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Who wants to see a ghost tonight? On the hunt for paranormal activity at the Quarantine Station

Adrienne Tam From: NewsLocal

Would we survive the night? Would we see a ghost? Would we need to go to the toilet half way through the tour?

These are the questions that plagued my friends and I before we began our adult ghost tour in Australia’s second-most haunted site (first place goes to Port Arthur).

 

The Q Station holds the dubious honour of being Australia’s second most haunted place.

The Q Station holds the dubious honour of being Australia’s second most haunted place. Source: News Corp Australia

The Q Station, formerly known as the North Head Quarantine Station, is a series of buildings on the north side of the harbour in Manly.

From the 1830s to the 1980s, it was used to isolate people suspected of carrying severe infectious diseases such as the bubonic plague, Spanish influenza and smallpox.

About 500 people are reported to have died there.

The first of three burial grounds used at the site during operation.

The first of three burial grounds used at the site during operation. Source: News Limited

Today, the Q Station is a source of more joyful events such as weddings and functions, and in the light of day, it offers spectacular harbour views and tranquil bush walks.

At night, it’s a different story and it’s dark past can feel a little oppressive.

More than 500 people died at the Q Station after being quarantined.

More than 500 people died at the Q Station after being quarantined. Source: News Limited

Our tour group of 15 assembled at the starting point to meet our guide, who was standing on the pier in a billowing black overcoat.

‘Who wants to see a ghost tonight?’ he asked.

Everyone raised their hand, including yours truly. I’m a sceptical believer.

More than 13,000 people were quarantined in 150 years but not all were lucky enough to sc

More than 13,000 people were quarantined in 150 years but not all were lucky enough to score a bed. Source: Supplied

As a horror film buff, I knew there were certain dos and don’ts on this tour.

Don’t wander off alone. Don’t say ‘I’ll be right back’. Don’t investigate strange noises.

Do stick to the middle of the group. Do have your iTorch on your iPhone at the ready.

Do run the other way if you see an unexplained shadow.

An 1837 headstone from one of three grounds.

An 1837 headstone from one of three grounds. Source: Supplied

A mannequins dressed in disease-fighting costume.

A mannequins dressed in disease-fighting costume. Source: Supplied

The first room we entered was a dark and windowless one. Our guide gave us the nicknames of ghosts he’d met or had dealings with over the years.

Pantry Man lived in the pantry and Stabby Nurse — who stabbed you with a syringe — were frequent other-worldly visitors.

There was also Mr. Chen, one of the only Asian ghosts on site.

Ghost tours at the North Head Quarantine Station are a fun and frightening way to spend a

Ghost tours at the North Head Quarantine Station are a fun and frightening way to spend an evening. Source: News Corp Australia

As the only Asian person on this particular tour, I felt a certain kinship with Mr. Chen.

I guessed he didn’t feel the same way since he chose not to reveal himself to me, even after some cajoling from our energetic tour guide.

In one of the rooms, the electromagnetic field (EMF) reader we were given lit up from green to yellow to red, a sure sign a ghost was around.

Creaking dumb waiters are a favoured hidey-hole for the paranormal.

Creaking dumb waiters are a favoured hidey-hole for the paranormal. Source: Supplied

A creepy mannequin posed as a corpse in the station’s very dark morgue.

A creepy mannequin posed as a corpse in the station’s very dark morgue. Source: Supplied

All of us stared into the pitch-black darkness eagerly, including one overexcited man who mistook the vague outline of my friend’s head for a spirit and poked her square between the eyes.

‘Ow!’ my friend said.

‘Sorry’, the man said, sheepishly. ‘I thought you were a ghost.’

After two hours of walking, exploring and some screaming (a possum decided to make an appearance in the bushes), the tour came to an end.

Some people had felt something supernatural and some people swore they had seen something supernatural.

Visitors Ned and Steve Cooper wander around the grounds looking out for apparitions.

Visitors Ned and Steve Cooper wander around the grounds looking out for apparitions. Source: News Limited

As for yours truly, if I could have customised my T-shirt in the souvenir store, it would have said: I came, I saw (nothing) and survived.

That’s more than can be said for the poor souls who suffered and perished at the Q Station. Ghost or not, I hope they all find peace.

For 150 years, North Head’s isolated location made it the ideal place to host disease-ridden travellers.

