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Derbyshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

Monk with Golden Cross

Location: Sutton Wood - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: On separate occasions, several people in the area had encountered a ghostly monk wearing a large golden cross.

Maid in Fire

Location: Swadlincote - Gresley Hall (aka Gresley Old Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site is supposed to be haunted by a maid who burnt to death after her dress caught fire.

Figures and Footsteps

Location: Swadlincote - Regent Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2000s
Further Comments: The street featured in a local newspaper, which declared a few properties were haunted by various strangeness. These included disembodied footsteps, a washing machine door which slammed itself shut, a woman in white, a strange man, and laughter.

Water Spirit

Location: Swarkestone - River Trent, near Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water elemental which frequents these waters is said to require three lives annually to remain pacified. The bridge was built, they say, by two young ladies who saw their lovers taken by the spirit and acted to ensure no one suffered the same loss.

Sisters

Location: Swarkestone - Swarkestone Bridge
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sisters who built this bridge are said to haunt it, while others say phantom horsemen from Bonnie Prince Charlie's army can be heard crossing.

Isaac

Location: Taddington - Taddington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Isaac 1940s, farmer said to be seen every Monday at dusk
Further Comments: Isaac and his brother ran a Hessian production line in the hall's saddle room, until Isaac's body was found with his throat slit - the sibling was found guilty of the crime. Isaac's phantom voice was heard trying to calm a panicked horse down near the stables, many years after his death. In addition to Isaac's ghost, a phantom farmer rides home every Monday - in the dim and distant past he fell off his horse while drunk and broke his neck.

Halifax

Location: Ticknall - Skies over the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: A witness watched a low flying, four engine aircraft from the Second World War fly overhead. The witness later realised it was a Halifax bomber - there are no operational Halifaxs left.

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