Ancient Ram Inn (Wooton-Under-Edge, Glouc)
The Ram is situated in Wotton-under-edge near Gloucestershire
and from the outside looks like any old cottage but when you
step across the threshold into the interior you swept back
in time. John Humphries the present owner brought the property
back in 1968 when it was a run down ruin from the brewery
that used to run it as a pub. He has single handed restored
it to its present condition, and has resisted the efforts
of government groups trying compulsory purchase to knock down
this historic building so they can widen a road It is believed
to have been built in 1145 and is well know for housing the
stonemasons that built the nearby church. Old plans show that
the building was once much larger than it is now, and it is
believed that it was used a "church house" this
would be similar in today's terms to a community centre. At
some point it was converted into a public house and the last
pint was pulled a few years before John purchased the property.
In between these times it was also used to house the various
priests that held sway at the church, John has been told by
a diviner that there is tunnel running from the house to the
church. The diviners have also told john that at least two
murders have taken place in the building, (a cavalier and
young woman called Elizabeth who is supposed to be buried
under the bar in a blocked cellar); he has also been told
that the house is built on an ancient pagan site where many
human sacrifices have taken place. The bodies are believed
to be buried on the property in a circle resembling a henge.
There have been sightings of a large black cat in the Beaufort
Room and the Bishops Room, the most haunted room, has been
the site of devil worship. At the top of the house is the
Weavers Attic where John tells me a young woman was murdered.
The house was also used by several highway men. Possibly the
last two that ever lived!! In one of the downstairs rooms
there is an open grave and also what is believed to oldest
remaining window in the country.
1 x Digital Video Camera
2 x Analog Video Cameras
4 x Digital Still Cameras
2 x 35mm Still Cameras
4 x Dictaphones
1 x EMF Meter
16th November 2002
The team began arriving around 6 pm as arranged and first
impressions and a few preliminary pictures were taken. When
the rest of the team arrived sometime around 8pm 2 hours late
after getting lost on the way John Humphries took most of
the group on a tour of the property, while Mike Driscoll stayed
with our medium for the night Andrew Garley to ensure that
he didn't hear anything or see anything that could influence
him later on. Below are a copy of the notes taken during the
Girls in middle of room. Kept awake for years by banging on
windows and door slamming. 3 diviners were brought in 1 by
1 and all confirmed a well in middle of floor with 2 bodies
in it and 1 evil spirit. Made crude crucifix to lay and spot
and that seems to have stopped the noises from the window
and the door. Still bothered by loud banging on bedroom trapdoor
hatch. (John's brother was thought to be responsible, but
is now quiet after spirit was moved on). John shows a post
dug up by architects that is believed to be 7000 years old!!!
(This room is now used by john as a kind of living room, and
area where he entertains guests). Activity (strange lights)
in corner by door. 18 year old gent thrown to floor and John
flung and pinned against wall. Curtains that john use to divide
the room in winter are pinned together, they are often ripped
apart and "Incubus" comes through to the door (seen
as a black shadow). A man and his son come for the tour and
where watching John's video of happenings (John was outside)
both ran screaming from the building saying they had seen
a ghost rising from the floor. There is a window frame in
this room now backed by a mirror that is believed to be possibly
the oldest remaining wooden frame in the country.
THE MENS KITCHEN
It is in this room that the ancient grave is located. Secret
tunnel believed to run from this room to the church. Shards
of metal excavated from the grave have been confirmed by Bristol
museum as a dagger possibly used in ritual sacrifice! Equipment
trouble in this is common.
Since students started to dig here looking for the hidden
cellar sounds of a baby crying have been heard coming from
this spot. John showed us a picture taken by some else that
showed the possible face of a presence taken at this spot.
DRINK SERVING AREA
Possible apparirition seen and associated with a cold spot.
Clawing sounds as of a large dog have been heard on the door
(no longer there). John goes on to tell a story about reading
the bible and the incubus feeling up his legs. Bottom of stairs
a bad presence is often felt.
People are often thrown up the stairs (on a personal note
here I have been pushed by something here 3 times, although
the push was downwards and not up).
