Guest medium Ian Lawman To make this easier on myself I am going to write room by room rather than order of events.
Cellar Ian sensed that the room was once bigger than it is as we see it today, he also sensed tunnels were once part of the cellar. Not much more was picked up on by Ian in here. Later on in the night 3 of us did a vigil in the cellar in the dark, the equipment we used were a torch, K2 EMF, sound enhancing headset, video camera and a ghost radar app on mobile phone. We allowed our eyes to adjust to the darkness a little before calling out to any spirits in the room with us - the atmosphere in the room felt fine. We called out to try and get some kind of response from any spirits using the name Edward but to no avail, we started chatting amongst ourselves and just generally relaxing at this point we all heard scratching noises which sounded to come from behind where I was sat but inside the cellar. Charlie saw on camera a bright light which was not visible by naked eye, he moved the camera around to try and eliminate light flare and any other anomalies caused by the camera lighting or lense but the bright light was static all the time. The scratching noises continued, my back and shoulders began to get ice cold Charlie asked how I was feeling I told him and he said there was a black shadow behind me and I felt something lightly touch my hair at the back of my head, this lasted for a few minutes my back warmed up and my hands started to get cold the shadow that was behind me had moved to the side of me, theshadow eventually disappeared from my side and Charlie suddenly became cold he felt this presence was a bully, later he said a surname of Beaumont but could not pick up on a first name. Charlie sensed the cellar was used at some point for brewing alcohol illegally. The spirit moved away from Charlie All seemed to go quiet, at this point Charlie put his ghost radar on whichgave the words Chinese, Australia, Farther and Doctor (I may have forgotten some). All these words were relevant to conversations that had taken place during the night. Vigil concluded.
Living Room We started the night gathering in the Living room and chatting with Ian who told us a bit more about his abilities and his past, how he found out abouthis abilities and his past experiences, I think all would agree he is fascinating to listen to and it was a real pleasure to meet him. We started our walk around the house after this intro. Later Rachel, the 3 from the cellar vigil and later still Kester returned tothe room to try and contact Sarah, the ghost of a little girl who is residentwe tried table tipping however nothing more than a few vibrations were felt and there was no further movement. Kester came in and we were chatting amongst ourselves the ghost radar said the word "monkey" Rachel had called Sarah a cheeky little monkey moments before but Kester said it had real relevance and he would tell us later. Ian had a group in the living room again whilst I was in the cellar so I am not sure what happened here.
Bedroom 1 (small) front of house Ian felt the presence of a lady with long hair, she was looking out of the window in a state of upset as if she was waiting for someone to come home. I felt strange at this point it is difficult to describe the feeling but I will try, I had the image of Rachel but with darker hair (dark blonde, not quite brown) and older period clothing from 30's/40's stood looking out ofthe window, I am sad to say I did not speak up and report my feelings which I should do. We did not spend much time in the room and moved on.
1st Floor bathroom Ian saw the room completely differently - he saw beds - Rachel confirmed this was not always a bathroom. He felt the presence of a man in military uniformin this room, I felt the lady from bedroom 1 and this gentleman were connected and from the same time period. Again I kept this to myself because I am shy. Bedroom 2 back of house In this room Ian felt a business of sorts was involved but one that was struggling he saw money going out constantly but not money coming back in. He also saw boats possibly for freight purposes. Ian also felt there was another property connected withthe one we were in.
Bedroom 3 (large) Front of house This was the room where I felt the strongest about Rachel having lived in this property in a previous life. Charles had mentioned that he had a numb feeling in his left arm since being in the attic. Ian felt the property had a lady visiting, he saw her pull up in a coach and come to the house. He described clothing of a dress with a bustier and long skirt. He described her a a lady of the night.
