The Grand Pavilion, Matlock,
Meet the ghosts of this Edwardian Building
The Grand Pavilion is said to be home to a few mischievous spirits, the sound of child's laughter and cries is a very common occurrence. Many people refuse to walk alone down the cellar area as some people have reported being pushed, shoved and some even reporting the feeling of being strangled. Strange mists have appeared coming from nowhere and disappearing as quick as it came. The sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of children running is also heard. Will you dare to join the paranormal eye team here ?
With such a fantastic history, The Grand Pavilion doesn’t disappoint when it comes to paranormal phenomenon, and is well known in the local area for its mysterious haunting s. Staff, past and present, tell tales of being watched, followed, hearing footsteps and voices and seeing moving shadows out of the corner of their eyes. One member of staff, a few years ago, refused to go down the stairs into the cellar area due to the feeling of being watched and strangled. Children are often heard running around the corridors and the main hall, laughing as they go. A smartly dressed pale lady is occasionally seen looking out of one of the top floor windows, as if looking for or waiting for someone. The Stage is home to a grumpy spirit and visitors often have their clothes tugged in one particular spot, A death is known to have occurred when a lady fell down one of the stage exit stairs on the way to the Green Rooms below, and the feeling of unease or being pushed is often reported in this area.
Some history of the grand pavilion
The Grand Pavilion is an Edwardian building which was originally known as the Kursal. Built in 1910 on the site of the old stables which once belonged to the Fishpond Hotel over the road, this stunning building was built by the community for the community to provide a meeting place of shelter and entertainment for the locals and the many tourists visiting Matlock Bath. Back then as many as 17 trains per day, full of tourists, visited this spa town to take advantage of its natural thermal springs, mines and caverns and the many local Peak District attractions. As a result Matlock Bath itself prospered as a tourist town and due to the many visitors, the community came together to plan and build what is now The Grand Pavilion. During its building, there was a huge fire down the road at Matlock Town Hall and the need for a new venue to entertain tourists became urgent, so the council joined forces with the Matlock Bath community in order to complete the building of this venue as quickly as possible. Since then The Grand Pavilion as it is now known has played host to many different types of entertainment such as theatre productions, tea dances, a cinematic film venue, and was also used to support the forces of both world wars through fundraising concerts and the showing of patriotic films. More recently it has been used as a nightclub and concert venue, after which, due to lack of funds the building eventually began to fall into dis-repair and the local community formed a Charity – The Grand Pavilion Ltd, reg charity number: 1140608 – which purchased the building off the council and now runs it as an entertainments venue once again. The Grand Pavilion is now home to live music and theatre performances, exhibitions, panto’s and art events and much more! The charity’s sole aim is to raise funds to decorate, repair, restore and maintain and develop this incredible venue so that it can be used for many years to come in the way it was always intended.
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