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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.