Could this be the ‘stabby nurse’? Annie Egan was a nurse who died in 1918 at the Quaranti

Could this be the ‘stabby nurse’? Annie Egan was a nurse who died in 1918 at the Quarantine Station after caring for a patient with Spanish flu. Medical authorities refused to let a priest see her before she died, causing a furore. Source: Supplied

During peak times, up to eight ships could be moored off the headland and hundreds of passengers were often forced to camp on shore in miserable conditions for months at a time when all the beds in the quarantine station were full.

With more than 500 deaths recorded, it is said the spirits of many who passed have never left the buildings.

Stories of haunting phenomena date back more than a century, when nurses on night shift reported seeing a ghostly chinamen with long ponytails wandering the wards and verandas.

On-site park rangers have reported ghostly figures and lights in unoccupied hospital wards, but upon investigation find no one there.

Other common tales include a ghostly girl with blonde plaits holding tourists hands and leads them around the pathways.

Have you seen or heard anything spooky at the Quarantine Station? Comment below

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Reality show to be filmed in medieval “haunted castle” in Wales

British celebrities will take part in a reality show at the medieval castle of Grich in the city-county of Conwy (Wales), which, according to legend, is full of ghosts. It is reported by The Sun.

According to data from open sources, the castle was built in 1283-1289 by order of Edward I of England. For four years one and a half thousand people erected the fortress and walls. The castle is surrounded by a stone wall with round towers and loopholes. 

According to local residents, the ghost of the previous owner, Countess Dandonald, who died in 1924, wanders around the castle. According to legend, the woman’s spirit is angry because her husband took the valuables out of here. 

About ten years ago, a mysterious silhouette appeared in the photo, which was noticed on the first floor of the castle in the former banquet hall. In addition, it is rumored that objects are moving mysteriously in the castle. Also, fans of everything mystical believe that there you can meet the ghosts of gamekeepers and a maid who died after falling from a horse.

The creators of the reality survival show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Became interested in the legends of the ancient castle, in which celebrities perform creepy tasks. 

The producers are delighted with Greich Castle. It is planned to spend almost 1 million pounds and six weeks to prepare the location for filming.

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Loftus Hall is the most famous haunted house

Almost any house built 150 years ago is tempting to think of ghosts. Of course, if it was not restored beyond recognition. But a special pleasure is to visit, or at least look at photographs of a house in which ghosts are definitely found. Well, exactly: in the opinion of its owners and those who live nearby.

Loftus Hall is one of those. Even if, in the opinion of the locals, ghosts were not found in it, they would be worth inventing again – this is how the atmosphere of this gloomy house located on the windswept and washed by waves of the Hook Peninsula in the Irish County of Wexford has to do this.

But, before we tell you what is so paranormal in this Loftus Hall, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with real historical events related to the house. Moreover, they are worthy of attention without any devilry.

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We can say that the history of the house began in 1135, when the Norman knight, Raymond Le Gros, landed on the peninsula. To assimilate faster, the knight renamed himself the more familiar to the Irish ear by the name Redmond.

The castle, built by the knight, stood for two centuries, until in 1350 the descendants of Redmond built a new house in its place. It is interesting that they were building right during the Black Death – a plague pandemic that arrived in Ireland by ship from Bristol a year earlier. The new house, Redmond Hall, was named.

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Three centuries later, in 1650, the house became the site of one of the fiercest sieges of the Irish Uprising. The owner of the house, 68-year-old Alexander Redmond, with his two sons, a couple of local activists and a tailor who happened to be in the house at an unfortunate time, barricaded himself and bravely repulsed the attack of almost 90 British for several days. 

In all fairness, most of these Englishmen have crawled into neighboring villages, indulging in robbery and violence, instead of laying siege to an impregnable home.

The attack was repulsed with the help of the Irish forces arrived in time, which attacked the British under the cover of a thick fog, which in time fell on the Hoek Peninsula.

According to local chronicles, Alexander repelled several more attacks. When the British nevertheless conquered Ireland in general, and Redmond Hall in particular, Cromwell even let Alexander die in peace in his own house – for his courage.

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Well, after the death of Redmond, his relatives were evicted from the house and soon the house was sold to a family of Englishmen named Loftus, who live nearby. 

Subsequently, the Redmond repeatedly tried to sue Loftus Hall back, but to no avail. But as compensation, they were given land in the neighborhood.

The Loftuses moved rapidly up the court stairs. If in the 18th century the head of the family was called Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, then already in 1800 the title of Marquis of Eli was created especially for the Loftus.

