A paranormal group will investigate the historic building in Hartlepool where ghostly shadows and full apparitions have been reported
North East Paranormal Investigations has been granted permission to conduct investigations at the Athenaeum Club on Church Street.
Built in 1851 with the help of the legendary Ralph Ward Jackson, known as the founder of West Hartlepool, the building originally served as a meeting place and place of learning.
It remains open today and is a social club and function room where members go for drinks and to play pool or billiards.
But the members reported a series of mysterious incidents ranging from unexplained ghostly shadows to “bodied apparitions”.
She said: ‘I had wanted access to this Grade II listed building for many years and was convinced it must have paranormal activity and residual energy.
“I have met several times with Steve Breward, who is the head of the Athenaeum committee. He submitted it to the committee and they approved it very well.
“Steve introduced me to members of pool, snooker and billiards, all of whom recounted numerous incidents that could not be ruled out.
“Things like shadows of people through Flemish glass that they think would come into the room.
“Bold apparitions that scatter, door alarms sounding when the place is locked, the list goes on.”
In the early days of the city, the building was used for many purposes, including a library, classroom, business meetings, and grand balls.
Jo said it was built to help give an education to new immigrants from Europe, Ireland and Scotland when they came to Hartlepool due to the massive progress in building the quays and railroads. iron.
She added: “It’s like a TARDIS inside, it’s huge. It also houses a substantial cellar with a chimney which would have been an overflow area from the police station and the cells in the other block.
North East Paranormal Investigations will soon be organizing its own private investigation.
A small public inquiry will also take place on Saturday September 3, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For more information, phone 07956 727118.