Bensham Grove Ghost Hunt, Gateshead, Friday 13th May 2022

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About Bensham Grove

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.
   
Whats Included:
  • Work in small and more personal groups
  • Take part in a variety of activities including table tipping and glass divination
  • Access to ghost hunting equipment such as K-II devices, trigger objects and ghost meters
  • Opportunities to conduct lone vigils (for those feeling brave enough)
  • Hot and cold drinks and light snacks provided throughout the night and included in the cost
  • A friendly and experienced team of investigators offering support and advise throughout the night
  • Access to all areas of the house
  • Qualified first aider present
  • Fully insured ghost hunt event

Date: Friday 13th May 2022

Time: 9pm – 2am

Location: Bensham Grove Community Centre, Sidney Grove, Gateshead, NE8 2XD – Get Directions

Parking and arrival instructions will be sent to all guests via email one week prior to the event.

Tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits available and included in the cost.

On events that are priced at £40 or above we offer a non refundable deposit option of £20 per person and the remaining due one month prior to the event.

The easiest & simplest way to book is online via our website, however if you are having problems with our website or would prefer to book over the phone please call our office on 0330 122 0063. Please note calls will only be answered during office hours.

When booking using the deposit option you agree to pay any outstanding balance one month prior to the event.

All prices are subject to change, without any notice given.

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