Moira Furnace was an Ironworks Factory with a huge blast furnace, built in the reign of King George III. Located by the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal in Moira, Derbyshire. In 1804, the Earl of Moira ordered for the construction of the furnace to take advantage of the amount of iron ore and coal that was present underground in the surrounding Ashby Woulds owned by him. The location chosen was perfect as it took advantage of the Ashby Canal for transportation, and the gradient of the land allowed the furnace to be built low down so raw materials didn't need to be raised very high. However, it was during this period that the development in blast furnace design was ongoing, and so some of its features at Moira Furnace appeared to have been unsuccessful. In 1806, it was first opened and the blasting began. It would only last until 1811, not because iron became less valuable, but because it had experienced continual problems. Recorded documents state that bad design, bad construction, bad management and even bad raw materials led to the closure of the furnace, just 5 years after it first opened. The furnace was then left abandoned, with iron ore left inside, partially smelted. Metallurgical examinations discovered that a high content of sulphur was found within the raw materials, and it was that which may have been the contributing factor to the issues. The chimney also showed signs of severe overheating, which further indicated a design fault. The attached foundry continued to be used for many years after the closure, but it was demolished later in the 19th Century. The foundations of this foundry can still be seen to this day on the grounds. The bridgehouse and the engine house were converted into dwellings and survived until the 1970s, when the buildings became so derelict that the engine house was demolished. The site was scheduled to become an ancient monument after pressure from Leicestershire Industrial History Society or LIHS. In 1981, the site was acquired by North West Leicestershire District Council and they sponsored a community project which was aimed to restore the site and develop it as a museum and country park. Today in 2020, the bridgehouse is now a museum run by the Moira Furnace Museum Trust, dedicated to the history and heritage of this once grand blast furnace.
There have been many reportings of paranormal activity at Moira Furnace, including the story of a drunk man who lost his footing one night, fell into the canal and drowned. His spirit has been seen floating along the canal, terrifying visitors to this site. Disembodied voices are heard throughout the building. The feeling of uneasiness and nausea has been felt when guests have entered in certain areas of the building. Shadow figures have been sighted in the workshops, and the ghostly apparitions of former workers have been witnessed on the grounds, in the main building and on the site of the former foundry.
Participate in this unique night of spooky ghost hunting with the Brookes Paranormal team as we attempt to communicate with the ghostly residents of Moira Furnace Museum.
On the night, you will be taking part in numerous Vigils and a variety of Experiments (both Scientific and Traditional). You will also have full use of some of the best Ghost Hunting Equipment used today, and be informed on how Paranormal Investigators use them to try and communicate with the afterlife.
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Parking at Event: On-site Parking via nearby field.
This Event is NOT SUITABLE for anyone with mobility issues.
This Event DOES NOT include a Guest Medium.
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY. EXPERIENCE THE UNKNOWN.
Moira Furnace Museum - Saturday 30th May 2020
DATE: Saturday 30th May 2020
TIME: 8:00pm - 2:00am
LOCATION: Furnace Lane, Moira, Derbyshire, DE12 6AT
REMAINING BALANCE: Needs to be paid FOUR WEEKS prior to the event date.