Location type: Old Picture House & Haunted Museum
Type of Haunting: Both residual & intelligent
Do you dare investigate an entire haunted museum filled with creepy objects? Some say these items each have a spirit attachment of their own, others believe it's the old picture house that is haunted. Either way this location plays host to several known entities including the tall shadow man and the lady in white. Join MJ Dickson for a night of investigating - learn new experiments and techniques. As seen on Sky Pick TV 'Paranormal Captured' .
At 6pm on the 10th June 1929, the 721-seater ‘Majestic Cinema’ was opened by Alderman John Farr, the sheriff of Nottingham, built on the grounds of Nottingham borough mental asylum which was designed by Alfred Thraves. The cinema was known as the place to be around town but even back then there were reports of a ghostly apparition which is said to haunt the ticket office area. On the 7th December 1957 the cinema closed its doors. The building consists of the original cinema and projection room plus various other rooms.
The location changed hands over 2 decades until it finally sat vacant for over 12 years as nature slowly began to claim the building. Marie and Steve Wesson, the current owners of the Haunted Museum, had been searching for a building to house their extensive collection of allegedly haunted items and in 2018 they began restoring the Old Picture House to its former glory… with a spooky twist.
Spreading over 4 floors and boasting over 20 rooms, this was the largest project the couple had ever undertaken. During the restoration the owners and workers experienced some truly strange phenomena. From hearing voices to scratching sounds, loud bangs equipment moving on its own as well as witnessing full-bodied apparitions, there is definitely something sinister which has made a home for itself in this mysterious museum.
The Haunted Museum is now open to the public for daytime tours, it is not unusual for the items to move around on their own. Several paranormal investigators have been pushed, heard growls and even seen apparitions, could these be the spirits of those who were locked away in the Mental Asylum still haunting these grounds? MJ is no stranger to this location, join her as she attempts to communicate with the many spirits said to linger within its walls.
THE GHOSTS OF THE OLD PICTURE HOUSE & HAUNTED MUSEUM:
According to the Museum owners they have a few resident spirits within the building:
THE MAN IN THE ATTIC: A former cinema caretaker is said to haunt the attic where he used to live on site during the glory days of the Majestic Old Picture House. He is not fond of people invading his area and many will feel a very ominous presence or have unseen hands grab them while on their tour. He allegedly committed suicide in the building however there are no records to prove this.
THE LADY IN WHITE: An apparition of a young lady, who the museum staff have named ‘Jess’, wanders around the auditorium sobbing and reaching out towards unsuspecting visitors. She has been seen on numerous occasions by the staff and visitors throughout the day and night. ‘Jess’ allegedly told a psychic that she was murdered by a man who’s spirit still resides at the museum.
Legend has it that he murdered her out of jealousy because she loved another, he was infatuated with her and if he couldn’t have her… then no one could.
THE SHADOW MAN: There is a dark shadow man who also resides in the auditorium, this is said to be the man that murdered ‘Jess’, he has been seen running at people from the corner near the screen.
THE OLD TICKET MASTER: Yet another of the Majestic Cinemas employees who is often seen walking from the ticket booth to the office and on occasions been seen looking around the corner of the cellar checking what the staff are up to. Although, this particular spirit seems harmless and somewhat friendly.
These spirits are said to haunt the building but who haunts the hundreds of objects within its walls? Come find out! Get your ticket and join MJ for a night of paranormal investigating that you will never forget.
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Location type: Old Nuclear Bunker / Tunnels
Type of Haunting: Residual, intelligent & elemental
The Drakelow Tunnels are maze of pitch black, underground tunnels which span over 285,000 square feet. They were constructed as part of the Ministry of Aircrafts Shadow Factory Scheme for use by Rover in WWII and were primarily used as storage and workshops. After the War, the Government took the building and prepared it as a Nuclear Bunker for use during the Cold War, with new rooms and equipment designed to house local & National Government officials, plus armed forces and medical teams. Thankfully the war ended, and the bunker was sold off in the early 1990s.
The tunnels contained dormitories, storage areas, workshops, electrical equipment, toilets, offices, a BBC studio, a GPO Telephones communications facility and other facilities. During the 1950s and the growing Cold War, the site was initially used by the Ministry of Supply for storage.
