The Gatehouse Hallowe’en Event 2012 with NLPI

WHEN: Hallowe’en 2012

AT: The Gatehouse, Highgate North London

FOR: North London Paranormal Investigations (N.L.P.I.)

 

This event was headed up by Master of Ceremonies: Mickey Gocool, Founder of North London Paranormal Investigations N.L.P.I., and took place at the Gatehouse pub in Highgate Village on October 27th 2012.  Hallowe’en was not until Wednesday that year, but it was obviously scheduled a bit earlier to enable people to attend at the weekend.  I was invited to give a keynote talk on the so-called Highgate ‘vampire’, which was particularly relevant as many sightings of a tall dark figure in The Gatehouse itself have been attributed to this mysterious entity.

 

David Farrant’s introductory speech

 

Among the other speakers were Patsy Langley (Secretary of the British Psychic and Occult Society and author of the Highgate Vampire Casebook); Jason Hollis who was the time preparing his book Haunted Enfield; Shar Ray, a private investigator and paranormal researcher who came over from America especially for the occasion, and Mickey Gocool himself who demonstrated some of his ghost hunting equipment via a live-link to a vigil in the reputedly haunted basement, and later led a long ghost walk through Highgate, taking in many of the haunted locales in the area.

 

Mickey and Louise Gocool demonstrate some of their group's paranormal research equipment Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Mickey and Louise Gocool demonstrate some of their group’s paranormal research equipment Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS

 

Members of NLPI demonstrate the use of their extensive equipment on the ghost walk Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Members of NLPI demonstrate the use of their extensive equipment on the ghost walk Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS

 

Patsy Langley’s Talk, was very well-received, and discussed the research which went into The Highgate Vampire Casebook, an academic work which finally blows the lid off of the legend, cutting away at the falsehoods, mistruths and outright lies about the Vampire and its supposed Eastern European origin.  A concise in-depth study of the Vampire hoax, the book offers new insights into the truth behind the myth which have clearly been overlooked by the more gullible.  Rather than lose itself in whimsical ideas, it pulls no punches and goes for the jugular, backing up facts from Census Records, Wills & Probate & the University of Cambridge archives, amongst other sources.

 

Patsy Langley’s Talk about Highgate’s haunted history

 

Patsy first became interested in Highgate Cemetery during her research into the Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets for her University studies.  She has a degree in Earth Sciences and Humanities, has contributed articles on ley line theory and ghostly phenomenon for ‘The Highgate Vampire Casebook Files’ magazine.

Other guests included GhostQuest UK and Gillian Trench of The WOE Girls (Witches of Essex).  It was a long but pleasant day, starting at 3pm and not finishing until after midnight. People were invited to wear fancy dress for the last part of the evening, and a mysterious figure, eerily resembling the Gatehouse ghost appeared seemingly out of nowhere at the appointed time.  He/she spoke to nobody, but appeared to be paying close attention to regulars of the pub, seemingly gleaning some information which was found greatly amusing for at some points he/she was observed to dissolve into great thundering guffaws of laughter whilst listening to the locals’ recollections of events in the late 1960s concerning myself – and a generally apparent lack of recollection regarding a certain other individual’s name. Who this mysteriously garbed person was still remains a mystery – although undoubtedly their presence was not entirely coincidental. He/she did not escape the numerous cameras present however, some of which managed to capture this tall, dark figure looming amongst the crowds. I must say, it ‘freaked a lot of people out’ to the extent that many locals were witnessed trying to converse with the silent figure and observed saying … ‘Take that bloody mask off – I don’t like talking to masks!!” It didn’t. The mysterious figure just kept observing and listening in on the renegade locals in question.

I hope you enjoy some of these photos from the event!  David Farrant.

 

Patsy Langley giving a talk about her seminal work 'The Highgate Vampire Casebook' Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
Patsy Langley giving a talk about her seminal work ‘The Highgate Vampire Casebook’ Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS

 

David Farrant's talk at the Gatehouse Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
David Farrant’s talk at the Gatehouse Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
The Gatehouse Ghost attempts to ensnare another victim... Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
The Gatehouse Ghost attempts to ensnare another victim… Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
L-R, David Farrant, Patsy Langley, ? , and Ricky. Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
L-R, David Farrant, Patsy Langley, ? , and Ricky. Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
David Farrant & the Gatehouse Ghost come face to face at last ... Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
David Farrant & the Gatehouse Ghost come face to face at last … Photo; Dave Milner (c) BPOS
The Gatehouse barstaff arrive to diffuse the situation... Photo; Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
The Gatehouse barstaff arrive to diffuse the situation… Photo; Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Shar Ray describes her paranormal research at the Gatehouse, Hallowe'en 2012 Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Shar Ray describes her paranormal research at the Gatehouse, Hallowe’en 2012 Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
(c) Dave Milner / B.P.O.S.
Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Shar Ray pointing to the place where the Highgate entity has vanished into thin air - through a 15ft high wall Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Shar Ray pointing to the place where the Highgate entity has vanished into thin air – through a 15ft high wall Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS

 

Some of the brave 'ghostwalkers' gathered in Swain's Lane Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Some of the brave ‘ghostwalkers’ gathered in Swain’s Lane Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Gareth J. Medway and Shar Ray take a brave peek through the gates of Highgate Cemetery Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Gareth J. Medway and Shar Ray take a brave peek through the gates of Highgate Cemetery Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Mickey Gocool demonstrating the use of an EMF recording device in Swain's Lane Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS
Mickey Gocool demonstrating the use of an EMF recording device in Swain’s Lane Photo: Dave Milner; (c) BPOS

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