Attic This room is filled with a darker atmosphere to the rest of the house. Ian felt a presence of a Doctor in this room or someone with medical standing. He also felt there was a central beam at some point and someone had hung themselves in this room from that beam. I was feeling very enclosed in this large room we were all stood in a circle around the edges of the room I felt that I needed to move into the middle of the circle. Ian asked me to do just that and said that where I stopped (which is where i wanted to stop) this is where he had visions of the body hanging from the beam. A seance with Ian took place in this room which I was not party to as I was in the cellar doing the afore mentioned vigil. However from what my husband told me afterwards a woman saw a demonic looking entity with a face like a monkey, I believe this is what Kester said was relevant about the word monkey coming up on the ghost radar in the living room. My husband had also felt a numb feeling in his hand in the attic space. A few of us ended the night with a vigil in the attic Rachel tried calling out and some guests heard deep breaths coming from the corner where Stan (Ian's mate) was sat. Stan was in a very relaxed state and felt very comfortable in this room. Little more happened in this room.
Account by Guest Lisa Pickup
Bolling Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire, 16th March 2013
In attendance was guest medium TV's Ian Lawman
I have to start this write up by saying Bolling hall is an amazing place to visit, the architecture, the atmosphere, the grandeur, to me it has a Bronte-esk romantic feel but I am a person that can imagine what a building would have been like back in it's day, it's not difficult to do here due to how the rooms are presented. I would urge anyone who has never visited Bolling hall to go it is open as a museum during the day time as well as offered up as a paranormal event in the evening come night times.
We started our evening in what I like to call the Great Hall which was our base room for the evening, Ian introduced himself and told us about some of his experiences throughout his life, a truly fascinating and genuine bloke, I could have listened all night, however if I had then I would not have had the wonderful experiences which followed.
A lot of the guests reported feeling unsteady on their feet like on a boat. I personally felt anxious like I was waiting for something to happen or for something or someone who was important to arrive. Pauline a GNE resident medium had felt a Richard and a Rosamund in this room (see history section later). Some reported a difficulty in breathing and pressure around their heads as if their throats were being restricted. Ian had picked up on some kind of fetish act that had gone wrong and caused death. Rachel reported hearing a groan coming from the wall behind her.
Later in this room a smaller group of us went armed with night vision goggles, EMF meters, hearing enhancers and of course a table for table tipping. The lights were turned off and we called out individually to try and get a reaction from spirit, one of the guests laid on the bed whilst a few of us tried some table tipping, the reaction from the table tipping was phenomenal the table moved fast, it tipped to one side and almost went onto leg at one point before moving towards the bed. A truly amazing room in a truly amazing building.
In this room guests felt a heavy feeling on their shoulders like being pushed down, one guest reported a pain their leg and a heavy feeling along with it. Ian picked up on a little boy wearing callipers which would explain the guests feeling on her leg. He also sensed a little girl very pale in colour with a cold feeling, he sensed she drowned on or near the grounds of Bolling hall and felt that the heavy feeling and coldness people felt was her. Later in the night back in this room table tipping was very active again but this time the table was gliding around on a carpet with ease. One of the small chairs sounded like it moved on the wood floor on its own with nobody stood near it. A few guests were invited to try and move the table on the carpet to demonstrate how difficult it is and so they could feel the difference between the movement in the table tipping where it glides across the floor with ease and just normal movement.
Ian had the feeling of being pregnant in this room and sensed a miscarriage had taken place here. Later in the night I felt really strong period like pain in this room. I also had a burning feeling in my back (this is the second time this has happened to me in this room on different nights) I know a fire took place at Bolling hall but I am not sure at this point which part of the building it took place in or if anybody was injured or killed, I am trying to research this at the moment and will update the history section later if I find any information. Ian felt his throat burning in this room possibly a poisoning. Ian felt this room to be very active at times.
We had the infra red camera set up in this room where orbs came seemingly on command which was a truly spectacular thing to watch. Ian sensed very little in this room. We tried using the ghost radio in this room with little success. We walked back through this room after visiting other rooms and the monitor had been turned off and had moved and the camera had moved round facing a different direction.
Oliver Cromwell Mask Room
Ian and Pauline felt a struggle had taken place in this room a woman was grabbed by a man but she got away, Pauline feels that she ran up the tower but this area is restricted to public.
14 babies were born in this room, I always feel at home in this room, Ian sensed a man called Richard and a lady called Mary Elizabeth in this room, He asked if anyone had a pain in their eye as he felt someone with a glass eye in this room also.
Bedroom Top Floor
Ian sensed someone being hung in this room, a gun accident in a dual over a lady called Mary Jane where the gun misfired and went off in his face causing severe burns and damage to his facial features, his name is Edward. Edward had a moustache and beard.
