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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.

Pubs, Clubs and Inns

Bulls Head Pub - Accounts of presence, moving objects

Wine Vaults - South Street  - unexplained Activity (Smells, noises, Apparition)

The Havelock - Apparitions, flickering responsive lights, notices and bad presence in cellar - Possible Land that's haunted

White Lion Pub - Poltergeist Activity, noises and feelings. Spirits may have moved to Havelock or haunt land. (Demolished)

The Gallows Inn

Paranormal Activity relating to the bridge regarding a murder, also Horse and Cart noises, feelings, apparition and is site of the Gallows and Ducking stool. Also classed Land Haunting

The Market Inn

The Market inn - over 170

years old and close to 2 graveyards  different experiences, from noises, physical movement of doors and knocks, to breathing, sighs, groans and at least 2 apparitions, staff experiences including some that were so scared that they wouldn't go to certain parts of the pub on their own.


House’s on

East St and Burr lane - Demonic shadows, mist, noises and feeling, apparitions. All surrounding the deaths of Children that have took place

Wood Street, Little Hallam Ln, Wirksworth (KH),  - Demonic shadows, apparitions, mist, moving abject's and emotional feelings, child and adult spirits

Palmerston (New Housing Estate next to old Graveyard, and onsite of Hallcroft School - Unexplained activity reported.

Glebe Cresent and Sudbury Avenue) - Shadows, Black Mass, Paranormal Activity - Recent reports



Derby Street

Hawthorn House - Multiple Poltergeist Activity, Smells, noises, attacks and other reports - Article  - (Demolished) - Land Haunting

Monks Way and Cave​

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

Dale Abbey reports also from Church and a few areas.

South Street

Bath Street Shops

Wilkinson Store - 1 Apparition

Takeaway - (Southern Fried Chicken), also

Manors Chip shop - Feelings of bad energy, noises - mostly stairs to and attic.

Jackson Chippie - Activity

CO-OP Building - Apparition and strange activity.

Walkers on South Street - now the Brewery tap - haunted by a man called the umbrella man - Apparition and noises. 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 19th 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.

Gallows Inn Meadows

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

East Street and Burr Lane

Solicitors - (White Building on East Street) - Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings)

Shipley Park

Old Church - Patti Cafe

The Gardens -  Apparition, smells and Paranormal Activity - Report

Shipley Park - Apparition, attacks/touch, and Paranormal Activity - Recent reportings- Report

Manor Road

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

Scala Cinema

Scala - Unexplained Activity  – Recent Reportings - Noises,

Investigation done -  Reports

Primrose Factory

Primrose Factory - Apparition and Paranormal Activity - Multiple reports 

- Poltergeist Activity, Paranormal phenomena - Recent Reporting ARTICLE

Fionas Hairdressers

Hair Dressers (Fiona’s Bath Street) -  Paranormal Activity - Recent reports - Account

Church Institute Building

Corner Cafe Building (incl Sewing Shop) - Paranormal Activity - Recent reports - Report

Rutland Mill

RECENT Reports - Apparitions, children's laughter, responsive - Page

Bennerly School

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

Ilkeston Advertiser Building

Paranormal Activity  Article 


Blue Bells Woods, Cotmanhay and Ladywood (Kirkhallam) Woods - Various Activity

Lady of the Woods - Ladywood Road Kirkhallam

Last report 1983

Kirkhallam - has not been left out as it has its own spooks, apart from the Dale abbey reports, there have been reports of a ghost of a white lady seen in the Ladywood woods, locally known as White lady Woods, monks, shadows, noses and more

The Beacon (Ritz) Bingo Hall

The Ritz - (now Borlands) - Paranormal Activity - 2 investigations

Morrisons Site

Formally a House of Frank Sudbury, then the South East Derbyshire College. There has been multi reports of Unexplained and Paranormal Activity, Apparitions of Frank and others, plus Smells, Noises. All these have been reported in both the house and the College, (spirits still haunt land)

St Marys Church and Cantelupe Centre

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

Ilk Town Hall

Town Hall, Ilkeston - Unexplained Activity backed with past events and police  call outs. Burning smell, footsteps, noises. More

Erewash Museum

Erewash Museum - Paranormal Activity - 2 investigations - Reports

Grave Yards

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

Stanton Grave yard - Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings, apparition, orbs and shadows/mass)

 St Marys Grave yard - Unexplained Activity (Smells, feelings)

Rutland Garments

Rutland Garments now Premiere Furnishings

 - Chairs would move and weird noises but we were told that when it was Rutland Garments a lady hung herself in the ladies and she's been there ever since.

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Ilkeston Town Hall

Old part has reported strange noises, activity and smell of fire

The newish part where 2 cottages once stood have also reported strange activity. Both been renovated over the years, and on all occasions reports of moving objects, smell of fire and presence. Reports from staff and builders. Police have been called and contacted us regarding incidents.