Churche’s Mansion Nantwich stands at the point where Hospital Street meets the town’s London Road.
It was built as a house by local merchant Richard Churche in 1577 and over the centuries has been used for a variety of purposes, including a cow-keeper’s store.
There is no way of knowing when the first ghost moved in, but Churche’s Mansion was certainly haunted during the last 30 years of the 20th century when it was adapted for use as a restaurant.
Cutlery moved, crockery fell off tables and on to the floor, and lights were switched on and off – all without any sort of human intervention. And then there were the apparitions.
On one occasion during a wedding reception, two bridesmaids who were climbing the stairs passed two girls who were dressed in a manner which made them think they were also bridesmaids but from another wedding. When they returned to the ground floor they looked about, but they could see no sign of the other girls or any evidence of another wedding party.
They mentioned their observations to the bride, who asked the proprietor whether another wedding party would be sharing the restaurant with her own.
He assured her that no such booking had been made. When told of the mysterious girls on the stairs he said, ‘they must have been a couple of our ghosts’.
In 2001 the restaurant was closed, and in the following year the building changed hands. The new owner, Sandy Summers, is a psychic and an angel therapist.
Even before she took possession of the building Ms Summers established there were three ghosts in residence; a civil war cavalier, a girl from the following century, and William Churche, father of the man who built Churche’s Mansion.
As a trained psychic, Ms Summers helped the cavalier and the girl over to the other side, but William Churche’s ghost chose to stay. He is still there, and Ms Summers often has long conversations with him. However, she has yet to see him.