Pauline sensed dogs and children in this room, Ian felt water to be close by, a female guest confirmed there is a well outside the building, Ian felt this room should be bigger and that the fireplace was different somehow.
I always feel a man with me in this room, in my minds eye I see a picture of this man he is tall, stocky but not fat by any means, he is a handsome man with a moustache, his clothing is like a gamekeeper or groundsman would wear. Other sightings of this man have been reported across the years, some say he is angry but I don't feel this, Some see him with a shotgun, Ian in fact saw him with a gun this night – I tend to think this is why people think he is angry because he carries the tool of his trade which is a gun, this of course is my personal opinion as these reports were pulled of the internet from other paranormal groups and I have never met them to get their take on it. Ian did not mention the man being angry at all. Ian and Rachel felt the name Fred/Freddie being called in this room this was the dog. Did Freddie belong to our gun wielding gentleman?
Attic (newly opened)
As soon as walked into this room I felt a strong sense of upset and I wanted to cry, I walked over to the far wall and crouched down low to the ground, I felt more comfortable in this position like this is where I should be. Pauline told us that a boy was locked in this room because he was declared a 'lunatic' and brought shame to the family so they hid him away.
Rachel and I did a lone vigil in this room with Iain my husband filming us. We did this at the request of a gentleman in spirit. This is the same gentleman that joins me in the far kitchen. There is a door leading to a small corridor in this room with another door at the other end like adjoining rooms but the other door is locked. I stood in here with the door closed in the dark and could hear Rachel calling out, at this point her hearing enhancers started giving feedback noises, the strange thing was the feedback sounded like it was in the room with me also even though the door was closed!!!!! I went back into the main room to join the others and stood by the fireplace with Rachel, we called out and my husband reported orbs around us but not reacting like normal dust or insects. The orbs seemed to move in a zig zag like movement and straight up and down. Tapping noises started to come from near the window. I described the man to Rachel that I could see for the first time and Rachel agreed with my description it was the same man that came to her also, whilst I was doing this I got the name Richard or Richards or Richardson I was unsure if it was a first name or surname and as I was saying all this out loud the name Richard appeared in my mind very clearly as if spirit was helping me out. This man is very handsome and if you put a suit you could mistake him for a very wealthy, well to do man maybe even the man of the house. Rachel and I moved to where the noises were coming from which was by the window but behind a large round dining table – the noises stopped!!!! We called out again using the name Richard and we got a very strong but sweet smell Rachel said violets I said flowers but hey I am not much of a gardener and flowers are flowers to me. On the table in front of us was a vase of dried grasses these appeared to move as if still outdoors in the breeze, this could of course be a trick of the light or dark in this case. All this time Iain could see orbs on the camera around us. Around the table were some tall backed chairs, I was stood next to one and was resting my arm casually on the top of one very relaxed, Rachel looked at where my hand was and saw a figure crouching under my hand when I looked I could see the figure also, no facial features just a shadowy figure it then disappeared.
WARNING: The history section gives names and dates of the residents of Bolling hall. If you do not wish to see this STOP READING NOW
History of Bolling Hall
The first known reference to the Manor of Bolling was in the Domesday Book in 1086. It had been owned by someone called Sindi but by 1086 was held by Ilbert De Laci who was given it by the King for his help at the Battle of Hastings.
It’s not known how long the De Laci family held Bolling but by 1316 William Bolling is described as Lord of the Manor.
At the time of the War of the Roses the then head of the family, Robert Bolling, supported the Lancastrians and fought for them. After this he was accused of high treason by Edward 4th. His life was saved by pardon of the King but his land and manor were taken from him. In 1475 he begged for the return of his estates and the king relented.
In 1446 Robert had betrothed his son, Tristam (then only a boy) to Beatrice Calverley (also under 12 years old at the time). Tristam inherited the estate in 1487.
Tristam and Beatrice only had one surviving child, Rosamund who then married Richard Tempest in 1497 (Tristam Bolling remarried after his wife’s death and he and his new wife had a son, Edward. However, he was illegitimate and so didn’t inherit the estate, which went to Rosamund).
