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Cannock Chase Mysteries.

 

Oh how we love a good mystery!

For this blog we decided to look into a more well-known location and some of the main mysteries and legends which surround the Cannock Chase Woods in Staffordshire.

 


 

The Black Eyed Children. 

 

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‘Black Eyed Child’ (Photo from google)

 

I’ve always been fascinated by the infamous ‘Black Eyed Children‘ stories and they have been spotted in the Cannock Chase woods on numerous occasions. I’m sure many of you here in the UK (and those of you around the world) will remember some of the articles revealing hideous images or video footage of children with eyes as black as coal hitting our news headlines several times over the years.

When you look up the description of the Black eyed children it reads…

‘Supposed paranormal creatures that ‘resemble’ children between the ages of 6-16 with pale skin and black eyes’

(Very specific age range there!)

It then goes on to say…

‘alleged sightings are taken seriously by ghost hunters, some of whom believe them to be extraterrestrials, vampires or demons.’

 

Okie dokie.

I can’t even argue with that statement as I’m about 99.9% sure there are certain individuals out there who do indeed believe these ‘Black eyed children‘ to be something utterly horrifying and terrible.

Believe me, I’ve seen the videos. People out in the middle of the night looking for a glimpse of these apparent ‘otherworldly‘ creatures..

In fact, a majority of the time the videos are titled ‘Demon black eyed children’ and a lot of them seem to stem around these poor kids being demonic/vampire in nature.

WELL… Let’s try to look at this from a ‘semi-logical’ point of view? (Says the girl who hunts ghosts for a living!)

The black-eyed children have been spotted on many occasions right? There are thousands of stories that surround them.

But did anyone actually really bother to look into the possible cause and history of this or did most of us just think that because they are reported to have black eyes that it automatically makes them a demon?

Let’s assume it’s the latter.

Do I think the black-eyed children are demonic in nature? No.

Do I believe in demons yet? It’s still a no from me because after 7 years of investigating I’ve never came across one yet, and believe me, I’ve been to a lot of supposedly ‘f**ked’ up places!

Do I believe in the black eyed children? There have been a lot of reports and a lot of footage floating around, hence why we wanted to check this out for ourselves.

But what makes this any different to any other ‘ghost caught on film’ which you see thousands of every other day?

It’s different because the tabloids blew it out of the water with their strange yet ‘eye catching’ headlines. (No pun intended)

Making this appear to be something malicious in nature. (Just my personal opinion)

 


So what’s another probable cause for these Hauntings?

If there are spirits of children in those woods and indeed they do have black eyes it’s a well-known fact that during the 1800’s there was an outbreak of a disease called ‘Diphtheria‘ and one of the symptoms of Diphtheria can actually be a coating inside of the eyes causing them to appear black or grey in nature. 

SO this whole time people could have been running around the woods shouting ‘OMG DEMON CHILD‘ when in actual fact, it’s more ‘likely‘ that this poor child could have actually died from a terrible disease.

If you look into the reports of the black-eyed children, you’ll also find that when these children are spotted they were described to be wearing clothing that also depicted the 1800’s (which is when the disease would have been at its height)

They are evil monsters though right? I mean, what do I know? The TV said they are so it has to be 100% true. (wink wink)

So why are these reports taking place in the Cannock Chase woods? That part sadly I can’t answer. Without the actual facts of who died and for what reason in that particular area, We will never know!

I’d like to say I’m pretty sure they are not Demon’s, Extraterrestrials or Vampires though. (But just incase we made sure we packed our Ray Gun, Silver stake and Holy water!) I’m joking…

At the end of the day these still could be child spirits and it’s more ‘likely‘ that they had this disease and died from it. Which is why we took a completely different approach when investigating these ‘claims’.

So, with the above all said and done and our own theory in place..

We didn’t go looking for ‘Demon children‘ we went looking for child spirits and we treated them with the respect they so rightly deserved after all this time.


 

Other Mysteries.

 

Not only are the black eyed children a main feature of the Cannock Chase Mysteries but it also has a whole host of different legends!

SLENDER MAN

Apparently Slender Man has been spotted in these woods. The story of slender man seem’s to center around an extremely tall dude who likes to capture kids. Unfortunately no one would let me borrow their child to test this theory so I had to put on some extra wrinkle cream that day and try to use myself as bait. Haaaa.

PIG-MAN ALIENS

We also have something called the ‘Pig-man Aliens’ which is a creature that is half man half pig. Whole massive story about this online which I won’t get fully into, so feel free to google that.

UFO SIGHTINGS

Apparently it’s a hot spot for avid UFO hunters who claim the area to be a thriving hotbed of strange lights in the sky.

Then we have the usual

WEREWOLVES, WITCHES AND FAIRIES…..

Honestly, with this list it’s surprising to me that Bigfoot didn’t decide to also make an appearance then we’d pretty much have a full house!

There’s also a story about an escaped ‘black panther‘ from a zoo that has now taken refuge in the woods. It’s been spotted on several occasions and there are some photos online.

Sounds delightful!

So we packed up our equipment and headed out for our investigation!

 


 

Day Visit.

Now before we get into the actual investigation, I’d like you to check out this video below.

(You’ll need headphones for the best experience.)

This is just a piece of footage from our day visit, I was filming this for our intro and I didn’t even realise I’d captured the moment until the next day when I was going through the footage.

