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Berkswell May 2018

Berkswell May 2018


Lead Investigator
Matthew Grange
Date of Investigation
Location Reference
Type of Investigation
Please Explain Further
Wooded area & Church Grounds
Team Member
Matthew Grange
Paranormal Investigator
Team Member
Liam Sawyer
Spirit Sensitive
Start Temperature
16.4 degrees
End Temperature
13.0 Degrees
Moon Cycle
Waxing Gibbous 90% Visible
361feet above sea level
EMF Start – Base Rading & Time
000 @ 19:00
EMF End Reading & TIme
000 @ 22:10
Equipment Used
SLR Standard (1)
Night Vision
Action Video
EVP (1)
Spirit Box
K EMF Meter
Other Equipment
Dowsing Crystals
Dowsing Rods
Trigger Objects – Further Info
Locations Used
None used in the investigation
Information About Location
Berkswell historyThe name Berculswell probably derives from the Anglo-Saxon personal name, Bercul, which is found in Mercia and Sussex, and the freshwater spring that rises below the church to the south-east.
The 16-feet deep, stone-walled well near the 12th-century Church can still be seen today and is thought to have been used for baptisms by immersion. It was restored by public subscription in 1851.
Berkswell is an ancient site, held by the Count of Meulan at the time of the Domesday survey of 1086 and belonging to the Earl of Warwick during the Middle Ages. Most of the village has been a conservation area since 1968.
The London and Birmingham Railway was completed in 1839, entering the parish of Berskwell from London via the Nailcote Cutting, from which it was recorded that 193,766 cubic yards of rock and earth was removed. In 1844, a station was built at Berkswell and called Dockers Lane station. Dockers Lane can be seen on maps of 1884 and 1904 but was later renamed Station Road. The station itself was renamed Berkswell in 1853, later becoming ‘Berkswell and Balsall Common’. Many members of the Royal Family and other famous people, including Sir Winston Churchill, have slept in their trains at the siding in Berkswell.Village stocksSituated on the village green are the village stocks, likely to be over 200 years old. There are 5 holes that, according to D E Gibbs in Berkswell through the looking glass, were designed to accommodate three persistent offenders, one of whom had only one leg.Berkswell ChurchThe church of St John Baptist dates from the 12th century and was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. The registers date from 1653 and copies are available to see at Solihull Heritage & Local Studies Service.
Much of the woodwork in the church was carved in the 20th century by the famous wood carver, Robert Thompson of Kilburn in Yorkshire. His mark is a mouse and 9 such marks can be found in the church. The first of his pieces to be received at the church was the pulpit, given in 1926 in memory of Mr & Mrs J H Wheatley.
The oak screen in the church was given in 1960 in memory of Lt.Col. and Mrs W H Huggins of Berkswell Grange by their four sons. One of their sons was Peter Jeremy William Huggins, better known as the actor Jeremy Brett (1933-1995). He is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Buried in the churchyard is one of Berkswell’s famous residents, Maud Watson (1864-1946), winner of the first ladies’ Lawn Tennis championships at Wimbledon in 1884. Maud was born in Harrow but moved to Berkswell in 1865 when her father, Henry, became vicar at Berkswell. She lived in the village until 1932 when she moved to Charnmouth, Dorset, where she died in 1946. She was buried in Berkswell with her sister.
Also buried at Berkswell is Lettice Floyd, (1865-1934), the daughter of William Floyd, gentleman, and Alison Floyd (née Clapperton) of Beechwood House, situated on the corner of Tanners Lane and Spencers Lane. Lettice and her sister, Mary, set up a Berkswell branch of the Birmingham & District Suffrage Society but this was dissolved in 1908 when they both left to join the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the suffragettes.
Lettice gained a degree of national notoriety by taking part in the suffragette “rush” on the House of Commons on 13th October 1908 and serving one month in prison as a result. She undertook speaking tours for the WSPU, was involved in other militant actions, such as the 1912 window-smashing campaign in London, and was a generous benefactor to the organisation. On the outbreak of war the campaign effectively ended and Lettice, with a fellow suffragette, Annie Williams, returned to Berkswell. They were instrumental in setting up the Berkswell Women’s Institute in 1920 and lived at “Hesper” in Station Road.

Further Information

In the crypt stands are a round sandstone base and there is a stone carved foot. These are thought to be the origin of the church and would have been part of the pagan shrine and it is also considered that this was the original part of the church and that it would have been built on the original well.

Experience – During Investigation
Sound Experience
Liam – whilst in the woods saw a small green light move across the floorSound – only through the Spirit Box
Vigil Equipment Journal
The night vision did not record – It said it was recording but nothing was recorded onto SD Card3x photographs with orbs – (possibly just picking up mist).
Equipment Information
EVP – Would turn on but not go onto the menu system – this was checked and working before the start. The following morning @ 09:57 this device was checked and is working normally.
Matthew was there an hour before the start. Matthew had never been to Berskwell before and was drawn to the woods at the side of the carpark/church. There were two areas in the woods that were seemingly more active than the others.
We had many spirits/names interact with us through the use of the Spirit Box. A lot of the interaction was intelligent and where happy to give names such as Deborah, Ken, Eddie, Paul, Trevor, Victor, Vicky. There was also a little girl in the wooded area, but she kept hiding.In the wooded area we had spikes on the EMF ‘K’ meters.
When we moved into the church yard, the area was a lot more quiet and the Spirit Box was no-where near as active.
We moved to the top of the church yard where it was quiet and we were told to go into the ‘newer’ section of the graveyard where it is reported it is more active.
When we moved into the this area the Spirit Box was again more active and when we used the crystals, there was a reasonable amount of activity with them, when we asked for them to be moved they obliged. Towards the end around 22:00 the activity was becoming less. This is the time that I decided that this was the end of the investigation. We thanked the spirits and left.
Further Findings
See EVP Recordings
Evidence During Investigation
Digital Photographs
EMF Readings
Any Signs of Evidence Tampering
Name of Person Completing Report
Matthew Grange
Paranormal Investigator
Date of Report