Ghost Hunting Events

Southern Ghost Society, ghost hunts and paranormal experience events we have planned.

These events are available to anyone over the age of 16. Being a society, booking priority is given to our members, so why not register now and be advised in advance of all our new events.

Registration is free and membership to the Southern Ghost Society is also free. We do have to make a charge to cover the costs of arranging the events. This charge is on a per person basis and is fully inclusive unless otherwise stated. Prices and full details are only available to registered members.

   
 
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Ghost hunting event photo Bursledon Brickworks 01 September 2018 Bursledon Brickworks
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum Coal Park Lane Swanwick Southampton SO31 7GW
Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire conjures up not only the spirit of the Victorian era but also the spirits of those who worked and died here, from boys as young as 8 to men in their 60s.

Following a very successful investigation last year when we experienced much paranormal activity, we are delighted to be holding a further ghost hunting event at this amazing location.

The Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family, whose innovations in machinery and kiln design enabled the site to produce more than 20 million bricks a year at peak production. Many of these bricks were used in the construction of the Military Hospital in the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park.

This was the time of steam power. The works would have been dark and cold, heated only by the kilns. Was it this heat which attracted one worker to fall asleep near one of the ovens, only to find himself unknowingly locked in when the kiln was lit the following day, or was something more sinister to blame for his death ? Is it the ghost of this worker which causes strange lights to be seen or which is able to move glasses in our presence but without our help ?

Other ghostly experiences include the sound of voices, knocking, whistling and even the reporting of dark shadows. Could these be the manifestations of those workers still going about their daily business in the workshops ?

The Brickworks was closed in 1974 due to a reduction in the clay quality and supply, not to mention the disruption resulting from the building of the M27 and over the next 20 years fell into disrepair. Thankfully the site was purchased by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and was awarded listed status. The buildings on the northern side have been replaced by the NATS, Air Traffic Control Centre, but the southern site still remains as a fascinating museum.

We would love you to join us on this exciting paranormal investigation, through which we can gain an insight into past times and, with the help of the ghosts of those who still frequent the site, relive the spirit of Bursledon Brickworks.
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Ghost hunting event photo Wymering Manor 14 September 2018 Wymering Manor

This amazing location is believed to be situated on a roman settlement and is said to have been a roman outpost, there to defend Porchester Castle. Moving forward in history it is believed that William Mauduit was the first occupant of Wymering Manor who came over in the 1066 invasion. William was known to be involved in the great survey of 1086, The Doomsday book to me and you!

The current building construction dates back to the 16th century and it is claimed that many parts of the build contain both Medieval and Roman materials. With all these claims there is no wonder Wymering Manor is thought to be one of the most haunted building in Hampshire, maybe even the UK.

Moving forward to the Ninetieth century, the Haunted Manor was sold for £5000 to Mr John Martin along with 68 acres of land. At this time the manor went through major alterations and was used for overseas missions. An important visitor during this time was Queen Emma and her son Andrew, who was related to Queen Victoria.

In the Twentieth Century the Manor was purchased by Thomas Knowlys-Parr and his aunt Mrs Nightingale who made a number of alterations again. Sadly Knowlys-Parr passed away in 1938 and The British Army took possession of the manor for the duration of World War II.

Wymering Manor is reported to be the most haunted building in Hampshire and with history dating back to the Romans, there is no surprise people have encountered paranormal occurrences. The sound of children playing and whispering has been reported countless times throughout the years. Full body apparitions have also been reported, only to disappear as soon as they appear.

This will be only our second visit to Wymering Manor and with all the history, Countless reports and experiences, do you really want to miss out?
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Ghost hunting event photo Bursledon Brickworks 06 October 2018 Bursledon Brickworks
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum Coal Park Lane Swanwick Southampton SO31 7GW
Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire conjures up not only the spirit of the Victorian era but also the spirits of those who worked and died here, from boys as young as 8 to men in their 60s.

Following a very successful investigation last year when we experienced much paranormal activity, we are delighted to be holding a further ghost hunting event at this amazing location.

The Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family, whose innovations in machinery and kiln design enabled the site to produce more than 20 million bricks a year at peak production. Many of these bricks were used in the construction of the Military Hospital in the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park.

This was the time of steam power. The works would have been dark and cold, heated only by the kilns. Was it this heat which attracted one worker to fall asleep near one of the ovens, only to find himself unknowingly locked in when the kiln was lit the following day, or was something more sinister to blame for his death ? Is it the ghost of this worker which causes strange lights to be seen or which is able to move glasses in our presence but without our help ?

Other ghostly experiences include the sound of voices, knocking, whistling and even the reporting of dark shadows. Could these be the manifestations of those workers still going about their daily business in the workshops ?

The Brickworks was closed in 1974 due to a reduction in the clay quality and supply, not to mention the disruption resulting from the building of the M27 and over the next 20 years fell into disrepair. Thankfully the site was purchased by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and was awarded listed status. The buildings on the northern side have been replaced by the NATS, Air Traffic Control Centre, but the southern site still remains as a fascinating museum.

