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The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

1st Monday after 4 September - One of the oldest folk festivals in Britain. The dance involves six horn dancers equipped with reindeer horns painted white and brown, a Maid Marion, a boy armed with a bow and a hobby horse. The dancers make a 20-mile tour of the parish. The actual dance follows a snake like pattern, as the dancers intertwine with each other.

Cannock Chase Creatures

Over the past several years there have been numerous reports of strange encounters on and around Cannock Chase ranging from UFO’s, a Big Foot or Sasquatch, a Big Cat and a Giant Serpent, not to mention its haunting by a Phantom Black Dog.

Below are a series of articles have appeared in the Canock Chase Post and Birmingham Post. Read More »

Cannock Crocodile?

The following article entitled Croc Shock in Cannock was published on the BBC website on 19 June 2003.

’Loch Ness has its monster and Bodmin its beast, but is a ferocious reptile set to put a small corner of Staffordshire on the map? Read More »

Chartley White Park Herd

There is an old superstition that concerns the rare White Park cattle found at Chartley. The herd at Chartley dates back to 1225 when King Henry III removed the protected status of some forests. Some parks were created including Chartley and a herd of the cattle enclosed. Read More »

Hanley Town Hall

Designed by Robert Scrivener and originally built as the Queens Hotel in 1869, the Town Hall was acquired by the town of Hanley in 1884. The following article entitled ‘Could Hanley Town Hall be haunted?’ was published in The Stoke Sentinel on 1 April 2014. Read More »

Hednesford Scareship

According to David Taylor's article 'Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918', one night in 1913, at 7.30pm, several people saw an airship carrying a light.

Kinver Scareship, Staffordshire

According to David Taylor's excellent article 'Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918', in 1916, reports circulated that a German ‘Zeppelin’ had landed in the area whilst on a bombing raid.

Molly Leigh

Molly Leigh

In St John’s graveyard, Burslem, can be found the last resting place of Molly Leigh, a local woman accused of being a witch but dying before she could be brought to trial. Her body is the only one positioned North to South, putting it at a right angle to every other grave in the cemetery. The story of Molly Leigh is a mixture of fact and folklore that has grown over the years. Read More »

Monsters In The Neigh-boar-hood: Cannock Chase

Search for “Cannock Chase” on the internet and you will come across a wealth of articles and websites referring to the area as one of England's top paranormal/UFO hotspots – a strangely alluring and ultimately warranted title. Read More »

Paranormal Staffordshire by Anthony Poulton-Smith

Paranormal Staffordshire by Anthony Poulton-Smith

Welcome to Staffordshire, I have to say it's not a county I've visited very often. I did get lost one time in Staffordshire down some country roads whilst looking for a haunted property. Read More »

Paranormal Stoke-on-Trent

Paranormal Stoke on Trent

"Paranormal Stoke-on-Trent" (History Press Ltd) is the new 96 page book detailing hauntings, myths and legends in and around the city of Stoke. It is the culmination of many years experience and research by Matt Hicks, along with Terri Setterington. Read More »

Ranton UFO (1954)

On 21st October 1954 in Ranton, Staffordshire, Jessie Rosenberg, then aged 29, and her two children, witnessed a lens shaped object flying overhead. They also saw two humanoid figures with blond hair staring down at them. They were so scared by the encounter that they hid under a table in their house.

It is reported that they had several psychic experiences afterwards.

Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918

Scareship

At the turn of the 20th century, visionaries began to dream that the new science of aeronautics would bring universal peace on the Earth by love or fear. Love because as people travelled more they would get to know each other as human beings and no longer as sinister foreigners; fear, because the destructive power of aerial bombardment would render war unthinkable. Read More »

Selection Of Big Cat Sightings (2001 - 2011)

On Friday, 13 January 2012 the following article entitled 'Previous 'big cat sightings' appeared in the Tamworth Herald mentioning sightings across Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. Read More »

Sentinel House, Hanley

The Stoke Sentinel moved into the former Bethesda Sunday School, on Bethesda Street, Hanley in September 2013. On 23 October 2013 the following article by Dave Knapper entitled ‘Is The Sentinel's Hanley headquarters haunted?’ was published. Read More »

UFO's Werewolves & The Pig-Man by Lee Brickley

UFO's Werewolves & The Pig-Man

The eternally mysterious woodlands of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England are known throughout the world as an entry point for bizarre and unearthly, paranormal phenomena. From werewolf sightings and spectral encounters, to documented UFO crashes and spooky urban legends, this supernatural portal area experiences more inexplicable activity than you even dare imagine. Read More »

William Ridgeway’s Experience (1814)

The following account of William Ridgeway’s (Born 1788 – Died 1864) strange experience was extracted from ‘The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain’ (1897) by John Ingram. Read More »

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