Para­nor­mal ex­perts back in the city to in­ves­ti­gate his­toric pub

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SAND­FORD

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.the­shad­owwar­

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