We would love you to join us on this exciting paranormal investigation, through which we can gain an insight into past times and, with the help of the ghosts of those who still frequent the site, relive the spirit of Bursledon Brickworks.
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Ghost hunting event photo Gloucester Prison 13 October 2018 Gloucester Prison
Barrack Square, Gloucester GL1 2JN
This amazing prison sits on the site of what would have originally been Gloucester castle which too was used as a Gaol and would have been the county gaol through 1100 into 1200s so there is no wonder paranormal sighting have been reported here throughout the ages.

A damming report in 1777 by John Howard led to the jails reform and rebuild which included the introduction of separate cells. Around 10 years later the county magistrates ordered a new gaol to be built and to achieve this they acquired the reaming parts of the castle from the Hyetts.

Finished in 1791, the new gaol boasted a gigantic 3 storied buildings which ranged from the main jail, a house of correction and penitentiary. Not content with the size, in 1826 the perimeter walls were extended, and a new debtors prison was built east of the gatehouse and a new gatehouse was built.

Jumping forward in history the jail was added to again to incorporate a new convict prison. This was linked to the old system and incorporated the original gatehouse. The new large three-storey cell-blocks contained a chapel, A treadmill house and eventually the governors house but that was added later in the mid-19th century. At least 102 New Drop style executions took place between 1792 and 1864 and due to the nature of their crimes the unclaimed bodies are believed to still be onsite in unmarked graves.

Could this be why countless paranormal claims have been witnessed throughout the years?

With full bodied apparitions, poltergeist activity and oppressive feelings throughout, you would be mad to miss out on this paranormal investigation?

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Ghost hunting event photo Leap Castle 03 November 2018 Leap Castle
Leap Castle, Coolderry, Co. Offaly
It has taken over 10 years, countless emails and research but we have finally managed to gain access to the amazing Leap Castle.

Depending on your source of information, there are varied accounts as to when exactly the castle, specifically the Castle Keep and Tower was constructed, however what we do know is that it’s as early as the 13th to as late as the 15th century, but most likely around 1250 CE.
Originally called “Leap of the O'Bannons”, Leap Castle was built by the O’Bannon clan on the site as another ancient stone structure perhaps ceremonial in nature which has been occupied consistently since at least the Iron Age (500 BCE).

Around the mid 1500’s the castle was owned by the O’Carroll clan, but their stay was plagued by family feuds and fierce rivalry, especially following the death of Mulrooney O’Carroll. The battle for power between the brothers led to an event which gave the infamous name to “The Bloody Chapel”. During a mass in the chapel, the brother burst in and drove his sword into his priest brother, killing him across the altar.

In 1659, the castle was passed to of the Darby family, by marriage which contained notable members which included Vice-Admiral George Darby, Admiral Sir Henry D'Esterre Darby and John Nelson Darby. During the tenure of Jonathan Charles Darby, séances were held in the castle by his wife Mildred Darby who was a writer of Gothic novels. This is the earliest point in history of the reported haunting and led to publicity about the castle and its ghosts. Mildred Darby tells of the noises like furniture being moved were frequently heard at night and strangers staying with us have often asked why the servants turned out the rooms at such an unusual hour the front-door bell sometimes rang, and I have gone down, but found no one.”

The current owner Sean Ryan, along with previous owners have experienced poltergeist activity during their restoration efforts. Sean Ryan has spoken about his tools getting moved to the far corners of the room and even one occurrence where the ladder he was working on was pushed away from the wall forcing him to jump several stories, fracturing his knee. Upon resuming work, another accident resulted in a broken ankle.

The most famous of them all, and no doubt the scariest is that of the elemental. It is an entity that is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. An early belief is that the Elemental was put there by druids long before the castle was built to protect the sacred site used for initiations and druidic magic, another is that the Elemental was placed there by an invading force to burn the castle from the inside. The most common theory is that this entity is not human, and my never has had been as is responsible for the Poltergeist and mysterious activity at the castle.

With over 10 reported ghosts, the site of Civil war and bloody battles and ghost dating back to the 1600’s, there is no wonder this castle is reported to be the most haunted location in Ireland.

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Planned Ghost Hunting Events

In addition to our confirmed ghost hunting events we have penciled in the following preliminary investigation locations. So don't forget to bookmark this page Click here to bookmark these events! and return soon for confirmed dates. Southern Ghost Society members are emailed as soon as new events are confirmed another good reason to join us.
 
     
Ghost hunting event photo Woodchester Mansion Woodchester Mansion

The Grade 1 listed Woodchster Mansion, located in the beautiful Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, is absolutely unique in that its construction was never completed Will our ghost hunt help reconstruct the past through the spirits, who may still haunt this magnificent location ?

