Paranormal experts back in the city to investigate historic pub
TWO of the UK’s top paranormal investigators returned to Coventry just weeks after spotting a spooky sighting at a popular hotel near the city.
Bear and Wolf, who together form the Shadow Warriors, visited Coombe Abbey Hotel earlier this year where they caught a ghostly apparition in a window on camera.
And following their search for the supernatural at the former Cistercian monastery, they returned to Coventry investigating the Binley Park Inn.
The pub, previously known as the Craven Arms dates back to 1772, and has a fascinating history.
The Shadow Warriors were contacted by a manager at the pub who believed there were spooky goings-on afoot.
According to Bear, the original name of the pub, The Craven Arms, comes from the local landowners, the Earls of Craven, who held their seat nearby at Coombe Abbey.
Bear said: “The first Craven Arms was built c1772 on the site of Binley Gallows. It is on the site of these gallows in 1495 that Sir Henry Mumford and Sir Robert Mallory were executed for treason.
“Since 1495 was the year of the Perkin Warbeck conspiracy to overthrow Henry VIII, it was assumed they were involved in this.
“Their heads were then set up on two of the city gates whilst their bodies were taken by the Franciscan friars and buried in their graveyard at Greyfriars Friary in Coventry.
“The heads were later buried with the bodies and these were dis-interred in 1931 whilst the Methodist Central Hall was being built.
“During the 18th century it (The Binley Park Inn) was the meeting place of the ‘Coombe and Binley Association for the Persecution of Felons’ which offered rewards for the apprehension of criminals.
Bear and Wolf visited the pub on Halloween, between 11.30pm and 3am, to minimise disruption during their investigation, and this is what they discovered.
Bear said: “We saw flashes of light towards the back of the building. The spirit was was using the extractor fans that had been turned off at the power supply to communicate with us.
“Wolf heard breaths and I heard the crying of a woman. While here, we also discovered that the property was used by occult and many rituals had taken place.
“I also picked up on an Anglo Saxon male who staff had actually seen walking past the window. That was interesting, as the window is not on the ground floor.
“We picked up most of our activity in the bedroom upstairs, the kitchen, and the graveyard.
“In the bedroom, there was an occult negative spirit that would stand over the bed, scaring the in-house managers.
“While the women managers were up there while we were filming, our lazer grid was pushed off the table. The women were very frightened - we filmed in that room on purpose as I felt something would happen and I wanted the most skeptical to experience it.
“While we were investigating the bar area, we could hear footsteps, but all of our team and the staff could be accounted for at the time.
“I picked up on a spirit of a lady in her 30s who would sit by the window waiting for a coach and horse to come in. She would hum to managers as they would be in the bath.
“The most prominent activity was found in the graveyard, where we captured what looked like a hand and thumb in the mist.
“The green mist also showed a man’s face with a beard.”
To find out more about the Shadow Warriors, and both of their investigations in Coventry, visit their website www.theshadowwarriors.org