We’d arrived at the woods and it was around 9 in the evening.

We’d taken a wander, I’d gotten some footage when we heard what sounded like someone coming towards us on their bike (or at least that’s what it first sounded like) but then it quickly turned into this soothing flute music which seemed to get louder and louder and at one point it was as if it was right next to us, yet, no one was around.

We were on the main path and could clearly see our surroundings. LUCKILY this little clip of footage picked up the music.

Have a listen below, let us know what you think in the comment section!

So, it’d already started off a little weird. We departed for a quick McDonald’s (standard) and came back once it had gotten dark.

 


The Investigation. 

 

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Cannock Chase (Photo by Haunted Insight)

 

Cannock Chase Woods is absolutely massive and it’s split into several different areas and sections. We’ve had a few people ask which section we went too and it was directly off the A460 on the main road before you turn into the oblivion of the woods.

We filmed the investigation and you can check out what we captured at the top of this page via the YouTube video.

We’d started to wander deeper into the woods away from the natural noises of the road. (Although it’s a pretty quiet road anyway!)

Admittedly I did get a little freaked out at the start because I could have sworn that I saw a child figure, glowing in white, stood by a tree. It’s such a cliché right?

I’d saw this out of the corner of my eye and to this day I’m still not sure if it was just my eyes playing tricks on me. It lasted for the split of a second but it was enough to freak me out and put me a little on edge.


 

We’d carried on a little further up the path and found an area which led off towards a small stream. I’ve always believed that water acts as a conduit for paranormal activity so it seemed like a pretty good place to start.

From the off both myself and James were hearing disembodied voices. By this time we’d kinda got use to the sounds of the animals around us and could distinguish the difference between anything weird and the natural noises of the forest. I heard a child on several occasions and you’ll see in the video we captured some strange voices on the cameras audio.

My favourite in particular was when we were talking about going up to the path and a voice came through (quite clearly) and agreed that we should “go stand up there

Throughout the night we’d stayed completely respectful incase there were child spirits present. I’d also bought a trigger object EMF bear with me “Charlie” and we decided to use this to try to communicate with the children.

Setting the bear on the ground we made the camera static and stepped back behind it. It took a few attempts but eventually the bear did light up… though it would not respond to my voice at the start and only to James! It was clear that if we were communicating with a spirit it had clearly taken a liking to him.

Throughout the night the Alice box had said several names but one in particular stays in my mind which is Nancy.

As you will see in the video we seemed to make a connection to someone drowning there due to the responses and again the letter ‘N’ came up as well as her full first name.

I’ve done some research online but couldn’t find anything factual to link this to a real event unfortunately.

During the excitement of the bear lighting up and the communication we were receiving it was then we began to hear what sounded like ‘howling’ in the woods.

It also sounded like a rather ‘large’ animal stomping around and reeking havoc. We cut filming then and there and went to check it out and it was indeed animals (that had probably been fighting) so due to this and also the scary story of the ‘escaped black panther’ we moved away from the area and headed to our next location a little further down where earlier James had seen what he believed to be a shadow figure propped by a fence.


 

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Cannock Chase (Photo By Haunted Insight)

 

Due to the spirit box turning on in my bag (I still don’t know how that happened as you have to hold your finger down on it for a rather long time before it actually comes on) we figured maybe the spirit would like to communicate with us that way.

During our spirit box session we began to receive intelligent responses right from the off which is all documented in our video.

It did answer me when I asked where we were stating ‘Cannock’ and we also got the spirit to say James’ name.

The best piece of evidence for me of the night though is definitely when I asked if the spirit died here and it responded “yes” and then when I asked if they were buried here it responded

“You, help, find, body”

Absolutely chilling to look back at now, but at the time it was a fantastic intelligent response, it’s also VERY clear!

We also had what seemed like two spirits bickering between each other when asked how did you die.

“It doesn’t matter” in one voice and another intercepts saying “it does”

To add to the above we also had a heart wrenching response to that question just after which said “think it took me naturally

I was absolutely blown away by these responses.

Not everything is pointed out in the video and some we couldn’t understand. Have a listen, let us know what you hear? Leave us a comment on the blog below.

 


 

Under the stars.

 

Throughout the evening we received SEVERAL references to the ‘stars’ both through the Alice Box and the spirit box. This was all documented on film.

When asked where their body was buried again we received a response “to the stars” and then on the Alice Box it said ‘Stars Apart‘ and later ‘Above and Below

I think it’s a massive ‘conscience’ that two completely different devices seemed to pick up and centre around the same thing. Thinking about this now, when asked where are you buried, is it possible that the spirit who is still attached to their body could be resting in the ground?

And what would they see when they look up?

The stars.

Were they really trying to tell us where they are buried?! I have no idea! All I know is that I feel a kind of deep attachment to this place now and a need to help this spirit who didn’t seem at rest.

 


 

We will definitely be returning to Cannock Chase later in the year to see if we can get some more answers. (Although James wasn’t particularly fond of my idea of taking a shovel just incase lol)

I absolutely loved this investigation and due to the amount of activity we had, I’m happy to say that in my personal opinion there is definitely something otherworldly going on there…

But was it demons?

I’m afraid we didn’t come across any of those (again) but we did form a bond with this extra special location and it’s one I will certainly NEVER forget.


