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Delapré Abbey Ghost Hunts



Delapré Abbey
Northampton, Northamptonshire


Delapré Abbey is a Grade II listed building with ghosts stories and secrets waiting to be told. Founded as a nunnery in 1145 AD, Cluniac Nuns lived at Delapré Abbey for nearly 400 years, until they were forced out by King Henry VIII. The Abbey is located on a famous Wars of the Roses battlefield: the Battle of Northampton. Hundreds of Yorkists and Lancastrians were killed on these grounds, and many of their ghosts are said to still be fighting. Both the Tate and Bouverie families lived in this house over the centuries, with family turmoil that keeps their spirits wandering here.

With nearly 900 years of dark history, dare you join us for a chilling paranormal investigation inside this 12th Century Abbey?



Delapré Abbey dates back to 1145 AD, where a nunnery was founded by Simon II de Senlis, Earl of Huntingdon-Northampton, an Anglo-Norman nobleman who fought for King Stephen during The Anarchy. The nunnery was officially called the Abbey of St Mary de la Pré, meaning St Mary of the Meadows, and Cluniac Nuns from Burgundy, France came over to England to devote themselves to the congregation and to God. The Nuns lived and worshipped here for nearly 400 years, until King Henry VIII ordered for the abbey to be disbanded and ransacked of its riches and possessions during Dissolution of the Monasteries. Despite being women of faith, some nuns were excommunicated from the nunnery due to 'throwing their modesty to the winds’ and ‘abandoned themselves to the hateful lusts of the flesh, and of their own accord given up their innocence.’

In 1290, King Edward I's wife Eleanor of Castille died, and as her body was carried down to Westminster Abbey, her body laid in rest at the chapel at Delapré. In the following year of her death, Edward ordered for twelve stone crosses to be erected around the East of England in her memory. Only three survive today, and one of which is built on the grounds of Delapré Abbey.

In 1460, one of the bloodiest battles during the Wars of the Roses took place on grounds that surround Delapré Abbey, the Battle of Northampton. Led by the likes of Warwick the Kingmaker, Earl of March (Edward IV) and King Henry VI on the other side, many Yorkists and hundreds of Lancastrians were killed in battle, leaving Henry VI no choice but to surrender the losing fight. He was captured at his tent by an archer, and was imprisoned at Delapré Abbey for several days, until he was moved from Northampton down to London.

After King Henry VIII seized the Abbey, The Crown leased the site to a tenant for 7 years, until it was sold in 1550 to the Tate family headed by Bartholomew Tate II, an MP for Coventry. Amidst the English Civil War, Zouche Tate was a strong Parliamentarian, who before the war took session in the House of Commons in both the Short and Long Parliaments, and later stood to give his eyewitness testimony during King Charles I's trial for treason. The Tate family lived at Delapré Abbey for over 200 years, until Mary Tate's husband Charles Hardy who was Governor of New York, sold the house and estate to Edward Bouverie for £22,000.

The Bouverie family were very high status people, just like the previous owners here, and during the 1800s they built an additional wing to show off their presence in society, included with a Library Study for the men to sit, drink and smoke in, a Drawing Room for the women to relax, pamper and converse in, and a luxurious Dining Room for afternoon tea parties and lavishing evening dinners. But just like with any family, there was turmoil amongst relations as a scandal had come to light. General Everard Bouverie, owner of the house, had no children, but his younger brother Francis who moved to Ireland and married a woman called Elizabeth did have a son, John Augustus Sheil Bouverie, who would be the next heir to the estate. However, it came to light that Elizabeth had an affair nine months before John was born, by which point Francis was long dead. Everard learned of this illegitimacy and contested John's claim, even going to court over the inheritance. The courts were in favour on John, but Everard wouldn't leave this life without taking all the possessions and assets in his will.


The last member of the family line, Mary Bouverie, had Delapré rented out to the shoe maker, before returning back to the house to live out her final days there. The War Office took over the property during the beginning of World War 2, and she moved into a room located above the old Stable Block, until the 20th January 1943, when Mary Bouverie died aged 77.


Delapré Abbey is one of the most haunted buildings in Northampton, given the dark, harsh and bloody history that's happened here.

The Abbey's main ghost is the Blue Lady, a former Nun who continues her holy duties and prayers in this building. Often people will see her floating through the Medieval rooms, and some have even witnessed blue lights flickering through the Cloister area.

Apparitions of soldiers in 15th Century armour have been spotted inside the building and on the grounds, where rumour has it hundreds of Lancastrian bodies were left buried underneath the parkland. Bloodcurdling screams and shouts can be heard in the dead of night from the battlefield, terrifying anyone who steps foot out there.

Dark shadow figures run across the corridors and stairs, with disembodied voices and bangs coming from the Bouverie Rooms, and cluttering sounds from the Zouche Tate Kitchen, despite no one being in either of them.

In the Cellars, cold spots and the touching of hands are felt down here, with poltergeist activity also reported. Could Henry VI's ghost remain trapped down here?

A female energy is also sensed around this location, with many sensitives, psychics and mediums believing that to be the spirit of Mary Bouverie, the woman who loved Delapré and the community so much, that she still comes back here in visitation.



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 Delapré Abbey, you will get to investigate the Medieval Nunnery and Elizabethan Rooms, the Panelled and Housekeeper's Rooms, the Zouche Tate Kitchen, the Victorian Bouverie Rooms which include the Salon, the Drawing Room, the Dining Room and the Library, and the dark, sinister Cellars underneath the Abbey's foundations. Plus if the weather is dry, we will conduct a vigil outside on the battlefield.

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


ADDRESS: Delapré Abbey, London Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 8AW

EVENT TIMES: 8:00pm - 2:00am (arrive at 7:45pm)


  • Car Parking Onsite

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