Bensham Grove Ghost Hunts

In the early 1800s, Joshua Watson, a cheesemonger living over his shop in Newcastle upon Tyne, purchased Bensham Grove, together with three allotments on Gateshead’s Town Fields. He planned to use the house as a country cottage for his family. The River Tyne, although not as polluted as it was to become in later years, was already showing signs of being the hive of industry and commerce of the future. It is no surprise therefore, that Joshua was attracted to the golden cornfields, bluebell woods and windmills of Bensham. It was near enough to continue his business on the quayside, but rural and healthy for the children. And so began the life-long involvement that three successive generations of the same family had with the house called Bensham Grove. All belonging to a well-respected Quaker family, Joshua, Joseph and Robert Spence Watson lived with their families almost continually at Bensham Grove until 1919 when Elizabeth died and bequeathed house. Each generation enlarged and improved the house resulting in an eclectic mix of Regency and Victorian features. Elizabeth Spence Watson was a moving light in women’s rights and education, as well as helping the poor of Gateshead in many ways. Robert and Elizabeth, at home in Bensham Grove, became host to a variety of visitors including artists, craftsman, educationalists, reformers, poets, and politicians. On the death of the Spence Watsons, Bensham Grove became an Educational Settlement doing much work during the Depression in the thirties. It is still a centre for Adult Education as well as a busy Community Centre. In later years when the house was donated to the Bensham Community as a Centre of Learning it became known as the Bensham Settlement. Although suffering some inevitable changes, the essence of the house remains. It is easy to picture the children playing in the garden, or visualise the formal dinners where distinguished guests of all walks of life. A Grade 2-listed building, the house still boasts many features such as stained glass windows, fireplaces, tiles and decorated ceilings. Many of these were fashionable at the time and bear a strong Arts and Crafts theme. William Morris and some of the Pre-Raphaelite painters were welcome visitors and their influence can still be felt in the rooms. Bensham Grove to this day still follows their principals in promoting and improving life in the Bensham Community.

There are are many spooky goings on at Bensham particularly from a female spirit said to be Elizabeth Spence Watson.  Dark shadows are seen moving around the building, rapid drops in temperature, disembodied voices and the sounds of children’s voices along with the sounds of footsteps. You will get to investigate the areas of the building where the most paranormal activity has been witnessed, which is over three floors, including the attic which has never been modernised

  • Work in smaller and more personal groups
  • Take part in a variety of activities such as Seances and more
  • Access to ghost hunting equipment such as K-II, trigger objects, ghost meters, EDI’s etc.
  • Opportunities to conduct lone vigils for those feeling brave
  • A friendly and experienced team of investigators offering help and advice throughout the night
  • Qualified first aider present
  • Tea, coffee, cordial  and biscuits included in the cost

Tea, coffee, juices and light snacks provided during this event at the scheduled break times, to help the environment we ask you bring your own travel mugs for your drinks.

Parking is available at the location. The carpark has limited spaces, please be aware an alternative may need to found.

Arrival is 15 minutes before the event start time, early admittance is not permitted.

Further information will be sent to all attendees via email 5 Days before the event.

On some events we offer a deposit option, where this option is available you can book with a non-refundable deposit by booking with a deposit you agree to paying any outstanding balance one month prior to the event. Or you can pay in full at the time booking.

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Not suitable for wheelchair users. 

For people with walking difficulties or mobility issues please contact us before booking.

All attendees must be aged 18 years or over 

Not suitable for pregnant ladies 

Flat gripped footwear must be worn no heels.

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Availability & Prices

Saturday 6th April 2024

9pm – 2am

£39.00 per person

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