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Derbyshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Ticknall - Calke Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Sightings unknown, log in 2018
Further Comments: Several entities are reputed to haunt this site, including a maid in the kitchen and another figure in the entrance hall. Voices are said to emerge from empty rooms. In 2018 a ghost hunter claimed to contact a spirit which had taken up residence in a wooden log; the spirit was named as a former resident of the abbey.


Location: Tideswell - Stone Chapel
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old oratory was haunted by the sounds of singing, normally before the death of an important villager. The voices would sound as if they moved down the archway and faded away once reaching the church porch.


Location: Tideswell - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Sarah was a fifty-five year old Victorian barmaid whose husband went missing. She continues to search for him. One story suggests that her appearance during a party in the 1930s successfully scared all the guests away!

Blonde Woman

Location: Tideswell - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom fair-haired lass rises from her grave and travels towards Wheston Hall, where she once concealed her husband's body after murdering him.

Mina FitzHerbert

Location: Tissington - Tissington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1862 onwards
Further Comments: Young Mina set herself alight with a candle and later died from her injuries. Her ghost is said to make itself known to members of the family.

Headless Rider

Location: Tunstead - Manifold Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A beautiful white horse carrying a headless rider gallops across the valley when the night sky is right. The phantom is either a peddler or a soldier, depending on the legend.

Way In

Location: Tunstead - Thor's Cave, Manifold Valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that hidden within the cave is an entrance to the fairy kingdom, though one needs to possess second sight to find it. A ghostly Roman centurion is said to stand guard at the mouth of the cave.

Homely Skull

Location: Tunstead Milton - Flagg Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The home of another screaming skull, the building would echo with the sounds of cries and moans if the morbid item were removed.

Large Dog

Location: Turnditch - Unnamed lane, and Carsington Water
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 02 September 2008
Further Comments: During a thunderstorm, a driver spotted a large black dog cross the road ahead and move down a residential lane. The driver stopped to look for the hound, but it had vanished. A phantom black dog is said to haunt the nearby Carsington Water.

Oppressive Mist

Location: Unstone - A61 Unstone/Dronfield Bypass, and Monk Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2000s, 2010s
Further Comments: It was said that there is an oppressive misty atmosphere which affects people driving by the wood, creating the sensation of being dragged towards a steep embankment where several accidents have occurred.

Intangible Hound

Location: Upper Booth - Exact area not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930
Further Comments: Out walking during the evening, a girl watched a phantom black dog pass through a wire fence.


Location: Wardlow - Road near the Three Stags Head
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: A cyclist who paused for breath just down the road from the pub felt himself being strangled by a pair of unseen hands. After the sensation had left, he hurried to the Three Stags Head and was told the story of how a toll keeper was murdered near the spot.


Location: Whaley Bridge - Whaley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: It was reported that it is not unusual for the cats to watch as a figure walks through a bricked up door. Monks and the smell of frankincense is also reported.

Dicky of Tunstead

Location: Whaley Bridge - Tunstead Farm, located at Combs Edge, between Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dicky is the name given to the skull that resided in the farmhouse (now thought to be buried on the grounds). The ghost of a girl that appeared in the 1880's was blamed on Dicky, as was the large black dog that followed locals around the farmland after dark.


Location: Whaley Bridge - Co-op Store, Buxton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: A story in the national press claimed that CCTV footage showed shadowy shapes moving around the store, a door violently shaking, and objects being moved around when the store was closed. Store manager Leanne Williamson reported that staff members would often report an eerie atmosphere and the sensation of being watched or followed. The shop closed early on Halloween 2015 to avoid distressing staff members.

Woman in Poke Bonnet

Location: Wheston - Wheston Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: For three consecutive nights, the son of the hall's owner watched a ghostly woman wearing a poke bonnet and crinoline dress enter his bedroom. On the third night, he shone a light on the entity, which disappeared. The boy switched bedrooms, and never saw the phantom again. Wayne Anthony writes that a Cromwellian fighter in armour, nicknamed 'Soldier Dick', haunted the entrance hall, and a woman in a nightdress runs around outside, tearing out her golden hair.

Mary's Lights

Location: Wingfield - Wingfield Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The spirit of Mary' Queen of Scots is reported to have taken a liking to the ballroom, while it is in debate whether the spheres of light seen floating around the site after dark are part of the same entity.

Sounds of Assault

Location: Winnats Pass - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of several miners attacking and murdering a young eloping couple can be heard in this Derbyshire area.


Location: Winster - Winster Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: Soldiers billeted at the hall would report seeing a ghostly woman at night - one young trooper discharged a pistol at the entity, the bullet passing straight through. The woman is thought to have taken her own life after being forbidden to marry a coachman.

Headless Bride

Location: Winster - The Angel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, particularly active around Christmas
Further Comments: The decapitated ghost caused one witness to faint as it ascended the staircase and headed towards the viewer. A local legend states that the ghostly woman and her lover both committed suicide the day before she was due to be married to another man. The building has a history of phantom footsteps and doors that open themselves.


Location: Wirksworth - Private residence near Carsington Water
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: While exploring a derelict building, an urban explorer encountered a very strong feeling of dread, which caused them to turn around and leave.

Headless Horseman

Location: Woodhead - Area where Crowden Hall once stood (demolished 1937)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated figure on the back of a stallion still rides around the area where Crowden Hall once stood.

Mother and Child

Location: Woodthorpe - Woodthorpe Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wife of Sir John de Rhodes is said to have died at his hands around the start of the seventeenth century, after giving birth to their blind son. Her ghost and that of the son were once said to walk around the ruins of the hall.

Coil Marks

Location: Wormhill - St Margaret's Church area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The marks on the hill near the church were said to be the location where a dragon once laid. The church is named after Margaret of Antioch, who was swallowed by a dragon but escaped when her crucifix caused irritation.

The Duel

Location: Youlgreave - Youlgreave Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November (unknown night) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year a ghostly Cavalier and a phantom Roundhead meet and fight. It is not known who wins.

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