Bisham Abbey - Post Investigation
Case of : Lady Hoby
Cbecause of nature of experiment. From an interest point the information gained was strong.aptured through automatic writing although can't be used as scientific
Lady Elizabeth Hoby is perhaps the most famous spirit reported to haunt Bisham Abbey. There was some evidence of her presence that came through the investigation, however, as this was through the Automatic Writing, there is a possibility that this may have been gathered through suggestion etc. A spirit came through for one group, claiming to be a female who knew Elizabeth and William, and that Elizabeth was with her. Elizabeth communicated with the Planchette, admitting responsibility for his death, but stated she did not beat him to death.
Case Of : Vansittart's
Captured through Glass moving in several locations, although can't be used as scientific evidence because of the nature of the experiment the information gained was interesting and tied in well with out research done after the location event had taken place.
A spirit claiming to be ‘Charles’ contacted two of the groups through a glass-moving experiment in the Margaret Dickinson room. However, only one group picked up on the surname ‘Vansittart’. Through various lines of research, there is no ‘Charles Vansittart’ listed in Ancestry or Peerage, and definitely not in connection with the property. Another fact picked up on here was that he had been an owner of the property in the 1700’s. The only Charles Vansittart I can find any information on was the 19th Century strongman of that name, who lived in the Yukon Territory, making a living bending railway nails!
What we do know is that the first Vansittart to own Bisham Abbey was George Vansittart, who was followed by George Henry. However, this is not to say that he never existed, more to say that if he did, we can’t find him. We will continue to delve deeper into the history of the property and will update if more information comes to light.
Bryan picked up on a man in a red army uniform by the name of George in connection with the Margaret Dickinson room- through our research George Henry Vansittart was a career soldier, rising to the rank of General. A spirit claiming to be George came through during the glass moving in the room. We know that from that time period, General Wolfe wore a bright red jacket- although a few years prior to this, we can assume General Vansittart may have worn the same style.
Case of : William
This information can't be published as scientific data because of the nature of the data that was obtained. What was interesting was the consistency between the groups and the consistency to information gained from different groups on the night to the research that has been done after the event.
Several groups picked up on the presence of a child in one of the areas- the area in question was by the door that leads up to the tower room. One group experienced a child playing with a chair, which was filmed by the group. Another group were using a table to try and communicate with spirit- the result was that the tabletop spun round- a member of the group felt that it was a childlike, playful spirit, and the activity increased when this was turned into a childhood game (Ring o’roses). Whether this was the spirit of young William is, at this stage, undetermined- the location being where it was is compelling, however, must be concluded as purely circumstantial. It is worth noting that other groups have also connected with a child named William in this part of the location before. Several children have been sensed here, so to say that it is ‘William Hoby’ is an assumption too far. Also, several Williams have been connected to the property.
Case of : Templar monks
Information gained from communication with Templar monks vis spiritual communication methods was fascinating and had proved accurate after doing further research.
Most, if not all of the groups made contact with spirits claiming to be Knights’ Templar. One of the groups experienced the same spirit in two separate rooms. What is interesting about this is that the other groups all came into contact with him in the MD room, however, the group in question did so in both the MD and Warwick rooms. If suggestion was a part of this, the group in the MD room at the time had the highest Male to female ratio, and the spirit in question was angry, and did not like males- making efforts to intimidate them. This was the group Brian felt would most likely come into contact with him, however, he did not come through to this group as it might be predicted he would do. However, another spirit claiming to be a Templar came through, stating that he was intimidated by the stronger spirit, and did not come through normally due to this overbearing presence. This particular spirit claimed to have been hanged from a tree outside. Other investigation groups have said contacted a spirit that claimed to have been hanged in the grounds.
There is a lot of recorded history linking the Knight’s Templar to Bisham Abbey- It was initially built as a preceptory for the Knights Templar c.1260. There is reportedly a Templar burial ground located just off of the site (beneath the tennis courts). The Abbey was seized following the Templar heresy trials in 1307.