The Spirit House

 

The Spirit House Evesham’s Most Haunted Venue

History of The Spirit House.
There would certainly have been a dwelling place on this site when the battle of Evesham raged outside on the High Street on August 4th 1265.  Simon De Montfort’s men would have known they were massively outnumbered, and many ran into the houses that lined the streets on Green Hill (now the High Street) to try and hide or escape.  It is said there were two rivers in Evesham that day – the River Avon and the River of blood which ran down Green Hill. So right from the start, the House was no stranger to violence and death....
As Evesham developed into a Town, the main road in and out became known as the High Street. A traveller approaching Evesham would have noticed the small cottage that is now the Spirit House, as one of the first houses he saw as he approached from the North. For this reason, the house quickly became a ‘Shop’ or possibly a ‘Trading Post’, as did most of the other shops on the High Street.
Over the years, the shop has had many identities – a cafe, a newsagent, a clothes shop and was even home to the Evesham Journal at one time. In 1803 the census show the house was inhabited by a Dr Smith-Harrison – one of the residents who still visit’s the building today. Slightly later (circa 1900) the house was owned by a Miss Constance Weaver, who was a dress-maker. 85 was her studio and her shop was further down the High Street.
 
Since Halloween 2007 the Shop has been owned by Sue and Michael Treanor who also live above the premises and they have come to know the ghosts and spirits very well.
 
Why is the House so Haunted?

The story goes that in 701 a herdsman to the bishop of Worcester, named Eoves, saw a vision of the Holy Mother Mary, who asked that a Church be built in her honour.  This was carried out as she wished, and over time, the Church became Evesham Abbey, one of the largest in the country. The spot where Mary was seen, (we believe) is a point where several ley-lines intersect.  In present day times, a War Memorial stands on the spot. There is a statue of a fallen soldier on this spot, who also appears to move at certain times of the year.
The surrounding area, including the Villages of Offenham and Winchcombe are also very haunted, - is it that the area is beset with inter-twining ley-lines?
Mary’s story was told by an old woman, who the present occupier met when they moved in, in 2007. Mary was a young girl who was a Maid for one of the rich families who live on Green Hill in Evesham. The young master took a fancy to her and got her pregnant. She was told by his family that the baby would be taken from her and brought up by them, and she would never see her child again. Distraught, she hung herself from one of the beams in the upstairs rooms of this house – did she live here? Was she visiting?  Was she hoping to have an abortion from the Doctor but she couldn’t bear to do it? She is a benign presence who is generally helpful and protective. Be careful though, she doesn’t like swearing and will sometimes give you a scare if you curse in front of her !
Dr Smith-Harrison.  On the 1803 Census, the house is shown to be inhabited by a Dr Smith-Harrison as it’s listed as a ‘surgery’. To the modern eye, medical practice in the early 1800s looks pretty medieval. Harsh, because the 17th century had seen important breakthroughs in the fields of pathology, obstetrics and vaccination that would be built upon in the next century.
The foundations were laid, but there was more to be done. Medicine in 1800 was a scary combination of chance and quackery that Blackadder would have found familiar. Macbeth-like medicines were overwhelmingly botanical with preparations of mercury, arsenic, iron and phosphorous also popular. Doctors might recommend a 'change of air' along with vomiting and laxatives and those old favourites, bleeding or leeches. The power of prayer was regularly used.
Abortion was declared illegal in the 16th Century but still continued in spite of this law. This persisted into the Victorian era and beyond with many women forced to visit a ‘backstreet abortionist’ or to induce an abortion themselves.
This would involve the use of a sharp knitting needle, gin, hot baths or even throwing themselves downstairs to induce an abortion.

19th century medicine saw advances in the fields of surgery, anaesthesia, and sanitation. Prices which 19th-century abortion providers are reported to have charged were much steeper. In Great Britain, it could cost from 10 to 50 guineas, or 5% of the yearly income of a lower middle class household.  Dr Smith Harrison has told us that he made a pretty penny from carrying out these operations. We have purchased a set of obstetric instruments from that era which seem to grab the Doctor’s interest.
We also found an old Gladstone bag in the attic when we moved into the House – is this the Doctor’s bag? We can’t say for sure, but he has been known to throw the bag across the room in the cellar, and if you put your hand upon it, you sometimes feel ‘something’ inside it begin to move – maybe the Doctor doesn’t like people touching his medical equipment?
The Doctor has been seen as a middle-aged, stout man wearing small round spectacles (and sometimes a top hat) and has been seen with his bag. He is sometimes seen as an older man with white hair. He can be both menacing and benign, depending upon his mood.
Back in 2007 Sue and Michael were called to a house in Birmingham to get rid of the restless spirit of an ex-boyfriend – who turned out to be Colin.
Colin was a drug dealer who liked heroin himself, and accidentally overdosed.
He didn’t want to leave this earth and he didn’t want anyone else to have his ex-girlfriend.  He could not be persuaded to go into the light, and so we bought him back with us to heal and hopefully, one day, he will pass over.
He will move tables knock and rap on tables and walls touch ladies in very inappropriate places and generally be cheeky! He has lost much of his ‘nastiness’ and hopefully is healing, albeit slowly.
One tip if you want to contact Colin – talk rude and he will be your friend for life!
 

 


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