The Grand Pavilion – Matlock
1849 the railway arrived in Matlock bringing with it a new trade in Tourism. The Grand Pavilion was built 1910 on the site of the former stables and blacksmith yard next to the river Derwent. Its aim to host entertainment and events for the masses.
Within a few years of opening First World War soldiers were billeted on site. Soldiers also spent time here recuperating from injuries
After the disruption of WWII the Grand Pavilion saw a variety of events and eventually became a nightclub with miss deeds and eventually closed.
Theatres are renowned for their hauntings. The Pavilion is no exception, 2 workmen were killed during it construction and are said to be the cause of the poltergeist activity in the Dome.
Heavy breathing, footsteps, children giggling, a malevolent spirit and apparitions have also been reported throughout the venue
Time line – the year in which Edward VII of England died and George V became the new Kind of England.