footsteps coming down the steps that they were standing at the foot of. At this point Cindy quickly headed to the base room (at a slow run!) with Barbara following. They reported the incident to other team members.

Throughout the evening various team members reported replacing batteries with brand new ones, only to have them drain immediately. Video and camera equipment ceased working in certain areas, and some cameras refused to work for the rest of the evening, even after replacing batteries, checking settings and changing memory cards. Others reported battery drain in their EMF Meters, thermometers and Walkie Talkies.

At about 01:32, all teams were in place at their second vigil locations. Team 1 were stationed at the outside location in the wooded area, Team 2 were on the main staircase and entry and Team 3 (Colin’s team) were in the old Caretaker’s Apartments. At 01:37 a message came through the walkie-talkie that Chris was carrying for Team 1. Colin’s voice was heard coming through, saying ’ 44.’ From the wooded area Team 1 could hear loud voices coming from off in the distance so thought that maybe Colin was sending out a call for assistance. Chris got ready to go check on Colin’s team when another message from Colin came through saying ‘false alarm.’ This wasn’t considered odd or out-of-place so the investigation continued. However, on the evening of the 19th of June, Jo and Chris visited Colin and Cindy at home and naturally talk of the investigation came up. Chris asked Colin why he had sent out a ‘44’ message on the walkie-talkie. Then Jo said that she and Team 2 were also curious about this, as they had also heard the message. But, Colin never made that call! Colin stated that he had leaned against something and it had depressed the ‘talk’ button on the walkie-talkie, but he never spoke into it except to say it was a ‘false alarm.’ He insists that he never said code ’44.’ Upon further investigation we learned that Code 44 (10-44) in CB talk is code for ‘I have a message for you.’ We found this to be pretty strange.

In the upstairs servant’s quarters is a room at the end of the hall where no entry was permitted. This rule was imposed due to the nature of the room, which has as part of its floor a stained glass window that is opened by a rope and pulley system. This window is above the area of the former chapel. A video camera was placed in a corner of this room and allowed to run during the course of a vigil. A number of orbs appear in the video. Fortunately, a couple of flying insects, as well as a spider, can also been seen in the video, giving us a good comparison between bugs and purported orbs.

 

*** UPDATE ***

24th of June 2005 – Cindy spoke with Eric Laycock of The Grange and asked him if he knew about anyone connected with The Grange having an interest in CB Radios, short wave, etc… He said that he didn’t know off the top of his head but he would ask around and see if anyone had an answer. Within a few minutes Eric phoned back and said…”Cindy, are you sitting down? I’ve just found out that Mr. F, the former caretaker, had a CB radio that he used to use while living at The Grange in the caretaker’s apartments!”

It was while Colin’s team were doing a vigil in the old caretaker’s apartments that the strange message of “44” came through on the walkie talkies of Chris on Team 1 and Jo on Team 2, with the voice sounding like Colin, but Colin didn’t send the message! To remind everyone, the code 44 (or 10-44) in CB radio chat means “I have a message for you.”

 

*** UPDATE ***

5th of August 2005 – Colin and Cindy gave a presentation and talk at The Grange, which was attended by Eric Laycock, the manager of The Grange, Hugh Jackson, Chairman, as well as the local committee and the local historian, and the Parish Council. The meeting went very well and it was agreed that API were welcome to carry out further investigations. During the course of the evening, which started at 8:00pm and ended shortly after 11:00pm, a number of interesting pieces of information were revealed to us, which backed up many of our findings. Before the first investigation we were only aware of a purported ghost being seen on the main staircase. However, during the course of the investigation incidents happened in a number of other areas, as well as ghostly figures being captured on various cameras.

One of our photos shows Tony holding his EMF meter out in front of him, where at the time not only was he getting a reading, but the “presence” was moving forward and backwards at Tony’s request. Upon viewing camera footage of this incident the figure of something can be seen standing in front of Tony, looking almost as if it has just risen from a seated position. While at the meeting last night one of the committee women was very interested in this particular photo and the area that the figure was standing in. It was in this same spot that her son was sitting at on his 40th birthday, when others near him witnessed a strange halo all around him. He died shortly afterwards. It was also in this room that participants of the investigation mentioned a door that kept opening by itself, even after it had been quite firmly closed. We were informed last night that this is a regular occurrence, and even happens after the door has been locked!

Other confirmations were made to us as well. Colin photographed an area in the basement and when the photos were viewed on the computer a figure or figures can be seen in one shot, but not in any taken before or after. Another woman committee member mentioned that her husband does a lot of the electrical work in the basement and has reported feeling the presence of something in that area. Upon Cindy making mention of an incident in the men’s toilet room it was revealed to her that others have witnessed the same type of incidents, such as lights being turned on and various noises heard.

Other incidents mentioned by Eric and Hugh include lights being found on in the morning after they have been turned off for the night upon closing The Grange for the evening, children’s toys being moved, toys that suddenly make noise when they usually need to be handled to make noise, doors opening themselves, doors locking when they shouldn’t, etc….

One further incident of note that occurred during the presentation. For the presentation Colin had set up a table containing some of the “tools of the trade,” including EMF meter, Temperature Gun, walkie talkies, etc…. Just as Colin started talking about the “walkie talkie incident” that occurred during our investigation one of the walkie talkies began making strange noises. When he finished talking about the incident the walkie talkie became quiet and made no further noises during the course of the evening.

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