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Derbyshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Old Lady

Location: Birchover - Druid Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 January 2012, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A worker at this public house watched the elderly lady drift through the older part of the building before vanishing into a wall.

Cloaked Man

Location: Birchover - Rowter Rocks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes the phantom that haunts the area around the rocks is said to be a cloaked man who appears to travellers passing the area alone.

Burning Baby

Location: Bolsover - Bolsover Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that the ghostly woman seen in the kitchen area of the castle carefully places a small child into the fireplace before vanishing. Phantoms have also been reported in the chamber under the castle - a man wearing ruffs and a woman in a scarf have been spotted standing together just before vanishing.

Almost a Disc

Location: Bonsall - Over village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: A UFO videotaped over the village was circular with a semicircle missing from an edge, rather like a digestive biscuit with a bite taken from it.

Invisible to Some

Location: Bradwell - Town gates?
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only one of the two lead miners playing cards at the gates to the town could see a large black dog as it approached them. The man tried to point the creature out to his co-worker, but his friend was completely obvious to the phantom hound which then disappeared. Shaken, the witness refused to go to work the following day, and later heard his co-worker and several others had been killed when a shaft collapsed.

Margaret Vernon

Location: Bradwell Dale - Hazelbadge Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret lost her mind after her lover married another woman - her shade is seen leaving the hall on horseback, riding off to the church where her boyfriend wed.

Queen Elizabeth

Location: Bradwell Vale - Heading towards Hazelbadge Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once yearly, though exact date not known
Further Comments: Travelling with a royal entourage, the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I heads towards the hall.

Misty Figure

Location: Branston - Clays Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 March 2019
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that a couple had encountered a misty figure which ran out in front of their car before vanishing.

Woman in Floral Dress

Location: Bretby - Mount Road and Ashby Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A local newspaper carried two stories about drivers who had spotted a woman in a floral dress standing on the roadside. On one occasion she stood with a bicycle. As one driver passed her, they looked in their rear view mirror and noticed that she had vanished.

Cedar of Lebanon

Location: Bretby - Tree on the grounds of Bretby Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Tree felled during 1950s
Further Comments: A local legend said that Lady Margaret had thrown herself off a tower here, her blood spilling on the tree which resulted in it being cursed. If a branch fell from the tree, a member of the family residing at the hall was said to die soon after.


Location: Bretton Clough - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Riding across the moorland with a pack of hounds, this phantom huntsman once ensured no one strayed onto his lands at night. The apparition was last heard by two friend who were unaware of the legend.

Farm Girl

Location: Brough - Traveller's Rest public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The pub is haunted by a local farm girl who died after falling down the stairs trying to escape a drunken labourer on Christmas Eve. A phantom woman in black has also been seen drifting around the inn holding a large set of old fashioned keys.

Under the Bed

Location: Burbage - Trafalgar House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One owner of the house heard doggy footsteps run along the corridor outside his bedroom that then entered his room and stopped under the bed. Believing the sound to have been created by his dog, the man turned on the light and looked but could see nothing there. He also realised that the door to the bedroom was closed, making it impossible for the dog to enter. The house was also haunted by an entity that opened and closed doors.


Location: Burbage Bridge - Layby along Ringinglow Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 11 December 2016
Further Comments: Two witnesses in the back of a camper van heard horse's hooves outside their vehicle (even though they did not hear the creature approach). They heard the creature depart before it returned soon after, this time brushing against the rear window. The witnesses drove away, unable to see anything in the darkness. The driver turned the van around a few hundred metres down the road and returned to see what had been harassing them, but nothing was found.

Speed Wolf

Location: Buxton - A6 northeast of Buxton
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although this creature is reported to resemble a normal wolf, it moves at fantastic speeds and covers great distances in a single bound. It is unclear whether the wolf is a physical entity, but the nearby village of Wormhill claims to be the location where the last wolf in England was killed in the sixteenth century.

Ben Stiles

Location: Buxton - Harpur Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that the body of a man named as Ben was discovered here, and as no one knew his surname, locals referred to him as 'Stiles'. Maybe upset at this, Ben's ghost would appear at dusk and hang around until daybreak.

Water Spirit

Location: Buxton - Moorland near the Roaches
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Appearing just before the witness went skinny-dipping, this thirty foot tall water elemental scared the potential swimmer away.

Headless Shadow

Location: Buxton - Newhaven Inn, between Buxton and Ashbourne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One witness described this entity as a black and grey shadow without a head. Thankfully, the ghost is more likely to manifest phantom footsteps along the corridors.


Location: Buxton - Skies above Harpur Hill area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1973-1974
Further Comments: A phantom helicopter was reported flying around the area at night several times over a two year period. Press and police were unable to discover who or what was behind the mysterious craft.

Pretty Nun

Location: Buxton - Yhelt Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1951-1953
Further Comments: A pretty nun in her late twenties surrounded by light haunted this cottage for a couple of years, subjecting the occupants to poltergeist activities and infrequent visitations until exorcised.


Location: Calver - Derwentwater Arms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three women intrigued to discover why guests were walking out after spending a night in a certain bedroom tried sleeping there. During the night they heard something open the door, and the room filled with an evil presence which stayed for several minutes before leaving, closing the door.


Location: Calver - Stocking Field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People once believed the fairies came out at dusk and celebrated by dancing in this field.

White Woman

Location: Castle Gresley - White Lady Springs, wooded area just outside the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small pool of water is haunted by the pale ghost of a woman who is said to have drowned in it many years ago.

No Skull

Location: Castleston - Dunscar Farm
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Writing in Memorials of old Derbyshire (1907), John Charles Cox says that he was told that a human skull was placed on a windowsill here, and that if removed crops would fail. However, when he visited the site there was no skull, and the tenant had never heard the story.

Victorian Children

Location: Castleton - Activity centre in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: July 2002
Further Comments: A visitor staying at this centre awoke to find two Victorian children, one male and one female, standing over the bed. Both apparitions stared at the visitor while pointing to a wall on the other side of the room. When the visitor looked, upon the wall was a large, bluish wavy mass. In a trance like state, the visitor moved across the room and placed their hand on the mass, which was just above where a friend was sleeping. The friend awoke, their voice snapping the visitor out of the trance.

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