There are few places in England as evocative of the Tudor era as Hampton Court Palace. The magnificent iconic edifice we all love was Henry VIII's London home and residence to all of his wives. By day it is filled with tourists from all over world and it attracts nearly 1 million visitors a year.
By night, when the guests leave and the Warders lock the gates, the palace becomes alive again but this time it is not the living that fill the courts and cloisters. You may not see the ghosts of residents past on your visit but if you are lucky enough to walk the cobbles after dusk, you can expect to experience the eerie feeling that you are never quite alone.
Recordings for EVP at the palace are rarely uneventful, most have multiple clear voices that join us in conversation. The clips chosen highlight how actively engaged the communicators are at the palace. That's not to say we are always made welcome or that they approve of our methods, however respectfully we approach them.
We would like to stress, our recordings aside, that Hampton Court Palace is the most welcoming place to while away a weekend and you have absolutely nothing to fear as a visitor.
EVP 1 Haunted Gallery: This clip is very short and one I would not usually feature but the content of the message is obviously very pertinent. The voice is almost childlike and very amiable. It was captured in the evening during a quiet moment of the recording session. Note that the language and intonation is noticeably in modern English.
EVP 2 Processional Corridor: Rachel and Tracey are looking at a painting hanging just before the archway to the Haunted Gallery. Around the neck of the subject of the portrait is a gold chain with a tiny casting of an animal. Rachel, having forgotten her glasses is peering and asking for confirmation of the species of animal. The EVP speaker is male, no men were present at the time of recording.
EVP 3 Haunted Gallery: This clip features another childlike voice, not a woman's voice as Rachel reported at the time and if our interpretation of the clips is correct, it is a rather endearing message to capture. The area where the voice was heard to come from is The Royal Pew, not as Rachel referred to, the church area.
EVP 4 Processional Corridor: Nobody other than Tracey and Rachel were present in the corridor when recording. Rachel is describing historically what would have taken place at the location. There is audible background chatter that becomes even clearer when Rachel stops talking. Margaret of Anjou was married to Henry VI and Henry VIII considered himself the King of France; whilst the voice and language is most definitely modern English, the subject is not.
EVP 5 The Georgian House Seance: The EVP captures from this year's series of séances are extraordinarily clear. It is uncommon for us to capture a voice on the recording that is heard by Rachel at the time it was spoken, yet we had numerous occurrences in sittings and on location in the palace. In this clip Rachel is describing how she feels her left side tensing involuntarily, a voice is then captured, which she hears. Unfortunately Tracey and Dicky were not able to hear the voice in the room.
Our archive has many thousands of EVPs and choosing a small amount with which to give you a flavour of our recordings was very difficult. This set of clips were chosen because they represent not only the ability for us to capture clear, unambiguous voices but also because the communicators wanted to take an active part in the seance.Read More