Upton Hall ‘Musuem of Time Keeping’ 10th November
10 November @ 8:00 pm - 11 November @ 1:00 am£37.00
Upton Hall is a grade II* (grade II star) venue situated in the village of Upton, Nottinghamshire, located between the scenic towns of Southwell and Newark.
Set in beautiful gardens Upton Hall houses a fascinating collection of clocks and timepieces and is home to the British Horological Institute
All very quaint you might be thinking. However this venue is full of surprises, though nothing can prepare you for the sound the moment you step through the front door.
This venue spreads over 3 floors and there is no light pollution and the constant sound of the timepieces follows you everywhere.
Some of the objects have a real draw, with some incredible history; we never expected to come across the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912.
Very little early history is known of Upton Hall. The earliest available records show that in 1335 the site was home to Robert Bagenham. It stood on land that King Edwy had donated to Archbishop Oscytel of York in 956, one hundred and ten years before the Norman Conquest. The hall changed hands several times throughout the years. According to the 1841 Census Thomas Wright and his wife Frances lived at the hall. Thomas died in 1845 at the age of 72, leaving the Hall to his son, the Reverend Joseph Banks Wright. There is no record of Joseph living in the Hall instead it is inhabited by magistrate Henry Hawkes and his family.
The hall quickly changed hands, being purchased by the order of the Fathers of the Holy Ghost in 1939. Because of the onset of war, the Hall was requisitioned to provide a home for a school of partially-sighted children who had been evacuated from Sussex. In 1945 the Fathers of the Holy Ghost did actually take up residency and the St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Theological Church was established in the Hall. The British Horological Institute (BHI) bought Upton Hall from the Fathers of the Holy Ghost in 1972.
Upton Hall ‘Musuem of Time Keeping’ 10th November - past events
This venue has never been investigated before, however staff and visitors to the museum have reported seeing two ghosts who regularly appeared in Upton Hall.
A White Lady has been reportedly been seen in the Library walking through a doorway, which is now bricked up, or she is seen sitting in different places in the room.
A second ghostly figure has also been reportedly seen travelling down the back staircase, or brushing past people as they climb or descend the stairs.
During our private tour of Upton Hall we incurred various strange phenomena.
Whilst in the Ballroom Gill was brushed against by an unseen entity which is a similar experience to that reported by staff with this resident ghost.
Certain items in the collection were giving off a strong energy, which will be fascinating to focus on in an investigation.
We also believe that there is some poltergeist activity on the upper floor however, further investigations will need to focus on this key area.
And all the while Tick, Tick, Tick…