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Gresley Old Hall Ghost Hunts


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Gresley Old Hall
Swadlincote, Derbyshire


Gresley Old Hall is a Grade II listed derelict building with many ghost stories trapped behind these cold and chilling walls. Built on the site of a former priory dating back to the 1100s, the spirits of this 16th Century haunted house await you, from a ghostly Victorian maid to a terrifying monk. What will you experience as you enter Gresley Old Hall?



Gresley was originally a Saxon settlement, with the name 'Gresele' being recorded in the Domesday Book (1086). This name is of Old English, possibly meaning a gravel area around woods.


The historic site can be dated back to 1135 AD, where the old Church Gresley Priory once stood. It was a place believed to be home of Augustinian Canons, and built by William de Gresley, the son of Nigel de Stafford. The priory remained in use until 1536 when King Henry VIII ordered for the Dissolution of the Monasteries.


Church Gresley Priory was acquired by Sir Christopher Alleyne in 1556, who reused some of the limestone from the priory to build Gresley Old Hall. Some of the features from the original construction can be found in the West wing, the stone foundations and the chimney. The Flemish gables were added on some time in the late 17th Century, and the rest of the Old Hall was completed by about 1734.

In 1795, Sir Nigel Bowyer Gresley of Drakelow Hall started a Fine China company, with the business and factory production taking place inside the Old Hall. They made many pieces of earthenware, but the business was unfortunately unsuccessful, and so for the best part of the 1800s it became a farmhouse and was tenanted to families. On some of the walls, Victorian graffiti can still be seen from the residents who once lived in this place.

In 1953, the Old Hall was bought by the Coal Board who turned parts of the building and the adjacent one into a Miners Welfare Club, which opened in 1964. Today, Gresley Old Hall stands frozen in time; abandoned and long forgotten.


Gresley Old Hall is reputedly haunted by a few ghosts who are hidden inside this historic and derelict house.

The ghost of a Victorian maid has been seen and captured on camera walking the creaky floorboards. The story goes that she was looking after the Lord and Lady's children, when a fire broke out in one of the rooms. She got the children out, but became trapped in the inferno and burned to her death. It's said her ghost remains in the building, and the smell of burning flesh lingers in the air whenever she appears.

Another ghost is that of a Monk, whose activities are recorded into the fabric of the building. The limestone from the old priory was reused to building this Old Hall, and limestone is a great conductor of energy. Will he make his holy presence known?

An angry male spirit is also reported to haunt this location, more so in the Attic spaces. There's a story that says a man was repeatedly stabbed in that area, and died shortly after. People have reported seeing bloodstains manifesting on the wooden floorboards, and then disappearing. Is this the gentleman replaying his final moments alive as his blood (and soul) was leaving his body?

Other paranormal activity reported here include loud taps and footsteps, groans and eerie whispers, crosses moving on their own, investigators getting touched by unseen hands, light anomalies and orbs, plus a little girl has been sensed a few times by other investigation teams.



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 Gresley Old Hall, you will get to investigate the dark, decrepit Attic Rooms, the many empty and abandoned Upper Floor Rooms, and the sinister Staircase and Landing that leads you up from the Ground Floor.

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, Cat Balls, 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: Gresley Old Hall, Gresley Wood Road, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9QW

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


  • Car Parking onsite

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