Canning Circus, Nottingham
buildings in this block date back to the 1850's when they
were used as a livery stables & monument masons by the Palethorpe
family. The building were used for this purpose by the Co-Operative
Funeral Services and later, Lymms funeral directors. At one
stage becoming a mortuary until the 1960's when they became
a fish & chip restaurant. The buildings, at this time are
Tequila's Mexican restaurant and a bar.
East Midlands Ghost Investgation Group (EMGIG)
2 x digital video camera (night shot).
Analogue video camera.
2 x 35mm still cameras.
5 x digital stills cameras.
2 x EMF meters.
with remote units.
for all cameras.
4 x Dictaphones.
Mini disc recorder.
2 x Walkie Talkies.
had decided on this occasion due to the size of the property
to be investigated that we would invite some of the members
East Midlands Ghost Investigation Group to join
us for the investigation. We met at another favourite haunt
of ours, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, before moving on the venue.
We arrived at the venue at midnight as arranged and quickly
settled ourselves in the upstairs restaurant area and decided
that it would be as good a place as any for our base for the
As our medium had been unable to attend with us for this investigation
Mike decided to try something a little different this time,
and instead of spending an hour with the medium walking through
the venue giving there impressions, he separated the group
up into pairs and had them walk through the entire building
to record whatever feelings ect. they would pick up on. Mike
checked all the equipment while this took place. Once all
the pairs had returned and the data compared it was decided
that the main part of the investigation would take place in
two areas, the manager's office and adjoining back room, and
the cellar. However all the pairs also picked up on certain
feelings in the lower area of the restaurant as well, and
this may well be an area for a further investigation.
One point of great interest was reported by Louise before
we paired up for the walk through. Below she reports the incident
in her own words:
"Mike had just finished his 'pep' talk to the teams. I had
turned away from looking at him but heard mention that he
was going downstairs.
As I turned round a movement to my left caught my eye and
I looked over thru the doorway (where the back staircase,
and stairs up to the upper room are).
I saw a male figure on its way past and making it's way to
the back staircase. I only saw the back of its head, upper
back and left arm and what I saw seemed solid.
He was medium height, with brown hair (a full head - not Hippocratic)
and was wearing one of the diamond pattern jumpers that men
tend to get from their Aunties for Christmas - the type Woolworth
sell in winter. I thought it was Mike (as I'd just heard that
he was going downstairs), but on reflection realized it wasn't
dressed like Mike, or like anyone else in the building at
At 1 am the group was spilt into teams:
Mike was left to float
between the two teams as necessary.
Team 1 was dispatched to the manager's office and team 2 to the
cellars for an initial vigil and round of any experiments the team
deemed necessary. Mike joined team 1 in the manager's office.
Team 1, the manager's office.
The team entered the office at approx 1 am and the first thing that
was noted by both Mike and Brian was that the atmosphere had changed
since they had last entered the room, it did not feel as oppressive
although it was still colder than the rest of the building. The
video camera was set to cover as much of the room as possible and
a Dictaphone and mini disc recorder set up for EVP. Temperature
was recorded at 21.7 degrees C.
The team conducted an EVP question and answer session with the usual
1. What is your name?
2. Can you tell us what year it is?
3. Are you alone here?
4. How many others are with you?
5. Do you interact with the others here?
6. Are they all from the same time as you?
7. Are you aware of your state of existence?
8. Are you happy?
9. Are you happy for us to be here with you at this time?
10. Is there anything you would tell us?
11. How long have you been here?
12. Thank you for talking with us, is there anything we can do for
No results were noticed although a floorboard did creak when the
question "are you happy?" was asked. This was put down to general
building noise. The tape was left running at the end of the session.
Mike got a mental picture of an old man, bald on top, rest of hair
grey, stooped and wearing black tails. A Dickensian type character.
Name of Arthur, has something to with counting money. (An interesting
point here is that when the investigation concluded and Mike was
talking with the owner of the building, the owner also described
a similar old man and reported that he had felt this man around
the premises). Mike also reports that he hears footsteps and a cough.
Sue got a strong smell of cabbage, but this wasn't noticed by any
one else in the group. It was decided by general consent that we
would try a channeling session near the managers table and all gathered
round. During the session Mike asked if any spirits present would
make themselves known by making a noise. A very distinct tap was
heard to the rear of the desk and towards the door but still inside
the room. Mike asked for a repeat and second distinct tap was heard,
but this time from the opposite end of the room. The request was
made a third time but with no result. One tap could be considered
luck twice could be co-incidence and a third time would have been
something else. So we are left with the possibility that it was
nothing more than co-incidence, especially as the two noises although
sounding the same came from two distinctly different places in the
room. It is worthy of note though, because of the timing of the
taps, both came immediately after the request, there was no pause
at all. Just the request and then the noise.
