Tamworth is haunted according to TV’s Yvette Fielding and her team of paranormal investigators on Most Haunted.
Part two of their investigation into unexplained activity at the Moat House in Lichfield Street aired on the Really channel last Friday and they have now reached their conclusion.
The show sees presenter Yvette Fielding and her team of paranormal investigators travel up and down the country to investigate some of the UK’s most haunted locations.
As featured in last week’s Tamworth Herald , part one among the claims investigated were the story of a knife narrowly missing someone in a kitchen and a little girl being kept in the house.
She is said to have died in a fire which either killed her in the blaze or meant that she jumped to her death.
And in part two the team found a doll, saw a flying glass bottle and noted other mysterious goings on.
They go upstairs and immediately hear tapping and banging noises underneath their feet as well as the sound of footsteps getting closer.
Yvette believed the taps were a little girl called Amelia answering her questions, such as if she wanted the team to leave, if she was a patient and if she was enjoying it and laughing. The team understood all to be a yes.
Yvette said: “Every time we walk away something smashes. I am genuinely, genuinely frightened. This house is haunted. I feel so cold like something horrible is here.”
They then find a doll face down and a crew member gets hit by a glass bottle as they make their way through the rest of the house.
Apparently there was no glass in the room before the team entered it.
The man explained: “I got hit on the top of the head by something. There is a smashed glass. I am not hurt. I think I am alright.
“I felt like a breeze or a draught just fly up the stairs and then something went over the top of my head and I just heard the explosion.”
Another crew member says: ”I don’t like it here at all. It is a really eerie, unsettling place isn’t it.”
The Moat House, located on Lichfield Street, is one of Tamworth’s oldest surviving buildings.
Although built in 1572 by the Comberford family, medieval records show a large building on the site as far back as 1369.
The future King Charles I stayed there in 1619 and it remained a private residence, surviving the English Civil War until 1815 when it became a hospital for the mentally ill (then known as a ‘lunatic asylum’).
In 1950 it was offered to Tamworth Borough Council free-of-charge.
They declined, so it was sold privately and converted to a pub and restaurant, which it remains to this day.