The historic city of Derby is easily one of the most haunted in the UK, with a higher percentage of haunted buildings than anywhere else in the country.
Paranormal historian, Richard Felix, says "Derby is the most haunted city in the country, it has more ghosts than even York." The reason Derby is so haunted could be because it sits near enough in the middle of the country and is a "powerhouse of energy" due to the ley lines and ancient pathways which pass through it.
Below are the ten buildings in Derby which are best known for their resident spooks and haunted reputations.
10. The Silk Mill
The factory was spread over five floors and produced meters of silk in a day, employing 300 adults and children as young as seven who were expected to work torturous hours in poor conditions. The building is credited as being the birthplace of the industrial revolution, as this was the site of England's first real factory, built in the early 1700s. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1826 and again in 1910, only the bell tower survived, a bell tower that was once used to summon the factory's workers to duty.
The tower is said to be haunted by a young boy who died after being kicked down the stairs by one of the factory's overseers. Staff and visitors to the building have reported hearing him crying at the foot of the stairs, when staff have gone to investigate they've found the stairwell empty. The lift in this part of the building is also said to operate by itself, randomly moving between floors.
9. The Bell Inn
The Bell Inn has its own unsolved murder. The pub is said to be haunted by a Victorian lady who materialises in front of drinkers at the bar and in room 29 the ghost of a 18th century serving lady has been seen. She's said to have been killed in this room by having her throat cut.
8. The Old Grammar School
The Old Grammar School is now a hair salon and was once Derby's Heritage Centre, but it started its life in 1554 as a boys grammar school and is built on an old plague pit. One of the most common ghost sightings here is that of a little boy, he's been seen upstairs in the dormitories and wears a leather waistcoat and has blond hair. It's been claimed that he wanders around the dormitories and has been seen to walk through walls.
7. Grand Theatre
Derby's Grand Theatre has had a mixed past, having been abandoned for various periods throughout the years. It's been known as the Locarno ballroom, which was hugely popular throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, before becoming a nightclub under different names including Tiffany's, Confettis, Ritzy, Eclipse and finally McClusky's.
The club closed in 2006 and became a Chinese restaurant, May Sum. The theatre is said to be haunted by two resident spooks, both are believed to be the spirits of two people who died in a fire in 1886. In recent years the restaurant's owners have brought in a medium to try to free the ghosts from the building.
6. House Of John Flamsteed
Nearly 300 years ago this building was the home of John Flamsteed, he was a personal friend to King Charles II and he was also the first astronomer Royal. Apparently the whole house is haunted, ghostly footsteps are heard, and doors open and close on their own.
A lot of the paranormal activity, like strange noises and dark shadowy figures, seem to emanate from the attic, also known as Annie's room. She was the maid of one of the former residents who lived in the attic, which was used as the servants' quarters. She's been blamed for sightings of the dark, hazy female figure who has been seen in this area and for the house's poltergeist activity.
5. The Jorrocks
The Jorrocks, another old inn which was formerly known as Lafferty's and before that, The George dates back to 1693 and has been the location of many disturbing paranormal occurrences. In 1994, a team of men working in the pub unearthed a human skull directly under the pub. Ever since the pub is said to have been haunted by poltergeist activity. Visitors have seen glasses slide off bars on their own and even smash in their hands. The bar is also said to be where the ghost of a Victorian lady roams, could the skull belong to the lady?
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4. Derby Gaol, Derby
The historic jail is said to be the most haunted building in Derby, it was built in the 1500s to house local criminals and was replaced by a newer prison in 1756.
The paranormal activity at the gaol seems to most frequently occur in June and July, and again between October and December and ranges from doors close by themselves, the sensation of feeling sick, and discomfort in the throat or the sensation of being suffocated. One visitor claims to have seen two dead men hanging from a beam inside the cell.
3. Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, Derby
Built over 500 years ago, this Tudor building is the oldest pub in Derby. It is said to be home to no less than four resident ghosts. Derby's very popular ghost walks starts at this location, guided by local ghost hunter, Richard Felix, of 'Most Haunted' fame.
The pub once had a doctor's surgery built on to it as an annex. Criminals where taken there after they'd been hanged for dissection by a local physician. It's said that the cellars were used to store bodies of criminals.
2. The Friary, Derby
The Friary is built on the site of a former Dominican friary, which is why the building is believed to be haunted by a black-robed monk. He's often spotted in the basement and in one particular corridor. The building is now a pub, but was once the home of Henry Mosley, who shot himself there. Ever since the spirit of a Victorian gentleman is said to haunt the upstairs of the property, believed to be the trapped soul of Mosley.
1. Elvaston Castle, Derby
Elvaston Castle is a Gothic Revival stately home within walking distance of the city centre, which over the years has fallen into disrepair. The castle is said to be the most haunted location in Derbyshire.
Various professional investigations have been conducted in the castle, including by Yvette Fielding and the 'Most Haunted' team, with phenomena being reported including unexplained noises, unexplained apparitions, people being pushed and things being moved.
The castle's ghosts are said to include a maid and "a strong woman", as well as two spirits known as The Grey Lady and The White Lady. The White Lady is said to be the ghost of Maria, wife of the 4th Earl - she's been seen sitting in the windows of the castle, and walking the grounds with a white dog.