In 1587, Bess of Hardwick began building Hardwick Old Hall, which is a beautiful and haunting example of a grand house from the Tudor period. If you visit it today, you can still see excellent examples of plaster ornament upon the walls.
Ghosts of Hardwick Old Hall
I’ve done a little bit of research to see if there are any tales of ghosts connected with the ruins Hardwick Old Hall and although I haven’t found any within the ruins itself, there are a few ghostly tales from the grounds and the surrounding area.
- Ghostly Monk – A couple were driving through Hardwick Park in the evening and both witnessed a ghostly monk with a brilliant white face. Other accounts also tell of the same monk ghost being seen within days of their account
- Ghost of Thomas Hobbes – The ghost of Thomas Hobbes, a philosopher, mathematician and writer who worked as a tutor at Hardwick Hall is said to haunt the grounds. His wish of being buried within the grounds was not granted.