Derbyshire - Paranormal Database Records

Bride in White

Location: Castleton - Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Left standing at the altar, this bride who never was now haunts the place where her reception should have been. A maid who saw her ran screaming from the building, while another witness said the ghost was cut off at the knee. A more recent ghost is that of a man in a blue pinstripe suit, seen by two different proprietors.

Petite Grey Lady

Location: Castleton - Goosehill Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: The little old lady in grey was frequently seen in a bedroom.

Knight in White

Location: Castleton - Peveril Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The knight has been observed standing by the keep, while his riderless horse trots around nearby. Banging and clanking has been reported in the castle after dark, with searches revealing no apparent source.

Black Dog

Location: Castleton - Peveril Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shuck is said to walk the area near the castle, while a phantasmic knight stands motionless on the ramparts. Author Wayne Anthony reports that an old lady and a phantom horse have also been reported in the area.

Sitting Hound

Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith - Horderns Road area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A phantom dog was once a common sight here, as it sat on the corner of the road near a railway bridge waiting for an owner which never came.


Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith - Mermaid's Pool, Mill Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Midnight, Eve of Easter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Staring long and hard into this pool at midnight was said to result in a glimpse of this water nymph.

Streaming Light

Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith - Skies over village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 30 March 1716, 21:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Now thought likely to be Aurora Borealis, parish records mention a bright light over the skies of the village, changing from white to the colours of the rainbow. Occasionally flashes of light and smoke could be seen.

Victorian Lady

Location: Charlesworth - Main road running out of moors
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, estimated 22:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Four people driving into Charlesworth watched a semi-transparent lady in Victorian dress complete with ruff walk across the road and through a gate.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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