Event Location Royal Victoria Chapel Ghost Hunt
Date and Time 15/02/2019 - 8pm until 2am
Event Address Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, SO31 5GA
Southern Ghost Society has decided to reduce the numbers on this event due to the areas we have to investigate
Netley Chapel, the only surviving section of what was the world’s largest military hospital, where corridors between the 138 wards and 1000 beds extended more than half a mile, allowing US soldiers during WW2 to travel from one end to the other in jeeps, is the fascinating location for a paranormal investigation.
Will our ghost hunt uncover the 2 most famous reported ghosts – the “blue lady” who, it is said, is the spirit of a nurse, who fell in love with a patient, only to discover he loved another woman. She murdered him and then committed suicide by throwing herself out of a second floor window……….or the “Grey Lady” ghost. As with many military hospitals, this apparition was said to appear to patients just before they died to comfort them and help their journey into the next world.
In response to reports of the appalling conditions in hospitals treating casualties of the Crimean War, Queen Victoria gave the order for a new military hospital to be built, not only to care for injured soldiers, but also to train army doctors and nurses and the Royal Victoria Hospital was formally dedicated in 1856, welcoming its first patients in 1863. . Its location at Netley allowed for casualties to be brought to Netley either by train off hospital ships docking at Southampton or by shallow draft boats arriving at the newly constructed pier on Southampton Water. The Queen often visited the site, travelling by boat from Osborne House and awarded three Victoria Crosses, including one to Private Hitch for extreme bravery in the Boar War and whose character features strongly in the classic film “Zulu”
Many of the patients here were suffering from tropical diseases and doctors carried out significant research on site. Indeed the vaccination against typhoid was developed here. Florence Nightingale who was not involved initially in the design of the hospital only visited once and criticised the design, with its poor ventilation, no isolation wards and the stunning and therapeutic views over the water being denied to patients, as wards overlooked the inner courtyard, with little light or air.
Do the spirits of any of the staff or the traumatised casualties from the Crimean War, the Second Boar War and both World Wars, including some from the D-Day landings, still haunt this site ?
Sadly, the hospital, which had closed in 1958, was destroyed by fire in 1963 and all buildings except the chapel were demolished in 1966. Can our paranormal investigation uncover some of the ghosts and spirits still haunting this immensely historical site – join us on this ghost hunt to find out