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Ashbourne Town Hall Ghost Hunts


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Ashbourne Town Hall
Ashbourne, Derbyshire


Originally built in 1861 on top of the foundations of the 17th Century Talbot Inn, with connections to Bonnie Prince Charlie and a tragic death that shocked the entire town, Ashbourne Town Hall is a key reminder of this town's foreboding past, and the spiritual energies that still walk here.



Built in 1861, the Grade II listed Ashbourne Town Hall is located on the foundations of what was The Talbot Inn public house. This Inn was mentioned in Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton's novel, 'The Compleat Angler', where the book records a conversation at the Inn between two travellers: "What will you drink Sir, ale or wine? Nay, I am for the country liquor, Derbyshire ale, if you please; for a man shall not methinks come from London to drink wine in the Peak". The Talbot Inn was also the venue for the examination of witnesses in a legal case heard in January 1639, in which Sir Andrew Kniveton claimed he had been libelled by William Greaves.

In 1252, Ashbourne suffered a horrific incident when the town was substantially destroyed by a fire, as the Market Place was surrounded by timber framed buildings from the hilltop of Buxton Road to the bottom where The Greenman pub is, all of which were set ablaze. It's not known if anyone died from the fire, but given the area was covered in flame-fuelled wooden structures, there's a strong likelihood that some did. New town buildings came in later, among them including The Talbot Inn.

On the 3rd December 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie entered into Ashbourne Market Place and outside the Inn, he declared his father, James Edward Stuart, King James III and the rightful heir to the English throne. His troops were billeted in Ashbourne Park during the Winter.

The Talbot Inn was largely demolished in the mid 1800s, although the cellars of this place of precedence still remain. Ashbourne Town Hall was built in 1861 and originally was called The Market Hall, a name which can still be seen at the top of the front façade. It's constructed out of ashlar rock, a special type of material only found within the Peak District, and is in Italianate architectural style. In 1894 the area became an urban district, but rather than establishing offices in the Town Hall, civic leaders chose instead to erect offices for their officers and their departments on Compton Street in 1900. Next to the Town Hall is the Town Hall Yard, and as you walk through the tunnel entrance to it, you will see typical mid-Victorian workers' cottages.

On the 4th November 1930 a tragic accident occurred. Above the entrance to the Town Hall Yard used to be a firebell mechanism, which would've been rung to report a fire. The firebell would alert the fire crews to man the fire engine, which was kept at the rear of the George and Dragon pub opposite the Market Place. On this date, the firebell was rung, and would prove to be fatal for a certain 40 year old gentleman called Tom Fearn. Tom Fearn was about to walk through the alley entrance to the Town Hall Yard, when shockingly the balance bar to the firebell mechanism fell from its position, struck Tom on the head and killed him instantly on the spot before he could blink. What's even more heartbreaking, is that the firebell was a false alarm. The phone call was traced to Ellastone but the culprit was never discovered. A brass memorial is placed above the Town Hall Yard entrance in the same spot that he was killed, and some of his living descendents still live in Ashbourne to this day.

In 1973, the new Ashbourne Town Council established its offices in the Town Hall and began using it as a meeting place. It later established a tourist information centre inside too.



Lots of reported paranormal activity goes on here at Ashbourne Town Hall, and it's not surprising given the layers of history and death surrounding this town.

The spirit of Tom Fearn is greatly believed to still be here at the Town Hall, with some mediums and investigators believing he's angry that his life was cut short, and some who think his soul doesn't even know that he's dead. The names 'Thomas' and 'Tom' have cropped up frequently on Spirit Boxes and through ITC Apps, and some people have even seen his ghost standing underneath his brass memorial, before disappearing without a trace. Will we meet Tom Fearn on our investigation? And will we come across the spirits of those who perished in Ashbourne's flames?

Other haunting events documented here include disembodied voices heard in the Ballroom, loud bangs and dragging heard in both the Cellars and the Council Chamber, dark shadows seen walking in parts of the building, and another strong male energy felt here throughout the Town Hall. Some investigators believe this could be the ghost of Bonnie Prince Charlie himself, but the strangest thing about this spirit, is that he's most prominently sensed in the upstairs toilets.



Your night of ghost hunting with Brookes Paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. Experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. Here at Ashbourne Town Hall, you will get to investigate the Ballroom, the Council Chamber, the creepy dark Cellars, the Ante Room and two other small yet spooky rooms.

Our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal investigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. Whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family.

This is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. We believe that if activity happens, it happens for real.

On your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. You will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments.
​ While we encourage everyone
to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like Ouija Boards and the Estes Method if you don't
want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use.

You will also have a couple of breaks throughout the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks.



  • Group photo of all guests which gets published to our page

  • Small group extended vigils

  • Refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates,
    bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars

  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment like K2s, EMF Meters,
    REM Pods, Mel Meters, Spirit Boxes, Motion Detectors,
    Dowsing Rods, Laser Grid Pens, ITC Apps and SLS Cameras

  • Paranormal experiments like Ouija Boards, Glass Divination,
    Table Tipping, S
    éances, Estes Method and Human Pendulum

  • An introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques
    for guests new to the paranormal


  • All attendees MUST be 18 years or older

  • Heavily pregnant women are NOT allowed on these events

  • This location is NOT wheelchair accessible

  • This location has NO sleepover facilities

  • We operate a STRICT No Alcohol/Drugs Policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - No refunds

  • All attendees MUST bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions

  • Sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions

  • In the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses

  • History tours are NOT provided at this location, but we will talk briefly on the location's past

  • Ouija Boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them

  • Please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable
    four weeks prior to the event date

NOTE: Across the road is a fish and chip shop which is open in the late afternoon/early evening, should you want to eat a hot meal before your paranormal investigation.


ADDRESS: Ashbourne Town Hall, 22 Market Place, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ES

EVENT TIMES: 7:00pm - 1:00am (arrive at 6:45pm)


  • Market Place Car Park

  • Co-Op Car Park

  • Local Street Parking

Please note parking charges may apply.

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