On March 12th, 2005 the TV show 'Most Haunted' came down to start a 3-night Live weekend in Brixham, Devon. Their first night was at Lupton House where they spent three hours, spending time in the main house, in the 'Strong Room', in the cellars and in the 'Folly'. The following is a write-up of the main activity that was reported during the night along with the information that medium Derek Acorah picked up on during the evening.

Mediumship Information

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Soon after the groups arrival Derek sensed a male presence. This man was masking himself and didn't want the crew there. He didn't want to be caught or captured. He was a cunning, sharp minded man and had a 'very good authority'. Yvette asked if he was like 'the head of the household', to which Derek agreed. Sam confirmed that this gentleman is irate, upset, not happy and that he had told Sam to move away from him. Derek then said that he had a vile temper.
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Derek also sensed a female spirit whom he described as youthful with long, flowing dark hair. He said that she was wearing a full gown that was coloured green and grey with a white collar. Derek said that she and the male presence mentioned above were not connected but felt as if they were linked in family, approximately 90 years apart. He gave the date of 1870 for this lady and said that she had been murdered. We later find out that this ladies name is Margaret. Derek tells us that she was murdered by her sister by incarceration and subsequant starvation in the cellars. He said that this was done 'through a great deal of jealousy with two women'.

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As the group were in the cellars Derek said that he was being made aware of a group of children being taught in the building around the early 1900's. He later said that the children were 'emotionally disturbed' but were all listening to the teacher and concentrating on learning. The class, mixed of boys and girls (although there were more girls) concentrated because, apparently, the female teacher was not nice and was very harsh.

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Later on, in the Strong Room, Derek speaks of a spirit named William Connor / Connors who lived in the area in the early 1700's. Derek described this male as being portly and short and who makes entries in ledgers. He is said to have been a very busy man who kept figures, and was in charge of 'taking in materials from a boat'. He moves in and out of the room, making the door squeak. Derek said that he pays for the bales and was possibly a smuggler.

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Derek picked up on one last spirit when the crew spent the remainder of the show up in the 'Folly'. Derek sensed a military person who has something to do with ships. He dated this presence at 'the time of the American Independance' (so, 1774 or thereabouts). He later gave the time period of 1600's into 1700's. Derek said that he was a naval officer and was connected with the 'Folly', fighting 'when all the ships were here in the habour'. He 'instructed against the French' and was something like an Admiral of the Fleet, overseeing one. Derek said that he was 55 when he died.

Physical Phenomena

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As is a common occurance with Most Haunted, a number of knocks and taps were reportedly heard although none were apparently caught on the audio recording.
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A trigger object was left in the Cellar that comprised of five old penny coins that were placed in a pentagonal formation and drawn around. As the crew entered the Cellar Richard Felix came up to Yvette to say that not only had the trigger objects been moved, but that they were covered in something 'sticky and translucent'. Ciaran then checked the coins under a UV light to determine whether or not they had been touched. These coins were then reset by Ciaran and were left, only to find upon revisiting the experiment that one of the coins had vanished. Then, mere minutes before the show was due to close for the night something was thrown at the crew as they were standing in the folly. Although not broadcast, this object turned out to be the missing coin.

Controversy

Unfortunately, it was the Brixham weekend that most people started to realise that Most Haunted weren't being entirely honest with their audience, specifically with Lupton House. Below is a small list of occurances of this nature...

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Derek Acorah said that he felt that the female spirit in the green and grey gown was murdered in 1870. Although there is no record of a murder (or indeed any murder) happening in the building, there was a grizzly murder of a lady in 1870 at Castel-a-Mare in Torquay, just a few miles away from Lupton House. Many people have noted on these strikingly similar scenarios.
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Derek gave the name of Margaret to this female spirit, and said that she had been incarcerated in the cellars by another woman due to 'great jealousy' where Margaret subsequantly starved to death. Again, there is no evidence to suggest that this happened at Lupton. However, what was said very eeriely resembles a famous and well-known piece of historical fact from Berry Pomeroy Castle (which they were to visit a couple of days later). At Berry Pomeroy Castle two sisters, Margaret and Eleanor de Pomeroy, both fell in love with the same man. Eleanor, fuming with jealousy, incarcerated Margaret in what is now known as 'St. Margarets Tower' where she was left to starve to death. Again, this did not go un-noticed by people who had knowledge of the local area.

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During the evening the crew sat down to conduct a glass divination session. During this Yvette sat down at the table and placed her gloved finger onto the base of the glass, asking out "If you are still there, please can you move the glass?". Upon saying this her finger visibly slides over the base before she says "Thank you." Then, perhaps noticing her mistake, shook her hand, grumbled and took her gloves off. Pretty much everybody who sees the clip of this (it's out there if you look) personally conclude that Yvette was consciously attempting to push the glass.