Monday, May 01, 2006

So far, we've survived!

With the second tour now tucked firmly beneath our belts, the first ghost tour season is now well under way.

Our first tour was less "lively" than anticipated - partly due to a small group of participants who were under the impression that they were on the Ghost Train at Barry Island, and kept up a background cacophony of "OooooHooo!"s and hysterical laughter throughout, so that atmosphere was somewhat lacking! Anything subtler that a full blown Poltergeist-style furniture whirlwind would probably have gone unremarked.

Our dowsing experiment continues in the attics unabated, however. (See pic above). For four years we've been setting the public loose in the attic with dowsing rods, and recording what they find on a chart in the Architect's Office (see pic with Orbs). I give them a brief demonstration of how to use them in the pursuit of "spirit traces", or "place memories", or "psychic recordings", or "ghosts" however they choose to think of it, and the results are very intriguing. There are about 12 key points in the attic that are found every time, and are connected with spirits that have been identified by people with mediumistic abilities that have attended the tour.

The cast list of the "differently alive" that can be found in the attic include:

  • A young man, slightly the worse for drink.
  • A middle-aged lady with breathing trouble.
  • Two male presences in the Architect's Office (possibly the footmen's sitting room - see Load of Orbs 2).
  • A depressed female presence in the bathroom (with accompanying cold spot)
  • A middle-aged Victorian gentleman, (with a curly moustache) who resents us being there.

It would be easy to dismiss this as a load of bunkum if it weren't for the fact that people, many of whom have never dowsed in their lives before, keep finding them! True to form, they were all present last Friday (though the previous Friday, the "spot" in the bathroom was tracked leaving the room, and heading down the corridor!).

We let people keep the dowsing rods with them when we carry on through the house, but we've not recorded the results (so far), and there are many occasions when you spot the rods crossing out of the corner of the eye.

New Sam (a new guide also called Samantha) reported a seeing a young girl in the Master's bedroom, holding the rods out in front of her with some alarm as they lashed around like a Dalek's arms!

"Quick! Take them! Take them!" she cried to her mother.

"I'm not having them!", her mother replied, taking a hasty step backwards.

Needless to say, she was standing directly beneath the portrait of John Morgan - well done, that man!


Anonymous Sam said...

Hey Goff, that tour was great, truth be told I was a bit nervous my car might not start afterwards...
How have the others gone?

11:53 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Goff Morgan said...

They've been rather good, so far. I've been waiting to get a copy of a digital photo with a few orbs in it, that a guy on the tour took on 5/5/06, before updating the site.

I hope it turns up! They were in the attic bathroom where The Grey Lady is supposed to linger.

4:39 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger clunk said...

Hi does any one know of a young boy wearing a type of tunic. A friend recently got married in Tredegar house and we have a photo of a young boy standing next to the happy couple as they are getting married

3:14 PM, January 09, 2011  
Blogger Goff Morgan said...

I haven't heard of such a "person" appearing so far. In what area of the house was you friend's photo taken? What sort of age was the boy, and what was the tunic like; we have some idea of the livery that the servants wore, so could let you know if it matches. If you have a copy of the photo could you mail it to me at Tredegar House, Tredegar House and Country Park, Newport, Gwent, and I'll happily have a look at it. Thanks!

8:22 PM, January 09, 2011  

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