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In Sutton Scarsdale sits the Grade 1 listed building, it is located just outside of Chesterfield, Derbyshire in England. It is listed on the English Heritage site with details about being able to visit.

In 1002 the Saxon Estate was passed to Burton-On-Trent Abbey, its owner was formerly a man named Wulfric Scott. In 1225 it went to the Lordship of Sutton-in-the-Dale and passed through numerous hands. In the end Oliver Cromwell’s forces seized the estate and a forfeit of £18,000 was levied and paid for by Leke’s supporters.

The structure there now is perhaps the forth or fifth on the land. In 1724 the 4th Earl of Scarsdale commissioned the building. It was to be designed using parts of the existing structure. It fell into the hands of the Arkwright Family which led it to being left to end up derelict.

November 1919 the derelict estate was brought by local businessmen, who striped its assets, including the roof. In 1946 it was brought by Sir Osbert Sitwell, who wanted to preserve the remaining shell. It has now been left in the care of the English Heritage.

There are rumours of haunts, the smell of tobacco and shadows that lurk in the corners. It is said that Nicholas Leake walks its cold, empty halls. Reports of whispers came from the cellars, but they have long been closed off.


7.50 am 21st December 1910, there was an underground explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No 3, in Lancashire. Lancashire is the North West of England and the place I call home (see my Pendle Post for more intriguing tales!)

On the day of the explosion there were around 900 workers on the site of five coal seams. 345 of those workers went to pit shaft three to work, four of those survived, one died immediately and one the next day. The two survivors from that were Joseph Stavely and William Davenport. One man died in the Arley Mine at pit 4 and a rescuer died in pit 3. This meant there were 344 fatalities from the disaster.

Which also leads into the reason I picked this one, Platt Lane in Westhoughton, Lancashire. The road passes close to where the miners died. Reports have come in that says that there are eyes in the hedges, miners walking along the road and an eerie mist that comes down even on the sunniest of days. There are however reports before the disaster that stated the noises of running horses would pass alongside people.

A short film on this can be located here – Link

There are reports of other haunted Colliers too.

Just across in the County of Yorkshire the Barnsley area suffered nine deaths in the 1850’s. The reports of their sightings continued until the 20th Century as the mine continued to be in operation.

Also in Yorkshire, Maltby had a report that two lads walking around the local quarry found a half-naked man drinking from a bottle of cider. The figure disappeared into the shaft, and one of the witnesses later learnt that a former miner with a drinking problem had been found dead in the area, at the slurry pit.

Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, has a slightly different legend around its pits. A tin mine shaft was named Roaring Shaft as bangs and thuds were heard from it. Not placing the matter in the hands of ghosts the noises were given to be made by Kobolds or Bucca.

Castleton in Derby had another problem in their pits; Odin Mine was supposedly traversed by Shuck. This phantom black hound might well have come in to play as the hunting hounds linked to the name of the Mine’s Norse god, Odin. Shuck appears to like travelling as he has also been reported at Matlock Bath area in Derbyshire too.

Down the road we used to have Cotgrave Colliery in Nottingham, around 1987 there was a report of a man dressed in black wearing a helmet who walked through the wall. The miner/stranger was said to have no face. Unfortunately the Colliery no longer stands and I haven’t found any other notes about it. Correct me if you have!

The report came from a place near Preston, Lancashire. A husband and wife moved into the property and neither had any particular interest in the paranormal. They were later to find out that the longest anyone had stayed in the property was three and a half years. They did not stay long either.

Shortly after moving in the wife spotted a a shadow move across the kitchen window as she was washing up, she looked up to see a young man in old corduroy trousers, dirty grey jacket and muddy heavy shoes. She thought he was a local youth and watched him go through towards a short cut via a hedge. She went out to see him and ask what he was doing but was unable to find any trace of him.

The incident repeated itself many times and on a couple of occasions he walked towards the door but never knocked on it, then turned around and walked to the bottom of the garden. He always seemed to follow the same routes which leads to the idea that he may well have been on a replay, some kind of imprint on the area that continues like a recording with no interaction involved.

She did not mention it to the children, her husband seemed understanding but he remained sceptical. One afternoon her parents came to visit, as they got out of the car they witnessed the young man too. They too followed but could not find him, inside the rest of the family had coffee and chatted. The wife’s mother then asked where their visitor was, but she explained that there was no one else. They described the same boy and although she was glad it was not just her imagination she was very worried by the knowledge it was a ghost.

Months passed and nothing happened, he was all but forgotten but a year later she saw him again. Three days later she was with her parents in the back of the house and they saw him again. This time her mother shouted at the young man but they got no response. They also came to the conclusion that the times they had seen him were in October.

Her husband then requested for an investigation, before the bungalow had been built there was a farm, there were still some fields at the back. The route of he land corresponded to where  a path had once existed.

The couple that had lived on the farm had tried to get their son to study hard rather than to be stuck working the land. He had got a place at university but he had become troubled and would often walk around with this head down, seemingly working out some decision. His parents had been unable to help him through is isolation and they hoped he could work out the problem for himself. Unfortunately he never had recovered one afternoon in October he threw himself into a pond and drowned.

Aspley, Nottingham is about a two minute walk away and I know the area fairly well. May 1987, in Nottingham was the scene of a poltergeist haunting that left a family abandoning their home; the family consisted of husband, wife and three daughters.

The Costello family, John and his wife Helen moved into the house with their three teenaged daughters Sharon (20), Suzie (18) and Rosie (13), due to Sharon being disabled with autism the house had been adapted to their needs.  One day in February that year they came home from a day out and heard the sounds of what they felt were heart beats. Sharon was herself in such shock that she had to be taken to the hospital.

Later on they reported that they had heard mournful music, from an electric organ that had been disconnected. Then they heard a spirited solo on a three-stringed child’s guitar. Windows were smashed, the plugs were pulled out and Sharon’s bedclothes moved around.

A spiritualist, Betty Henswell, stated that there were five ghosts in the house and eventually after the evidence from her was read in court, Jack Yates (64) said he would corroborate the story by staying on their couch. It was felt that he had the integrity to do as he was a retired solicitor’s clerk.

He ended up in a bizarre fight with an unknown force that lifted him up to a foot in the air. It lasted several minutes and at one point took all of his strength to make sure that he could come down again. A typewriter then began to work on its own and typed out ‘AH AH’. Strange noises were heard multiple times and police and social workers both experienced weird feelings.

A priest was called in and when he sprinkled holy water on the stairs it was chucked back at him. The events carried on with the new tenants James Cotterill, his wife and their three children. They reported the same issues along with locked doors opening and a cross inside appearing on the wall.