Can you spot the spirit in this picture? Paranormal investigators in Gloucester
THINGS that went bump in the night could be evidence of paranormal activity in two historic city locations.
Gloucestershire Paranormal Society felt the energy from spirits next to the remains of Gloucester's Roman wall in Eastgate Street and heard footsteps on a stairwell not used by the public, in the city museum around the corner in Brunswick Road.
"It was potentially very significant," said society member Hayley Smith, who was part of two groups which investigated the areas from 8pm until 1am on Thursday, August 1.
"There were things that cannot be explained and that may well be paranormal."
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Accompanied by members of the public and Gloucestershire Supernatural Seekers armed with video cameras and equipment to record sound phenomena, they also heard a scream in the museum.
"This proved to be useful in evidence as one had picked up a scream in the Roman chambers which had only been heard by a GSS team member," said Hayley.
"Both groups found the night as one to go home with an experience, whether they had captured an orb on their own camera or heard a rustling of footsteps. Each person that night experienced something of a kind."
The orbs, or circular anomalies, recorded in the excavated area of the Roman wall under the Boots store could be evidence linked to a Tudor horse pool which would have been used by horses that travelled into the city to bathe and drink, she said.
Hayley said the sounds of footsteps could be linked to Roman remains found on the corner of Brunswick Road Eastgate Street which contained young children, dating from around 300 AD.
"There is no public access to this area and the museum was closed," she said.
Hugh Worsnip of Gloucester Civic Trust said: "There is much evidence of Roman activity and from later periods in that area but I am very sceptical of paranormal activity.
"I am not a great believer."