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Its a Mystery at the Marquis; Collecting Dead Relatives; Agency Detection; The Sensitivity of Animals; The Thundering Earl; Hollinside Manor House; History of the Lit and Phil; Highgate Cemetery; Poltergeists; The Ghost of George Stephenson’s Birthplace.


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Otherworld North East Research Society Journal Volume IV: 2010 This volume is a collection of website articles originally posted on the Otherworld North East website between 2009-2010. This collection was produced in 2013. Edited by Tony Liddell. http://www.otherworldnortheast.org.uk Material found within this publication was also previously published as part of the OWNE 2010 newsletter.

Otherworld North East Research Society Journal Volume IV Otherworld North East. All rights reserved. No part of this e-book may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior permission of Otherworld North East. The Otherworld North East Research Society (OWNE) is a not-for-profit investigation and research association whose aim is to collate and examine the physical evidence for ghosts and other alleged supernatural occurrences with an objective eye. The Society is not an entertainment-based business, and do not run commercial ghost walks, nights or other similar events: we are not ghost-hunters, instead we simply seek to examine any physical evidence brought forward that is commonly perceived to belong to alleged supernatural phenomena. Otherworld North East was founded in August 2003 and is based in the North East of England (though the Society has and will investigate outside of this area), with current investigative members based in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside.

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Contents1. Its a Mystery at the Marquis by Tardis Smith 2. Collecting Dead Relatives and Sometimes a Live Cousin by Sheila Convey 3. Agency Detection and its (possible) Role in Paranormal Experiences by Lee Munro 4. The Sensitivity of Animals by Sarah Liddell 5. In Search of the Thundering Earl by Tony Liddell 6. Hollinside Manor House by Sheila Convey 7. History of the Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne by Sheila Convey 8. Highgate Cemetery by Sheila Convey 9. Poltergeists by Sheila Convey 10. The Ghost of Robert Stephensons Birthplace by Sheila Convey 3 4 6 8 10 12 17 28 31 35


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Ghostsby Fannie Stearns DavisI am almost afraid of the wind out there. The dead leaves skip on the porches bare, The windows clatter and whine. I sit in the quiet house. Low-lit. With the clock that ticks and the books that stand. Wise and silent, on every hand. I am almost afraid; though I know the night Lets no ghosts walk in the warm lamplight. Yet ghosts there are; and they blow, they blow, Out in the wind and the scattering snow. When I open the windows and go to bed, Will the ghosts come in and stand at my head? Last night I dreamed they came back again. I heard them talking; I saw them plain. They hugged me and held me and loved me; spoke Of happy doings and friendly folk. They seemed to have journeyed a week away, But now they were ready and glad to stay. But oh, if they came on the wind tonight Could I bear their faces, their garments white? Blown in the dark around my lonely bed? Oh, could I forgive them for being dead? I am almost afraid of the wind. My shame! That I would not be glad if my dear ones came! ~Written in 1890


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1. Its a Mystery at the MarquisBy Tardis Smith


ALF WAY UP WATERGATE BANK on the A692 from Lobley Hill, Gateshead is the Marquis of Granby public house; the scene of the murder of Joseph Leybourne aged 47*, of Streetgate. He was a farm worker at Fen House, Marley Hill. His body was found propped up against a hedge, just below Swans stack yard in the early hours of Tuesday morning August 28th 1865, his head having been battered by a stone. He had been to a dance in connection with the local flower show, held in a marquee next to the Marquis. He left the dance just after midnight and went into the pub for a drink in the taproom. He was involved in an incident and the landlord cleared the pub. Mr. Leybourne left by himself about 0200. His body was discovered an hour later. Lord Ravensworth, a Justice of the Peace was horrified that such a thing could happen in his area and he sacked his workmen who had attended the dance. He also stopped the flower show from being held again. Despite a thorough investigation led by Superintendent Squire the murderer was never brought to justice and Josephs death certificate simply states: Found murdered by person or persons unknown. This was based on information received from J. Milner Favell, Coroner for Chester Ward, Eighton Cottage, Gateshead. An inquest had been held September 21st 1865. It was during the tenancy of the Scorer family (Arthur Dixon Scorer, 1938) at the pub that the first known sighting of the ghost occurred. It was young Arthur and his elder brother who witnessed the event one night in their bedroom. Since then each succeeding tenant has experienced possible sightings and strange occurrences. It is believed to be the image of an elderly woman looking for her son. Building workers who were employed at the pub also witnessed ladders moving about. * The 1861 Census gives Josephs age as 43 but his death certificate states that he was 52 at the time of his death.


