THE GATES OF THE HELL-FIRE CAVES BECKON US IN!
On Saturday 28th April Rick, Mike and Paul (The Pinstripe Medium) from Real Or Otherside Paranormal Research travelled to the Hell-Fire Caves in West Wycombe to meet up with our friends Jayne, Jaime and Ron from Haunted Happenings for an evening of paranormal investigation alongside them and their guests.
The history of the caves is fascinating and when arriving you cannot help but be impressed by it's façade and the foreboding entrance that leads deep underground via it's maze of winding passages. All of the team could not wait to get inside to begin investigating and to try to uncover some more of the caves' shaded past …
Of ancient origin these unique caves were extended in the 1740’s by the infamous Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hell-Fire Club. His aim was to provide an extraordinary addition to his landscape gardens, no doubt inspired by his Grand Tours of Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Many of his fellow dilettantes were building great Estates and landscaping gardens and temples above ground but no others dared venture underground in this way. The chalk was used to build the main road from West Wycombe to High Wycombe. This also provided employment to the Villagers of West Wycombe following a succession of harvest failures. The achievement is a true feat of engineering and quite remarkable considering they were all dug by hand. You can still see the individual pick axe marks on the walls.
On his return from his travels Sir Francis established the famous Hell-Fire Club which subsequently held chapter meetings in the Caves and whose members included Lord Sandwich, John Wilkes and other senior aristocrats and statesmen. Sir Francis later became Chancellor of the Exchequer. Benjamin Franklin was a close friend and visited West Wycombe often.
The image above shows the many caves and labyrinth of tunnels buried underground including the Banqueting Hall that had all 3 members of Real Or Otherside Paranormal Research standing in awe and amazement. Whether any of the places we visit are haunted, or if ghosts even exist, we are truly lucky to be able to walk round such great locations steeped in history!
Whilst we were performing our own investigations we also got the chance to mix with the other guests while they took part in theirs and there certainly seemed to be a fair amount of activity split between the groups during the course of the evening. Of particular note was how Jayne and Paul (The Pinstripe Medium) were both affected, in the Banqueting Hall, with a feeling of being drunk – with Jayne even appearing to have trouble pronouncing her words!
We had a vast array of equipment running through the night and were more than happy to share with the other guests how these worked, what evidence they are designed to pick up and, if they wanted to, to actually use the equipment themselves … it was great to see people so interested and willing to learn.
As we were recording for most of the night we have a large amount of video and audio to go through but, rest assured, we will be reviewing it shortly and posting our findings so please check back soon for the full evidence review and video!