Rosamund received Bolling Hall and the adjacent lands as her dowry and after her father’s death succeeded to the estate. Therefore, the manor now passed into the hands of the Tempest family. They extended the house adding the kitchens, cellars, passage, parlour, a suite of bedrooms and the Great Hall.
Rosamund and Richard Tempest had 13 children, three of whom died in infancy. Could these 13 be part of the 14 babies born in the Green room? Is this the Rosamund and Richard felt by Pauline in the Red room? Is this the same Richard that Rachel and I see when we visit?
Richard Tempest was knighted in 1513, became High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1516 and was elected to Parliament in 1529. However, he somehow became involved in the unsuccessful Rebellion of Northern Gentry in 1536, was arrested in London in 1537 and died a few weeks later whilst still in jail awaiting trial. Is this why Rosamund stands at the window in the Red room crying? Is she waiting for news of Richard? Has she just been made aware that her husband has passed? Is she struck with shame at her husband being arrested?
Rosamund managed the Bolling Estates until her death in 1553 when she was succeeded by her oldest surviving son, Sir John Tempest. He left no children and so was succeeded by his brother Nicholas.
At the beginning of the Civil War, the last Richard Tempest fought for the king and Bolling Hall was the Royalist Headquarters for the siege of Bradford in 1643. However, Richard changed sides a year later and was later fined £1,748 for his part in the war placing him in severe financial difficulties.
In 1649 Richard Tempest sold the Manor to Henry Savile. In 1657 Richard Tempest died a debtor in the Fleet Prison.
In 1668 Henry Savile sold the Manor on to Francis Lindley (a barrister and son of a Hull merchant). Francis died less than a year later and his wife Elizabeth managed the estates until his son, the second Francis Lindley (known as Frank) came of age (they also had a daughter, Betty). Before this they lived in Manchester rather than at the hall.
The second Francis (Frank) Lindley lived at Bolling Hall with his wife Caroline until his death in 1734.
Caroline and her two daughters then had to look after the estate on the behalf of their son, Walter, who had been declared a ‘lunatic’. Is this the boy that made me want to cry and crouch in the Attic?
Walter died in 1760 and the estate was passed to a cousin, Thomas Pigott (a grandson of the first Francis Lindlay). He died in 1770 and left the estate to his cousin Captain Charles Wood.
After the 1870′s it was divided into tenements and several families had a couple of rooms each (one of which is known to be the Oddy’s who had the two rooms under the Georgian Staircase in the 1880′s and 90′s).
By Lisa Pickup Guest Writer, Researcher and Guest of Ghost Night Events
BOLLING HALL GHOST HUNT REVIEW OF 16TH MARCH 2013 WITH LIVING TVS
MEDIUM IAN LAWMAN & THE GHOST NIGHT EVENTS GROUP
We began a most exciting night of paranormal investigation / ghost hunt with Living T.Vs Celebrity Medium Ian Lawman. A man reputed to be the bad boy of the Spirit World, A priest whom seeks Spirit in Haunted Locations such as this Haunted House Bolling Hall in Bradford West Yorkshire. This is one of Ghost Night Events Teams most favoured haunted locations. It never fails to be a paranormal hotspot! One of our investigators had already sensed the name of a gent whom Ian would encounter later in the night! Ian Lawman started his night by introducing who he was and how he recognised his ability as a Medium and a Psychic. We then began a most amazing Walk around the location. Ian was accurate and spoke of things we as a group recognised from previous investigations. These are the findings Room by Room as we explored the location.
RED ROOM – Most guests felt nausea and anxious on entering the room. Ian and Some guests felt as though on a boat and breathless tightness and gasping with pressure around the head, guests Caroline and Kathleen in particular. Ian sensed an Indian Prince but could not say if attached to the room or objects. Pauline Day medium of Ghost Night Events spoke of a Richard and Rosamund and spoke of him not returning that she was looking for him all the time through the window. Ian Lawman sensed a fetish act going wrong, strangulation. A Dear John letter given due to war. Wanting to look out of the window and cry. I heard a groaning noise coming through the wall. A male guest had a vision of a woman with brown hair being strangled. He only told us when he left the room to the nursery as he experienced it again when he entered Red Room once more.
NURSERY – EMF meters were going onto orange and red showing EMF Field detection. Mobile phones were off and no apparent wiring or explanation. Phillip a guest had heard earlier the piano being played and children.
