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Happy New Year

Heading into 2021…

First of all, may I wish everyone reading this a somewhat belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at OWNE. Looking back at 2020, it brings to mind Robert Kennedy’s 1966 Cape Town speech…

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Tony Liddell

The Nature of Evidence and Proof

You hear that term a lot when browsing the paranormal online community. Its a term that decries proof positive of the paranormal in many groups, but the issue arises over the nature of such evidence… and in fact, the nature of what ‘evidence’ is itself.

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Haunted Histories: Castle Keep (2009)

RESEARCH BY THE OTHERWORLD NORTH East Research Group began in 2003 into the alleged hauntings of Castle Keep, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne (NGR NZ 2504 6387). The Keep is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I Listed Building and stands as a stoic reminder of Newcastle’s war-ridden past..

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Haunted Histories: Wartime Memories (2008)

In September 1939, the Nazi War Machine began its attack on Poland, and the Second World War erupted when Britain and France honoured their defensive pact – this was a war in which statisticians claim nearly sixty-two million people lost their lives. With six years of warfare before the War was finally won by the Allies, every element of life at home in the England felt the effects, including those supposedly ‘spiritually’ inclined.

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Article Author, Gayle Fidler

Séance Live, Beamish Hall Hotel

A dark October evening is the perfect time for some spooky entertainment, just in time for Halloween. Last weekend, I attended “Séance Live” hosted by local performer Sam Lupton. Described as “a demonstration of a Séance, an exploration as to what a Séance is”.

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Blenkinsopp Castle

A Buried Treasure

The glory days of Blenkinsopp Castle were back in the latter years of the fourteenth century, but two hundred years later the castle was already a mass of ruined walls and overgrown chambers. Over the years many attempts to restore the fortress took place, but all ended in failure, leading to the only long term resident being its ghostly one.

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Bellister Castle

A Minstrel’s End

The last recorded sighting of the Grey Man of Bellister Castle was over one hundred and fifty years ago, but before that time the Castle grounds and the forests around were known to be well and truly haunted by the Grey Man, whose appearance it is said foretold of death. The origins of this spectre are shrouded in folklore, but it seems that during the reign of Elizabeth I, a wandering old minstrel came to Bellister Castle looking for shelter and food, for which he was willing to pay in song and story. However, the young Baron of Bellister drank too much, and his wine-fuddled mind began to play tricks on him, rousing paranoia and suspicions that perhaps the old man was an agent of his enemies, come to spy on him.

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Belsay Castle

Black Heddon and Belsay – A Northumbrian Silky

Silky has been compared to both ghost and brownie, and by the year 1863, Balfour claimed that she had not been heard of for some years. In appearance, Silky was a tall woman, dressed in silk (hence her name) but at that point tales of her appearance varies widely. Some say that she dressed in glowing white silk, others in dark rustic browns; and there are those that say her appearance was terrifying and ugly, and yet by the same notion, others say that she was a calm, gentle apparition, soothing in appearance.

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Bamburgh Castle Keep

The Green Lady of Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is one of the most well-known castles in the Northumberland coastal landscape, its impressive walls being used in a number of television and film productions, as well as its sheer location and size dominating the landscape. It is currently owned and occupied by the Armstrong family, who are allowing archaeological excavations of areas of the castle and the surrounding dunes. The main legends surrounding the Castle are about a dragon, or rather a worm or wyrm said to once plague the surrounding areas, but the grounds also have several ghost stories, the most well known being that of the Green Lady, a slight female figure swathed in a green cloak who has been witnessed on a number of occasions tumbling down the old steps clutching a bundle in her arms.

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Bainbridge, Newcastle, 1971

The Mysterious Ethel

Bainbridge, now called John Lewis, is a shop in Newcastle with over one hundred and fifty years of history behind it. However, it is not the old Market Street Bainbridge building that has tales of the supernatural associated with it: rather it is the Eldon Square site that seems to have been active, mostly in the period just after the move to Eldon Square from Market Street. The ghost seen wandering Bainbridge was that of a Grey Lady: quite literally in this case as she was said to be a little grey old lady often seen in the old restaurant area.

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