 

The full photo gallery from Cannock Chase will be available soon over on Haunted Insight.

 

But, Until next time…

Happy hunting!

Blog written and video edited by Vicky Grant
Photography by James Pykett

 

Past life reading with Jenny Pugh.

Do you believe in past lives?

It’s a subject that has fascinated me for years and I’ve always been interested in getting my own reading done by a psychic who claims to be able to channel into that energy and tell you about our former selves.

There are many different notions and theories that surround this subject, Many come from personal views and from religious followings.

I am not religious in any way, my view comes from my own desire to know more about this phenomena and wondering if indeed it would be true that we have all lived many lives before our current one.

Some people believe in reincarnation, we can come back after we die and begin a new life as an animal, another person or even a plant or a tree.

But why can we never remember those lives that we had before?

It turns out that some of us do! 

I remember reading a really fascinating article recently about a little boy around the age of four who would speak to his parents about his time upon the famous vessel The Titanic.

He would tell his parents how he and his wife were in the water and it was very cold. I remember seeing that his parents did a lot of research into the name the boy had given and could actually link it to a missing person from the ship.

April, 1912. The White Star liner "Titanic" leaving Queenstown harbour before making her maiden voyage en route for the USA. The ship struck an iceberg and sank near Newfoundland, killing 1550 people.
The Titanic sank on the 15th of April 1912

 

A lot of these stories do seem to come from young children, so much so that their was a show on TV which centered around just that called ‘The Ghost Inside My Child‘ which I’m sure many of you would have watched when it first hit our screens back in 2013.

But can it be true? 

There are a lot of unanswered questions and just like many aspects of the paranormal I believe this is something we will never fully understand and the strength of belief can only come from experiencing something ourselves.

So how can a ghost hunter believe in past lives?

If we did really have a past life then how can we be hunting ghosts? surely our lives would be forever ongoing which would leave no time for a spirit to linger?

I have my own theory on this the same as anyone else one would. In my mind, a past life is just a shell of our former selves, I do believe we can have them and maybe we carry certain aspects of this person we once were into our new life.

The person we were before has their own soul and their own spirit, but a part of that person will move on to a new vessel in life. Hence I still believe in spirits and ghosts and all that’ goes bump in the night! 

As an adult, I’ve looked into this a lot and as mentioned before the whole entire aspect of a past life seemed to stem around a huge belief system that can be viewed differently by many individuals all around the world.

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Essence of a past life?

 

There is a theory that if you are afraid of certain things in your current life without a reasonable explanation, that maybe you had a bad experience with this in a past life.

For example;

I’ve always had a fear about things exploding in my face. Obviously this has never happened to me in ‘this’ life, but even standing by a microwave will make me back away as in the back of my mind I would see it exploding and this is a true deep fear that I have.

I also once had a very vivid ‘memory’ of me being a different person and I remember telling my mum about it as a child. I told her that I remember the war sirens going off in the street and that we all had to take cover in an underground bunker. Bearing in mind that I was born in 1989 which is long after any war had ever taken place.

So why do I have this vivid memory? Even now I can see the old streets in my mind and as a child, why was this so important to me?

Some people even believe that certain aches or pains you have could be giving you an insight into how you died in a past life, again, for example, if you suffer with severe neck back but for no apparent reason, it could be an indication that you were hung! And there are many different notions that surround this for various pains! Just look it up! 

It is also said we could have known many people who are close to us in this life in a past life which is why we feel so attached to them, hence the saying of a soul mate or a best friend. That feeling as if you have known someone forever. We all have it.

It’s very strange indeed.

Recently I was introduced to a Psychic on Twitter, Jenny Pugh.

She is very well-known in the field and is highly trusted by her following. We’d become friends through someone we knew mutually and we began to talk which is when I saw that she offers past life readings. I literally jumped at the chance to have mine done!

Jenny gave me a very detailed reading and now I am going to share MY personal reading with all of you!

 


 

The Farm Girl. 

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I have tuned into my spirit guides, and they have told me the following about three of your previous incarnations:
 
In the first life that they are showing you, you have incarnated in female form. I can see you as a lady who is wearing a long rough fabric dress with a headscarf pulled tightly under her chin. She is in her forties but I also feel that she has lived a very rough and rural existence which has aged her prematurely and she looks much older than her years. 
 
She has blondish hair which is swept back over her head under the scarf and has blue-ish eyes. He face is lined and full of character. My spirit guides are telling me that she was a farm worker, although it wasn’t her own farm that she worked on, but one belonging to her older brother. There she undertook many of the farm chores such as looking after the poultry and ‘the’ cow (think they only had one, probably for milking). 
 
Now they are telling me about her work as a thresher, she worked in the fields helping to produce wheat which made money for the family as well as keeping them fed. I can see her working by hand bent over working at the side of the field. It was a very hard life for her with early mornings and long days and they are showing me a close up of the palms of her hands, which are calloused and have evidence of previous cut injuries. 
 
I am getting a name which sounds like ‘Sarah’ connected to her and I also feel that she lived on the western coast of Scotland. She was unmarried but was quite happy that way. She was quite a superstitious lady and I feel that she was a bit scared to go out into the wider world as she had a physical deformity (of her back I think) which made her a possible target for ridicule (or accusations of witchcraft etc) from others. 
 
