Supernatural Magazine

Right in Front of Our Eyes

We were holding a psychic investigation at a 15th Century manor house, Tatton Old Hall in the heart of Cheshire which is said to be haunted by the ghost of one of its former occupants, a mean and nasty male spirit who is believed to have been a former gamekeeper called Tom, who is supposed to torment female visitors. Others tell tales of a ghostly woman wandering the house, and in a room housing spinning looms visitors have recalled the sound of someone crying.

We decided to check it out for ourselves, and so with our guests one cold night in March, we gathered together with the Tatton Old Hall tour guide Mick, to take a look around before the investigation was to start.

Mick told us that during the 1770’s Tatton Hall no longer served as the main house when a new hall was built in the grounds and the old hall became used as a farmhouse. At one point separated into 3 dwellings, it has now been restored back to one building with the great hall remaining a focal point. All the original timbers can be seen in the great hall, stone floor, wattle and daub walls, and the moment you set foot in to the place, you get a sense of its former history. Little did we know at that point that we would shortly encounter living history right in front of our eyes….......?

The house itself shows the history of the building through time. It gives a really eerie feeling to the place stepping from the 15th Century Gt Hall into the Victorian parlour and journeying through 500 years of history as you move from room to room, giving time travel a whole new meaning.

When we invite the general public onto one of our investigations we always make them aware of the different ways of communicating with spirit in a safe and controlled manner. Making sure that everyone is properly grounded and protected before starting, we show them how to use the various pieces of equipment, tools of the trade so to speak, such as elf meters, temperature gauges, dowsing rods and pendulums for example. We also encourage the use of camera, film and recording equipment. We do advise that the best source of knowledge however comes from their own mediumistic and psychic ability. The tools only help to verify changes that they themselves are becoming aware of.

Armed with equipment and our spider senses in motion, we split into groups, and with one of Feathers Mediums leading each group, we headed for different areas of the house and grounds to experiment with a variety of activities. A circle vigil in the old barn produced some strange occurrences with a number of people feeling dizzy, hair being pulled, being touched, and a strange feeling of being watched from the far end of the building. It was only when we looked through photographs a few days later that we saw what looked like a small child seated in thought.

The barn and a close up of the area with what appears to be a small child sitting down
The barn and a close up of the area with what appears to be a small child sitting down

During one of the circles in the barn, the group was communicating with the spirit of a lady. Infuriatingly the communication was very sporadic and distant. We asked her to come closer and invited her to join us and within seconds the heavy barn doors blew outwards with such a force, and yet there was no wind that could have created such an action. Oh well we did ask…

A séance in the old spinning room attracted the attention of a male spirit who thought it funny to walk behind members of the group, whispering in their ears, his footsteps clearly heard by everyone sat around the table. Tapping noises were also heard and the table started to vibrate much to the alarm of the guests seated around it.

The most remarkable event of the evening however was yet to come. The groups were all seated in the Great Hall on benches around the room writing up their personal experiences to view later. One of our Mediums Carl Murphy saw a movement behind one of the ladies at the back of the room, and so he took a series of photographs in quick succession. He glanced at the pictures but couldn’t see anything in the area where he was looking, and decided to view them later. As we were starting to get ready for the next session one of the group pointed out a set of footprints on the flagged stone floor. Very clearly visible to everyone present were 2 distinct imprints of a pair of feet. They looked wet, and felt damp to touch and yet it wasn’t wet outside and the footprints were nowhere near the outside door. They appeared right in the middle of the floor, in the area where Carl had been focusing the camera on earlier. For someone physically to have created that in the room they can have only been carried and put on to that exact spot as there were no other footsteps leading to that point.

The mystery was to become even more amazing and probably the best photographic evidence that we have ever seen. When Carl took a look at the photographs he had taken earlier he was astounded to see very clearly the apparition of what looks like the period costume of a 16th century male there striding across the room and right in the pathway of the appearing footprints.

Jackie Dennison

Jackie Dennison

Jackie Dennison is a Clairvoyant Medium and Psychic Artist of International Status and co hosts the popular and successful TV show ‘Rescue Mediums’ which airs in over 30 countries around the world, including CBS Reality in the UK, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Channel & W Network in Canada & WE in the USA. Jackie has been involved in TV shows and other media over the years including radio interviews in various parts of the UK, Scotland, Ireland, Canada & USA.