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2. Collecting Dead Relatives and Sometimes a Live CousinBy Sheila M. ConveyHE 1911 CENSUS FOR ENGLAND and Wales was released in 2009, nearly three years early, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. The 1920 Census Act dictated that census information be closed to the public for 100 years. The 1911 Census is not covered by the Act and in 2006 the Information Commissioners Office ruled that access should be given to the 1911 Census but some information considered sensitive should remain closed for a full 100 years. This includes such things as health related information and details of children born to women in prison who were aged three or under when the census was taken on the night of Sunday/Monday April 2nd/3rd 1911. This information will be released on 3rd January 2012. The census recorded the details of 36,075,269 people showing an increase of 10.9 per cent since the 1901 Census. It covered England and Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, plus Royal Navy and Merchant Navy personnel who were on their vessels as well as some army units stationed overseas. In 1911, the largest category for workers in England and Wales was domestic service with 1.3 million people working as domestic servants. Next came agriculture (1.2 million) followed by coal mining (971,000). There is more information on the 1911 Census than previous censuses. People were asked: Name and surname; Relationship to head of family; Age (with separate columns for male and female); Marital condition; Number of years married (married women only); Children born to present marriage, still living, who have died (married women only); Personal occupation; Industry/service with which worker is connected; Employment status;



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Birthplace; Nationality (if born abroad); Any infirmity It was known as the fertility census as the government of the time were aware of the need for a large and healthy workforce if Britain was to continue to develop as an industrial nation but many families were emigrating, there was a falling birth rate and there were concerns about the poor health amongst the population so that is why they included questions on children born alive and how many had died. The information gathered by 35,000 enumerators and hundreds of clerks takes up a mile and a third of shelving, which is more than twelve times the size of the 1901 Census. There are eight million schedules, which were all gathered in one weekend. This was a massive undertaking given the lack of technology at the time. The 1911 Census is the oldest from which the original forms were kept. Previous censuses had required the enumerators to copy the details supplied by householders on the schedules into summary books. A decision was taken to cut out this part of the process and use the schedules themselves. Enumerators had complained since 1841 about the huge amount of work they had to do in order to copy out details supplied by householders and one wonders how they would have felt about having to transfer the records of more than 36 million people from thousands of heavy bound volumes to a website. This was achieved with great success but what family historians appreciate just as much is that we are able in most cases to view our ancestors original hand written returns with their signatures and mistakes. Were funny like that! Almost 700,000 of the census entries were for people living in the North East. In August 2009 The National Archives gave Tyne Wear Archives free credits for the census site. It was expected that they would last a year but demand was so great from local and family historians that they only lasted a month. Now the records will be free to access again from late March until late October at Tyne Wear Archives which are located within the Discovery Museum at Blandford Square in Newcastle. This means that people wont have to pay a subscription or travel to The National Archives at Kew. Tyne Wear Archives are advising people to make an appointment. You can do this by telephone: 0191 277 2248 or email: archives@twmuseums.org.uk


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3. Agency Detection and its (possible) role in Paranormal ExperienceBy Lee MunroVER TAKEN THE DOG FOR a walk in the woods and assumed that noise in the bushes was a rabid killer rabbit instead of the wind? Ever laid in bed and thought that unfamiliar knocking must be an axe murderer instead of water pipes cooling? This short article aims to introduce agency detection, why it might exist and how it may r

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