She was a warm and caring person who got on better with animals than she did people and she tended to stick close to the very small number of people that she trusted. They are now showing me her taking the cow to a nearby stream to have a drink (it is pale brown coloured – the cow not the stream! lol). Spirit are also explaining that there was telling me that there was a period of unsettlement in their local community, with other properties being burnt out or people attacked so the family tended to keep themselves to themselves as much as possible.
 
She was also a great weaver and spun her own cloth, and as she worked she used to make up stores to entertain herself. She was fascinated about what lay over the ocean and I feel she may have had some empathic ability too as she could detect when people were going to be ill. 
 
They are now showing me the lady at a lot older age. She is dressed in dark clothing, almost bent double with a stick to support her and she has lost most of her teeth. She is still living on the farm ‘it’s her home and she never wanted to leave’ someone just said. 
 
I also feel that she had a twin sister (‘Mary’ or similar sounding name) who died before the age of five and who guided (from spirit) while she was on the Earth plane. The lady passed away I feel in her late 60’s or early 70’s with complications of the heart. It was nothing dramatic, it just slowed down and gave out, and she went peacefully.

A British Soldier. 

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In the second life that my guides are telling me about, you incarnated as male (I’m not sure if you knew this, but we can reincarnate as either male or female in different lives). You were a young soldier, one who was badly injured in a war. I can sense the left side of my face feeling like it is on fire and know it was a badly disfiguring injury. It looks like some sort of burn and shrapnel injury, and although terrible, it was not fatal at the time. ‘Didn’t see it coming’ I just heard them say, ‘but ‘lived to tell the tale’. 
 
My guides are talking about ‘trenches’ and ‘a tommy’ so believe that you were a British soldier who fought in WW1. I can see a medal being pinned on your uniform by someone. 
 
I believe your name was Henry, and you were the third youngest of four sons of a hardworking family. You were good-looking and very proud about your appearance (showing me you shinning your boots). You were very proud to fight for your country ‘in the Great War’ as were your older brothers (I see the youngest brother as a lot younger and wasn’t old enough to go to war). 
 
Unfortunately, only yourself and another of your other brothers survived the war as one (second oldest I think) was killed. ‘Two out of three isn’t bad!’, someone just said a bit sarcastically about all the deaths of the young men lost in that war.
 
Spirit are telling me that you went to be trained at ‘Colchester’. which you found scary and new as you were only a teenager when you signed up (feel you were between your 18th and 19th birthday). You were born and grew up  ‘in the sticks’ in the north-west of the UK. To be more precise, I just heard my guides say ‘Westmoreland’, (which I believe today is known as Cumbria). 
 
You made many friends while you were in the army and you found you had an aptitude for physical activity and sport what surpassed many of your friends. You also took easily to the discipline but you had problems being away from home and missed family (especially your mother). I feel this young man was away from home for about 18-24 months in total. When he was finally invalided out of the army and returned home, he was a lot thinner and gaunt looking. 
 
He was a very tall young man with dark brown hair and ‘hazel eyes’ (they are saying). He looked very smart in his uniform but was glad to back in ‘civvies’ and try to put his war experiences behind him. Although he was disfigured, he chose not to try to hide it (or himself) and found work locally. They are not telling me what exactly, but I can see him (you!) in pale smock-like top and trousers and carrying sacks on his back (flour maybe?), moving them around (could have been working for a miller). 
 
They are telling me that he was also very mechanically minded and could fix things for people and was very well thought of in the community (see him fixing a bike). 
 
He did eventually find his true love and married aged 25 to a slightly younger lady (getting the name ‘Rose’). I can see a family photo of him with a youngster on his knee who is holding a teddy bear. 
 
The ex-soldier suffered a lot from arthritis in later years (probably as a result of being in the trenches) and passed away from the effects of long-term smoking (see him with a pipe). 
 
He felt that he had a very happy life and was committed to his family (he had three children in total, one of whom apparently became a doctor – possibly inspired by his father’s injuries). When I asked about his final resting place I just heard spirit say ‘Morecambe’, so believe he must have eventually settled back in the North West, but by the sea rather than going back inland. They are saying although his life was ‘shorter than some, it was richer than most!’ 

American Free Spirit. 

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The third life I am getting is from the mid to later 1800’s I believe and spirit are saying that you lived in ‘Wisconsin’ in the United States, where you lived and worked on a horse breeding ranch. 
 
You were ‘small in stature’ and had blonde hair in this life too. Although you were living a rural farm life in America, I feel that you were the child of immigrant parents who had brought you there when you were a toddler and that the family had originated in the Netherlands. 
 
You loved the wide open spaces and the animals (a theme which seems to very prevalent throughout your past lives) and adored growing up there where you were home-schooled by your mother. You excelled at mathematics and at languages (including German, French and some Italian) and you were quick to learn and intelligent. 
 
Your dream was to travel which you did once, when you were older you had a trip to New York City (which changed your views about the world forever). You were a ‘voracious reader’ and poured over any book you could find (especially travel journals and tales of African adventure). 
 
You were a bit of a loner and ‘free spirit’ you tended to scare men because of your ability to hold your own with them (which you found to be amusing), and it was your forties before you finally settled down (seeing a distinguished gent with pale face and black moustache). 
 
