Ghostbusters were spotted in the Enfield area recently as North London Paranormal Investigations began their search for things that go bump in the night in Enfield’s historic pubs and houses.
Inestigations began at The King & Tinker, inWhitewebbs Lane- one of the oldest pubs in England and it’s thought that a pub has stood on this site for over 1,000 years. The Investigators arrived in CSI-style uniform armed with ghost-hunting equipment, including infra-red Cameras, ghost grid lasers and digital voice recorders for capturing electronic voice phenomena (thought to be voices of the dead which are not heard by ear but are only heard upon playback of the recording).
EMF detectors and laser thermometers were also set up to detect sudden temperature changes and electromagnetic fields which are indicative of the presence of a spirit. Mickey Gocool, Founder, Lead investigator and experienced psychic medium began with a walk around the building to conduct baseline measurements of the temperature. “During my workaround upstairs in the landlord’s bedroom, I picked up on the spirit of a very tall man who was very active. I had also felt a very painful chest pain. I mentioned to the two independent witnesses what I had felt but it was not until I went back downstairs and reported my experience to the landlord that a customer approached me and stated that I had described a former landlord “Paul” who died in that room of a heart attack quite recently”
It had been reported to the N.L.P.I. team previously that the spirit of a little girl is seen in the pub kitchen. Remotely controlled night vision cameras were left in the kitchen along with a trigger object, a soft toy to encourage the spirit girl to interact.
During the investigation, the kitchen produced some great results, including sudden temperature drops and very strong EMF readings. A hand held night vision camera battery was completely depleted despite being fully charged as did the walkie talkie battery. The mains-powered night vision camera also failed to operate. This is common in the presence of spirit and the EMF detected a field which was about the same shape and size as a little girl.
The main bar area is unique has it has a fireplace that is oversized for the small pub. It is believed that the fireplace, which may contain a “priest hole”, and the manor house-style front door are parts of the original Whitewebbs House which was demolished sometime in the 1700s.
A “spirit box” session was conducted by the fireplace by the team and a few friends of the landlord. The spirit box did produced some audio specifically hearing “oi” quite clearly. Light anomalies were seen and videoed.
The evening was concluded with a Ouija board session. The landlord’s family and friends participated and seemingly made contact with “Paul” a former owner. “We hope to investigate as many ofEnfield’s buildings of interest,” said Gocool. “We have our own historian Charlotte Suleyman, and we were also accompanied by an independent observer, author Jason Hollis.”
“Jason is currently writing a book about Enfield ghosts, so we invited him to observe the investigation. Between us we have uncovered a lot of hidden or forgotten information about the pubs in the area – it’s been fascinating”.
North London Paranormal investigations are interested to hear from anyone in the area who has a “Haunted Property” and would not mind a team investigating.
Contact details on the website: www.nlpi.co.uk
One of the most popular searches on Fancyapint? is from people looking for pubs with Wi-Fi. This is now the third biggest searchable feature on the site behind TV Sport and Real/Guest Ale so if you as a publican don’t have Wi-Fi installed then seriously make that investment.
Given that we list several thousand pubs and bars who offer it, we’d thought we’d pick out those with the best combination of beer and bandwidth. Here’s our top ten in London:
|Ye Olde Mitre Tavern||020 7405 4751||“A true pub in all senses of the word”. 5-pint rating.||EC1N 6SJ||Farringdon|
|King’s Arms||020 7207 0784||“A great little pub and well worth stopping by.” 3 pint rating.||SE1 8TB||Waterloo|
|Counting House||020 7283 7123||“We could stay here all day . . . we nearly did”. 4 pint rating.||EC3V 3PD||Bank|
|Duke ofHamilton||020 7794 0258||“A solid 4-pinter’. 4-pint rating.||NW3 1JD||Hampstead|
|The Queen’s Head||020 7603 3174||“A great place to be,” “You won’t be disappointed.” 4-pint rating.||W6 7BL||Brook Green|
|The Seven Stars||020 7242 8521||“Excellent selection of well kept ale on the hand pumps.” 4-pint rating.||WC2A 7JB||Fleet Street|
|The Talbot||020 7241 2995||“A decent local pub serving a good drop of ale.” 3-pint rating.||N1 4JY||Dalston|
|The Dovetail Bar||020 7490 7321||“I must admit I simply love this pub!” 4-pint rating.||EC1V 4JP||Clerkenwell|
|Windmill||020 7491 8050||“Will definitely be back – well done to all at the pub.” 4-pint rating.||W1S 2AT||Soho|
|WindsorCastle||020 7723 4371||“History, celebrity, royalty, eccentricity and a decent pint all in the same spot – excellent.” 5-pint rating.||W1H 4LQ||Marble Arch|