THE WITCHES ROOM
Witch appears by the bed. Little girl is seen from the outside
waving to passers by.
Grandfather clock has been pictured with a face in it. (The
picture and others can be seen
here ) Ghost seen to
appear by the door to the Bishops Room. When door is banged
3 times with Shepard's crook and the question "is anyone
there?" is asked sometimes the door shakes and bangs
violently. A visiting medium came to this door and told john
to clear the corridor he was then picked up and thrown the
length of the corridor.
Dogs have been known to attack their owners in this room.
Fireplace in this room blocked for 200 years. When it was
opened a little round block of wood was found along with a
very small horse shoe. These objects have been confirmed as
the type used in devil worship and black magic. Creaming has
been heard by some mediums possibly some one killed in the
fire. The ghost of a cavalier is seen in here, also a lady
strangled, a Shepard and his dog, 2 nuns and the incubus.
Orbs often seen and photographed here Nora Fosmin was killed
CAROLE ANNES ROOM
Cabinet flew across room (full account on the ram web site)
Scratch marks are builder's marks. Once this had been completed
Andre commenced his first walk through of the building to
see what impressions he could pick up. Below are a copy of
the notes taken during this time. I must apologies at this
time if these notes are a little disjointed. They were made
as a back up the video record that I have yet to see. Bearing
this in mind it may not be a wholly accurate account and may
have details missing. It will be updated once I have had a
chance to review the video;
Soldiers in uniform-murder, man hung by feet, throat cut and
bleed to death. Someone up and downstairs but not often. Stocky
male (ghost form) leaves through window, may have been a door
at sometime. He is visiting a grave was related to victim.
Visit history-someone noble man and woman well dressed.
Presence felt-gentleman jailer or executioner? Bald head.
Man of justice, or the cloth. Very stern wasn't averse to
giving someone a good hiding, sinister looking and very bitter.
Shoves people. Andy felt tug on hair. By fireplace. Old men
sitting with clay pipes, negative planning and plotting death,
over throwing someone of power.
ROOM BY STAIRS (DOWN)
Corner dark strong sense very cold.
Lady in long dress walking up stairs
Heart pounding shortness of breath. Murders. Lady long dress,
dark maroon colour, bonnet on head back at an angle. Visiting?
Connected to house sister of somebody name of M. Melissa?
Very very strong impression of 2 male presences. Andy's head
being touched A stern man and slightly younger. Very very
cold. Andy's legs are shaky Man- shouting at a woman and holding
her by the throat. Vicious beating her uncoucious (she died
from this?) "How dare you come into my room? Who do you
think you are?" Name John? Has contempt of women, not
worthy of his time, aggressive childhood? Man lived here,
sitting at writing desk. Fight between religions. Old woman,
scarf, small, thin going in and out of each room in turn.
Part of the family (loud knocking heard at this point) taking
care of rooms, not a maid.
OPPOSITE BISHOPS ROOM
Bodies laid out possibly plague.
People locked in, not personal. Scared of something. Woman
and a young girl, a boy around 12-13 years old. Woman and
young girl, waiting to die. Man from bishop's room has colleagues
CAROL ANNES ROOM
Andy's legs are quivering again Women have been here a long
time, not only murdered, face was gouged out or burnt. Andy
feels like he is being stabbed in the back.
Nothing happy or positive in the entire building. All doom
and gloom, terror, murders and persecution. Feeling of not
being welcome. We regrouped in the stable area and split into
2 teams. Before the night proper could get going two of the
team walked through the building to get some baseline tests.
This proved to be pointless as almost the whole building was
buzzing with EMF activity. Notes were made of the hotspots
of activity as well as explainable area's of activity such
as fuse boards ect. The teams split and went into the two
rooms we had decided to hold our first vigils in. on the way
up to the second floor a Dictaphone was set to record under
the stairs where the sound of a baby crying had been reported.
Team one consisted of Mike Driscoll, Ray Matthews and Andrew
Garley. Team two consisted of Scott Badger, Claire Nicholas,
Richard Reynolds and Kris West. John accompanied team one
into the Bishops room and team two made themselves comfortable
in the Witches room. After 30 mins the teams switched locations.
