Ilkeston Database

Ilkeston Database of Places

The Following is a list and details of places in Ilkeston which have had paranormal, unexplained activity. Some are from reports in paper, by members of the public and other sources.

Public Houses

Bulls Head, Stanton Road, Little Hallam

  • In the cellar noises and a Ghost of a bride been seen
  • Cold feelings / Hotspots 


Wine Voults - East Street (Town Centre)

  - unexplained Activity (Smells, noises, Apparition)



The Havelock - White Lion Square - Stanton Road.

  • Apparitions, possible sighting of owner.
  • Flickering responsive lights in morning
  • Noises, feelings
  • A bad presence in cellar


White Lion Pub, Now Demolished
  • ​Poltergeist Activity,
  • Noises and feelings,
  • Spirits may have moved to Havelock. 


The Gallows Inn, Gallows Inn Area, Nottingham Road
  • ​Paranormal Activity including moving objects, glass shattering. 

Relating to the bridge regarding a murder, also Horse and Cart noises, feelings, apparition and is site of the Gallows and Ducking stool.


The Market Inn - Market Place,

  • Over 170 years old and close to 2 graveyards .
  • Noises, breathing, sighs, groans.
  • Moving objects, doors and glass shattering
  • At least 2 apparitions
  • Staff wouldn't go to certain parts of the pub on their own.



The Needlemakers - Nottingham Road
  • Lights being switched off and on
  • Glasses being thrown or exploding in hands,
  • Knocking on Windows upstairs,
  • Cold spots,
  • Doors banging upstairs 
  • Noises, footsteps across landing
  • Orbs, shadows, figures seen 
  • Smell of cigar smoke in cellar occasionally,
  • Male voice

3 confirmed ghosts so far by investigators.



The old Anchor pub on Market Street

  • Unexplained activity

now flats.



Wilkinson Store - Bath Street

  • 1 Apparition (Female)


Walkers on South Street, now the Brewery tap

  • -Haunted by a man called the umbrella man 
  • Apparition and noises.

CO-OP Building - Now Apartments and Small shop Units

  • Apparition and strange activity.

Takeaway - (Southern Fried Chicken), 

  • Feelings of bad energy, noises - mostly stairs to and attic.


Manners Chipshop - South Street

  • Feelings of bad energy, noices - 

Toy Shop - South Street 

  • 1 Apparition (No other recent experiences)
The Girl In the window – the toy shop

This again was found derived from stories in the Advertiser. In the July 19 th edition of 1974, there is an account of the owner seeing the reflection of a ghost in the window behind him and his escape for the spectre.


Town Hall, Market Place, Ilkeston -

  • Unexplained Activity
  • Fire alarms and smell of smoke
  • Also fires

Backed with past events (including a fire that damaged the building) and police reports, even being called out to investigate.


​Corner Cafe Building (incl Sewing Shop) - Market Street / Market Place

  • Paranormal Activity - Recent reports - Report

Hair Dressers (Fiona’s Bath Street) 

  •  Paranormal Activity - Recent reports


Primrose Factory - Cotmanhay
  • Apparition and Paranormal Activity -

  • Apparition (1 sighting from 1980's paper). Recent reports of activities in homes - Report


Rutland Mills - Market street, Now flats

  • Apparitions,
  • Children's laughter,
  • Responsive


Rutland Garments now Premiere Furnishings

  •  Chairs would move and weird noises
  • A lady hung herself in the ladies and she's been there ever since.

The Beacon (Ritz) Bingo Hall The Ritz - South Street-


  • The apparition of past owners/users
  • Knocking, footsteps and sounds of doors opening and closing
  • Land Haunting from spirits of land before the Ritz
  • Angry spirit near bar.

Investigation Report

 investigations - Report

Erewash Museum - East Street

  • The girl who fell and broke her neck,
  • The sounds in the stables, Horses seen on shipley could be related
  • Three ghosts, 1 on the back stairs, one on the second floor and one on the ground floor.

- Reports

Ilkeston Advertiser Building, Heanor Road (Now Derbyshire Times)

  • Paranormal Activity 
  • 2 Ghosts Dogs
  • Man and 2 children who died in building
  • Noises, feelings and moving object.
  • One woman believed to be previous editor. 



Old Church - The HOP

​JD Cafe (now the HOP) - Polterguiest Activity, Paranormal phenomena - Recent Reportings ARTICLE

Bennerley School B and T Block - Unexplained Activity (Smells, Noises) - Account

Hermits Cave - Dale Abbey - Unexplained Activity (Smells, noises, Apparition) - Account


Monks Sightings at Hermits Cave, Woods and various homes along the hermits/monks walk - Accounts

Sudbury House and former site of the College - Apparition and Paranormal Activity

Gallows Inn Close - (otherwise known as Gallows Inn Meadows) - Unexplained and Paranormal Activity (Smells, feelings, apparition, orbs and shadows/mass) - various homes


Scala Cinema - Pimlico (Market Place)
  • Unexplained Activity
  • Recent Reporting's of spirits,
  • Hot and cold spots
  • Previous owner and projectionist still presence
  • Voices
  • Possible spirits visiting to see film.
  • |One death on site is recorded
  • Over 100 years old and is one of the earliest purpose built cinemas in the country.
  • Originally built on the site of a graveyard - Story of ghost before cinema

Investigation done -  Reports


Hawthorn HouseMultiple Poltergeist Activity, Smells, noises, attacks and other reports - REPORTS  - (Demolished)

Homes built on small remaining part of Derby Street


  • Reports of Dark presence
  • Demonic shadows
  • Noises and moving objects
  • Child and adult spirits seen

We know one house to have been scene of mass murder.

Lime Street is currently active with

  • Active spirits
  • Dark presence
  • Feeling of touching and being attacked
  • Smells, noises and moving objects

From feed back it seems a few houses on street are active. possible land haunting or related to a larger building preciously on site

  • Knocks bangs
  • tv and lights go off and on
  • kettle boils on its own
  • footsteps in corridor
  • loud bangs in outside door
  • People hear Footsteps in flat above cafe, no one in

Wood Street,
  • Apparitions, mist,
  • Moving objects and emotional feelings, 

Little Hallam Ln,

  • Demonic shadows,
  • Apparitions, mist,
  • Moving objects
  • Emotional feelings,
  • Child and adult spirits

Wirksworth (KH),  -

  • Demonic shadows,
  • Apparitions,
  • Emotional feelings,
  • Child and adult spirits

 (New Housing Estate next to old Graveyard, and onsite of Hallcroft School)

  • Built on mass grave
  • Unexplained activity reported. 
  • Various home report Noises, feeling, moving objects
  • Possible linked ton sightings on Derby Street

Glebe Cresent and Sudbury Avenue

  • Shadows, Black Mass,
  • Paranormal Activity - Recent reports

Various homes

  • Shadows and apparitions

Churches and Grave Yards

Stanton Road Grave Yard -

  • Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings, apparition, orbs and shadows/mass)




  St Marys Church Grave Yard - Market Place

  • - Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings)

    Old Park Grave yard - Park Road
  • - Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings)

St Marys Church and Cantelupe Centre
  • - Unexplained Activity (Smells, Noises)

Woods and Parks

Ladywood (Kirkhallam) Woods - Various Activity

  • Last report 1983
  • Reports of a ghost of a white lady seen in the Ladywood woods, locally known as White lady Woods

Blue Bells Woods, Woods -

  • Various Activity

Shipley Park -

  • Apparition,
  • Attacks/touch,
  • Paranormal Activity -

Recent reportings- Report


 Shipley Park - The Gardens -
  • Lights going on and off
  • Apparition
  • Smells

 - Report