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Derbyshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

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: 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.


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.

Evil Hill

Location: Youlgreave - Area around Wenley Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area was once thought to be a place of evil - no birds would sing in the area, and it was thought haunted by a headless hound. A headless man was also reported in the region.

Grey Lady

Location: Youlgreave - Old Hall Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the phantom grey lady reputed to haunt the farm.

Coach & Eight

Location: Youlgreave - Road between Youlgreave and Middleton, area known as Roughwood Hollow?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A gamekeeper was forced to flatten himself against a wall as a phantom coach pulled by a team of eight horses thundered past. Other reports of the coach along the same stretch of road state that the team is accompanied by several hounds.

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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