You were unfortunately widowed around the age of fifty-two and didn’t remarry. You did not have any children but found solace in reading and in your art which you began studying later in life and you became quite a self accomplished landscape painter, and although the style was quite naïve (can see the thick colourful brushstrokes), your work was dynamic and engaging. You passed away in your sleep as an elderly lady ‘just drifted off’ spirit are saying, and I can see a smile on your face as you passed away.


Well there you have it guys! My three past life readings! 

I was actually very surprised as it was certainly not what I was expecting and in retrospect some of it does ring true to my personality and the way I view life now.
So could it be true?
If you believe or even if you do not, It’s certainly a fun thing to do and experience. Having this in my life now is certainly something I will keep as a fond memory and something to look back upon.

 


If you feel like you’d like your own past life reading from Jenny they are available via her website and you can check out her packages here: https://www.jennypughpsychic.com/

She also offers portrait and psychic readings.

Jenny is an absolutely lovely woman and it was a pleasure to work with her on this project!
I hope you have enjoyed this featured writer blog as much as I have!

Let me know what you think of this blog OR maybe you have your own experiences which you would like to share, I know I’d be very interested to hear them so please let us know in the comment section below!

BUT.. Until next time
Happy Hunting!
Blog written by Vicky Grant with featured writer Jenny Pugh. All photos are from Upsplah and are free to use with no copyright infringement.

Paranormal Lockdown UK.

Hi everyone!

First of all happy #HauntedThursday to all of the #HauntedThursdayFamily! 

(and if you read this after Thursday, you can ignore that! ha!) 

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Now I know most of you including myself are saddened by the fact that we reached the final episode of Paranormal Lockdown UK!

SO! With that in mind I thought it’d be cool to do a rundown of the locations that Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman visited whilst here in the UK as well as do a re-cap on some of the amazing activity and evidence they captured!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Paranormal Lockdown fan and I have been from the very beginning of the series. I have a massive amount of respect for both Nick and Katrina and I admire the way the two investigate with a totally no BS approach. They are always finding new ways to experiment within the paranormal field with innovative inventions which prove to catch some amazing evidence! (Shout out to Elizabeth Saint the baddass gadget guru!)


 

FOR THIS BLOG we were lucky enough to get an exclusive quote from the main man himself Nick, Where he spoke about his time here in the UK.

 

Here’s what he had to say! 

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So, there we have it guys! It’s great to see that Nick was impressed with the locations that he visited whilst over here in jolly old’ England. (Fingers crossed that the two will be coming back very soon for another paranormal adventure!)


Now, let’s re-cap on some of the amazing evidence and locations from this season!

 

Below you will find a list of each location that Katrina and Nick visited and investigated whilst over here in the UK. I have also included the websites where appropriate so you can catch up on the history and discover more about the hauntings. (PS, Not every location has a website or detailed history as some are privately owned, But I did a little digging online and those will be accompanied by a short write up.)

I have also included a detailed re-cap of some of my favorite evidence that was captured throughout the series!

SO FYI – If you have yet to see the series…

spoilers ahead!

 


Episode one – Shepton Mallet Prison.

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Location: Somerset.
Website & History:  Click Here

Shepton Mallet highlights.

  • A lot of shadow figures witnessed in the courtyard from both Nick and Katrina which is a regular phenomenon reported to happen at the prison.
  • Captured on film – very clearly a cell door was heard slamming in ‘A’ wing. This was also where Nick had extremely disturbed sleep due to continuous banging and footsteps. An EVP was rolling throughout the night which captured unexplained voices.
  • Evidence in reference to ‘The Kray Twins’ (who were once imprisoned at Shepton Mallet) — via the Geoport.
  • A ‘hiss’ was clearly heard as Nick entered one of the oldest underground jail cells.
  • Amazing response on the Geoport from a spirit named ‘Cassandra’ which clearly said the words ‘I don’t want to die’.

 


 

Episode Two – Drakelow Tunnels.

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Location: Kidderminster.
Website and History: Click Here

Drakelow Tunnels highlights.

  • Unexplained footsteps and noises were heard and caught of film throughout the tunnels and they both heard what sounded like a ‘group’ of peoples ‘footsteps’ bounding towards them with no reasonable explanation.
  • Great responses on the Geoport.
  • Nick experienced battery drainage on his devices whilst alone and felt a presence. He then captured a very clear figure (of what looked like a man) walking behind him and turning into another tunnel.
  • Light panel experiment and after life box showed great results.

 


 

Episode Three – The Royal Oak Pub.

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Location: Winchester.
Website: Click Here
Hauntings: With the building being used a courthouse and a hospital for soldiers in the past, its unsurprising that the royal oak pub holds so much energy within it’s walls. It is said that the former landlady and her daughter passed away in the property and the current owners believe their to be some kind of ‘vortex’ to the spirit realm which is why the activity is so hot at this location. Not only that but it’s also believed to be haunted by  ‘Jack Stevens’ and his family.

Royal Oak pub highlights.

  • Nick and Katrina both documented feeling an oppressive energy as well as static electricity.
  • Unexplained banging from the downstairs rooms.
  • French responses captured on the Geoport believed to be that of soldiers as well as references to a baby.
  • Katrina experienced disturbed sleep sensing a darker energy and a flickering light was caught on film whilst in the vortex room as well as random bursts of extremely high EMF readings on the TriField meter.

