By Kim Reader
A mum has revealed how she feared for her safety after what she believes to be the ‘sexist’ ghost of a Freemason GROWLED at her.
Rebecca Palmer, 34, and her husband Sean Reynolds, 34, were exploring a 300-year-old country house when the mum-of-three claims she started to experience nausea and a burning sensation in her eyes.
Convinced an evil spirit was trying to get her to leave the spooky old property in Liverpool, Merseyside, Rebecca prayed for safety and placed a protective crystal bracelet on her wrist.
Enraged by the mum-of-three’s attempts to defend herself, the ghost then let out a ‘demonic’ snarl, according to Rebecca.
The frightful encounter was all captured in spine-tingling footage by Sean and Rebecca, who were filming for their paranormal investigation series Ghost Dimension.
After looking into Woolton Hall’s history as a meeting place for the Freemasons, Rebecca is certain the spiteful spook was a former member of the secret society determined to uphold the ‘no women’ rule.
Rebecca, of Liverpool, Merseyside, said: “I got this horrible feeling as soon as we went into the building and as we climbed the stairs it was getting worse and worse.
“I had a knot in my stomach and felt really sick. At one point my eyes even started burning and I felt this pressure on my neck like something was trying to push me out.
“I was really scared. I have never felt anything like it. I remember even telling Sean that if it got any worse I was going to have to leave.
“I genuinely feared for my safety. I could tell there was some kind of negative presence around and I was worried it would try to take hold of me.
“I said a little prayer for protection and I was so relieved when Andy, our cameraman, said he had some crystals I could wear.
“As soon as I put them on my wrist there was this awful sound like a demonic growl – growling is never a good sign in my opinion.
“When I first heard it I thought ‘I’m out of here’, I was close to quitting. It was really terrifying.
“This evil spirit was obviously not happy at all that I was trying to protect myself.
“It was only myself and our camera lady Jane who were being targeted by the ghost. It clearly had an issue with women.
“As we got into the basement Jane wasn’t well at all. She turned white as a sheet and she was sick. She had to get out of there.
“With the hall having been used as a meeting place for the Freemasons for so long, I’m sure the spirit making us suffer was that of a mason.
“Women aren’t allowed in the Freemasons so I think this presence was trying to uphold those rules. And he was willing to use any method to get us out of there.”
First built in 1702, Woolton Hall is praised as the finest example of Robert Adams’ work in northern England after extensive renovations by the influential architect in 1772.
During its 300-year history, the building has been the residence of a number of notable figures, including the Earl of Sefton and Liverpool shipowner Frederick Richard Leylands.
In the late 20th century the Grade I-listed mansion went through a number of uses, acting as a hospital during WWII, being used for meetings by the Freemasons and eventually becoming a school.
Armed with the knowledge of reported hauntings, Sean and Rebecca set out to explore the historic hall last month – and the couple claim they were joined by multiple entities that night.
Sean said: “When the former owner John lived at the property, he claimed that while in the mansion’s cellar he often saw a monk-like figure standing there staring back at him.
“There is also a report that over 100 years ago, a pregnant lady sadly fell down the stairs inside the home and lost her baby. It is believed that she still walks up and down the stairs, perhaps reliving the tragic accident.
“Armed with this information and knowing that so many people have passed through the doors of Woolton Hall, Ghost Dimension had to investigate the claims and find out if we could identify what is haunting the mansion.
“We had absolutely no idea what to expect and as we investigated the second floor of the mansion, we could hear what sounded like running throughout the building.
“A member of our crew, Paul, had to constantly go out to check no one had broken in and every time he came back to tell us there was no evidence of any intruders.
“We started to follow the noises which appeared to be coming from the top floor, the same floor used in masonic meetings.
“Bex started to feel very uneasy, which we understood, as during the period the building was very male orientated.
“I knew John and a psychic medium had completed a seance in the hall in the past and I wonder if it opened a gateway to the spirit realm letting ghostly beings into the building.
“As soon as Bex placed the crystal bracelet on her wrist we all heard the most terrifying growl, which was so clear we knew that something was very close by and appeared to be angered.
“Whatever made this demonic growl, clearly had some bad intentions with Bex and was not happy that she had protected herself from it.
“Whatever is haunting Woolton Hall did not like the presence of the females and made it very clear.”