Derbyshire - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Bess of Hardwick

Location: Chatsworth - Chatsworth House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that Bess, who finished constructing her home around 1560, is one of several shades to haunt this house. Mary Queen of Scots is rumoured to walk where she was once held captive, while a grey lady and a white woman haunt other parts of the building. The library is haunted by a transparent figure which drifts from shelf to shelf. The bridge on the grounds is haunted by a screaming woman who was forced to watch her baby drowned after it was thrown into the river by her partner.


 
 


Bend by the Devil

Location: Chesterfield - Church - Crooked Spire
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil, resting against the church, was so taken by the beauty of a bride that he spun around to have a better view, warping the spire in the process.


 
 


Man in Purple

Location: Chesterfield - M1, close to Junction 29
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 December 2011, 22:15h
Further Comments: Travelling south along the M1, the passenger of a car spotted a tall man dressed in a purple hooded coat standing in the road ahead. Before the witness could warn the driver, the figure vanished.


 
 


The Young

Location: Chesterfield - North Wingfield Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: It said that apparitions are occasionally seen carrying young children in their arms.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Chesterfield - Pomegranate Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The strange movement of objects by no human hand is attributed to a grey lady who is occasionally spotted. Another phantom thought to be George Stevenson has been seen walking across the stage and taking a seat.


 
 


Clanging

Location: Chesterfield - Rosehill House (since demolished and replaced by the town hall)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1830s
Further Comments: This large house was subjected to the continuous ringing of any bell on site. The occupier eventually tired of the strange phenomenon, and no one would take up residence after his departure.


 
 


Coachman

Location: Chesterfield - Sun Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 1957
Further Comments: During one particular night, bottles were smashed and barrels moved around the locked cellar. The vandalism was blamed on a ghostly coachman whose murdered body was thrown down a well in the cellar during the eighteenth century. The ghost could also be heard walking around the inn.


 
 


George Stephenson

Location: Chesterfield - Tapton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Inventor of 'The Rocket', Stephenson retired in later life to this house. Many years after his death, Stephenson was seen by a caretaker's wife who mistook him for a 'real' person after he demanded a glass of water.


 
 


Small Child

Location: Chesterfield - The Old Manor House, New Square (currently a bank?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The building was once haunted by a small phantom child. One visitor mistook the entity as corporeal, reaching down to pick up the infant, only for her arms to pass straight through its body. Clanking chains were also reported to haunt the site.


 
 


Marren

Location: Chesterfield - Williamthorpe Colliery
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1960s
Further Comments: A road man spotted a figure walking along a shaft in the dark. Throwing his light up to illuminate the figure, the road man recognised the figure as a person named Marren, who had died a few days previous. The witness ran screaming from the site, and terminated his employment. Another story from the mine concerns two senior electrical apprentices working on a pump. The men forced themselves through cobwebs which completely covered the tunnel for hundreds of yards to reach the pump. On completion of the tests, one asked the other 'is the pump running right?'. Before he could reply, they both heard a voice say 'yes it is'. They searched the area to ensure that they were not having a joke played on them, but were totally alone.


 
 


Failed Suicide

Location: Chrome Hill - Devil's Parlour
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is said to have once tried to take his own life on Chrome Hill, but failed.


 
 


Silent Bomber

Location: Church Broughton - Skies over old air force base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: A bomber thought to be from the Second World War has been observed moving silently over the skies in this area.


 
 


Cromwellian Troop

Location: Codnor - Codnor Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A stray soldier from Cromwell's army was seen in the ruins of this castle, appearing tired and in need of a shave.


 
 


Not a Spider

Location: Codnor - Private residence, Wood Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989 - 2011
Further Comments: Over 22 years residents of this house experienced strong smells, taps which turned themselves on, footsteps, vanishing and reappearing items, and poltergeist activities. Apparitions and strange spider-like creatures were also seen.


 
 


Small Black Dog

Location: Combs - Road between Combs and Cockyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Smaller than the average shuck, this phantom dog was reported to silently follow people down a hill before vanishing.


 
 


The Devil's Shovel Full

Location: Coxbench - Circular earthworks
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This barrow was created by Old Nick after he lost his shoe and was forced to drop a shovel full of earth with which he intended to dam the Derwent in Derby.


 
 


Crooker

Location: Cromford - Bridge over River Derwent
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Crooker was an evil spirit which took the form of an Ash tree by the Derwent. It would attack travellers as they crossed the nearby bridge, until one man managed to thrust a stick of St John's Wort into the spirit as it tried to kill him. Crooker was never heard of again.


 
 


Prior Henry

Location: Dale Abbey - Area around the ruined abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that after it was discovered Prior Henry was involved in counterfeiting money, he committed suicide and was doomed to haunt the former abbey grounds. Plainchant has also been reported from the area.


 
 


Peddler

Location: Darley Dale - Ghost Lane, runs past the churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom peddler who haunts this lane is said to have been murdered on the spot during the Seventeenth Century.


 
 


Pyromaniac

Location: Darley Dale - Quiet Woman Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1966
Further Comments: An aging legend says that the inn was haunted by a woman with a taste for fire - the inn burnt down several times over the years, and after the final blaze in 1966, no one rebuilt the structure.


 
 


Fireman

Location: Darley Dale - Rail station - area around the sheds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a fireman reportedly haunts the sheds at this aging station.


 
 


Hob Hurst

Location: Deepdale - Thirst House - cave below Topley Pike
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hob Hurst, the generic name for a helpful yet sometimes mischievous entity in this region, is said to have watched over a healing spring here.


 
 


Chained Man

Location: Derby - Agard Street (Court Four?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of Richard Thorley who murdered a woman here, his victim's ghost is also seen around the area, dressed in blue.


 
 


Sounds of a Running Battle

Location: Derby - Alvaston area, near the castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Three girls reported listening to the sounds of a small battle here in the early twentieth century - gunfire, galloping horses, and men shouting. The sounds were also heard by four people out late at night during the 1980s.


 
 


Decapitated Man

Location: Derby - Ascot Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless gentleman walks around this road.


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