Building of this superb Gothic building with its stone vaulted ceilings, gargoyles, grand staircase and impressive chapel was started in the1850s. Will the ghosts of any of the 7 workmen who died, 6 from accidents and 1 from a reported murder, return, through our presence, to reclaim their tools which still remain on the site ?

Can we verify reports of a headless horseman said to ride in the grounds and to be the apparition of Sir Rupert de Lansigny who killed his cousin to inherit the large park and the former house demolished to enable construction of the current Mansion ? What happened to the spirit of the Dominican Monk who drowned himself in one of the park lakes and who is the man seen walking along the corridor to the Chapel, but never entering that room or the shadow of a man staring up at the stained glass windows ? Most intriguingly, are the reported sightings of a black dog wandering through the Mansion the ghostly representation of those linked to the building ?

Join us on a paranormal investigation night to remember as we go back in time at Woodchester Mansion and seek to uncover the truth behind the ghostly hosts of our visit.

Ghost hunting event photo Royal Victoria Country Park Royal Victoria Country Park

The Royal Victoria Military Hospital, or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire, England. Construction started in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. Often visited by Queen Victoria, the hospital was extensively used during the First World War.

It became the 28th US General Hospital from 1944 to 1945 during the Invasion of Europe. The main building - the world's longest building when it was completed - was entirely demolished in 1966, except for the chapel and former YMCA building which are both still standing. The extensive outbuildings, which once occupied a vast acreage of land to the rear of the main building, finally succumbed in 1978. The site of the hospital can be seen and explored in Royal Victoria Country Park.

Ghost hunting event photo Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard

We are delighted to announce a further event, this time at the magnificent Explosion ! The Museum of Naval Firepower, based within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport.

Since its completion in 1756, this depot has played an active part in conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars right through to the Falklands War. Just imagine the experiences of the thousands who worked (and died) in such a dangerous environment.

What caused the explosion which killed 27 people ? To whom do the ghostly footsteps belong and why is this person knocking on the door ? What causes a heavy chain to swing for no apparent reason and is the reported unnatural gust of wind really the spirit of a labourer who died at the scene ? Will we witness the manifestation of Edward George McBride on the exact same spot where he was killed nearly 90 years ago ?

So many reported paranormal experiences, which surely merits further investigation. We'd love you to join us for what is certain to be a fabulous Ghost Hunt night

We will have the pleasure of exploring this historical site away from the usual visiting crowds the only company we may have is from the past !

Ghost hunting event photo The Rifles Museum The Rifles Museum

The Royal Berkshire Regiment, with its Museum in Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, and The Wiltshire Regiment, whose Museum was in Le Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, merged in 1959 to become the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire). However the two Museums continued on their separate sites for a number of years.

n the 1970s a new united site for both Regimental Headquarters and Museum Official Opening was sought in Salisbury. The Wardrobe, at first rejected on the grounds of the expense of conversion, was eventually selected and a 99 year lease was purchased from the Dean & Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment Museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, on 29 July 1982. As part of a program to widen the appeal of the Museum the name "Redcoats in the Wardrobe" was adopted in 1991.

In 1994 the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment amalgamated with the Gloucestershire Regiment to form the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. The Museum changed its name to reflect this, becoming the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (Salisbury) Museum. The Museum was (and is) only concerned with the Berkshire and Wiltshire elements, the collection and archives of the Gloucestershire Regiment are housed in the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Custom House, Gloucester GL1 2HE.

Ghost hunting event photo Valentines Mansions Valentines Mansions

Valentines Mansion is more than 300 years old.

The house was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

At that time the new brick house stood in open countryside, several miles from the edge of London.
Valentines has changed hands many times since then. City merchant and banker Robert Surman bought the estate in 1720s and created the walled gardens, dovecote and grottoes.
In the 1760s owner Sir Charles Raymond spent part of his fortune renovating Valentines, giving the house its Georgian appearance.

Sarah Ingleby, the last private resident of Valentines, died in 1906 and the Council acquired the house in 1912. Since then, the mansion has been home to wartime refugees, a hospital, a public health centre, and a council housing department.

After standing empty for 15 years, Valentines has now been restored with Redbridge council and Heritage Lottery funds, and strong community support to create the historic but contemporary venue it is today.

Ghost hunting event photo Kelvedon Hatch Kelvedon Hatch

Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

The Bunker had three main lives. Initially as an RAF ROTOR Station and latterly a Regional Government Headquarters, with a brief period in the 1960's as a civil defence centre. There were also spare bunk beds in the tunnel, to help accommodate some of the hundreds of civilian and military personnel that would be stationed here in time of nuclear attack. The bunker was built on land requisitioned from the local farmer J.A.Parrish.

Paradoxically as the heat of the Cold War died down, the bunker and it's ancillary systems were no longer required by the Government, and were costing up to 3 million pounds a year to keep on standby. Upon decommissioning in 1992 the bunker was bought back from the government by the Parrish family, at a closed bid public auction, and hence is now privately owned.