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Location: Peterborough Museum
Aprox. year Built: 1500
The History -
In 1856, the Priestgate mansion was sold to the 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam, who allowed it to be used as the city’s first hospital, the Peterborough infirmary from 1857 until 1928. The building was altered after a fire in 1884, with wings being added on the side and an extension to the rear. The infirmary, run by a charitable trust, continued to outgrow the building, leading to the construction of a new hospital as a memorial to Peterborians killed in the First World War. Upon completion in 1928, the hospital was moved to this building, until recently part of the Peterborough District Hospital.
The former Infirmary building was acquired by Percy Malcolm Stewart, Chair of the London Brick Company, who donated it to the Museum Society. It was opened as a museum in 1931, with the art gallery added in 1939.
The Museum also has a darker side to its past, and is said to be the most haunted building in the city.
What a great building!! The first think that strikes you is the fact that it is in the middle of the town and quite well hidden. The fact that this started as a home or residence for some one is really unbelievable. Our night started with a history and ghost tour from the museum historian who pointed out what type of things had happened and where. This was very interesting and informative but some things think this put seeds in the bran to what might happen later. However it was good to have him available as he was able to confirm names etc that were picked up through out the night.
After the History tour we had the medium walk about. This through up some names and other information that we were able to confirm and some that we weren’t. For the investigation and the medium tour we started on the main stairs, These are grand stairs that go up the centre of the museum. The medium picked up on the spirit of a WW1 soldier Thomas that is know and been seen on occasions on the stairs. He also picked up on a lady in white that he felt was a nurse from the time that the museum was a hospital. I personally could feel a chill every once an a while on the stairs as if someone was rushing passed me.
On the first floor we went into the Geology Gallery, Here we had some activity on the K2 and the medium could pick up the presents of an old man that seemed to be in a night shirt and was acting crazy. He thought he was from the late 1800’s at which point the museum was a hospital but we were told that there was never a mental wing at the hospital. This spirit could have been earlier when the house was a private residence or a patient that had not been diagnosed with mental illness that should have been.
We moved on to the operating theatre, This seemed to effect half the group who felt uncomfortable in this room. The medium picked up on a doctor in here but said it was quite resent as there seemed to be lots of drugs and operating equipment with the spirit.
We than moved to the top floor and the back corridor. This is not open to the public and contains offices and the door to the back stairs. In the back stairs the medium picked up a few female spirits but he just got the feeling that these were nurses that seemed to be in a rush down the stairs as if they were fleeing a fire. Trying to rush people out the building. (Records show that there was a fire while the building was a hospital and while no one was injured the building was evacuated.)
Lastly we went to the cellar, Here he was picking up two spirits that didn’t seem to like people in the cellar. They seem to want to scare people away. While we did not feel much in here there was cool breezes felt by members of the group. Normally for a cellar that would just be normal but here the temperature as kept warm due to artefacts kept in there. There was also lots of electrical cables that while the reading for EMR (Electro Magnetic Radiation) were not high they were still picking up it up. This could affect K2’s later in he evening.
Vigil One First Floor -
As we had a lack of activity that we could see we decided to move to the Geology Gallery. As you will see from the video below we did have loads of activity in the board room with light anomalies and one big red light that we did not see with our naked eyes.
In the Geology Gallery we started with some Florissant balls. These need to be charged with light to start so they were placed on the table with a touch on them. As we waited we did some calling and wait. We noticed that one of the torches would flicker, so we started to use this to communicate with the spirit. The torch would flicker on request and would also go brighter on request. While this was happening a noise like a growl was heard by more than half the group at the other end of the Gallery. We sent half the team to investigate but they could not find any reason or thing that could have made the sound. The balls never moved!!!
We then decided to use the PS2 Spirit Box to try and get some more information about the spirit that was using the torch. This gave us the name Isobel and Philip. We also thing that the age given for Isobel was 14. Watch the video below and decide for yourself. On reviewing the video I also heard a bang and directly after the spirit box said “Peddle”. Some of he group at the time thought it said “Nevel” but again I will let you decide. Personally I think it is saying peddle as it has just dropped or thrown one that we did not hear at the time.
Vigil Two Back Stairs -
Vigil Three Cellar -
We asked for any spirits to make themselves know by knocking, touching or saying something to one of us. Nothing happened. We did have some more activity on the K2 that was being held by a member of the group but again this could be electrical current that it was picking up.
Vigil Four The Back Stairs -
On this last vigil again with the medium he picked up two spirits, Margaret was with us again and a new spirit called Edward. We started talking to Margaret but she was not to forthcoming with answers so we turn our attentions to Edward. Gunner Edward King (Artillery) was part of 1DIv in the first World War. Is all that we could get out of him. It also seems that he was not killed in the war, but was injured and sent back to Peterborough when it was a Hospital. He seemed to just pop in and visit from time to time as he had some good friends there.
Some of the investigators that were towards the top of the stairs heard foot steps coming from the other side of the door that leads to the office corridor on the top floor. On investigation they could not find anyone in the area that could have made them and as the rest of the group where down in the cellar and we could account for the location of everyone we would have to put these down as paranormal as we have no explanation to what made them.
Towards the end of the vigil with Gunner King being quite rude toward myself as I was also a serving soldier with a higher rank he did not like that but seemed to want to play. We had placed a K2 meter on the end of the banister. It was logged in and not able to slip off the banister without help. The K2 suddenly went flying across the room, no one was touching the banister or was close to the K2 when it flew off. We replaced the K2 to where it had been and tried to get it to do it again by shaking the banister. It did not move. A few minutes later some one heard voices in the room behind the door again. I had already placed a digital recorder in the floor at the bottom of the door, Click sound click below to hear recording. Myself and another investigator both put our ears to the door to see if we too could hear the voices on the other side. We heard no voices but there was a big knock on the door like it had been hit by a hand with a ring on. Both of us said a few rude words as this made us both jump. I think it also make everyone else jump too. This was a great end to the night.
If you get the chance I would recommend doing an investigation at the Peterborough Museum, we join Fright Nights Cambs on this investigation and it was a very well run and organised event. Check them out as we will be using them again. We have more video evidence from this investigation that we will post here as soon as we have edited it done from the three and half hours that it currently is.