At 1:56 am we left the room and ended the session. There was no
reportable change in the temperature during the session.
Team 2, the cellar.
Equipment was deployed for an EVP session in the usual 'ask a question
and wait for a response' manner. The team sat on the ledge towards
the back of the cave with a digital thermometer propped up against
the wall. As soon as we started to ask the questions, the temperature
started to drop. This was very noticeable and actually happened
seemingly in response by one degree to each question asked. From
first entering the cave until we left, there was a drop of approximately
7 - 9 degrees in what was a comparatively short time. (Considering
there were four people there, surely the temperature would have
risen from body heat in normal circumstances)? During this session,
photos were taken, of which a number contain orbs. Whilst some of
these will be the effects of dust, it is curious to note that several
of these photos were taken in very quick succession, of the same
area with orbs only being visible in one photo. Does dust really
dissipate in such a short time or could these be genuine light anomalies?
(Orbs) During this session, UK Paranormal's trainee sensitive Anji
sat on the steps and tuned in. It was at this time that Denise wandered
up into the raised part of the cave to see what she may pick up
herself? Anji said she was then getting the impression of a man
telling Denise to "GET OUT"! as she shouldn't be in here. Anthony
also wandered up in this area and felt uncomfortable as if invading
a 'private' area. During this session, group two also heard a very
loud thud which appeared to come from upstairs, but having radioed
through the other group, they confirmed they were sitting quietly
and had NOT caused any loud noise.
At 2:15am Sue from the EMGIG team had to leave so we all said goodbye
to her and at 2:20am the first controlled experiment of the night
was set up in the manager's office. A wooden cross and two small
coins were placed on a piece of paper and drawn around. The paper
was cover with a video camera making sure the whole piece and a
sizable area around the paper was in shot and the room shut up and
vacated. We than had a coffee break.
3:00am saw us back in the cellar setting up another controlled experiment
with a bell and a golden cross with chain set on a pile dust and
covered by a further camera. The cellar was shut and left also.
The team returned upstairs to check on the control in the manager's
office and we have to report no movement. A spur of the moment channeling
session was embarked with the camera still running and the controls
still in place to see if we could influence a movement. We couldn't,
it didn't move and no one reported a change in the feeling in the
room or in them selves so we moved into the back room and tried
a channeling session in there with the same result.
At 3:45am we re-entered the cellar and found no movement on the
trigger objects down there either. We undertook another channeling
session in the cellars on the raised part of the floor and in complete
darkness. Flashes of light were seen by several members of the party
but it's possible that this could be a result of eyes attempting
to adjust to complete lack of light. It was noted by all that the
temperature seemed to drop at an alarming rate and two members reported
that they no longer felt as if we were alone in the cellar. The
main consensus was that someone or several someone's were circling
the group. Mike reported feeling as though he was being pushed and
pulled and at one point nearly fell over backwards. An interesting
point here. We were in complete darkness it was not possible to
see your hand in front of your face. Anyone who has been in a cave
and switched off the lights will know what I mean; anyone else will
have to guess. Anyway, in complete darkness, as Mike started
to fall the people on either side of him reached out and caught
him. Was it because the channeling had raised there awareness of
the surroundings or just pure luck?
During the final channeling session in the top section of the cellar
two team members felt something at the same time.
Sam's experience -
At approx 4:05am I felt something solid brush against my finger,
mentioning this, I then confirmed that Anji, who was standing next
to me had not touched me. A couple of times during the session I
breifly felt a cold draft on my back which seemed to coincide with
Anji pointing out that a figure was standing behind me.
Denise's experience -
Tequila's was interesting. The bit where I felt something on my
hand was when were all stood up in the higher section of cellar
near the end of the night. It was a definate "brush" on the side
of my hand. I initially thought it was one of the others, but everyone
said they hadn't touched anyone. It was a very solid feeling. I
found the last section of the night down there a bit freaky really.
I think the pushing/pulling feeling experienced by some was strange.
I felt that too. At first I thought it was just me being a bit tired,
but then others reported the same sensation. I thought there was
a fair bit of negativity down there.
5:00 am finish.
Many thanks to the members of EMGIG that joined us for the night!
It was a pleasure to meet you all and I look forward to working
with you all again.
NO VIDEO AT THIS TIME
NO EVP AT THIS TIME
Orbs caught in the
cellars - more than likely dust
More orbs caught
in the cellars - again, more than likely dust.
Mike(UKP) and Denise(EMGIG).
Looking through to camera set-up for trigger object experiment
Area in the cellar where the final EVP session was held
when Mike was almost pulled off his feet and Sam & Denise
both felt something stroke their hand.
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