Ghostly Apparations at the Haunted Hospital in Buckinghamshire
Ghostly Goings on in Buckinghamshire
Like all small towns and villages in England, Buckinghamshire has its fair share of ghosts and ghouls. In Marlow, we have the famous Grey Lady, also known as Dame Elizabeth Hoby. I say Marlow, but actually, it's just over the bridge at Bisham which skips to the next county, Berkshire.
One of the spookiest places has to be creepy old Taplow Hospital, or should I say, the Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Cliveden Buckinghamshire.
It was creepy when I had my son there 35 years ago, and when it became derelict, it was said to be haunted by many ghosts.
The Canadian Red Cross Hospital was closed in 1985 and was derelict for over 20 years. In 1914, the Astor family built it for injured military personnel; at that time, it was called the Duchess of Connaught Hospital.
By the Second World War, the name was changed to Canadian Red Cross Memorial. After the war, it became part of the NHS and opened its doors to the general public
'Like the Mary Celeste'
When the hospital closed, the ghost hunters came. The strange thing about the hospital is that it wasn't cleared out, it was just abandoned. Spare parts, medical equipment, and personal medical records were left behind.
From 1984 to '88, the hospital was guarded to stop curious eyes and keep treasure seekers out, but after 1988, it was left completely.
For the first explorers of this derelict hospital, the sights must have been pretty spooky, to say the least. The wards, kitchen and the famous black laboratories where animal experiments took place, alongside the morgue, must have been chilling to see.
Some people whispered that it was like the Mary Celeste. A lot of the ghost hunters would stay there, as the nurses' accommodations were still habitable.
And so the ghostly sightings began to creep out into the public's ears, and stories started to be told of a strange misty type of atmosphere that seemed to swirl and move along the main hospital corridor.
The First Explorers Get More Than They Bargained For
Eyewitness accounts by musician Damon Torsten and his friend Owen Pellow stated that "There's is a haze that seems to exude an aura as you walk through the corridor. its as though something or someone was telling you to get out."
They go on to say that they saw a lamp post swaying and creaking even though there was no draught in the room and there were other noises they could hear too. The uneasiness was the worst, they said.
Obviously, psychology pops its head up here. We would all feel uneasy in this setting, but some of the sightings and feelings were more difficult to explain.
The two men decided to go back to investigate and found documents concerning details of patients who had died at the hospital. Their batteries began to fail and they decided to leave, but as they walked down a strange side corridor, they were suddenly frightened out of their wits!
A loud noise suddenly broke the silence and the bang became a really loud moan. The groaning became louder and got higher and higher until it became an insane screech!
Then they saw something come rushing towards them! The guys just stood there totally frozen, and both said afterward that they could feel complete evil coming towards them. Like millions of bat wings flapping. Suddenly they started running and got out of there as quickly as they could.
Later the entity would start to be called the Flincher.
Walk Through Of The Abandoned Hospital.
Séance in the Chapel
Other ghosts are said to be seen walking, or in the case of the one-legged soldier, stomping around the hospital, such as Sandra who lived near the hospital.
She claims that one night her family were just looking around the ruins and ended up in the chapel of the hospital. Thinking that it would be safe there (let's face it, no ghost is going to mess with Jesus), they went in for a séance just for fun! Not the best idea!
She goes on to say that it was the most frightening night of her life. There were five people in the room and one who decided to take photos.
After leaving the room, Sandra heard her mother say, "Quick, take a photo!" At that point, the corridor outside went icy cold, the batteries in the camera died and her mother couldn't move! She said something was stopping her!
All of a sudden they all found they couldn't move and started to choke. It took approximately five minutes to move them and the mother out of the way. One of the men had been trying to move her, but it was as though she had turned to stone. She began to be sick and screamed, "Something was trying to choke me!"
By this time the camera had started working again, and when the photo was checked there, on the screen was a big ball of light wrapped around her lower legs.
The séance hadn't been "closed" so they quickly said their words, and as they spoke the air went cold again and Sandra doubled over in pain.
Later, checking the photos they noticed small balls of light, or orbs, surrounding them.
Feeling the touch of death on the neck can give one quite a start!— Nell Rose
“Ghosts are just our minds telling us that subconsciously we feel guilty about something we should have done, would have done, but never took the time!”— Nell Rose
Would You Consider Living Here?
There are many more tales of ghostly happenings at this creepy old hospital, luckily it's now been pulled down and turned into new homes.
But let me ask you a question.
Would you buy a house on top of the ruins where a haunted hospital stood?
Have you ever gone Ghost Hunting in a haunted house or Hospital?
*Just a small note on counties. Some people believe Cliveden Taplow is in Berkshire, others have placed it in Buckinghamshire. The truth is that it sits on the east bank of the river Thames, which is still Bucks, opposite Maidenhead which is in Berkshire. According to Wikipedia.
© 2015 Nell Rose