Around 1958 part of the site was developed by the Home Office as a Regional Seat of Government (RSG9). It was publicly exposed in a demonstration held there by the West Midlands Committee of 100 in the summer of 1963. Under later Home Defense schemes the bunker was designated a Sub-Regional Control (SRC), Sub-Regional Headquarters (SRHQ) and finally Regional Government Headquarters (RGHQ).
he current owners and visitors alike, have witnessed several unexplained occurrences within the complex. As with most MoD disposals, the history and what went on at their sites remain classified or is still under the Official Secrets Act. When Drakelow was disposed of, no history of the complex was given to the current owners. It is only through research and former workers who are coming forward that information has come to light, although there are still huge gaps in its history. Whether or not the MoD experienced strange events at Drakelow is unknown, and even if they did, they would never disclose it.
DEATHS AT DRAKELOW
The site was greatly modernized in the early 1980s, only a small portion of the site was designated for use. New blast doors were fitted in place of the previous wooden factory doors and the interior of the site was refurbished in the areas forward of tunnel 4.
In 1990 there was a plan to move the RGHQ to a much smaller bunker, formerly used by UKWMO, at Lawford Heath near Rugby. In the end this never happened, and the Drakelow site was decommissioned and sold in around 1993.
During the construction of Drakelow Tunnels several tragic accidents occurred, resulting in the deaths of six men and one woman. The first and most traumatic series of deaths occurred on the 31st October 1941, as a roof collapsed in Tunnel 1, this is documented in Rover's archives. Whilst blasting in Tunnel 1, the roof suddenly caved in without warning, Mr Harry Depper and two of his colleagues who were working in the tunnel were crushed to death by the falling rock. Mr Depper was buried in a local cemetery on the 5th November 1941, sadly the names of his two colleagues are not known.
The fourth death at Drakelow was that of Mrs Mary Ann Brettel, who was accidently hit by one John Cochrane & Sons dump trucks whilst outside the complex, she later died of shock. The last three death's at Drakelow were unfortunately down to sheer bad luck. To make excavation of the tunnels more effective, conveyor belts were installed to remove the loose rock caused by blasting. After a hard day of working the tunnels, two of the construction workers decided to ride on top of the conveyor, before they reached the end, they became entangled in the machinery which mangled them to death.
The last known death to occur at Drakelow was that of Mr. Eric Harold Newman, Mr. Newman was the Security Officer for Goods In & Out. Whilst leaving the complex one evening on his motorbike, he was accidently struck down by Mr. Wilkes, the coach driver who used to bring in the workers each day to Drakelow.
GHOSTS OF DRAKELOW TUNNELS
These sinister tunnels are terrifying to be in even in daylight. So many paranormal events have occurred here that those who have spent the night here in the past have found it very difficult to express how frightening this location is.
The ghosts and spirits that haunt Drakelow Tunnels are thought to be those of the people who have died tragically within the location, however, it is the sinister spirit of an ‘elemental creature’ often described as a ‘large dog that walks on its hind legs’ which seems to terrify visitors the most. Visitors have often spoken of seeing figures that dart behind walls and footsteps that follow them as they make their way through the vast amount of rooms here.
The site is currently also used by Airsoft for shooting activities. There have recently been reports of participants tracking a figure, only to turn the corner into a dead-end and find the person has vanished. People have reported hearing terrifying screams, feeling watched and surrounded within the tunnels and even being grabbed by unseen hands. Stones have even been thrown and ghost hunters have been chased out of the location by a malevolent presence in the dead of night, too terrified to return.
One evening in late 1993, the caretaker was inspecting the kitchen in the old RSG side of the complex when he began to hear faint 1940's music, it seemed to be coming from the old Rover Shadow Factory side, thinking it may possibly be a maintenance engineer who had left his radio on he went to investigate. As he approached Tunnel 1, the music began to get louder, as he stepped out into Tunnel 1, the music suddenly stopped. He walked the length of Tunnel 1 to see if he could find the radio, but nothing was found. Upon reaching the old-time office at the end of Tunnel 1 the music started again, the caretaker walked back down the tunnel only to find nothing again. The caretaker, now determined to find the mysterious radio, continued his search. This quick inspection then turned into a 6-hour search of the entire complex, but no radio was found. The only piece of equipment that could play music, was the old WWII tannoy system that had not worked since the 1950's.
Several people have captured full-bodied apparitions in their photographs, a common occurance in these tunnels. Recently, while filming 'Most Terrifying Places' for Travel Channel USA, MJ Dickson and the crew felt an extremely strong presence of a male spirit. He was described as wearing a boiler suit with a flat peak cap - they captured this apparition in a clear (and very creepy!) photograph.
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