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An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite

Dr Jason Braithwaite

We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More »

GhostNav: Black Country Ghosts

The Black Country GhostNav is a new Android smart phone app by Andrew Homer and Nick Williamson for lovers of ghosts and hauntings. Paranormal enthusiasts can use the app to discover haunted locations in and around the Black Country area. Read More »


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Chance To Be Part Of Project Albion

ASSAP (The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) in partnership with Mysterious Britain & Ireland is opening up its long running Project Albion to enable members of the public to directly contribute towards it. Read More »

Midsummer's Day

Stonehenge at Sunrise

The festival is primarily a Celtic fire festival, representing the middle of summer, and the shortening of the days on their gradual march to winter. Midsummer is traditionally celebrated on either the 23rd or 24th of June, although the longest day actually falls on the 21st of June. Read More »

Book Review

Ghosts of Neath by Robert King

Ghosts of Neath by Robert King

The history of Neath and the surrounding area dates back to Roman times, so it is little wonder that this small Welsh town is teaming with all manner of ghosts, from the long dead monks that still wander among the ruins of Neath Abbey to the voices of ghostly miners to be found deep in the mountains. Read More »

Padstow Hobby Horse (Oss)

1st May - The festival starts at midnight in the early hours of Mayday. The actual Hobby Horse is a hoop covered with black material with an African mask, and a horses head with snapping jaws. A man stands inside the hoop and the procession parades around the town. The festival has ancient origins. Read More »

Spiral Paranormal

Established in January 2007 by Founders Marq English and Alexis Pelling following the completion of Marq’s first feature film Return to Ravenswood, Spiral approaches the world of the paranormal visually with online video episodes detailing both investigations and related topics. Read More »

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Priory Methodist Church, Bedford

The Priory Methodist Church on Newnham Avenue opened on 5 June 1969 and replaced both a small church that had been on the site since 1953 (before that there was a tin mission hut dating from 1940) and the 18th century St Paul’s Methodist Church on Harpur Street. At some point it is said an apparition was witnessed here. Read More »

Britannia House, Luton

On 8 June 2005 the following story relating to a haunt like experience at Britannia House appeared in the Luton News. It was entitled ‘Have you seen the ghost of Britannia Estates?’.

Rumours that Luton's Britannia House is haunted have caused a stir among those who work there, with one even refusing to work after dark. Read More »

The Old George Hotel, Silsoe

The Old George which probably dates from the 18th century (and largely rebuilt in the 19th century), is associated with a Grey Lady, which is locally identified as the ghost of Lady Elizabeth Grey of Wrest Park. The story goes that Elizabeth fell in love with a coachman, much to her father’s disapproval. In order to protect her lover from her father she hid him at The George. Read More »

The Kings Arms, Bedford

The Kings Arms, which has a reputation of being haunted can be found at 24 St Mary’s Street in Bedford. According to the following extract taken from an article by Andrew Watt entitled ‘15 ghost sightings in Bedford’ [Bedfordshire on Sunday (10 March 2015)]. Read More »

Ram Yard, Bedford

The following extract is taken from an article by Andrew Watt entitled ‘15 ghost sightings in Bedford’, which was published in Bedfordshire on Sunday (10 March 2015). ‘On the 30th September 1999, a woman awoke to find her dead grandmother sitting by her bed. Read More »

Allhallows, Bedford

The following extract is taken from an article by Andrew Watt entitled ‘15 ghost sightings in Bedford’, which was published in Bedfordshire on Sunday (10 March 2015). ‘In 1979 in Allhallows, near to the Midland Bank (now HSBC)*, shoppers were surprised to see a mediæval friar in his hooded gown calmly walking down the street meditating on his rosary. Read More »

The Sisters House, Bedford

The Sister’s house dates from the 1750’s and one of three buildings on St Peter’s Street built by members of the Unitas Fratum (Moravian Church) who came in Bedford as refugees in 1742. The three buildings consisted of their church and then a separate house for the single brothers and single sisters. The Sisters House can be found at 24 St Peter’s Street. Read More »

The Fox and Hounds, Riseley

According to the following article entitled ‘The other spirits found in your local’ was published in the Bedfordshire on Sunday, 23 June 2013. ‘The Fox and Hounds in Riseley is said to be haunted by a nurse, who was knocked over by a vehicle and brought inside where Read More »

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