Two ghost hunters have opened up about the spooky and sinister goings on which happen inside their museum dubbed one of the most haunted in Yorkshire.
Tales of the paranormal are a near everyday occurrence in Rotherham’s Haunted Objects Museum Poltergeist House, which is run by married couple Lee and Linzi Steer.
The pair are the proud owners of Elizabeth, which they say is “the UK’s most haunted doll”, and have witnessed bizarre and eerie events inside various rooms of the house which is said to be haunted by a poltergeist.
“We have got the crying boy room where a man from Victorian times burnt to death and every time I go in there I always get breathless and other people have said the same,” Linzi, 50, said.
View the gallery above to take a look inside the Poltergeist House
“Whether it’s the sentiment of this man choking to death in that room, I don’t know.
“In another room where two children were badly neglected we have our collection of dolls and there’s 172 in that room.
“When mediums come up they can sense children – a little boy and a little girl – in that room and they keep getting the name ‘Emily’.
“Once we did a live stream in the house at night and quite a few people messaged us telling us to check back the footage because you could see a white lady walking across the front of the curtain and that for me was like ‘wow.’”
Linzi had always been interested in the paranormal but her interest was piqued around 20 years ago when she saw a woman walk through the wall of an old factory in Sheffield.
Instead of freaking her out, she found the experience “calming”, and from there she continued reading and researching spooky goings on until she met Lee on Plenty of Fish.
Lee, who hails from Rotherham, was already running his own project called Ghosts of Britain when he met Linzi, and when the pair realised they shared a passion for the supernatural, it was a match made in heaven.
Together, they have grown their brand and they say they have amassed half-a-million online fans across the globe.
However, it was not until 15 months ago that they acquired the Poltergeist House as they desperately looked for somewhere to house their eerie collection of possessed and haunted items which were starting to outgrow their Rotherham home.
“It’s huge inside and that place is ideal because it was known as the Poltergeist House and the previous landlady said things would happen there.
“Objects used to be thrown about, there were sightings of a white lady on the stairs and most of the activity happened in what used to be the bridal shop and we have Elizabeth who is a bridal doll.”
Elizabeth is undoubtedly one of Lee and Linzi’s most prized possessions and they claim she is “the most haunted doll in the UK” and “the fifth most haunted doll in the world”.
Lee purchased her for over £800 after its previous owner became desperate to sell it amid claims it kept attacking her husband.
And since buying it, Lee’s father has experienced bizarre injuries which have occurred in the doll’s presence.
Lee said: “The woman wanted to get rid of it because it was setting off her fire alarms at night and her husband was getting scratch marks and the myth is that the doll scratches married men.
“She would have visions at night of seeing the doll walk down her path and there is a spot of blood on the doll which sometimes disappears.
“My dad once woke up with scratch marks down his arm when he was watching a live stream and out of the hundreds of items I’ve got this is the only one where he said to me ‘you need to think about this one.’”
Elizabeth, who has appeared on This Morning and other TV shows, is one of the couple’s most popular assets and the Steers say people flock from all over the country to get a glimpse inside their museum which is also home to a room dedicated to creepy clowns.
They rarely open to the public but occasionally host open days where they charge people £5 to enter.
Instead, they do Facebook Lives from the House on their Ghosts of Britain page and prior to the coronavirus outbreak, they had bookings for other paranormal teams to come and explore inside the building.
“Nine out of the ten teams that have come here have witnessed something and on our public open days we’ve had people experience things,” Linzi said.
“Once a girl came with her mum for a look around and she came out and was looking a bit pasty.
“She’d been scratched all down her back and other people have come in and reported the same which is a little bit disturbing.
“One particular chap who wanted to overcome his fears went round with a team who were investigating and when he came out the mark of the cross from an opened dybbuk box was scratched onto his back like someone has got a nail and etched it in.
“Because of the area it was in he could not have done it himself and he was with people the whole time.
“After that he didn’t want to ever come back because he was too frightened – but he still watches us on Facebook Live.”
Although the museum has only been open for just over a year, the popularity of the couple’s venture has soared beyond their wildest expectations and there are plans in the pipeline for them to film a Channel 4 show about the ghostly beings that supposedly haunt the Poltergeist House.
The pair have recently faced criticism after being wrongly accused of flouting the rules of the lockdown but the Steers say they have done nothing wrong and they are looking forward to reopening their business for good once the pandemic is over.
“It’s been absolutely brilliant that it is so popular,” Linzi said. “It’s fantastic and people come from all over the UK to visit us when we have open days.
“We’ve had sceptics come and walk away believing because things do happen during the day – ghosts don’t just come out at night.
“All we ask is that people come with an open mind. We only charge £5 for entry for people to come round and they can look at the items, have photos taken, use some of the equipment and even just sit with us for a chat and a cup of tea.”