St Johns Haunted Mansion, Warwick (Overnight Event)
St Johns House is a haunted mansion which is becoming more popular with ghost hunters due to the many ghosts and happenings that the house holds onto.
You will have a night to remember at St Johns as you investigate the dark recesses and if you dare, you can always enter the haunted cellar where there are many spirits waiting to great you.
You will be able to work with the paranormal crew, who are there to help you and guide you. You will be able to explore on your own, in groups and get involved in some of the experiments that the Paranormal Team will be completing, which will include things such as Vigils, Seances, Crystals etc.
On the night you will have access to a full range of equipment including EMFs EVPs Ghost Boxes White Noise Systems Crystal Dowsing Rod Dowsing Vibration Meters and there will be infra red systems set up, cameras will be used, which again you will have access to as well as laser grids, laser detection systems and much much more.
This venue is an exciting venue for all of you who want to investigate the paranormal and spend the night in a haunted mansion.
The Hauntings at The Old Mansion…
It is reported that two sister met their death at the house. One was burnt to death whilst warming by the fire and the other sister died of fright after the house was broken into. These sisters do not always like people visiting the house, and will want you to leave.
Other activity in the house are voices are often heard along with ghostly footsteps. Children have been seen around the house, walking along corridors, laughter is often heard and you will often hear people running. There is a figure of a woman wearing long clothing who is often seen and in the dark cellar you will find a man lurking… and in 1987 two workmen dug up skulls from the garden!
A Little History Of The St Johns
When you arrive on the night, we will have guides who can tell you more about the history of the house, but in the mean time here is a little background…
In the middle of the 12th century the land on which the Mansion sits was given to the Hospital of St John the Baptist. The hospital was created by William de Beaumont who was the Earl of Warwick. The hospital was there to help the poor and the sick of Warwick. It provided care for the ill and casual overnight boarding and food to pilgrims, travelers, and those who were in need of food.,
At the time, Warwick had two hospitals, the other being St Micheal and the sole purpose of this hospital was to care for people suffering from leprosy.
During the Dissolution of the Monasteries at the behest of Henry VIII, St. John’s was granted to Anthony Stoughton, for services to the King. The land was later passed to his eldest son William by inheritance. Neither of the two lived in the house, but they leased it out to others such as Richard Townsende, a yeoman at Warwick. Eventually the land was inherited by the son of William Stoughton, Anthony Stoughton (junior), who built a house on the site. Of note is the fact that in the East Wing of the house there is a door lintel which bears the date 1626 and the initials A.S.. The house remained in the possession of the Stoughton family until 1960.
As a school
In 1791, the building was rented out for the first time by the Earl of Warwick for public use, with the intent of converting it into a school. The school, then known as St John’s Academy, was founded by William T Fowler and was set up as a school for “Young Gentlemen” (as advertised on the hand-bill. Throughout the life of the school, its cohorts changed frequently. In 1828, the daughters of William Fowler, then running the school, changed it to a school for girls. It was then reverted in 1845 under a Mr. Townsend. Then it returned to a girls’ school in 1884, which continued until the very end of the 19th Century. In the later part of the school’s life, as money became tighter, the school restricted itself to the lower part of the house, with upper rooms being leased out to local artists and other public figures, with their studios being open for public viewing. The school was declared bankrupt in 1900 and closed down.
As a public service
After a brief spell of private tenancy in the start of the 20th century, the house became property of the War Department, where it was used for the administration of the Home Counties and East Anglian Brigades. In 1959 the Lord Warwick declared sale of the Warwick Castle Estates, including the St. John’s House. It was bought by Warwickshire County Council along with the Royal Regiment of Fusileers (Royal Warwickshire), who own it to this day. The building was then turned into a museum, with some of the premises leased to the Regiment. The museum was officially opened in 1960 by Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.