Minster Cemetery -
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Written by Claire with additions by Jake.
Friday 28th May, 2010.
Group: Sue, Sarah, Keef, Jake, C.B, Julie, Paul
The group entered Minster Cemetery and began to walk around the war
Jake went ahead to see if he could pick-up
on anything, whilst the rest of the group looked around.
Jake could 'see' lots of people who were dotted around the cemetery
looking at the graves, including a gentleman in a brown suit, bowler
hat and with side whiskers. But each time he approached them to speak
to them they would move away.
It seemed as though they didn't want to communicate, and maybe this is
why the cemetery has a rather sombre feel to it?
Jake was stood on the path between the memorial chapel and the war
memorial, nearby he sensed the spirit of the gentleman with the bowler
hat staring at a grave (the writing on it was badly damaged, with the
lead letters having been removed). However, the name (name #1
- withheld from this report) was visible, could this have been
the man named on this grave?
The graves in this area dated to around the 1920's.
As Jake spoke to this gentleman, he looked up at Jake, who then noticed
that he had no eyes, just empty sockets, before he promptly moved away
Stood near the war memorial, a loud voice 'said' to Jake "For God's
sake man, show some respect!".
Jake asked for them to speak again but with no obvious results.
Jake was drawn to name #2's grave, which was nearby and felt it could
have been him that had just spoken.
Jake directly addressed him and then heard footsteps and movement on
the boundary between the cemetery and the field on the Minster village
side of the site.
Unfortunately no responses were captured on any audio recordings.
Jake moved away from the war memorial and followed the path towards the
small group of trees. Nearby he was 'told' that there used to be
out-buildings and a voice 'said' "They've taken them down now".
Jake could 'feel' a definite presence in
this area and could also hear (actually hear - not sense) footsteps and
voices from the hedge that borders the cemetery on the Minster side.
View of the
cemetery - Photo: Keef
Jake went down to the hedge to see if any physical
person was there. On the other side, was a pea field which had no
footmarks or footpaths and nobody was seen despite Jake making a
thorough search. Jake felt that this was someone who wanted to enter
the cemetery but couldn't, they had been buried in unhallowed ground
for a crime and wanted to be in with the "others" rather than "stuck
This could have been a criminal but was more likely to have been a
murder victim - maybe one who hasn't yet been discovered and who is
Although, again, they didn't communicate, Jake felt that they had
changed a lot since their passing and had repented for something they
had done, they were now looking for peace and rest. However, their lack
of communication and their drawing away made it impossible for Jake to
help them move on.
Jake repositioned to a bench in the cemetery, the memorial plaque on
the seat was to name #3. Jake was then 'joined' by a gentleman in a
dark green tweed suit with a light coloured shirt with lines of some
kind - almost similar to a work-type shirt.
He 'told' Jake "They couldn't have picked a better spot".
Jake could 'see' him but not how he had looked when he had passed, he
had a connection with coal mines and a slight Welsh accent.
As Jake was conversing with this gentleman, he saw
a dark figure over by the war memorial. The gentleman told Jake
"There's lots of things around here". He also indicated that he was
more attached to the marshes and the Monkton Road areas, and that he
had owned two Labrador dogs.
Jake thanked him and rejoined the group.
On later analysis, Jake discovered a strange noise on his voice
recorder which was not audible at the time.
This audio-clip is not included in this report as it was very brief and
difficult to decipher with the background noise of the nearby road.
The group took a short break in the newer part of the cemetery.
Sue suggested that there was a deeper feeling of sadness in this area,
to which some of the group agreed.
This could have been attributed to the fact that these graves were more
recent and didn't feel like they were part of history as the older ones
After walking around the rest of the graves, Jake, Sue and Keef decided
to go back to the far side of the cemetery where Jake had picked-up on
a few things earlier.
Jake confirmed, name #2 who had earlier told him to "Show some
respect", it had been his grave he had been standing next to at that
He also sensed a presence on the nearby roadway
which the cemetery overlooks and described it as slowly walking towards
the group with some hesitancy. To him, it 'appeared' as a heat haze in
the shape of a person but he was unable to ascertain if it was a male
or female, or be able to make out any details.
Sue asked-out with a "Hello" as she thought she had seen movement next
to the bushes.
Jake requested for this spirit to come forward and communicate with
them but with no obvious results and nothing unusual was evident on the
audio, on later inspection.
Jake felt that the spirit would have only been able to see the three of
them (Jake, Sue and Keef) as dark shapes next to the war memorial, this
was why no-one had come forward - the group would have seemed like
'ghosts' to any spirit present.
Pictured right - a 'mist' which appears to
be in front of these bushes but probably too far away to have been
This was not evident in the photo prior to this one.
Sue sensed there was now a woman present.
Jake felt this may have been the presence he had sensed as a heat haze
on the roadway. Sue and Jake both agreed that they sensed this person
in older style clothing, possibly of the Edwardian era.
Jake wondered if Sue had picked-up on anything else concerning this
woman. Sue replied she hadn't, but did feel she had already been around
for a little while during the investigation.
Jake sensed a small dog with the lady, but
couldn't ascertain if it was associated with her or just happened to
have been there at the same time.
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