Event Location Private Location
Date and Time 01/02/2020 - 8pm until 2am
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This Venue originally opened in 1870 as part of the huge Military Hospital and was a dedicated asylum facility for military personnel who were believed to be suffering from mental illness. Its construction was in response to the Lunacy Act of 1845 which stated that the mad could be brought back to sanity?. It is now known that the psychiatric conditions being treated were, most likely, shellshock or PTSD, however, at the time, this illness was not well understood and treatment was, by modern standards, highly experimental and often extremely cruel, leading to a significant number of suicides and escape attempts by patients.
The nature of the building and the perceived risk to the local community from patients explains its location in the far corner of the hospital complex, the high walls around the House and the fact that the original windows could only be opened a few inches. Inside, the apparently light and spacious design disguised padded cells and heavy prison-like doors. The House initially treated patients from the Crimean War and demand soared during WW1 as a result of the emergence of shellshock requiring temporary extensions to be built. Treatment in what was known as D block included rest, hypnotism and electric shock treatment. Suspicion that patients were cowards faking illness to escape warfare were fuelled by Sunday enforced marches with local people viewing them as cowards.
Southern Ghost Society is delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to conduct a paranormal investigation at this amazing location. Our initial ghost hunt revealed a magnitude of apparently paranormal activity, including shadowy figures, unexplained sounds of footsteps and voices when there was no-one there, sudden drops in temperature, lights switching on and off, superb sťances with contact being made with former patients?
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