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Derbyshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Sister

Location: Peak Forest - Unnamed farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two sisters once lived here and fell in love with the same man. One sister murdered the other, but before dying, she said that she would never rest in any grave. The dead sister's bones were stored in a container on the property and if moved, strange noises could be heard at night and the farm's cattle would die.

Small Child

Location: Pikehall - Private residence, The Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1999
Further Comments: A visitor to this house, together with two others, witnessed a phantom small child on a landing. Their visit was also disturbed by banging emerging from doors and floors.

Kisser

Location: Renishaw - Renishaw House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1909
Further Comments: In 1885, this spook woke a female guest to the house by kissing her in bed three times - the lady jumped up and turned on the light, only to find her locked bed chamber empty. Another guest a few years later watched a woman dressed in blue and white dart down a corridor, her arms outstretched, to promptly banish as the staircase was reached. An empty coffin was later found concealed under the staircase.

Man in Green

Location: Ripley - Butterley Station railway museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 May 1991
Further Comments: A visitor to the museum reported seeing a dark-haired man dressed in green clothing that looked like it was from the First World War. The entity sat in an old box coach, used mainly for storage because of bad condition. Other people have complained of a strange atmosphere in the car.

Young Boy

Location: Ripley - Cock Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Strange sounds have been heard coming from empty parts of the hotel, and several staff have reported seeing a young lad with cigarette burns who quickly vanishes in the blink of an eye.

The Lawyer

Location: Rowarth - Aspinshaw Hall
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: New tenants moved into the property after the death of the former occupier, a well-liked local lawyer. However, when the new residents started removing the lawyer's belongings, they found themselves subjected to poltergeist attack; bed sheets were pulled from the beds, and loud banging at night would prevent the new occupants from sleeping.

Pale Lady

Location: Rowarth - Long Lee Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman in white who once frequently walked through walls and closed doors may be connected to the 'Boggart Room', where an infant's coffin was stored to avoid paying Shroud Tax.

Soldier

Location: Rowsley - Rail station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Members of the Society for Paranormal Research claimed to have seen a man dressed in soldier's uniform walking along the track, only to vanish when they went to investigate.

Lancaster Bomber

Location: Rowsley - Road by an unnamed retail outlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 August 2015
Further Comments: Richard and Helen Jephson were reported in local news as having witnessed a Lancaster bomber which flew low and silent above them. They expected the aircraft to crash into a nearby wooded area, but it did not happen.

Lady in Victorian Clothes

Location: Shardlow - The Lady in Grey public house, Wilne Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1960s
Further Comments: Rumoured to haunt the pub, the lady in the pub's name has been seen or felt as she pushes past those in her way. One businessman staying on the site said he had watched a phantom lady enter his room just before dawn. When he mentioned it to the landlord, he was told, 'Why do you think this place is called The Lady in Grey?!'.

Invisible Pusher

Location: Shardlow - The Malt Shovel, The Wharf
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: During renovation work on the property, workers reported being pushed, nipped and poked by an invisible entity.

Farmer with Lantern

Location: Shatton - Area near the Noe Bridge, and other general areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Wearing a long smock and carrying a lantern, this bearded farmer once put in fleeting appearances around the hamlet.

Wilfred Hales

Location: Shirebrook - Shirebrook Colliery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: Two separate miners reported seeing the glowing form of Wilfred Hales, a worker at the colliery who had died three years previous.

Man Shaped

Location: Shirland - Mine (closed 1965)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late October or Early November, 1867
Further Comments: Two miners fled the pit after one of them claimed to have seen a man-shaped ghost. Word spread through the camp and almost 200 men refused to work that day.

Lady

Location: Smalley - Former Old Nag's Head public house (closed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: Walking past this derelict site, a witness spotted a female figure standing by the window who vanished soon after.

Man in Black

Location: Smisby - Forties Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: Walking the area in silence, this phantom is described as dressed in a long open jacket with many small buttons, a waistcoat, tie, short trousers with matching stockings and a top hat.

Blue Lady

Location: Spondon - Church and Vicarage of St Werburgh
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: The blonde lady wearing a blue dress has been seen (and once photographed) within the church and leaving the building via the vestry door. The vicarage is home to an old lady, monk and bishop. A local legend speaks of the 'Devils Gravestone', which from the nearby path you can see the image of Old Nick upon, but up close there is nothing.

Monk

Location: Stainsby - Hawking Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of five people spotted a figure in a monk's habit walking towards them. The figure had no legs which could be seen. One of the witnesses later spoke to a person who lived in the village who said that many people had seen the monk.

The Nine Ladies

Location: Stanton - Moor
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small stone circle, it is said that a fiddler and nine women were turned into these stones for dancing on the Sabbath.

Sarah Harrington

Location: Staveley - The Hagge (aka Hagg) (former mansion, now a farmhouse)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Harrington was a former Maid of Honor to Queen Henrietta and is thought to be the phantom woman in white who haunts this building. A mighty oak which stood in the garden was thought to scream and bled when cut; unfortunately, the tree blew down during a gale in 1883.

Holes

Location: Stoney Middleton - Isolated house outside of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A story told claimed the ghost of a murdered woman would appear in the house and poke holes in bread. The couple living here stayed up to witness the phantom, and even though they did not see her, large holes appeared in their loaves.

Hooded Figure

Location: Stoney Middleton - Jacob's Ladder (an old, steep bridle road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: A young driver was left in a state of shock after he watched a cloaked figure wearing a hood pass through a stone wall and continue heading towards the Riley slate mine.

Old Man

Location: Stoney Middleton - Sallet Hole Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that an elderly gentleman in flat cap and long coat takes his dog for a walk around the mine. The apparitions quickly vanish when seen.

Harp Player

Location: Stubley - Stubley Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing once a year, the shade of Fatima gently pucks her harp strings. A Roundhead has been reported less regularly, while a young girl skips around the fields outside.

Footsteps

Location: Sutton Scarsdale - Scarsdale Hall (ruined)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that the sounds of echoing footfalls have been reported coming from this shell of a former grand hall. Strange floating lights have also been seen after dark.

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