Actually, the 4th Marquess of Ely gave the modern look to Loftus Hall. A major renovation was undertaken by the Marquis in the second half of the 19th century: he very much hoped that Queen Victoria would come to visit. After all, the Marquis’s mother was her maid of honor!

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The Queen never came. But the 4th Marquis of Ely became the owner of a luxurious house with such unprecedented conveniences as flush toilets at that time. And, alas, the owner of huge debts. Soon the house had to be sold and its wanderings began among different owners.

In 1917, the house was sold to the monastery order of the Sisters of Providence. In 1983, the house was converted into a hotel. Well, in the early 2000s, it was acquired by the Quickly family. In 2020, it became known that the house was again put up for sale. Moreover, Quickly emphasize that they will not choose a new owner, but “the house will choose him.” And that’s why…

The story of how the devil sailed to Loftus Hall and what happened after his visit dates back to the 19th century. It sounds like this.

On a cold rainy night, a dark-robed rider rode up to Loftus Hall on a dark horse. He said that his ship was caught in a storm and had to dock in a nearby bay. The Loftuses were away, the family of their distant relatives, the Tottenham, lived in the house. They sheltered the rider and offered him shelter and bread.

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Tottenham’s daughter, young Anna, immediately fell in love with a mysterious stranger. A couple of days later, in the evening, everyone sat down to play cards. During the game, Anna dropped the map and, bending down to pick it up, saw that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of legs.

The stranger realized that he had been discovered. He immediately soared up, surrounded by devilish flames – and, as expected, made a huge hole in the roof.

It would seem that the devil is expelled, you can live on. But Anna, after the disappearance of the stranger, became not herself. She went crazy by leaps and bounds. The family, frightened by this development of affairs, locked the girl in her favorite sewing room.

There Anna sat, almost motionless, clasping her knees with her hands and soon died. 

According to another version of the legend, before her death, she managed to give birth to a child – that is, the devil did not lose time during two days in the house. 

Anna was not buried in an ordinary coffin: they could not straighten her and buried her in a sitting position, in which she spent the last months of her life.

Since then, according to numerous testimonies of guests and owners of the house, ghosts of a girl have been walking around the house. And the house itself has become a place of attraction for lovers of everything paranormal and creepy – excursions, especially popular on Halloween, are regularly conducted in Loftus Hall.

If you consider yourself a mystic, but do not have the opportunity to visit Loftus Hall yet, we recommend watching the gothic horror film The Lodgers 2017. It is filmed entirely in the luxe and eerie interiors of Loftus Hall, and has received excellent critical reviews. Here’s the trailer:

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The ghost of the Haycock Manor Hotel: a beautiful legend about a frequent visitor to an ancient building

For decades, the Haycock Manor Hotel, located in the small English village of Wansford, has attracted tourists by claiming to be the home of the ghost of Queen Mary Stuart.

Mary of Scotland, aka Mary Stuart, according to legend, visited the Haycock Hotel on the way to Fotheringay Castle, where she was executed. Why, in this case, she chose a hotel in a small village as her last refuge , and not a stone castle, is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, visitors to the hotel claimed to have seen the ghost of Queen Mary, the Mirror writes.

The last resting place of Mary Stuart

Because of her intrigues against Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart was put on trial and sentenced to death, which took place at Fotheringay Castle. On the way to the castle, Mary of Scotch stopped at the Haycock Hotel.

Mary Stuart

Despite the fact that the woman spent only one night in the hotel, this is the place she, for some reason, decided to choose as her last home. At least that’s what those who encountered her ghost say.

Manifestations of supernatural powers

Many of the hotel guests, who ventured to spend the night in the last refuge of Mary Stuart, complained about strange things that happened to them.

Some guests claimed to have seen a ghost, which they identified as Mary of Scotland. Why they were so sure that the ghost was exactly Mary Stuart is not clear, because the history of England has a large number of women rulers, and it is simply impossible to remember them all.

Other hotel guests recall seeing an obscure ghostly cloud-like figure in the oldest part of the hotel. They also shared that they often encountered the feeling that there is someone else in the room – someone who cannot be seen, but can be felt.

Hotel Haycock

Guests also reported that they heard quiet voices and footsteps, although there was no one else in the rooms.

Despite the fact that such stories can scare ordinary people, they are not of interest to real seekers of the paranormal, since they can easily be explained by the dilapidated state of the building.

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Haycock Manor is currently closed for renovation, which means that if the phenomena of supernatural forces could be explained by the state of the hotel, then after the renovation they should disappear.

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