Old Shrewsbury Abbey infirmary & Queen Anne house, paranormal investigation
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Saturday 23 February 2019
9pm to 2am
Join Paranormal Friends as we search again for paranormal activity at the Old Infirmary of Shrewsbury Abbey and Queen Anne house, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH.
The site encompasses a restored medieval building known as the Old Infirmary and a 1730s building known as the Queen Anne House, as well as gardens, including a herb garden established when the site was the Shrewsbury Quest.
The Shropshire Wildlife Trust now has its main offices and visitor centre here.
We held the first ever public investigation of this historic location early in 2016 and have made a number of follow-up investigations. We were very encouraged by the activity we encountered on each occasion and considering the historic nature of the buildings and site, dating back to around 1150 what more will we discover when we return again now the Spirits that seem to “reside” there know more about how to communicate with us?
Members of staff have reported a feeling of being watched, especially when working in the building at night and there are sometimes unexplained noises too.
In preparation for the first investigation our co-founder, Chris, had the opportunity for a night-time walk around with the site manager and what a walk around that was.
There is paranormal activity being reported and, he believes, he experienced some that night too!
Immediately before Christmas 2015, one night the site manager had done the usual lock up and all was tidy. She was the first one in the next morning and a chair had been moved from under a table and was facing the wall in a particular corner. Nobody had been in the building to do this.
The unexplained noises seem to be increasing as do the corner of the eye sightings too!
On our inspection they walked around with a K2 meter and a Mel meter to check base readings and throughout the K2 was on 1 green light and not fluctuating and the Mel Meter reading from 0 to 0.2.
Well, except for 2 areas!
The first was the area where the chair had been moved where, on request, the K2 spiked to yellow, 3 lights and the Mel Meter went to 3.5! Impressive under these circumstances.
On moving to the next room, and generally chatting about the Spirit world, things started to take off!
The K2 was going to 4 lights, orange, on request and the Mel Meter to 5.5!
The thing is, every time they thanked Spirit and went to leave, the spiking on both pieces of kit increased.
In another room they even had knocking responses on request and footsteps from the room above, which was vacant!
It is more likely that in monastic times the “Old Infirmary” was a combined warehouse and visitors’ hostel fronting a branch of the River Severn which flowed up to its walls.
It was built next to a branch of the river Severn, but by Tudor times this was silting up, the Abbey was closed, and the building was in industrial and residential use.
It was once used by pilgrims visiting Shrewsbury Abbey. There’s even an archway that is believed to mark the navigation channel to the nearby River Severn and several stained glass windows, old arches and fireplaces etc.
Prior to restoration some years ago it was also used as a builder’s yard and carpenter’s shop.
It is understood that in the last century, the Queen Anne house was used as a type of communal home for elderly ladies and more recently was used by the Late Hilda Murrell for her many writings.
In 1984 Hilda Murrell, a 78-year-old distinguished rose-grower turned anti-nuclear campaigner and co-founder of Shropshire Conservation Trust, was found brutally murdered outside her home town of Shrewsbury. The case became one of the biggest, most bizarre and baffling British murders of the 20th century involving political conspiracies surrounding the nuclear industry and the Falklands War.
After a cold case review, in 2005 Andrew George, who was a 16-year-old petty thief from a foster home, was convicted. In 2011, Hilda’s nephew, former British Navy Commander Robert Green, published his book ‘A Thorn In Their Side‘, about his pursuit of the truth, in which he revealed fresh evidence which almost certainly would acquit George.
(Find out more about the Trust by visiting their website www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk )
The aim is to use a combination of Spiritual and scientific methods of investigation and you are free to choose whether you take part in any, or all, as you wish.
These usually include; Victorian style Séances, Table tipping experiments, Glass divination, K2 Meters, Spirit/Ghost/Frank’s box, Rempod, Laser grid lights, sound enhancers, pendulum, human pendulum, divining rods, trigger objects, digital voice recorder, photography and of course, your own senses, the original investigation equipment!
Please feel free to bring your own investigation equipment and certainly a torch.
Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided on the night.
You may bring your own additional refreshments if you wish but, of course, no alcohol.
The Old Infirmary of Shrewsbury Abbey and Queen Anne house, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH.
Saturday 23 February 2019
Starting at 9pm and concluding at 2am (Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to start time)
Car parking: Conveniently situated adjacent in the large Abbey Foregate Car Park which is free at night.
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