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Published on 18/02/07 at 17:53:21 GMT - posted by: Azzabuv

Its History Plus Paranormal Events



From records it would seem that Shipley was a sporting estate.

Robert Strelley claimed to have two deer parks in 1331, though this was disputed and he was only allowed to have one. It was recorded as late as the early 1500s that there was a park keeper at Shipley named Walter. The village of Mapperley, next to Shipley, also belonged to the Strelleys and some of the family lived there. Hugh de Strelley and his wife founded a chapel in the enclosure of their Mapperley mansion and were allowed a chaplain there c.1230

Paranormal Activity Associated With The Hall.

Public Investigation Reports



During the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s, numerous reports of a lion roaming the then enclosed grounds was reported by various people. No lion was ever found.


In 1992, i picked’ up certain ‘knowledge’ concerning an event in the remains of a small circular ruined clinker built ice-house standing in the now open grounds. This concerned two young girls, of about 7 or 8, playing inside the ruin. They were watching a small lad of about 6, as he endeavoured to climb up the inner wall. During 1994, several of us visited the site of the ruin, thick with bushes and trees. The story of the climbing lad had never been mentioned to anyone and in fact was entirely forgotten by myself. One of our party and went into the overgrown ice-house, appearing a few moments later. When asked how it was in there, she just replied – “I saw a small lad in there. This was a heart thumping conformation to me. I never said anything.


The ghost of a 19th. Century bookmaker, who once worked at the Hall, has been seen quite a few times in the old bungalow where he lived. (on the periphery of the Hall grounds).


Approximately a half mile from the Hall, stands ‘John’s Wood’, once part of the ancient Hall’s grounds. This is where several people, including myself, witnessed several ‘Scenic Shifts’ over a matter of months in the early 1990’s. These events occurred near the Western edge of the wood, next to the reservoir. Today, the Hall ruins stand in the large ‘Shipley Park’. A large tract of fields, woods, ponds, streams and a reservoir, open to the public.

The large grounds of the Hall itself consist of large lawns, woods and ruins, which are generally deserted at night, from about 9 pm onwards.The Hall’s large grounds are an ideal site for an all night vigil..... or two – and free.