Your Ghost Hunt at the Oak House in West Bromwich is one that terrifies the haunted houses team to think about returning to. Our guests have personally experienced lots of physical activity from moving furniture, footsteps and even being hissed at from an unwelcoming spirit. Even a cloaked figure has been witnessed passing through the kitchen.
Your ghost hunt at The Oak House will see you exploring all areas of the building made available to us, where you will be able to experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. Plus, for those comfortable enough – Ouija boards will also be on hand for you to use – all to aid your communication with the dead. Also, you will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use whilst you carry out your ghost hunt. Taking part in spirit call-outs and wait to see what happens in the silence that follows. Haunted Houses likes to work in small teams to give you the very best experience possible. For the very brave lone vigils (ghost hunting in a room all alone) are very popular and plenty of opportunities to do so will be given.
There have been many reports of unexplained incidents in every room in this sprawling property like the ghost of an old woman dressed in black hiding in the downstairs kitchen. She silently sits, staring at visitors who believe that she is actually a member of staff but when approached she simple just vanishes into thin air terrifying all those that cross her path. There have been accounts of heavy footsteps, coughs, singing and screams through this hugely impressive location when the museum closes its doors for the day. Staff have often tidied away the children’s play clothes only to find them out on the floor two minutes later. The Cleaners have reported electrical equipment turning on of their own accord or being unplugged from sockets by invisible hands
The Oak House is a historic building located in Greets Green, West Bromwich. It is thought to have taken its name from an oak which stood on the green in front of it and was burnt down around 1800, though it could have been named after the oak woodland that once surrounded the house. The last John Turton advised William Whyley to fell the trees, and in 1768 many were used to make lock-gates for the Birmingham Canal, which was then being built through West Bromwich. Very few oaks remained in 1836.
The original owners of Oak House are not known, but the family most closely associated with it are the Turtons who were living there by 1634. The house remained in the Turton family until 1768 when it passed to William Whyley, the “natural son” of John Turton. John Wesley preached at the house on two occasions in the late 18th century when it was in the ownership of William Whyley. It remained in the Whyley family until 1837. Following a succession of owners, Reuben Farley (three times Mayor of West Bromwich) purchased the property.
Alderman Reuben Farley was one of the towns greatest benefactors. He purchased the Oak House with the intention of making it his private residence, but resolved to present it to the town as a museum. The leading architects in West Bromwich, Messrs. Wood and Kendrick, were employed with the task of restoring the house. Skilled craftsmanship ensured the outstanding quality of the restoration and the museum was formally opened on 25 July 1898; gardens and a bowling green were also laid out.
In 1949 the house was protected as a Grade II* listed building. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the gift, the corporation decided to convert the Oak House into a period house with antique furnishings; the formal reopening took place in 1951.