How I started my paranormal journey.

I would sit up late at night watching those old black and white horror shows. Then I was brave enough to move onto colour.
I was always interested in ghost stories, old legends and stories from our past.

Then my nan told me a story that would put me on my journey into the paranormal
It was about a headless man that walked a country lane next to my nan's childhood home. In fact, she had seen him herself.
I had always remembered the story and a few years ago, I found, quite by chance, a newspaper cutting about a murder in the area my nan lived. I researched my nan's story and found out the true facts.

I realised that I enjoyed researching as much as an investigation.
With this in mind, every area I visit, I research and you will be surprised what information can be found.
So thanks to my nan, I lead an exciting life as a paranormal investigater.

I would like to point out that I do take this very seiously.
I am out to prove, one way or the other, IS THERE ANOTHER LIFE WHEN WE PASS or is it just our imagination.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010



6th May 2007


This site has been occupied since Saxon times. It formed part of an estate owned by WULFRIC SPOTT(died 1002). He left his estate to Burton on Trent Abbey.

This estate is written in the Domesday Book owned by Roger de Poitou. In 1225, it was owned by Peter de Hareston and in 1401, it was owned by John Leke of Gotham.

Another John Leke was made a knight by King Henry v111. His son, Francis Leke was made a Baronet by King James 1 in 1611 and later Earl of Scarsdale by King Charles 1 in 1640.

During the English Civil War, Francis Leke was of course a Royalist. The hall is on the opposite hillside to Bolsover Castle and this was on the side of the Roundheads, so you can imagine the tension and possibly small skirmishes that took place between the two. Francis Leke was taken prisoner after a force of 500 roundheads seized the hall. But the family kept the estate because after the war a fine of £18,000 was paid to Parliament.

After the death of the 4th Earl of Scarsdale in 1740, the estate was bought by Godfrey Bagnall Clarke. After Godfrey died in 1774, the Marquis of Ormonde gained ownership through his marriage. After his death in 1824, Richard Arkwright Junior was the owner. In 1890, William Arkwright of Sutton Scarsdale was the owner.

The hall was left and fell into neglect but in November 1919, the estate was bought by a group of local businessmen. These men didnt care about the property, all they were interested in was how much money they could make. In my eyes, these people are as bad as vandles. They stripped the assets of the hall, even removing the roof in 1920. Some of the hall's oak panelling went over to America. It has even been used on film sets during the 1950's

The estate was bought by Sir Osbert Sitwell of Renishaw Hall in 1946. He wanted to keep it as a ruin.

Scarsdale Hall is now in the care of English Heritage.

It is such a shame that this once beautiful hall with formal gardens and inside, marble fireplace, oak ornamental panels, Italian crafted plasterwork and a large mahogany staircase, was left and then stripped. All that remains today is the skeleton ruin

As you might be able to tell, is that I love this place and if there was ever a case for a time is here. I would buy this prpoerty and keep everything in its place.

..... footsteps heard
..... stench of tobacco in the tunnels under the cellar
..... the ghost of Sir Nicholas has been seen in the porch of the church next door
..... a woman in white has been seen walking from the church to the hall


1 ... Sir Francis Leek who was captured by Cromwells soldiers after the seige during the English Civil War, escaped and joined the King. As a result of his brave loyalty, he was created 1st Lord Scarsdale.

When the King was executed, Sir Francis had his own grave dug at Sutton Scarsdale and every friday, he dressed in a sackcloth and lay in his own grave in commemoration of the King

2 ... Sir Nicholas Leek before he left for the Crusades, took out his sword and split his wedding ring in half. He gave half to his wife and kept the other half as good luck.

He was captured during the crusades and spent many years in a prison. One day, he was dreaming of home and he was transported through the air and landed in the porch at the church of the hall.

He went to the doors of his house but no one recognised him. He demanded to be let in but they refused him. Of course he didnt look like a Lord because he would have been dressed in rags, dirty and long untidy hair and beard. He took out his half of his wedding ring and told the servants to give it to his wife. She put the two pieces together and realised her husband had returned home.

Every year after this, Sir Nicholas had bread baked for the poor people of the parish with each loaf inscribed with a large letter N in thanks for his release.

It is so said to walk around this once wonderful building. As you walk round you do get the feeling you are not alone and that you are being watched.

As I walked round, I took photos and used my recorder to record any EVPs as I asked out.

I didnt get anything but I felt as though I was followed or was that just wishful thinking.


  1. What an interesting read on the history of Sutton Hall. I used to play around there when I was little. Although I didn’t come from that area I was from a small village called Bonds Main now known as Temple Normanton. We would set off on our bikes and spend hours there just getting scared ha ha. Now that I have married and have kids of my own, when they were little I used to take them up to the Hall at Halloween. It has always held an interest for me and as you say you have that constant feeling that you are being watched, you never quite feel alone when you are in there. I have never been down in the cellar/dungeon area as it has always been secured with a gate and locks, but I would imagine that it is quite spooky if the rest of the building is anything to go by. If you look at the Hall on Google maps in satellite mode and move towards the M1 motorway (North/East direction) just over the M1 there is a derelict building and rumour has it that that is haunted too. Don’t know by who or what and not sure what the building was originally, I would imagine it would have been some kind of farm house, but it has always been like that at least 35 years as I can remember. I have never been in there so don’t know anything about it really but you can get to it by road as you will be able to see on Google.

    1. The old barn isn't haunted the family that lived in it are still alive my nan used to go to school with them and it was all lies about the killing I'm actually a ghost hunter myself and I have done it there NOTHING!

  2. The old barn is the building you are talking of. Legend has it a man murdered his entire family there some years ago. And blood is supposedly still stained on the brickwork. The man is regularly seen at the end of the path with his arm on the fence.a few years ago me and three friends walked over to Sutton hall from Bolsover as we walked the field adjacent to the hall we heard a strange squeal. Assuming it was an owl we continued. Once we reached the hall we went to enter through the western entrance. As we walked up we hear an almighty scream, it was ear piercing and it certainly came from within the hall. We all ran ! I have never returned.

  3. How much would it cost to rebuild SUTTON SCARSDALE HALL back to its former glory as either a private residence or a hotel?

  4. Wow; always upsetting to me when historical & beautiful places are lost to us, even worse when it's deliberate; corporate vandals allowed to asset strip the building; shame on them, the greedy amoral twts.