The East Midlands is one of the most haunted regions in the UK. It is made up of the counties Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, most of Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire - which probably has the highest concentration of haunted places of all the English counties.
The region can claim the world's first factory and has to this day the world's oldest working factory and has a rich history of coal mining, as well as the production of textiles and clothing. For hundred of year, so many people have lived, died, laughed and cried in the East Midlands, that it's no wonder many are said to return to haunt the area to this day.
A historic performance venue built in 1911, which is said to be plagued by numerous unexplained incidents. Multiple witnesses have reported seeing paranormal activity which includes the sound of disembodied footsteps, voices and whistling, as well as sightings of shadow people and ghostly figures.
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.
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.
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.
Nocton Hall was originally built as an RAF hospital in 1940, but it was decided that it was too small and alternative facilities where found, despite never being used.
In 1945, Nocton Hall hospital was chosen to be the RAF general hospital for Lincolnshire and several new buildings were erected on the site in 1946, with the hospital officially opening in 1947.
By 1966 the hospital had most of the facilities needed for a normal hospital due to the fact that buildings such as a maternity ward, operating theatres and a neuropsychiatric ward had been built and opened as well as a few others. The site was officially closed in 1994 and has stood empty since 1995.
The building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl, believed to be the spirit of a servant who was murdered in the house by her own son. She's been blamed for the disembodied sound of sobbing around the building. She's also been seen standing at the end of staff members' beds in the middle of the night. The building is also said to have a resident Grey Lady.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
A former prison in Rutland, which has been home to many criminals. Like other penal establishments it has witness plenty of negative emotions, violence and deaths. The prison is said to be plagued by strange sounds, shadows are seen moving across derelict rooms, footsteps are said to follow the unsuspecting and a dark figure lurks in corners.
Visitors and previous paranormal investigators who have ventured in to this foreboding place have reported encountering the spirits of former inmates as well as US servicemen from the 82nd Airbourne Division. There has been numerous reports of dark shadowy figures throughout the prison buildings and in its grounds, and visitors say they've felt like they're being pushed out of cell doors.
The unassuming former family home at 81 Skegness Road is known around the world as the "Skegness Hell House" due to reported of paranormal activity occurring in the house for more than 30 years.
Jalé Antor moved into the home when she was six, along with her brother Abrahim and her parents, Ottoman and Sylvia. On the very first night in the house she realised it was haunted, on that night she heard knocking on the front door, but found there was no one there. Jalé would play games with a little girl and see her sneaking around the house, then one day she realised that the little girl never aged and would disappear abruptly when they were together. The family believe that this is the spirit of a little girl who used to live at the property before she died.
Slowly the whole family started having paranormal experiences of their own. Jalé and her mother repeatedly encountered the same sinister a dark figure, which they call "the dark man". He is accompanied by a feeling of dread. Meanwhile, Jale's father and brother were deeply effected by the same hauntings, they became reclusive and refusing to speak about it to this day.
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.
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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.
The Old Picture House & Haunted Museum on Woodborough Road is one of the city's newest haunted landmarks. Steve and Marie Wesson had been collecting haunted artefacts and oddities from around the world for years and had been searching for a suitable place to display them. Finally in 2018 they acquired an abandoned picture house, which is built on the site of a former asylum.
The old cinema, which has many of the original features in tacked, now houses various items with dark attachments, including a fridge that was once used to chill the dead from the morgue of Denbigh Asylum in Wales, as well as an instrument used to summon Satan called the Devil's Guitar, which came all the way from Iraq. There's real human skulls, a dybbuk box that is said to contain an evil spirt, and a doll made from a dead man's bandages, which has been seen to move by itself.
Visitors have reported paranormal experiences in the museum, including cold blasts of air, bangs, scream and the sensation of being touched. Straight after moving into the building Marie saw an unknown woman wandering around the building, despite the fact the building was empty and the doors were locked.
The owners captured video footage of a heavy metal handle on an old funeral hearse swinging wildly of its own accord while the building was locked up over night.
Kelham Hall was once a family home, but since then has housed monks and soldiers. It has a rich history of opulent success, catastrophic failure and now, alleged hauntings. The many empty rooms are said to bear witness to many strange paranormal events. Activity includes doors slamming on their own, disembodied footsteps and objects moving of their own accord.