The team entered the room and had a quick look around. Mike
swept the room with the Emf meter and found a large anomaly
over one of the beds, so it was decided that we would try
the dowsing rods. Both Mike and Ray tried using them both
having the same result of the rods crossing over on part of
the central bed. Andrew made himself comfortable in a chair
by the door, so did John on the opposite side of the door.
The lights were switched off and the team sat quietly for
a while. There was a small amount of light coming into the
room from above the closed door. Ray reported seeing what
he described as the tip of a cats tail moving across the bed
nearest the window. As we had a Dictaphone running in the
room Andrew was asked to try asking some questions of the
spirits to see if we could get any EVP responses. During his
questions Andrew asked if anyone could indicate what year
it was. To our surprise we got what seems to be response.
(click here for EVP page). Andrew got up and started move
around the room giving us impressions he was picking up, these
are much the same as in his walk through earlier in the night.
On several occasions he reported being pushed and was observed
by all in the room rocking back on his heels as if he had
indeed been pushed. The video was running on infrared at all
times in the room and what were thought to be floating orbs
where captured over the bed. On further investigation of the
tapes all but one can be ruled out as moths or insects, (wing
beats can be seen in a frame by frame analysis). The one "orb"
that can't be dismissed as an insect can be seen by clicking
here ). As can be seen in the clip the object moves really
fast from one side of the shot to the other. In a frame by
frame analysis the object appears to be at least 8 inches
long in a single frame! At this time we can not explain what
At the end of the 30 minutes John treated us to his "door
knocking" show. All members of the team gathered in the
bishops room, John lit a candle, picked up his crook and left
the room turning out all lights in the process. Starting from
the Witches room at the opposite end of the corridor John
walked the length of the corridor banging his crook on the
floor. When he reached the door of the Bishops room he knocked
3 times and intoned the question "is any one there?"
he repeated this 3 times and then opened the door and entered
the room walked the length of the room turned and left hitting
the floor all the way. It has been reported that this has
in the past caused apparitions to appear in the room and also
the doorway. On this occasion however, although great drama,
it produced no results. Scott had a go at recreating the ritual
and again produced no results. Full marks to Scott on his
sense of drama though!
John retired for the night at this point and the team had
a short break outside.
Once again the team spilt into its separate parts and changed
locations in the rooms upstairs.
Team one entering the witches room for what was about to be
a very interesting experience! We decided to sit quietly for
a while and take no pictures so as to "soak up"
the atmosphere. No sounds of any importance were heard during
this time so we agreed to try an experiment with Andrew attempting
to call the spirits to him in the room while Ray and Mike
took digital pictures to see if we could capture any orbs
to order or indeed an apparition. Unfortunately no apparitions.
However orbs were caught in almost every picture, some if
not most of these have to be written off to dust in the room
but two pictures stick out in this experiment. Taken seconds
apart by two different cameras. Shot one shows an orb on one
side Andrews chest, shot two shows what appears to be the
same orb on the other side of Andrews's chest. The circumstances
that these pictures where taken add weight to the spirit orb
intelligence theory, i.e. appearing on request and taken by
separate cameras appearing to move between shots. The pictures
can by seen by clicking here . We once again sat quietly for
a short time and then Andrew informed us of the presence of
a small girl in the room. Ray tried to get to her to appear
in a photo for us but to no avail. After a short time Andrew
informed us that he managed to "bring the light down
to move the child on". He told us it had been hard work
and he had indeed been thwarted on a previous attempt, but
had been successful this time, he told us she was happy to
go and that a nun like figure had come to "to take her
Mike was by now standing in the corner of the room furthest
from the door, ray was stood by the door and Andrew moved
to somewhere in-between. All three of us noticed a sudden
drop in temperature. Ray informed us he was about to take
a flash picture. Just after the flash Mike said "I just
saw someone beside me but when I reached to see who it was
there was no one there". Second's later ray asked Andrew
if he had walked in front of him, the answer came back no
he hadn't moved. Ray told us he had seen someone walk in front
of him towards the front of the building; he later confirmed
that the voices (Mike and Andrews) came from the other side
of the room. It seems that both Ray and Mike had possibly
seen an apparition! All three people in the room reported
a feeling of menace and the Emf meter once again went off
the scale! A cold spot was also located in front of mike.
