Standing tall in the grounds of Royal Victoria Country Park stands Netley Chapel, once part of one of the largest military hospitals in Europe, Netley Hospital.
The construction of the hospital was at the suggestion of Queen Victoria and she became a regular visitor to the hospital. However, the hospital was critised by many including Florence Nightingale
The hospital was large and grand and consisted of 138 wards It was used in the Crimean war and and Second Boer War. However, it was often remarked that the ventilation at the hospital was poor and so were the conditions!
During the first world war a large hut was erected on the ground to facilitate for more wounded soldiers. It was manned by volunteers from the Red cross and treated around 50,000 patients.
There were similar uses during the second world war including French Soldiers who were treated from Dunkirk.
The hospitals use declined following that and was used as a training ground by the military before being demolished.
On Saturday night we hosted a a ghost hunt in the chapel building which is now a museum. With stories of Nurses who committed suicide, soldiers who passed away surely this place must be a hub for paranormal activity.
Back in 2011, we had a whole host of activity, but this time around, things were a little more quiet. There were a few reports of people being touched, odd results with dowsing road and movement from glass divination but despite an amazing evening, it wasnt to be for activity
It’s a topic that sparks many debates in the paranormal and this week we are set to open the debate at our Supernatural Debate Evening… but before we do, let’s fill you in on the controversial subject of possession.
It really depends on your beliefs as to what possession actually means. In the paranormal world we often refer to it as demonic or spirit possession but in a nutshell its when another entity takes over the human body.
There have been some notable accounts over the years with one of the most famous being the Enfield poltergeist where the voice of a spirit was alleged to use one of the girls to talk.
In the paranormal, some mediums claim to have the ability to bring through the spirits of the dead to use their body and whilst there has been some fantastic accounts we have to remember that we still dont understand why this happens.
It is really a ghost or is it some form of energy or perhaps its some element of the mind that we do not yet understand, Either way, we all have our own beliefs.
The Catholic Church is just one of many faiths who have their own belief in possession which they believe it caused by either an Angel but in most cases a Demon.
After rigorous assessments if no answer is found, they will use a ‘qualified’ Priest to try and rid the person of the Demon but this process mainly involves the use of religious items such as Bibles or a Crucifix.
So, what you do you believe, find out this Tuesday at the Debate Evening in Portsmouth!