Ian Lawman spoke of sensing his leg in a brace – a calliper. A female guest had a pain in her leg and heaviness with it too. Ian spoke of a spirit boy called Daniel he had mild autism / learning difficulties dragging his leg. He would shout and cover his ears. A little girl Lucy Or Lucinda was sensed very pale whom aged 5-6 had drowned in the grounds here at Bolling Hall very pale looking. The cold feeling that people would sense was her. Ian explained he felt her anxiety jittery, like on drugs. Rowena, Amanda and I had heard a groan as Ian spoke. Another female guest felt like her shoulders were being pushed down. Medium Pauline Day spoke of war and smelt thamaldahide, and saw bodies laid out in this room.
GHOST ROOM – Female guest did not want to look at the bed. Some females felt anxious and upset. Ian spoke of feeling pregnant in his room. He felt the room to be extremely haunted in there. A grey lady would be seen walking up and down. Someone had small pox / plague in this room. A person whom had a bad chest and was very ill. Male guest felt his throat itchy. Ian spoke of a miscarriage in the room occurring.
BLUE ROOM – It was cold and misty. Female guest felt aching arm wanted to rest it possibly a stroke victim? Ian felt fine in this room.
OLIVER CROMWELLS MASK ROOM – Ian Lawman got a headache in here as soon as he entered. Both he and Pauline sensed a woman running away from a man. He grabbed her in here but she got away. Ian did not like the room. I saw an orb with my physical eye at the far end of the panelling quite high up it was bluish in colour I have a photograph please see after this report. Pic named Oliver Cromwell Room Orb.
GREEN ROOM – Ian spoke of a Richard in here and a Mary, Elizabeth. He sensed a large afro / Caribbean lady a servant/slave. The family respected her. He felt her right hand is missing maybe had a hook. He sensed Army military uniform here, red colours and an American accent. Has a glass eye. Female guests felt panicky in the room, was it the woman being chased and stabbed. This happened late 1750’s. Ian asked if another building was on the site. He mentioned the name Albert Grobar or Grower – this was whom Amanda a Ghost Night Events Team Member had mentioned earlier to me as she meditated in her car before the event.
ATTIC BIG ROOM LIKE BEDROOM – Ian sensed a hanging in here, a portly man with a moustache and a beard. From the 15th Century his gun had gone off in his face, his head and face burnt following a duel his name was Edward? It was over a lady called Mary Jane. Ian laughed and spoke of it being a frisky house! Like a big orgy. This room had that feeling attached to it.
KITCHEN – Ian Lawman spoke of water below at the same spot where Brett a Paranormal Investigator for Ghost Night Events said we would place a table at for glass divination! Ian thought there to be a well a lady guest Rowena confirmed that there was one outside. Ian thought the room had changed it had as we saw the fireplace had been bricked up to the other side. Pauline got dogs and children in this room.
FAR KITCHEN – Slaughtered animals in here? A very active paranormal room. Ian sensed a man to his right. The door felt wrong. A tense feeling in here as though we were not allowed to speak. A female guest heard the Lord’s Prayer being spoken. Ian sensed a man a gamekeeper in here with 2 pheasants in hand. He saw the room move and got 4 or 5 ladies in the room running around. A lady Spirit was stood in the doorway by me, a smell of wet dog a terrier? Lisa a guest spoke of the man being here most of the time with her – I confirmed that I thought I knew who he was and we were to do a lone vigil communicating with him later. Ian got the name Freddy but it was the dog. The man would chew tobacco. Pre Victorian early 1800’s this was the same man Lisa, Pauline and I had encountered before but in the Snug area of Bolling Hall.
SNUG – Pauline sensed the man called Henry. Ian Lawman saw a preacher come in. A man a doctor, sat at a desk. He was fascinated by the stars and moon. A doctor in something else, he saw specimens around of the name of Stephens or Stevin’s. He felt it should be Quiet in this room, money was here. He sensed boats import and export, rolling out of maps and bringing things into the country.
This was Medium Ian Lawman’s Walk around the Location of Bradford’s Bolling Hall his and the guests encountered during such. Medium Pauline Day also contributed her findings.