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The Four Crosses in Cannock Chase, was originally built in 1636, from old shipping timbers that are almost 1000 years old. Several secret passages have been discovered throughout the years, with more believed to exist. Perhaps the most astonishing find has been the Old Coachman’s uniform, preserved for over 150 years behind the chimney.
The building is certainly steeped in intrigue, and has many stories of tragedy. The most recent death at this 17th Century Inn, occurred in the 1980’s, when a young boy ran out into the road outside the pub and was killed instantly. Another tragic story is that of a young baby who died after falling from a table in the upper bar area sometime in the 1800’s. There are also reports of many suicides in the building over the years as well.
With all of this tragedy, it’s little wonder this location is so haunted. Reports have been so frequent, that it was recently featured on ‘Great British Ghosts’, a show on the Yesterday channel, hosted by Michaela Strachan.
There are several reports of paranormal experiences at The Four Crosses. Many of which have been reported by both staff and visitors alike regularly. Glasses smashing, unexplained footsteps, and the apparition of young girl are the most common of all the reports. The most active area of the pub is the Ladies’ toilets.
The sounds of children crying and shadowy figures are often seen both day and night. A strange occurrence happened here in 2005, when the manager at the current time was opening up first thing in the morning. She was checking all the areas of the pub when she entered the Ladies toilet to find two flowers crossed over each on top of one of the toilet seats. Assuming it was someone from the night before she left to carry on opening up. However, when she passed the toilets again shortly after, she was perplexed to find a heavy candlestick had moved from the fireplace and was now blocking the door to the toilet! Needless to say, she was on her own at the time, as she always was opening up in the mornings.
Other reports include the apparition of a Roundhead soldier in the men’s toilets, a man in a long dark cloak standing in the car park on rainy evenings, looking longingly back at the building. A member of staff came face to face with an apparition of a teenage girl with unkempt hair and tatty clothes, in the corridor by the kitchen. They looked at each other for a few seconds, and the apparition turned away and walked through a wall! The member of staff was so shook up after this she quit her job soon after.