Underneath the building is a large network of cellars, allegedly many people have witnessed dark, tall shadows here. Could they be the ghosts of the monks that used to reside here during the early-1900s during the First World War. One of the most commonly reported occurrences at the hall is reports of the ghost of children who have been seen and heard running and giggling as they play in the dead of night.
Dating back to the 1802, The Village is set in the heart of Mansfield. It was once a a former slaughter house and malt house before becoming a a nightclub in the 1970s. The building was abandoned in 2001, but was given a new lease of live in 2013 when it became a popular laser tag location. However it's not just the building also plays how to regular ghost hunts after reports of strange goings on.
Since 2015 there have been no less that 12 reports of full apparitions sited in at The Village, the most famous being that of Mr. Merryweather, the former owner of the malt house. There's also the ghost of a woman called Catherine who is said to roam the old building who is said to have died by falling down the well now under the building.
The land The Village is built on was once farmland where a barn stood, which had a secret tunnel to St. Peter’s church 500 yards away from the location. Monks at the church used the barn to hide in, until the barn was burnt to the ground with seven monks inside in the 1500s. These seven monks are also said to haunted the building to this day.
Other paranormal activity included a piano which is often heard being played by unseen hands, slamming doors and a strange ghostly mist that was witnessed in the building in 2016.
The Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre opened in February 2018 on Regent Street Hinckley and houses an eclectic collection of interesting and old artefacts displayed across three main rooms. Every item has some kind of meaningful attachment, it's either a sentimental keepsake, a once-loved toy or a personal object of some kind.
There are hundreds of items on display, everything from a copy of the famous 'Crying Boy' painting and old framed family photographs, to genuine death masks - from the macabre practice of making likenesses of someone's face following their death. One of the most prominent items in the collection is an eerie haunted wartime wheelchair, which featured on ITV's 'This Morning' last year. The show's presenter, Philip Schofield, was brave enough to sit in the chair, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of hundreds of wounded servicemen.
The museum also has a smaller and darker room, known as "the witch's room". This part of the museum houses anything with any remotely negative or evil story attached to it. There's also a dedicated séance room, which is set up to resemble a Victorian parlour. The centrepiece is a large table draped in a black velvet cloth, where visitors can conduct séances.
Various paranormal teams have visited the centre since it opened, including Barri Ghai who's perhaps best known for his appearance in the 2018 ghost hunting show, 'Help! My House Is Haunted'.
Codnor Castle near Derby is a medieval castle which sits right on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The castle is now in ruins after it was nearly completely dismantled in 1643 and is surrounded by countryside that has been parkland for a hundreds of years.
The castle grounds are said to be haunted. The most famous story is that of a soldier of the Knight's Templar who was injured in battle and took refuge in the castle over night. The soldier died during the night, and ever since, his rather aggressive ghost has been seen wearing a dull metal helmet in the castle grounds outside the cottage. He's also seen running through the ruin of the great hall.
The grounds are also said to be haunted by a spirit known as the Grey Lady, the name could be linked to the De Grey family who occupied the castle for centuries. It's said she was a heavily pregnant French woman, and died following an accident while out riding her horse. She has since been seen gliding around the estate and the echoes of a French woman singing have been heard.
A 17th century, farmhouse known as Codnor Castle Cottage was built on the grounds of the Codnor Castle estate, it has its own history of murder, suicide and witchcraft. In the foreboding attic space there are several unusual markings, which are believed to have been created to ward off evil spirits.
The paranormal occurrences at cottage range from dark shadows, to poltergeist activity like doors slamming, furniture being moved across rooms, and glasses thrown. There have been countless reports of disembodied voices including singing, laughter, the voices of children, and blood-curdling screams.
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The first records of the Galleries of Justice being uses as a prison was in 1449. It is built on the site of a Saxon settlement dating back to 600AD, and is said to play host to ghostly apparitions, poltergeist activity, disembodied voices, slamming doors and unexplained drops in temperature.
As well as the prison, the galleries housed court, and many executions took place on the steps of the building, making this the only location in the UK where you could be tried, sentenced and punished under the same roof.
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.