The Grove, Skelmanthorpe
Event Date: 06/12/14
Team member Lynsey booked a venue for us at The Grove in Skelmanthorpe. Skelmanthorpe is in a settled valley, on a shelf of land above a narrow river valley and is strongly allied to the textile industry with some substantial mill buildings. The village has grown with large spreading housing developments. These developments have made it the largest village within the parish, with a good range of facilities grouped at its centre.
The village was probably created during the Viking invasion in the 9th century, as they moved inland from the North Sea. There is no record of the village in the earlier Roman times.
The Grove is an Inn at the centre of a village near Huddersfield. This village although small has some good ghost stories and deaths in the venue.
During the 1770s, Skelmanthorpe Feast was a riotous affair with bull and bear-baiting and organised dog fights on the village green. A quote from John Taylor, who compiled a biography of Skelmanthorpe-born preacher Isaac Marsden (1807–1882), records that “Public houses were crowded with drunken revellers, who caroused all day and made night hideous with quarrels and disturbances…Among these scenes of revelry were mountebanks, showmen, fortune telling Gypsies, vagabonds and thieves from every quarter.” Skelmanthorpe Feast now happens every year on the field next to The Chartist and across the road from what was the Three Horse Shoes public house and is now shops. It has numerous different fairground rides such as slides and waltzes.
It is a known story about a man being in a fight in the backyard of The Grove. Unfortunately for this man he died of his injuries.
Also the lady who runs in Inn has seen mysterious objects near the open fire in what would have possibly been a tap room.
Our evening at The Grove started at 9pm. There were 15 customers and 5 team members. Louise did the introduction and Calum did the history and equipment.
Opening protection was led by Lyn with a calling out session which quickly followed. The K2’s were on red most of the time in the dining area where we started. We connected with a young boy who calls himself Daniel/Danny. This was a boy who worked under machines and he died of a tragic accident.
There was also a middle aged man who was very stern.
We spilt the team into two and started to do a human pendulum. This worked very well and both teams got different spirits and different stories.
We had two of the guest’s rooms to use. Room Three was where Calum and Lynsey did the pendulums with the guests and the Top room was where Louise and Lyn has a yes and no table.
After a break we then decided to move to the lower floors. Calum and Lynsey went down into the cellars (which were four little rooms, split off into sections). Lyn and Louise used a separate area and used the Spirit/Franks box which was a big success.
We finished just after 1:30am. The feedback we had was excellent and all of the guests seemed to get something, even the sceptics.
What the Mediums picked up
There was not a massive amount of activity going on in The Grove but everyone went home with something.
The Mediums that were working were Louise, Lynsey, Lyn, Fran, Sally, Brian and Darren. We picked up on 2 males one which died from something to do with his heart. He was a stocky male in his late 40s early 50s. He was around when The Grove was still an Inn in the 1800s. Louise and Sally connected with a young boy around the age of 7. He worked in a mill under the machines. He was very interested in what we were doing and stayed around us most of the evening. A female was picked up around the dining room from the Victorian era.
The things that were picked up were little at a time were so relevant by the end of the night. We managed to get a full story about the little boy.