Revesby Abbey in Lincolnshire is an abandoned and isolated Abbey which is fast becoming known for its many hauntings. Ghost hunts here take on a sinister air when venturing into the harrowing basement deep under the abbey with its maze of dark seemingly endless corridors. Spending the night at Revesby Abbey, a location where nightmares are made and with so much reported activity Haunted Happenings are sure a night at this location will be a real test for even the most hardened Ghost Hunter.
Be prepared for anything when you spend the night at the terrifying Revesby Abbey which is gaining a reputation as being one of the most active buildings in Britain. Join the Haunted Happenings team as we work in the most daunting areas of this haunted building where you can take part in experiments and vigils in your attempts to confront the spirits that lurk here.
Reverby Abbey is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain but certainly has the reputation as the most haunted building in Lincolnshire. With so many reported incidents of harrowing paranormal activity we feel that we should warn you that a night in Revesby Abbey may be a little too daunting for some. Footsteps are often heard to approach but no one ever appears, dark figures and shapes dart quicky from room to room. Chanting is often heard but the source can never be found. Bearing witness to slamming doors and doors even locking themselves in this old Abbey is a chilling experience. Whoever remains within the deacying walls of Revesby Abbey makes it clear that they do not want you to leave.
The many floors and rooms have their own ghostly phenomena, in the servants quarters the sound of running footsteps can be heard and the sound of slamming doors resornates throughout the abandoned corridors. Revesby Abbey is fast becoming a favourite for ghost hunters due to the amount of ghostly activity and experiences witnessed here. Heavy footsteps and sinister shuffling sounds, accompanied by a menacing, shadowy presence are just part of the activity associated with this haunted old abbey.
Unexplainable EMF spikes and measurable temperature changes are common place with some people being so frightened that they have been unable to return to the building. Your ghost hunt at Reversby will not only take in the Hall itself, but also the old stables and brewhouse
The current Revesby Abbey is the third building to be called such and is Grade 1 listed, "Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important; only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I" English Heritage. A Grade 1 listing is the highest possible listing for buildings and hence Revesby Abbey is recognised as one of the most important buildings in the country. This Abbey was designed by renowned Scottish architect William Burn in 1843 and building work finished in 1845. This means the construction of the house took less than two years, to build over 65,000 sq ft of Victorian Luxury, which is astounding considering the lengths they went to. The Abbey is in the 'Jacobethan' or sometimes 'neo Jacobean' Style and was built with 10 acres of formal Gardens, rose harbours and such, all surrounded by a medieval deer park.
The first building to be called Revesby Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, hence the name 'Revesby Abbey'. This Abbey was founded by william de Roumare, Earl of Lincoln, who became a monk himself. Monks from the famous Abbey in Yorkshire, Rievaulx were the first to be sent to inhabit the Abbey, led by Saint Aelred of Rievaulx , and under St Aelred's management the Abbey became one of the most influential Cistercian Abbey's. Saint Aelred is even today considered a great scholar and philosopher, and advised the king of time in many occasions. The abbots became very bad at managing the Abbey though, and so in 1538 the Duke of Norfolk wrote to Thomas Cromwell to inform him the abbey was "in great ruin and decay" (despite the Abbey earning around £600,000 in todays money) and so it was destroyed like so many others under Henry VIII.
After the dissolution Charles Brandon 1st Duke of Suffolk, Brother in law to Henry VII got the estate. After he died in 1545 the estate swapped hands many times until it reached Craven Howard who decided he wanted to build a country house on the land, very close to where theCistercian Abbey used to stand. The estate then passed to his son,Henry Howard, who decided to sell the house in 1711 and 2000 acre estate for about £14,000 (about £253 million in 2014) to Joseph Banks, the Great-Grandfather of the famous botanist and 'Father of Australia' Sir Joseph Banks. Born in 1743 Banks grew up at Revesby and it is here he discovered his passion for the natural world. After being elected a member of the Royal Society in 1766, Banks sailed with Capt. James Cook on the voyage that discovered Australia and Botany Bay was named in Honour of Banks by Cook. When Banks returned to England he was received by King George III and in 1778 was elected President of the Royal society.
In 1781 Banks founded Kew Gardens and continued to pursue ideas that have influenced the development of the world, such as introducing Marino sheep to the UK,meaning less reliance on imports and introducing Chinese tea bushes to India resulting in a boom of Tea production. In 1779, in his advisory role to King George III it was was Sir Joseph that suggested transporting criminals to Australia to reduce the pressure on overcrowded prisons here, his idea was welcomed and this has led to Australia as we know it. Joseph Banks died in 1820 and so the estate was passed to a distant relative, James Bank Stanhope. After not being lived in for many years the Abbey got into a state of disrepair and so after Banks-Stanhope consulted builders he came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to build a beautiful new country house to replace this one. The contents of the house were sold off at auction, but despite what many think most of the buildings materials were not sold, but rather re-used in the current Abbey.