Spooky hooded monk theory in abbey as Doncaster ghost hunters get active again post lockdown

They’ve been trapped at home in Doncaster by Covid restrictions for months.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 5:19 pm

But Conisbrough’s own ghost investigators are finally back out and in the hunt for South Yorkshire’s spooks.

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Members of Conisbrough Paranormal Research Association have been out and about ghost hunting for eight years – but have been stuck at home this year because of self isolating and the Covid restrictions.

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Dean Buckley and his partner Veronica, of Conisbrough Paranormal Research Association, pictured at Bogie Alley. Picture: NDFP-16-03-21-BogieAlley 7-NMSY

But this week they have been back out again – and they reckon they’ve spotted a spooky monk at an old abbey dating back hundreds of years.

They made their first expedition a trip to Roche Abbey near Maltby.

Dean, aged 38, from Conisbrough, said: “We’ve been up there taking photos , and the most interesting one was near the first gate house there. We found one of the pictures showed a monk from the chest up, with an orb – a sort of ball of energy. The picture shows the outline of his head in a hood.

"We’re still going through the photographs at the moment – we took up to 1,000. We think it is a monk who would have lived there in the 12th century, when it was still an abbey.

The hooded figure before the picture is zoomed in

"Now we are allowed to take the team, we are doing so.

“It is such a great experience to be able to go out again like this. It felt so strange to be able to be travelling again, but it is so nice after having been stuck in the garden for such a long time.”

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Zoomed-in image shows what Dean believes to be a hooded figure - the blue, unverted V-shape
Roche Abbey, near Maltby