The light was turned on and a line of Emf activity was traced
across the room. The line appeared to gain strength towards
the ceiling so we went into the attic to see if we could find
it up there. The atmosphere was again very threatening in
the attic and Emf activity was off the scale. As the end of
the scheduled 30 mins was Mike asked two members from team
two go up in the attic and see what they thought. Scott and
Richard went up and after a few minutes came back down to
report that the Emf meter was going off the scale, they didn't
however register any bad feelings.
Scotty, Richard, Claire and Kris entered the Witches room,
after a quick look round at the marvellous room we settled
into various places, after we had got our bearings we switched
off the lights, the room takes on a very different persona
when the lights are switched off - the atmosphere becomes
heavier - this may be down to the stories surrounding the
building and room. Several pictures were taken within the
30 min vigil, but as far as we know nothing was captured apart
from the usual orbs, most of which can be explained away by
dust in the air or fibres on the curtains. We then switched
rooms with Team One and preceded to the Bishops room, the
bishops room comes with a lot of history so expectancy was
very high on my part, as before we acquainted ourselves with
the layout and decided we would try doing some dowsing - Claire
took the rods and started a full sweep of the room, we had
a crossing of the rods at the fire place, this was tried twice
more with the same results from Claire, we also had a crossing
of the rods at the picture of the old man's head - Kris then
had a dowsing session, her results were similar to Claire's
with a crossing at the picture and at the fire place. Richards
turn resulted in a crossing at the fire place and I could
only manage a closeness of the rods near the old man's head
picture, we then switched the lights of again and took several
Mike came down from the loft area and requested that me and
Richard go and see if we could see or sense anything - I've
had the use of the same EMF meter of Mike's on other investigations
and have never seen it be virtually off the scale near enough
all the time, no matter where we moved the meter in the loft
the readings were very high, we returned downstairs to report
the EMF readings, but nothing was felt by me or Richard.
We regrouped once more and decided it was time to set up a
couple of controlled experiments. In the Bishops room we set
up a crucifix on a piece of paper with the outline clearly
marked. A night vision camera was set up to "watch"
the cross making sure the whole area was covered as well as
a good amount of empty space around the experiment so we could
see if any body tampered with the cross or the paper just
in case it moved. After asking any spirits in the room to
move the cross for us we turned out the lights and shut the
door on the way out leaving a Dictaphone running in the room
as a back up to the video cameras sound recording. In the
witch's room Scotty had set his camera looking towards the
bed were he stood a cassette case on end just in case he could
also capture any movement. After setting another Dictaphone
running in the room the door was shut and we set up another
couple of Dictaphones in strategic areas around the house
and went outside so we would not disturb any possible results
we gained. We returned to the rooms after an hour but alas
no movement. So we set up the 35mm camera on tripod and turned
off the lights once more to take some long exposure shots.
The reasoning behind this is simple. IF orbs exist and IF
they are self illuminating and IF they move we should at some
point be able to capture them moving across the shot. As a
further twist to the experiment we introduced Andrew into
the equation to try once again calling the spirits into the
shot. I have not as yet had the film developed so results
are pending on this one. It had been noted that all the activity
seemed to be around Team One.
It was speculated that maybe Andrew had been the catalyst
attracting the spirits to him, so Team Two were sent off to
the witch's room for a second time, but with the medium in
tow. Apart from a strong smell of perfume noticed upon entering
the room nothing else happened. Andrew told the team that
the spirits seemed to have drawn away for the time being.
