Nottingham Road Hotel- South Africa


God what is it about the unknown that fascinates us so much. Is it for the thrill of it all or do we seek proof of life after death? Whatever reason maybe we find ourselves being drawn in by these places at the bone Chilling Tales that they have to offer tortured Souls crossed boundaries to reach out with stories that I want to share with us. There are times. We simply hear The Echoes of a memory on moving the question that remains is this are you open minded enough to handle it off dive into the Paranormal with the DC O'Rourke your personal guide as we Traverse the globe to dissect haunted places in each and every episode of Haunting the yours off. podcast for the Paranormal where the spirits are always waiting waiting off off off off off. Welcome back friends. I'm DC O'Rourke. And this is hauntingly yours. Here. We all are together once again tuning in for yet another episode to learn the World's haunted places 4 episode 12 you and I will be putting on our safari gear as we are headed to the coastal province of wait for it off Hulu guitar in South Africa. This is truly a beautiful beautiful beautiful location guys. It's known for its beaches. It's mountains, it's Jose Jimenez that are full the wildlife. It's definitely a must-visit location. If you need a place to stay well, why not look into the office in Nottingham Road Hotel just on Old Main Road legend has it that there have been establishments on this site since 1851. Before that's a long time. There was a not he's in or Tavern situated here that provided a hang out spot for soldiers who were stationed at nearby Fort Nottingham. The soldiers they were brought in for one mission in particular and that was to protect the local farmers from the thieving Bushman who were coming around and stealing their livestock. Apparently it become a real problem in these men did absolutely whatever they could to put an end to it. The overall location at this establishment, but it was ideal. It was actually able to cater to the mini horse-drawn carriages that passed through the area. This was a long before way would even be thought about the First Recording. Thanks about the hotel. We know today indicate that the land for the noughties as locals like to affectionately call. It was bought by a George Irwin around 1889 following the deaths of landowner James Ellis and his sister Jani-King the land being sold by the facts to pay off the siblings the States. What was the price received for that land a whopping sum of 125 pounds per acre. Wow. This was actually mean pretty steep for the time. My guess. It has that it had something to do with the favorable Loco. chicken I mean we have to stop and look at the fact that it's pretty much at a Crossroads where the road to the interior leads to the road that takes you straight to Fort Nottingham door window. He went on to a ranked what he called the Railway Hotel to serve the station that was built at the tiny Nottingham Road settlement. Local farmer and settler George Smith. Yes, Smith s m y bhe he writes in his diary July 12th 1882 off. The railway has it lasts commenced and there is a large staff of men on gallery busy putting a buildings in beginning the Earthworks. The station is to be just at the cross the road for Nottingham about two miles from straight turn. The railway line finally reached out to him Road at the end of 1885. The station was initially called Harrison's Camp after the contractor prior to the station's opening before being called Clark Lewis station. However, the name was changed to Nottingham Road station in 1887 as the locals decided that it was too far from karkloof to be so named previously Littleton was the last stop the real we changed the lives of the Midland settlers forever. There was a daily postal system and almost anything they needed could now be ordered from Durban or. It's Burg produce from the area could be quickly sent to the city centers for sale and travel between the coast and the interior was a matter of hours rather than weeks or days the railway also led to the development of the Midlands as a viable area for settlement that my opinion is always a great thing. The Railway Hotel was built by a mr. Morgan and was completed at the beginning of 1891 and it soon became the center of social activity at Nottingham Road. A gracious two-story building was set and rolling Lawns the hotel offered guess the Comforts of proper lighting package tennis courts and a Billiards room as well as activities such as shooting and horseback riding at the turn of the century another family took over the the last name Singleton. They would go on to run the business as they saw fit. But Nottingham Road Hotel was always the local favorite haunt weather for a social drink in the pub or for supposedly more serious matters such as meetings of the Dead Nottingham Road Farmers Association. Apparently, the farmers will often only survived home safely because they're faithful horses knew the way back to their Stables off the the system works smoothly until a prankster swapped the horses between the different traps and cards. So that drunken farmers were taken off in completely different directions often the locals would decide to stay over at the hotel especially at the weather was bad. One such farmer a Christopher groom was trying to reach the hotel to Shelter From a storm. He was unable to reach it in time and was unfortunately struck by a bolt of lightning just down side right where the first tennis courts were located in his dead horse were actually discovered some time later when the storm had passed over the bridge just man quite unaware of his narrow escape a hole was found straight through his saddle and it showed where that bolt of lightning had struck. Like all hotels or the history the Nottingham Road hotel is reputed to be haunted. Of course right in the past two guests and staff have reported that the spirit of a woman roams the hotel especially room 10:00 and it's ground this house proud gentle ghosts. Apparently. She was flower arrangements Tiny's away clothes and straightens wedding Legend has it that she is Charlotte a beautiful prostitute who frequent in the hotel catering were soldiers from the 45th regiment in the latter part of the nineteenth Century, her story says that she fell in love with a regular at the hotel a soldier a handsome man ended up having to leave Charlotte at one point to go off and fight in the