The Mazehouse has its origins in the paranormal investigations previously carried out by Steven Millington. When a couple of friends found out about his interests they told him the stories of another friend’s house in which they had both had strange experiences. One described, having sat down after lunch with a book, finding himself suddenly standing in the kitchen with really no idea how or why he had ended up there. The other told how she had, on a couple of occasions had conversations, one with several people present, recounted to her that she had absolutely no memory of and a number of times had dreams while in the house that she could not remember beyond the fact that they were absolutely terrifying. Apparently the friends who owned the house had plenty of stories about it – the usual presences felt, sounds heard, movements of air and light and temperature. One story that had stuck in both their minds was one of their friends saying how he had, a couple of times, got ‘lost’ in the house – a house he had grown up in – an experience that he had described as the most terrifying imaginable. What intrigued Steven Millington was that he had never heard stories like this before – while The Mazehouse had a lot of the traditional signs of a haunting, these stories were unique and his interest was peaked. When he discovered that the owners were going to be leaving the house unoccupied for at least a year, Steven jumped at the chance of carrying a long-term study of the house. The investigation officially began in March 2001, and was intended to run until the end of November. Up till now the project has consisted of gathering EMF data from monitors around the house along with Steven’s regular visits to collect video, audio and personal impressions. With the involvement of the SciFi channel, the number of EMF monitors has been increased to cover the entire house and the intention is to feed this data, along with some fixed cameras, out to a website in due course. Steven is currently staying permanently in the house where a full time team will join him for the last week of October. So far he says he hasn’t experienced anything particularly odd in the house but admits that it is, in his words, ‘somewhat creepy’.
The Maze House stands on a hill that gives it commanding views of the area. It is border on two sides by woodland, and on the other two by fields. Within the grounds there are out buildings – Victorian in origin – and a medieval wall believed to belong to an Abbey that once stood on the site. The garden also possesses a large pond that may once have been a fishpond for the same Abbey. The front of the house – the complete three floors with the central staircase – are the earliest part of the house. The rooms themselves are Georgian but contain earlier structural elements. The remainder of the house is mostly Victorian with a few Modern cosmetic changes.