SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2013
Join A.S.H Psychic, paranormal & Ghosts for an amazing ghosthunting experience in what is considered to be "The" Most Haunted location in The U.K !!
Experience the Fallstffs experience with us and expert medium advice and tools as always for just £39.00
Will include hot and cold beverages. We advise you to bring a packed lunch as the distance will not allow us to cater for buffet.
Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire approx 40 miles from Leicester centre.
The evening will begin with a full guide & tour by the fallstaffs experienced staff.
GHOSTS AND HAUNTINGS
" The Falstaff Experience is one of the most unique and haunted places in the world"
(Fiona Broome, paranormal author and founder of Hollowhill)
The Falstaff Experience has been cited as "the most haunted building in England" by author Terry Deary. Hundreds of investigations have taken place, including Most Haunted. Derek Acorah described it as "one of the most frightened I have ever encountered". Ian Lawman from Living with the Dead called it a "scary place" and Phillip Soloman, psychic to the stars, said it was "one of the most haunted I have ever visited". There are said to be more than 40 spirits residing within the building, with visitors reporting experiences to us on a daily basis.
Here is just a brief synopses of the most frequently reported phenomena. If we listed them all, we would have to write a book!
The spirits and ghosts within
There are a number of 'dominant' spirits said to be active in the property: an archer from the time of Henry VIII; a serial murderer from the 18th century (some people are calling 'Stratford Ripper' to make him sound more dramatic and claim for themselves); a little girl who was a pickpocket in the tavern; a Catholic gentleman from the time of the reformation and a justice of the peace who used his power to run an extortion ring with threats, violence and trumped up charges. There are also sightings of the parliamentary soldiers (although it is more common to experience their injuries); the victims of the serial murderer; children and animals. During certain times of year a dark hooded figure with red glowing eyes, who is said to be a very ancient spirit, stands back and watches.
Literally hundreds of investigations have been undertaken at the property (see Haunted Experience on You Tube as one example) and Most Haunted Live. Although many towns and buildings have claimed to be "the most haunted in...", this building's long and turbulent history and a number of vortexs said to be sited on the second floor (through which a number of 'non-grounded' spirits are said to visit regularly), as well as paranormal activity reported to us on a daily basis, it is understandable that the Shrieve's House has been given the reputation as being "...the most haunted building in England". This is not the claim of the owners but of Terry Deary of Horrible Histories fame, who dedicated his latest book 'Stratford-Upon-Avon' to the Shrieve's House and a certificate from the Wiccan Insitute "in recognition of a greater amount of paranormal and spirit activity than any other building/site".
Fiona Broome, an American paranormal journalist (recognised by Haunted Times) who has visited properties all over the world goes one further and has pronounced on a recent podcast that she considers the property "...the most unique and haunted in the world".
The Most Haunted team, filming for Living TV, investigated the property in 2004, during which Derek Acorah became possessed while within the building.
DEREK ACORAH LATER WROTE [LETTER ON DISPLAY]
My personal experience at Shrieves House Barn, in Stratford- Upon-Avon, was a truly unforgettable one and one of the most frightening I have ever encountered.
From the moment I entered the building, I felt an overwhelming sense of anguish and dread, with many, many souls present in the atmosphere. There was certainly evidence of sorcery and witchcraft present everywhere with an almighty stench of rotting flesh all around me.
As I made my way upstairs, I was aware of a particular bad soul, trying desperately to unnerve me. What happened next will stay with to this very day. A gruesome experience of consummation and torture surrounded my whole body, leading me to the point of collapse. Fortunately, due to the quick thinking and response of my production crew, I was helped out of the building and to safety.
To this day, I have not since returned inside Shrieves House barn, to revisit the Spirit energy that resides within and although very scary and frightening at the time, it was undoubtedly one very special encounter to remember.
Although I do not relish the thought, I firmly believe that I shall once again return to the Falstaffs Experience to reacquaint myself with what or who lurks inside.