Bushman Wars. Unfortunately, he was killed on the fields of battle and birth. Made it back to his beloved Charlotte upon hearing the news took to the balcony of her room and was so stricken with grief that she threw herself to her deathbed. Send story right? I'd say that so pretty it's pretty good reason to come back as a ghost. She's not the only one that lurks around in the darkness though God. Oh, no as it would turn out Charlotte. She's just the one who likes to appear the most. Today not he's is one of the Midlands more popular hotels. It's dark and cozy it has a wood-paneled pub with Rory log fires on colder nights and and it offers tasty pub fare and beer on tap while the more elegant dining room doubles as a multi-purpose room off the bedrooms are comfortable in a spacious Garden offers a relaxed place to enjoy a sunny Midlands afternoon. It doesn't matter how old the place is not he's hotel is one of the areas in most popular landmarks and it boasts a colorful history of more than a century area that has been known to please travelers from all over the world. The spirits here are full body and more ways than one. One lovely spring afternoon the front desk manager of the hotel at the time found himself in the middle of a phone call a potential guests was inquiring about room availability and see what sorts of activities that they offered because they had two young children. Well, the manager was doing his best to answer all the colors questions when all of a sudden a mysteriously gorgeous woman in a black Victorian Era gown glided past the front desk without saying a word to him cuz the manager to do a double-take. He'd never seen the woman up until that moment. She wasn't a guest of the hotel that he was aware of. The woman continued past the desk and entered the kitchen as if she were on a mission. Now the manager was confused. He said the phone down and he went to investigate upon entering the kitchen. He called out to her. Pardon me Madam. I do believe you're lost the room appeared to be empty from what he could see in The Echoes of his boys bounced off the different walls and made them back to his ears a creepy feeling washed over him which naturally made him feel rather uneasy out of nowhere the mysterious woman reappeared and quickly darted into the adjacent conference room the way in which this woman moved killed the front desk manager. He knew she was not of this Earth. Was it the beautiful Charlotte he had heard so much amount the beautiful prostitute who once roamed these Halls so terribly long ago, He didn't quite know but he knew there was something weird going on. Rington the most active hot spot in the entire Hotel rumor has it that this is where Charlotte was staying when she threw herself to her Death From a Balcony guests who have stayed in this room have reported any and all sorts of strange happenings. They will find problems with their television turning off while you're in the middle of watching. It footsteps have been heard in and even outside the room late into the night fresh flowers have been discovered on certain occasions beds have been made with fresh Linens and suitcases have even been unpacked the staff certainly does not mind whose as few things as good hellbitch. Sometimes hard-to-find. One night a male guest found himself drifting off to sleep in room 10. The room is very comfortable. By the way with whatever modern amenities a traveler might need it had been a long journey and just as the guest was nearly asleep he heard what sounded like footsteps walking across the room toward the bathroom. He lifted his head gently and peered through the darkness a strange figure can barely be seen hunched over the sink. Not sure if it was a hotel staff member. He called out to them. Hello wage. What are you doing in there? Is there some sort of problem? No one answered him back the water to the sink did turn on. Well, the guests heard it and wondered what in the world was happening. He got out of bed slowly and turned on a nearby lamp as he looked over at the bedroom. There wasn't anyone there that he could see he walked across the room. Hello. He tried soliciting her response Once More by the time he reached the bathroom. He realized whomever it was they were definitely no longer there the water to the sink continue to run without any explanation. So we turned it off and he went back to bed. Several hours passed and the sun prepared to raise its weary head the water to the same came on without any Rhyme or Reason in the bathroom the guest who lied sleeping so quietly suddenly awoke to the sounds thinking that it was all part of a bad dream. He was having wiping his eyes. He got up from bed. He walked across the room to deal with this problem once more he stood there at the sink for a moment. This was to sneak range was this some sort of joke or prank of some sort. He turned the sink off one last time and then he heard footsteps quickly making their way to his dorm. He hurried in that direction and out of the bathroom as fast as he could go and just at the last second he witnessed the door to his bedroom as it slammed. Well, this joke wasn't funny anymore. And honestly, it creeped him out. He ran to the door opened it up looked out at all of the second floor off. There was no one in sight. He decided right then and right there that he most certainly needed a wrong room change. On another completely different occasion a female employee of the hotel found herself in need of accommodations for a couple of days. She got the infamous room 10, of course and it put her on edge. She was reassured by her manager that everything would be all right, and that the the resident ghosts were always friendly reluctantly. She took the room and settled in for her first night stay. Have one point in the middle of the night. She was woken. Abruptly to a set of strange sounds she turned on the bedside lamp. It sounded like someone was crying just near the bed just a few feet away from her stood a little boy with blonde hair and he was dressed in old-fashioned clothes. The staff member was so terrified. She reached for her Bible just near the lamp and held it out in front of her. There was something off about this little boy and she didn't care to find out what she held that money most steadfast and she told him to leave at once. He didn't budge the sounds of crying began to fill the room again, but the child was stock still in his mouth never moved. It