Moseley Old Hall
Moseley Old Hall in Wolverhampton is an atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse with connections to King Charles II, who took refuge here from Oliver Cromwells troops following the battle of Worcester in 1651.
Steeped in history and intrigue we decided to pay the hall a visit.
We began whilst it was still just light, by entering the kitchen which is home to a large inglenook fireplace with range, where it is reported that the ghost of the houses old cook has been seen by staff and visitors.
As the team gathered we spent roughly 30 minutes checking equipment and deciding on a plan of action.
We heard faint footsteps out in the hallway leading towards a narrow, steep staircase. 3 crew members reported hearing these footsteps at the same time. Excited, we followed where we thought the steps had came from. As we left the kitchen and turned into the hallway, my Husband saw a shadow out of the corner of his eye, to his right, dart past and head upstairs. I felt a cool rush of air at the same time although I didn't see a figure or shadow. Things were already very active it seemed, and we were eager to experience more............
Once at the top of the staircase, we all paused for a moment, as the silence was almost deafening. It seemed unnaturally quiet and I had a ringing in my ears. There was a lot of anticipation, but once in the Kings bedchamber, everyone agreed it actually felt quite calm, and we recorded nothing of significance, despite stories of a dark figure been seen next to the portrait on several occasions, by both staff and visitors to the property.
We made our way out of the Kings bedchamber and into a smaller bedroom. It was very dark in the room, and almost as soon as we entered 2 members of the crew suddenly both said they'd seen a blue light move upwards towards the ceiling. It moved quickly inbetween 2 candles. We took a few shots without flash and did appear to capture this 'light' as it passed again.
This is what I took, unfortunately without the flash (you are not allowed to use a flash in this room due to the fragile nature of the tapestries etc) You can see the faint outline of the 2 small candles and then the blue light shooting upwards. There is nothing reflective in this area, and later photographs do not show this blue effect, so for us it's interesting.
Moving on, we heard something like a stone falling across the other side of the room and out of the far doorway. When we moved on to investigate we found the priest hole in which King Charles would have hidden. Again as we stood there, the sound of a stone, pebble or small object falling. In this area I was able to use the flash, so did but captured nothing.
Next we ascended the next flight of stairs and made our way up into the attic of the building. This is where things got a bit more creepy. In the rafters of this old house there lies hidden a small, humble chapel. Again flash photography is not allowed as the hand painted murals on the walls and ceiling are very delicate. They had however allowed us to set up a dim light in the corner.
Our medium Hazel felt very uncomfortable in this room and described it as oppressive.
We heard a few noises that we couldn't explain while sat in this room, but overall we have to say we found Moseley Old Hall to be atmospheric, but not particularly active. At least not when we visited!
We'd still recommend a visit to anyone as it has a wonderful history...and you never know, you may be lucky enough to see the ghost of the King!