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.
|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.
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'.
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.
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
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.
|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.
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.
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
|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.
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.
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.