Most Haunted At Haden Hill House, West Midlands - Series 20, Episode 3 Review
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On the outskirts of Birmingham, the Most Haunted team embark on another investigation of paranormal activities at a Tudor manor house with legends of an entombed monk, secret passageways and plenty of ghost stories. This is the first of a two-part investigation ahead of Halloween.
The house was built in 1878 by the Haden family, throughout its lifetime the building has been used as a public air raid shelter and a home for evacuated children during the Second World War. It was also used as a library and a doctor's surgery. The house was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1977, but thankfully the house was restored and maintained.
Legend tells of the ghost of a monk who fell in love with Eleanor, a young woman who lived nearby. In order to prevent them from being together, Eleanor's parents captured the monk and walled him up alive in the secret passage that couple had used to meet each other.
The main paranormal activity in the house is said to be the deep sound of moaning, which is thought to be the monk. As well as doors banging and footsteps which coincide with a partial apparition in the form of feet running up and down one of the flights of stairs in the house.
As soon as Yvette and the team headed out into the house to begin their investigation, Yvette became the target of a paranormal attack. As she walked down stairs a heavy wooden pestle from a pestle and mortar was thrown at her, hitting her in the leg hard enough to cause pain. Despite their being two camera rolling and the whole team on hand, no one could tell where the object had been thrown from, or what something that belonged in the kitchen was doing on the stairwell.
The gang stopped on the landing to reflect what had just happened and experienced knocking and banging sounds, but not the little taps which are few and far between which they often encounter, but loud constant banging from beneath them.
Despite the scare, Yvette decided to split into groups as always. Her, Karl Beattie and camera man Gregg Smith went to investigate a trapdoor that Yvette had spotted earlier in the day, with the ghost hunting dog Watson following them. After moving a table aside, and opening the large wooden trapdoor, Yvette and Karl were surprised to find a stone staircase descending down into the darkness.
The investigators seemed a little apprehensive to enter, and Yvette asked Karl to place something over the opening in the floor to prevent them getting locked in, but in spite of their fears they clambered in, until they realised one team member was really not keen on going in, Watson.
A short time late, now with Watson safely tucked up in bed, Yvette, Karl and Gregg made their way down into the darkness via the trapdoor and were amazed to find themselves in a labyrinth of eerie stone tunnels below the house. From nowhere a pot was thrown and smashed on the hard stone floor causing Yvette to let out a scream so loud that the team on the other side of the house heard her.
At almost the exact moment Yvette let out her yell, camera man Darren Hutchinson collapsed while upstairs with the show's skeptic Glen Hunt, and demonologist Fred Batt.
It took Darren a little while to recover from his funny turn, he said he just felt weak and, "I couldn't help myself toppling back". He said, "I don't know how to describe it, I just feel really really odd".
While Darren tried to find his feet and continue with the investigation, Fred had his demonology instruction manual pushed out of his hand. That was enough action for now and the three of them went and re-grouped with Yvette and the rest of the team on the stairs where the pestle was thrown earlier.
The team had to lookout for more unannounced flying objects in this location, this time it was a metal plate which was seemingly thrown towards the gang, landing with a crash at the top of the stairs.
Yvette then lead her team back downstairs to the room with the trapdoor. They huddle around Yvette's phone in the darkness and used it as a makeshift spirit board. Yvette hovered her finger over a letter on the phone's keypad and asked any spirits present to make a knocking sound to indicate a letter and spell out a word.
The letters l-e-a-v-e appeared on the screen, "leave" was the message from the ghost of Haden Hill House but Yvette wanted more and asked the spirit to spell out its name. Eventually, after using the same process of taps, the name "Edmond" was displayed on the screen. Yvette pushed further, asking Edmond when he died, the spirit replied with "1273". Yvette was also able to deduced by communicating through taps, that Edmond had been murdered.
Just before the show drew to a close, Yvette sent the team off in different directions. Her and Glen went upstairs, while Karl wander along to the far end of the building to the house's kitchen. Just as he started to wander around the large room, he heard what sounded like a piano. He dashed through to an adjoining room with his camera, but wasn't quick enough, the piano was still and silent.
However, the team had placed locked off cameras around the house, and it just so happens that there was a camera pointed directly at the camera, probably because of Karl's previous experience with a piano play itself in the previous series. The enhanced and enlarged footage shows the piano alone in the room, in the dark. You can clearly see the keys of piano moving in time with the sounds.
Other than the piano, it was the slowest show of the series so far, in which we've already experienced a chair being thrown, flying glasses and a filing cabinet opening of its own accord. But, this is just the first of a two part investigation at Haden Hill House, and I have a feeling that the house has many more secrets that will be revealed.
And of course, we're still to find out the fate of an already very scared Darren who's gone down into the house's creepy cellar with Fred.
The drama continues tomorrow with the second show from Haden Hill House. The on the night of Halloween, Most Haunted brings us a three hour Halloween special from Croxteth Hall in Liverpool.
#MostHauntedHalloween continues all week on Really from October 27th. Watch on Freeview (17), Sky (155) and Virgin Media (129), or watch previous episodes of Most Haunted on demand on the UKTV Player.
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