The History of 40 Sheep Street [THE FALLSTAFFS]
Stratford Upon Avon - the beginning
Stratford upon Avon was founded by the Saxons when they invaded what is now Warwickshire in the 7th century AD. The name Stratford is made up of Celtic and Saxon words. It was the straet ford that is the ford by the Roman road. Avon is a Celtic word meaning river or water.
At first Stratford Upon Avon was a typical village but in the late 12th century it was transformed into a town. (At that time trade and commerce were growing rapidly and many new towns were founded). In the year 1196 King Richard I granted Stratford the right to hold weekly markets.
Soon the town of Stratford Upon Avon was up and running and there were many craftsmen there such as blacksmiths, carpenters, shoemakers, brewers and bakers. Stratford was also known for its malting industry. (Processing barley for brewing).
Medieval Stratford Upon Avon would seem tiny to us. It probably only had a population of between 1,000 and 1,500. However towns were very small in those days.
By the 13th century Stratford had a small grammar school.
In the Middle Ages people formed religious communities called guilds. The Guild of the Holy Cross was formed in Stratford in 1269. The guild had its own chapel which still stands.
In 1553 King Edward VI refounded the grammar school. In the same year he incorporated Stratford Upon Avon (formed a corporation to run it).
Meanwhile in 1557 a glover from Stratford Upon Avon named John Shakespeare married Mary Arden, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer from Wilmcote.
Their son William was born on or about 23 April 1564 in a house in Henley Street. The son of a middle-class citizen he would have attended the grammar school. In 1582 William married Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a farmer from nearby Shottery.
However in 1587 William Shakespeare left for London. In 1597 he bought a house named New Place in Stratford Upon Avon, which he lived in when he retired.
William Shakespeare had a daughter called Susanna. She married a man named John Hall and they lived in a house in Stratford called Hall's Croft
40 Sheep Street
Meanwhile at 40 Sheep Street, the first known tenant of the building William Shrieve was in residence from 1536. Master Shrieve was an archer to King Henry VIII. The house is still called 'The Shrieve's House' to this day, and it could therefore be reasonably assumed he was an important figure in his time and may possibly have been a Sheriff of some sort, as his name suggests.
There have been several fires in Stratford. The 1594 fire burnt down much of one half of Stratford and the fire in 1595 burnt down much of the other side (high Street, Bridge Street and Sheep Street. The front of the Shrieve's building survived, which was built around 1470, however the rest of the property was extensively rebuilt. The 1595 cobblestones are therefore the oldest surviving in Stratford-Upon-Avon and on which William Shakespeare himself would have walked on his way to the Three Tunns Tavern.
40 Sheep Street - the beginning
There has been property on this site since 1196 when the Bishop of Worcester divided the area into 29 plots. 40 Sheep Street was one of those plots, just a short stroll from the riverside.
This building, which consists of a wattle-and-daub medieval house (the oldest lived in house in Stratford) and the huge 16th century barn at the rear, has been known as the Shrieves House for the last 500 years.
16th Century Stratford-Upon-Avon
In the late 16th century Stratford Upon Avon was still a small market town. It probably had a population of between 1,500 and 2,000. The town slowly grew despite outbreaks of plague in 1564 and in 1645.
In the 16th century the property was a tavern and the tavern keeper, William Rogers, is said to have been some of the inspiration for Shakespeare's famous comic character Falstaff who appears in two of his plays. There is also documented evidence that his family had strong connections with Shakespeare, as Shakespeare's daughter Suzannah was close friends with Elizabeth, the daughter of the Rogers; Shakespeare also left their nephew, William Walker, 20 shillings in his will. At this time the property would have consisted of not only the house but outhouses, a stable and a blacksmiths.
17th Century Stratford-Upon-Avon
During the mid 17th century, the English Civil War began. Royalists (for the king) fought the parliamentarians (for Parliament/the people). Charles I against the armies of Oliver Cromwell. Stratford was firstly occupied by Royalist but later by the Parliamentarians. In an attempt to blow up Lord Brooke, Royalists put gunpowder in the cellars of the Town Hall at the top of Sheep Street. However, they mistimed it and he lived for another day (to be killed by a snipper a few months later). The Town Hall was rebuilt and can clearly be seen from the upper windows of 40 Sheep Street.
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