Whilst this was happening Mike and Ray re-entered the Bishops
room to try a question and answer session with a Dictaphone
to try and gain some insight into who might have been haunting
the premises. No tangible results were gained. We packed up
and left the property locked up as arranged. The entire group
moved to the front of the building for some group shots before
leaving for home. Once this was done I remembered that I had
got no pictures of the windows, so I returned to the drive
way to get some. The pictures I took had two of the most interesting
of the night (click Here to view the Ram's Photo's Page) in
the first is some sort of fog or mist I was not smoking at
the time! In the second there is a possible face in the upper
most window this could be a trick of the light but it looks
like a face to me.
So is this The Ancient Ram Inn haunted?
That is a very difficult question to answer as I have no wish
to give a definite positive answer on the back of the meagre
evidence we gathered on the night, neither do I wish to say
no it isn't! I can say this however, of the places that I
myself and indeed the team on the night have visited in the
past that have a reputation for being haunted, this place
is by far the most convincing seen to this date. UK Paranormal.
I don't as rule do this but I feel it's relevant this time.
So on a personal note I would like add something. I have visited
the Ram now on two separate occasions, once with my wife to
do a recce and once with the team. On both visit's I have
been pushed by something unseen on the stairs, quite an unnerving
experience I can tell you. Also since we visited the Ram I
noticed that I had left my note book behind. After speaking
to the team members who were there on the night I ascertained
that none of them had picked it up by mistake. Several members
remember me putting it down next to my briefcase near the
front door of the property. I phoned john to see if he had
found it. He told me he had indeed found a black note book
on the landing on the first floor! I was the last to leave
the building to make sure all was locked up so I know no one
went back in and moved it. So how did it get from the front
door through three rooms and up the stairs?
Fast Moving Object - 105kb Download
Unexplained Fast Moving Object
- (Slowmo Version) - 456kb Download
Note: Both files
are encoded using Divx 5.0.2 codec.
Get it here.
when Andrew Garley(Medium) asked what year it was
- 146kb Download (Please note that the respose is near the
end of the recording )
- Shards of Ancient Dagger
- Sounds of a Childs crying are heard from this spot
-Staircase where Mike was pushed
- The Bishops Room
- taken outside at the end of the
no one was smoking at the time
- The Team outside the Ram
- UnExplaned Mist in the Attic -
As mentioned previously I had left my note book behind when
we left the Ram, and as this had some important things in
it I decided to return and pick it up. So after speaking with
John the owner on the phone my wife and I did indeed return
to this fantastic building for our third visit.
John met us at the front door and ushered us inside. He was
soon telling us about the things that had happened since our
vigil there. Things had been moving around unaided and on
one occasion as he was showing some visitors around a large
black shadow had been seen moving between John and his visitors
in the Witches room at exactly the same spot as my self and
Ray had seen our apparition during the night. This time however
it had appeared in broad daylight!!!
Once John had finished updating us on the activity I decided
to have a look around. I had brought my EMF meter and digital
camera along, so began by doing a sweep of the building looking
for EMF activity, and was surprised by the lack of anything
of note, bearing in mind that when we had held our over night
investigation at the property the meter was reading of the
scale in almost every room, in fact the building had taken
on a different feeling altogether, gone was the menace and
had been replaced by the feeling that any empty building has.
That was until I went up the stairs to the weavers attic,
the whole place was cold but up in the attic it was noticeably
colder by far, I turned right into the part of the attic that
had been used as the children's bedroom and as I approached
the window my EMF meter started to shriek and was reading
around 7 milligauss. I backed up about 2 steps and the meter
stopped shrieking as the reading dropped back to 0. The meter
soon began to climb again and I stepped back towards the window,
as I did so the reading shot back up to 7 millgauss, a further
step and it dropped back to 0. I was now standing where a
moment ago I had been getting a reading of 7 and the meter
was now showing zero, it seemed that whatever was causing
the reading was on the move. I tracked the anomaly across
the room and into the main attic area taking pictures with
my digital camera as I went, most of the resulting pictures
show nothing unusual, apart from one. This shows a white mist
in the roof area, again no one was smoking, there were no
fires lit in the building and there was no weather related
mist or fog. I am at a loss as to what this mist is unless
it is paranormal in nature.
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