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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

 

Bradgate Park & Ruins.

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the VERY FIRST blog installment of 2019!! (on that note, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!)

I’m gonna kick off the new year by writing about one of my favourite historical locations that I love to visit in my hometown of Leicestershire.

 

Bradgate Park!

 

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Me by the ruins at Bradgate Park.

 

I bet you’re wondering how this park could be historical, but believe me, it is!

Actually, there is so much history at this location that when I was beginning to do my research I discovered I wouldn’t be able to fit it all in without writing a book, so I’ve covered some of my favourite areas as well as the plethora of ghost stories… of course!

This place was like a second home for me growing up, in fact, I spent most of my summers here with my dad and my older brother.

 

We’d have picnics, long walks and explore.

 

Part of the park is actually an extinct volcano and at certain points if you bang your feet on the ground you can feel the hollow grounds beneath you. I remember as a kid I was always scared and wondering if it was going to erupt and wipe everyone out! (Obviously I know that’d never happen now!) but I guess for me it always had a kind of magical atmosphere about it.

Now as an adult, I find myself visiting the park for my own peace of mind.

It’s great for long walks, clearing your head and the scenic views and atmospheric ruins are amazing for the soul.

Here’s some pictures I took from my latest visit!

 

The land itself spans a MASSIVE 850 acres and no joke! during my lifetime I have properly explored every inch of it.

To this day I still get lost. One of the most memorable times for me was being around the age of 8 and watching my brother showing off on some nearby rocks, he slipped and twisted up his ankle pretty bad and we were a VERY long way from the parked car.

In fact, we were lost. It almost turned into an episode of Bear Grylls survival in the forest as my dad had to carry him a good way before the park rangers found us and gave us a lift back in their truck. GOOD TIMES! (Lol!)

There is also a particular tree which is completely hollowed out, again this has been there for as long as I can remember. In fact, we were going to find it on the day I went recently but as it was so cold we didn’t brave it to that particular area.

 

I just really wanted to sit inside of a tree and have my picture taken to be honest. 😉

 

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Hollow Tree at Bradgate Park Picture from google.

Maybe next time!

As I’d mentioned above, the park is steeped in history and as this is a paranormal blog, I’m going to write about the old ruins and the story behind Lady Jane Grey who once lived on this magnificent property.

Known as the nine day queen…

Lady Jane Grey was an English noblewoman who reigned as the queen of England and Ireland from the 10th of July until the 19th of July 1553. She was also the great granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary.

Interestingly she is from direct Leicestershire roots as she was actually born and raised on Bradgate Park in October 1537 before moving to live in London at the age of 10.

The actual ruins date back to 1520 and the Grey family would then go on to live inside of it’s walls for the next 220 years.

 

The ruins can still be seen and visited to this very day!

 

So why was her reign as queen so short?

She’d actually only inherited the title of queen due to a political crisis following the death of King Edward VI and when she did take the throne she was only sixteen years of age!

When Edward VI took it upon himself to name Jane as his successor, he ignored the fact that he indeed had two other half-sisters who should also hold some right to the throne. Their names were Mary and Elizabeth. He wrote in his will for Jane to take the title due to certain religious beliefs. Jane was a Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England.

Due to the choices made and controversial statements at this time, just a mere nine days later Jane was removed from the throne and imprisoned in the tower of London whilst her sister Mary was then pronounced the new queen of England.

At just the tender age of sixteen, Lady Jane Grey was convicted of high treason and sentenced to death at the tower of London. She was publicly executed by being beheaded on the 23 February 1554.

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Illustration of the execution.

The statement she made before she died is spine chilling!

‘Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same. The fact, indeed, against the Queen’s highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but touching the procurement and desire thereof by me or on my behalf, I do wash my hands thereof in innocency, before God, and the face of you, good Christian people, this day.’

She would also ask the executioner for forgiveness ‘Have mercy upon me, O God‘ and the very last words she ever spoke were ‘Lord, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’

 

Now, let’s be honest. Aristocracy back in the day in England was totally ruthless. It’s utterly heartbreaking that a young girl of sixteen could be subjected to such harsh consequences.

 

After her death, there is a pretty well known legend in regards to Bradgate Park, apparently townsfolk would visit the grounds and chop off the top of the oak tree’s as some sort of commemoration for her.

 

Though how much truth there is to this story, it’s not fully known.

 

Online you’ll be able to find the FULL historical details of this young queen with a more in depth approach. I’m just filling you in the gruesome basic details.

 

Because that’s how I roll.

 

For the full history I recommend Wikipedia and you can find it here.

So after hearing all of this…

 

Would you believe Bradgate Park to be Haunted?

 

In my own personal opinion, I’d have to say,  yes.

This place was indeed her childhood home, maybe the only place in her entire life she’d ever felt safe before being thrust into a completely new world in London. So as an un-rested spirit (if it were me) I’d return to the place that I’d once felt the most comfortable in this world.

 

On that note, let’s talk about some of the ghost stories!

 

One of the most popular claims is that apparently on New Years eve, a ghostly coach leaves the ruins of her former home and travels to the nearby All Saints Church.

Lady Jane is then seen to be exiting the coach before she herself and everything else vanishes.

This is quite a popular and well known story and clearly shows signs of being a residual energy.

In fact, most of the ghostly sightings at Bradgate Park are thought to be residual.

Meaning she may not be an intelligent spirit that is able to interact, more like a moment in time that re-plays itself over and over again, like the stone tape theory.

I myself have unfortunately never witnessed anything out of the ordinary at the park when I have visited, but I have had certain feelings about different area’s, especially around the ruins which are very atmospheric, you feel a certain sadness in the air which in hindsight I am unable to explain.

The typical story of Jane is that of ‘The Grey Lady‘.

Spotted on numerous occasions in a long flowing dress and seen to be wandering the ruins and the grounds of the park as if she were lost and somehow seeking peace.

This location will forever fascinate me and remain one of my favourites.

Not only is there numerous sightings of Lady Jane Grey who has been seen by visitors and staff  but also those of soldiers, shadow figures, children and even horses!

Other reports include hearing the sound of drums in the distance and even disembodied voices. The amount of sightings and sound phenomena that has been documented at the park is staggering!

It’s definitely a place I’d love to investigate one day! (With granted permission of course!)

The park itself is surrounded by wildlife such as deer who are free to roam at their own free will which is why it would be highly recommended not to visit the park at night and without permission.

ALTHOUGH late last year I did see a few advertisements for ‘ghost walks’ which are organised by the park officially. I will definitely be keeping a keen eye out for those in the future as it’s something I’d love to attend.

Not only this but I’m going to be making another visit to the park in February (weather permitting!) accompanied by James Pykett. For those of you who don’t know, James runs a fantastic website called HauntedInsight ( http://hauntedinsight.com ) and recently we have decided to team up with our blogs and become sister sites!

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Keep a look out for his posts and I’m sure he’ll have some pretty amazing photos of the park on his site soon!

I see some great projects to come from us both this year and its really exciting!

😀

BUT Until next time,
Happy Hunting!

Blog written and edited by Vicky Grant.