 


 

Episode Four – The Abandoned Park Hotel.

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Location: Morecambe
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Hauntings: Built in the 1900’s The Park hotel served as a fully functioning hotel for many years. The site is now abandoned and tales of horrific ghost stories have emerged. A lot of deaths have been reported in the hotels history and a lot of people believe the souls of these spirits to still be trapped inside of it’s walls.

Abandoned park hotel highlights.

  • Katrina reported feeling an uncomfortable and oppressive feeling in the upstairs parlor room.
  • Sounds of banging and footsteps heard from the upstairs rooms.
  • Extremely loud and powerful disembodied ‘scream’ from a woman was picked up on the cameras audio with no logical explanation.
  • Great intelligent responses via the phonetic audio device.
  • A door closed on Nick and this was caught on film.
  • Stick figure was caught using 3D mapping camera and they received intelligent interaction with the light panels.
  • Reference to witches was made using the Geoport.

 


 

Episode Five – Skegness Hell House.

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Location: Skegness.
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Hauntings: The Skegness Hell house has become increasingly popular with paranormal investigators over the last few years. This seemingly normal suburban house in the heart of Skegness supposedly holds an entity so terrible that it has received reference to The Enfield Haunting and 30 east drive. The family who once lived in the property have been subjected to a terrifying haunting for over the last twenty years.

Skegness Hell House Highlights.

  • Both Nick and Katrina documented smelling a ‘sulfur’ like odor which can be a sign of a demonic presence.
  • Unexplained banging captured throughout the home.
  • Nick reported feeling dizzy and felt the entity was trying to attach to him.
  • Great experiment with the E.E.G to monitor Nicks brain activity whilst he slept in Sylvia’s room. Documented vivid and intense dreams.
  • Intelligent responses via the geoport in reference to the family who lived in the home as well as the name ‘Lucian’ which came up several times.
  • Nick, Katrina and Rob all reported that it felt as if the entire building shook.

 


 

( SPOOKY FACT: As listed here on the blog, The Skegness Hell house was supposed to be episode 5 and Newsham Park was episode 6 but due to unforeseen circumstances on the day the hell house episode was supposed to air, it mysteriously would not work! This forced Quest Red TV to swap the episodes around for that particular week.  Was this paranormal? Who knows! It’s a little strange though if you ask me! )

 


Episode Six– Newsham Park Hospital.

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Location: Liverpool
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Not only was this remarkable location once an institution for the criminally insane, before that it was also a seaman’s orphanage. Some believe that the prospect of good and bad energy combine in this location. We have actually investigated this location ourselves and It’s a place I said I would NEVER go back to simply because of the awful experience I had inside of it’s walls. I felt followed, touched and pushed around. This place certainly messed with my head.

Newsham Park Hospital Highlights. 

  • Katrina had the feeling of high anxiety in the kitchen area.
  • Sounds of a door banging and footsteps running in the punishment hall. (which is known throughout the UK as the naughty boys corridor.)
  • Great experiment with lasers and fog in the kitchen are. Documented light panels being activated at the same time responses were being received on the geoport which said ‘I lost my head’ and made reference to it ‘being sawed off’ — also received the name ‘Sid’ who was a ‘patient’.
  • Outline of a figure was captured on a photo through the fog.

 


Episode Seven – Margam Castle.

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Location: Port Talbot, Wales.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Click Here

Margam Castle Highlights. 

  • Extremely loud bangs caught on the cameras audio coming from upstairs as well as the sound of footsteps.
  • Katrina saw the figure of a woman sitting next to the window in the front bedroom.
  • Had a clear response through the geoport after asking the spirits age it said ‘811’ And also a response saying ‘monks are here’ and ‘not good enough.’
  • Nick received disturbed sleep due to what sounded like doors slamming from upstairs.
  • A red glowing light anomaly was captured on camera from outside showing on a window where Emily’s room would be.
  • Sounds of an item being thrown which was captured on camera.

 


 

Episode Eight – The Mill Street Barracks.

 (Dead Centrals TOP PICK ⭐️ — Favourite episode.) 

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Location: St Helens.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: The most regular reported phenomena at The Barracks is that of an angry spirit who is known to go around pushing people and causing trouble. Other well known sightings over the years include a Man called ‘Jack’, Soldiers, Nurses and a Three legged dog called Bruce.

Mill Street Barracks Highlights. 

  • Loud noise of what sounded like something being dragged caught on audio whilst investigating in the basement.
  • Locked off camera caught a chair moving in the main hall.
  • Nick reported feeling a negative energy.
  • Captured a voice saying ‘I’m Claire’ during an EVP session and also what sounded like a dog panting.
  • Nick was startled after seeing a shadow rush past the door in the basement.
  • Intelligent response which said the name ‘Bruce’ (which is the name of the three legged dog that has connections to the building) this was during the daytime investigation whilst using a device that generates phonetic words.
  • Captured light panel censors being activated as if something crossed over them.
  • Used the ‘phasma box’ in the bunkbed rooms and received some intelligent responses to their line of questioning. The name ‘Jack’ and also what sounded like a dog barking.
  • Katrina saw a crescent moon shaped light anomaly.
  • Captured curse words coming though the phonetic device that said ‘F**k that!’ And then captured what sounded like something ‘sparking’ described as an energy burst.
  • Motion censor on the chair in the main room was activated whilst Nick and Katrina were in the basement as well as lights flickering on the EMF devices.

