Hunting the Ghost of England’s Last Bear
For a Ghost Hunt UK for Discovery TV in America Craig and his circle go in search of the ghost of the last bear in England. Legend says that it was killed at Verdley Castle in Kent. Craig and his mediums did no advance research on the area. The team was not told of the reason the program. The film makers were there, so they would not be influenced sub-consciously.
The accompanying historians gave their opinions on the castle from it being a thirteenth century hunting lodge to being a Roman outpost from the garrison at Chichester. This city was overseeing the slaves making tiles and bricks from the clay of the area and other activities based on the locally available materials. They then watched and commented on the mediums’ thoughts by close circuit television. This happened as the ghost hunting team walked over the site to see what they were able to feel and find out.
The Ghost Hunting a Spirit Bear
Article about the Ghost Hunt UK from the local press
Six psychic mediums, two historians and a television crew from Australia on the search for the legendary ghost of the last bear killed in England. This haunts Verdley Woods just south of Fernhurst met at the ruins of Verdley Castle to make a program on animal ghosts. Based on the report of the ghost in a book by Peter Underwood and others, the Australian company Storyteller Media Group, contacted the Fernhurst Archives. They then came to England to find out about and if possible film the ghost. The program is one of ten one hour programs in the third series of the crypto-zoological field already sold to the Americans.
Ghost Hunt UK
They researched deeply, and contacted not only the West Sussex county archaeologist, Mark Taylor, but also talked to local historian Nigel Headland, the two of whom had very different ideas about the origins of Verdley Castle. Six psychic mediums including a psychic artist and a psychometric medium brought along under the leadership of Crag Hamilton-Parker to see what they could find out and feel from the stones that remains of the ruined castle and the surrounding area. They had done no research on the area, and were not told of the reason why the program makers were there, so they would not be influenced sub-consciously.
The historians gave their opinions on the castle from it being a thirteenth century hunting lodge to being a roman outpost from the garrison at Chichester overseeing the slaves making tiles and bricks from the clay of the area and other activities based on the locally available materials. They then watched and commented on the mediums’ thoughts on close circuit television while the latter walked over the site to see what they were able to feel and find out.
Filming the Ghost Hunt UK from early evening until late into the night they covered a lot of sensations, feeling that the ruins were once a defensive place; had some religious connection; a place with animals, possibly even breeding horses; a great hall, and a tall tower at one end; and a hunting lodge.
Together they covered many possible uses of the ruins over several centuries.
But no-one had any feeling that there had ever been a bear there, but, said the programme makers, “The legend says it only appears at Christmas”.