On the weekend of Halloween 2011 Paula and I embarked on a marathon paranormal investigation. We planned to visit and investigate as many places in and around the Forest of Dean and Monmouth as we could in the time available. All of the venues visited had a number of ghost stories attached to them and some featured in the book “Ghosts of the Forest of Dean” by Sue Law and “Ghosts of Monmouth” by Stephen Clarke.
A list of the places investigated included The Devil’s Chapel in Bream, Naas Lane in Lydney, Hadnock Road and Watery Lane in Monmouth, Hopewell Colliery in the Forest of Dean, The Kymin, The Buckstone and culminating in the rest of the team joining us on Halloween night at The Devil’s Pulpit in Tintern. The Pulpit is a giant stone that juts out hundreds of feet above Tintern Abbey. Legend tells that The Devil himself would stand on this rock and lure unsuspecting Cistercian monks up from the Abbey in order to turn them to his wicked ways. One of the highlights of my work in the paranormal was climbing the stone and sitting hundreds of feet above the abbey on Halloween night.
Naas Lane was another eye-opener for me as I believe it to be the only place I have ever been psychically attacked by a malicious spirit. Paula and I were walking back towards Naas House and I was perhaps slightly intimidating a known spirit of the Lane, William Morgan. On July 22nd 1771 William murdered a Miss Jones on the lane and I was hoping to draw him out of the shadows with a little playful chat. As we drew near to the house where Miss Jones had lived I felt what can only be described as unseen fists punching me in my back. I doubled up in obvious pain and when asked if it was William Morgan dealing the blows the KII responded by flashing erratically. We eventually managed to get back to the car and I must admit that we left in a hurry! We found a nearby pub where we could stop for a drink to calm our nerves and were horrified to see, when we pulled my T shirt up, a large angry red mark on my back exactly where I had felt the blows. The video can be seen on this page. I have never since encountered anything of this nature again although I definitely plan to return to Naas Lane in the future for Round Two!