 


Episode Nine – The Kenton Theatre.

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Location: Henley-on-Thames
History: Click Here
Hauntings: Many reports of shadow figures have been witnessed by both staff and visitors at the Thetre and a general feeling of being watched by something unknown. Objects have moved without a reasonable explanation and staff say that they believe it to hold a lot of residual energy.

Kenton Theatre Highlights. 

  • Nick reported seeing a shadow move out into the audience seating area whilst stood upon the stage and Katrina said she saw something similar in the sound booth.
  • Katrina saw another figure which seemed to be walking back to their seat. During a geoport session she asked who she saw and it responded ‘murderer’.
  • Katrina had disturbed sleep as it sounded like someone was moving around and Nick captured a voice saying ‘Get up Nick’ on the EVP.
  • The geobox said the words ‘close it’ and a few seconds later the trap door slammed shut on Nick whilst he was on the catwalk.
  • Used a motion detector which was attached to a stage curtain as well as ‘ping pong’ balls set on the ground for wind detection encase of a draft. Katrina also saw another shadow in this area as witnessed later by the cameraman, Rob.
  • Motion censor on the curtain was activated and the curtain was caught on camera as it moved, Nick also saw a shadow at this time as well as footsteps and movement captured coming from the stage area.
  • Figure captured on 3D mapping system which looked like something ducking in and out of the curtain on the stage.

 


 

Episode Ten – Hinchingbrooke House

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Location: Cambridgeshire.
History: Click Here
Hauntings: The site is believed to be haunted profoundly by that of a Monk, many have witnessed a dark figure upon the grounds draped in what could only be described as a  hooded Monk’s attire. There is also a very well known story of a lady in white, again, she is seen to glow and walk the grounds as well as the house and has been spotted by numerous visitors of the location.

Hinchingbrooke House Highlights. 

  • Katrina reported getting a pain on the side of her head as well as a ringing in her ears at the start of the investigation downstairs. Nick also saw a ‘shadow man’ standing by the doorway.
  • Loud footsteps were heard coming from the hallway / upstairs and these were caught on the cameras audio.
  • Using the ‘poltercom’ device, it sounded like a prayer was being said and also the words ‘leave now’.
  • Katrina (several hours later) still reported feeling an extremely bad pain in her head. (One of the reports in the home is that a lady was shot in the head.) it was believed she was picking up on the emotion of that. She asked for the spirit to give her sign of a noise if she was correct and a bang was heard coming from the corner of the room.
  • Received reference to a ‘black monk’ on the Poltercom device. Unsure (at the time) if this was connected to their investigation at 30 east drive. This came through multiple times throughout the second night and day.
  • Nick received disturbed sleep after seeing a shadow in an underground (cellar) area which was soon followed by footsteps and a loud bang.
  • Using a device activated by touch they received an intelligent response when asking if the figure in the cellar was a monk.
  • On the final night they received more voices one in particular which said ‘who are you?, get out’. The light panel sensors had been set up upon the stairs and just as Nick saw a shadow move over them they activated and lit up.
  • A lot of loud footsteps and bangs were heard coming from several different directions in the house.
  • When asked if the body buried beneath the stairs was the black monk they received the response ‘yes’ and also had reference to the 11th century.

 

To finish this blog. I would just like to say what a joy it was watching Nick and Katrina as they investigated some of the most haunted locations that the UK has to offer. They really captured some amazing evidence and I really do hope they decide to come back again very soon! (And also a Massive thank you to Nick for always being a gent and supplying us with a quote!)

AND for those of you in the UK…..

QUEST OD still have some of the episodes up online for you to watch and they can be accessed by clicking HERE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the re-cap blog and have liked delving back into some of the history, hauntings and evidence caught throughout Paranormal Lockdown UK.

It was certainly a pleasure to write about.

 

 

Until next time..

Happy Hunting!

This blog was written and edited by Vicky Grant.

 

 

 

 

Help! My House Is Haunted.

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to a very special installment of the Dead Central Blog where we will be talking about the newest addition to paranormal TV programming that has been grabbing our attention on Friday nights throughout the last few weeks and is taking the UK by storm!

The show features three seasoned paranormal investigators — Barri Ghai, Sandy Lakdar and renowned psychic medium Chris Fleming.

If you’re anything like me then you’ve been hooked these last few weeks tuning into the show which airs every Friday evening at 10PM on Really.

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Help! My House is Haunted – Picture shows (L-R) Barri Ghai, Sandy Lakdar and Chris Fleming.

The show has been produced by none other than the ‘prince of darkness’ himself Zak Bagans — and it was no secret that thousands of his British fans were anticipating the arrival of the new UK paranormal series.

If you have yet to feast your eyes upon this host of spooky ghostly goodness I would definitely recommend that you drop everything you are doing RIGHT NOW and check out the trailer below!

 

The show see’s the three investigators using both traditional and modern methods as they travel the length and breadth of the UK in search of haunted homes, and in former discussions I have even heard the programme being referred to as the British version of Ghost Adventures.

So far we are just over half way through the twelve episode series which will feature in the first season and I know we are certainly hoping for a continuation. (Fingers crossed!) hint hint!