remained closed the poor woman closed her eyes now and instructed the boy to lie. He once more when she opened them it was gone the experience still bothers her until this very day. From there. We moved to the tail of a mother and daughter who came to stay at the hotel a few years ago. They were assigned room too and ended up staying for a week or so Thursday. Oh absolutely wonderful by all accounts with the exception of their last night. There was an early check out time the next morning the mother had been insistent that they get as much sleep as they possibly could at some point in the middle of the night though mother awoke to what felt like someone placed in their hands on her ankles. They were holding her down. The pressure was on a real she sat up slowly and adjusted her eyes looking down at her feet. She couldn't see anyone there. Well, she looked over at her daughter her daughter was fast asleep next to her. The hands moved up Ur legs and the pressure became heavier the mother didn't know what the hell was going on, but it needed to end right then and right there the hands moved higher and higher all wild and pressure just weighed down on top of her like somebody was actually laying on her finally the pressure reached her chest when she started struggling to breathe her hands clutched at her throat and no matter how hard she tried. She she couldn't muster up a single play for help with thankfully her daughter awoke to all the movement going on and noticed her mother flailing about she reached over with both hands and no sooner. She touched her the pressured it'd just be completely dissipated and she could breathe again. I don't know what you guys but that is some freaky stuff right there. No, thank you. I will have a different room, please. Thanks. A front desk clerk had a rather frantic woman come running up to him one morning just a few summers ago. She told him that he needed to follow her at 1 a.m. All the pictures on the wall upstairs were falling to the ground and breaking the clerk followed her weight behind her actually and the two of them took to the booster case and went all the way to the top as they drew near they could hear the sounds of pictures hitting the flooring Clash shattering all over the place. Another woman had come out of her room and was trying to help pick up the pictures as they fell. The second floor walls are all decorated with photographs of the different soldiers of the 45th regiment who used to frequent this hotel earlier on in the afternoon. It's just the day before the photos had been taken down for cleaning when they were put back on the wall. They were placed in different spots. They were spread out more evenly as well to make sure every bit of wall space was covered based off the circumstances. I think it's pretty obvious. There's somebody who's in disagreement with the new placement of these particular photographs the clerk in the woman who had brought the matter to his attention scrambled around they did what they could they picked up what photographs they could get their hands on no matter how hard they tried. So no matter how hard they try to clean up the mess. These has unknown entity just continued to throw photographs on the floor. Throughout the rest of the hotel strange apparitions have been seeing going to and from different places some tend to linger by the staircase near the front desk a While others pop down to the pub to Revel in the atmosphere the owners of the hotel Mr. And Mrs. Faust, they say that their hotel is a family-friendly place off and there isn't any need to worry about the resident ghosts. They have just made themselves at home and they are just as much a part of the place as they are. Back in 2007 Ghost Hunters International and came across this location and rented out the entire place for themselves. They came in mint. Mr. Foss and got a good rundown of the the history and this Pookie encounters people have had over the years. They went to work straight away. Oh, no, I think their experience was rather involved significant a few EVPs were picked up on noises were heard and the ions in the air of the kitchen increased at one point, which is usually a pretty good sign that Paranormal Activity is about to take place the EVPs were simple. They got told to get out leave and so on and so forth one of the investigators at one point thought he should provoke Spirit which I do not agree with this at all. This guy challenged them to do something to touch him and make their presence Church. Down I absolutely hate this I really do spirits are not circus animals and they are not here to perform tricks for us either. They want to communicate or they don't it's really that simple. You should never ever provoke a spirit always be respectful just because they aren't alive anymore doesn't mean they don't have feelings too. I cannot stress that enough. A little bit of evidence that these guys collect it was enough for them to say the place was haunted. The owner was satisfied with what they had uncovered and thank them for coming out ever since they're dead departure though. It seems like paranormal investigators have been coming from all over the world in search of Charlotte in the many other spirits that still called off adding him Road Hotel home. Some of them have experiences that they cannot easily easily explained While others don't have a a single experience at all. That's the name of the game though, isn't it? I find that paranormal investigation as a whole was just this we can stay in a location off all night long and nothing could come up come of it at all whatsoever. There are no guarantees when it comes to Spirits. It's all about dead. Being in the right place at the right time and hoping they are feeling good enough to communicate with us. Whether easily a dozen more stories from this location, I think I'm going to let the buck stopped here experience the Nottingham Road hotels wage for yourself. If you ever get the chance have a plant in the pub and be wary that. The residents Spirits are watching from the Shadows. It's a house full of spirits after all never stop being curious. My friends read travel meet new people learn a new places on your own accord when we are all covid-19. Podcasts Facebook and Instagram pages I say both locations as I'm talking about more than one. I only mean one place, please check them also is M intention or done. 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