Updated: Aug 26, 2018

St John's House Museum


but the energy at st johns really did make it self known to guests hosts and it wasnt long before i  picked up on a energy that shouldn't be there 


St John's is a historic house located in Warwick, just east of the town centre, in WarwickshireEngland. It is now a museum, and has had a history spanning almost 900 years. To the side of the house is a small garden belonging to St John's and to the rear is the large St. Nicholas' Park. The museum is currently operated by Warwickshire Heritage and Culture's Museum Service, a branch of Warwickshire County Council.

In the almost 900 years of its existence, St. John's House has had a wide and varied history. Many of its uses have been related directly to helping local people, particularly in the realms of health and education - a tradition which is continued today in its use as a free museum to educate the local community on the area's history.

As a hospital

In the mid 12th century, during the reign of Henry II, the land on which St. John's House stands was given to the establishment of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist. The hospital was brought into being by William de Beaumont, then Earl of Warwick. This hospital provided two purposes: To help the local poor and ill; and to provide casual overnight boarding and food to impoverished travelers such as pilgrims.The Hospital of St. John the Baptist was one of two such hospitals in the town of Warwick at the time. The other was the Hospital of St. Michael, founded with the sole purpose of providing help and respite to those in the parish suffering from leprosy. Of both hospitals, only the chapel building of St. Michael still stands.

In 1291's taxatio, the Hospital was noted to own a dovecote worth 2 shillings. Additionally, the carucate of land owned by the Hospital was valued at 10 shilling per year. In 1337, protection was granted to the hospital's brethren and their attorneys for the collection of alms at churches. At this time it was suggested that some building renovation was necessary.

It is known that in 1610 the site comprised four standing buildings, including a gatehouse topped with crenelations. The largest of the three other buildings has crosses at the roof's apex, suggesting its religious use as the site's chapel. At the time the hospital site also included a cemetery - remains have often been dug up during refurbishment or remodeling works on the House. The first recorded case was in the 1830s when work was being undertaken in the kitchen garden. In 1987, two workmen digging to the Coten End front of St. John's Court flats discovered two skulls.

As a residence

During the Dissolution of the Monasteries at the behest of Henry VIII, St. John's was granted to Anthony Stoughton, for services to the King. The land was later passed to his eldest son William by inheritance. Neither of the two lived in the house, but they leased it out to others such as Richard Townsende, a yeoman at Warwick. Eventually the land was inherited by the son of William Stoughton, Anthony Stoughton (junior), who built a house on the site. Of note is the fact that in the East Wing of the house there is a door lintel which bears the date 1626 and the initials A.S.. The house remained in the possession of the Stoughton family until 1960.

As a school

In 1791, the building was rented out for the first time by the Earl of Warwick for public use, with the intent of converting it into a school. The school, then known as St John's Academy, was founded by William T Fowler and was set up as a school for "Young Gentlemen" (as advertised on the hand-billThroughout the life of the school, its cohorts changed frequently. In 1828, the daughters of William Fowler, then running the school, changed it to a school for girls. It was then reverted in 1845 under a Mr. Townsend. Then it returned to a girls' school in 1884, which continued until the very end of the 19th Century. In the later part of the school's life, as money became tighter, the school restricted itself to the lower part of the house, with upper rooms being leased out to local artists and other public figures, with their studios being open for public viewing. The school was declared bankrupt in 1900 and closed down.


this defiantly is an interesting building one of my team members actually had to leave the building as we enter the loft area of this building things started to change a little differently to the feeling of being so hot it was unbelievable which was the 1st i had experienced it usually gets cold not hot so it wasn't before long that the guide who works in the building and knows the history well had explained that a lady had died in the building due to her dress catching fire when she went to change logs on the fire! which was often an accurance in those days due to lady's wearing long dresses and having open log fires came with danger of catching fire in today's date health and safety would not allow this this defiantly explains why that came in to action its totally dangerous it shows we have revolved since then for the better...

On a medium level i  picked up on a lady i felt her emotions she died in a fire and could feel the heat from what she had been burnt with as we was in a protection circle, 1 of my team members had to leave the building due to feeling that hot to the stage of sweat dripping off him said he had to leave the building and later joined us in the cellar, where the guests joined in a ouiji board session we could hear taps and bangs and as we was in the protection circle it actually felt like a presence was behind us you could feel it in the back of you and my hand and another guests hand lifted in the air above our heads then straight back down behind our back like he was trying to pull us back wards as joanneclare shouted do not let him break the chain that was strange could you actually felt the force off this guy...






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