I myself have thoroughly enjoyed the series so far and I really admire the method in which they investigate. The show has an extremely professional feel from the off and unlike other paranormal programming it holds no forced gimmicks.

The flow of the show itself is very well organised and superbly done. Barri, Sandy and Chris are seen to be in their natural state and environments with nothing more than a determination and passion (which shows throughout) for investigating the paranormal and uncovering the truth.

I wanted to know more about the journey they had taken to be a part of the show and we were lucky enough to be able to catch up with Barri Ghai on the subject.

When Barri agreed to get involved with the blog, I’m sure he was certain that we’d be sending him a long list of questions. But instead, we wanted to approach things slightly differently.

Get a view from the man himself — so instead, we asked him to write us a personal statement about his time on the show.

So, here it is. Right from the horses mouth! (So to speak!)


Barri Ghai.

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Working on the show was a real eye opener… I always wondered what it was like for Zak, Jason and many other great TV ghost hunters, to make a paranormal style programme for TV. Then, in the summer of 2017, I had my chance to take something I love doing and have a go at making a paranormal TV series for everyone to see.

Help! My House Is Haunted is an amazing mix of paranormal investigation, history, spiritualism and technology. Chris Fleming, Sandy Lakdar and I travelled far and wide across Britain investigating 12 very different homes that were all being plagued by spirits and, in some cases, darker and more malevolent energies. Our aim was to gather evidence of the phenomena that had been reported and help the families by relieving them of their haunted situation.

Travelling on the road for months with complete strangers and working collaboratively with them all was quite tough. We all had to learn about each other and work together as a united team to get the job done. Unbelievably, it didn’t take long at all before we three investigators and the crew became great friends and trusting team mates. I think this really comes across well on the show and it’s this bond that helped us create such a brilliant series. I don’t think we would have captured half the amazing evidence we did if we weren’t able to work so well together.

Some of the locations we visited really had an impact on me as a professional paranormal investigator and as a person. De Grey Street in Hull scared me and it’s a place I don’t wish to voluntarily go back to. I’m not easily scared, but something in that house created an emotion which affected me massively. It wasn’t necessarily fear, but more like a sadness and lack of control. The others also felt this energy and despite some people claiming 39 De Grey Street is not haunted I think we found suitable evidence to the contrary.

De Gray Street, Hull. Featured in episode 3.

One further experience has left a permanent reminder that what we do is very real and potentially dangerous. During our investigation of Fyvie Castle in Scotland, I attempted to communicate with the poor soul of Dame Lilias Drummond. She was left to die in a room upstairs, now called the ‘Murder Room’. I remember standing there calling out, raising my arms and offering my energy to her to help her come through. I had done this in the past and it seemed to help, but I wasn’t prepared for what happened to me.

All I remember was waking up to Sandy and not being able to control my body. I was shaking, cold and feeling very nauseous. Apparently I was stood there in the room for several minutes and then suddenly became unresponsive. I fell to the floor and when I regained consciousness I was physically sick and felt completely drained and almost paralysed. Chris explained to me after, that it was like a spiritual walk through. I just interpreted it as a partial spirit take over or borderline possession! I don’t know how else to explain it. It was strange, scary and completely unnerving.

Fyvie Castle, Scotland. Featured in episode 8. Airing this friday the 31st August.

The whole series is pretty extreme to be honest. We gathered some incredible evidence and genuinely helped most of the spirits to cross over and find peace. What was so special was the knowledge that we really helped people and, in most cases, made a difference to lives.


WELL there we have it folks, an in depth look into the world of what it’s REALLY like to be a part of Help! My house is haunted.

It certainly sounds like Barri had some unforgettable and frightening experiences whilst filming the show and now all of us are fortunate enough to be able to follow the team in their investigation into the unknown!

We’d like to say a huge thanks to Barri Ghai for allowing us this personal look into his experiences.

If you haven’t watched the series yet, you can still catch up on demand via the UKTV Play app or, better yet, watch it on Friday nights at 10pm on Really Channel.

 

Sky (UK): Channel 142
Sky (Ireland): Channel 155
BT TV: Channel 17
Virgin Media: Channel 129
Freeview: Channel 17
Freesat: Channel 160

The Help! My house is haunted team also feature in this months Haunted Magazine which is run by some very good friends of ours.
We would definitely recommend reading the articles!

 

You can visit the haunted magazine website by clicking here!

Until next time,
Happy Hunting!

Blog written and edited by Vicky Grant with special guest Barri Ghai.

Valentines Day Special.

Welcome to the Dead Central Valentine’s Day special blog post! 

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Myself and James have been doing A LOT of research into things that quite literally go ‘bump’in the night.

In this post, we have explored the ‘other’ side of ghost interaction which revolves around love, sex and quite frankly, down right hellish unwanted attention.

So, we’ve all heard of Casper the friendly ghost, but what happens when Casper becomes the over friendly ghost? 

Continue reading Valentines Day Special.

Voices in the darkness.

Written and edited by Vicky Grant

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to the first installment of many dead central blog posts to come to you this year.

As many of you know, for the past couple of months I have been reaching out to those in the paranormal community and asking them a series of questions. I wanted to know more about other investigators beliefs and theories on the subject of the paranormal as well as find out about their own personal experiences. Continue reading Voices in the darkness.