History of the Building
The Herbert Strutt School was proposed by Herbert Strutt in 1907, for the benefit of Belper and the surrounding villages and after much wrangling with local education authorities he managed to get permission to proceed. Designed by Hunter and Woodhouse, the building was completed in the spring of 1909 at a cost of £20,000. Mr W.W. Tunnicliffe was the original headmaster and remained so from 1909 until his retirement in 1936. In 1913 Herbert Strutt expanded the school facilities at a cost of £5000. The school became a primary school following a shake up in education in 1986 and it remained as a primary school until its closure in February 2007. It is now known as Strutt’s Business and Community Centre and is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community.
Poltergeist activity is often reported around the building including slamming doors which then refuse to open, the piano playing by itself, cold spots and shadowy figures. After visiting the premises, Andrew Elson, Haunted Company’s clairvoyant medium said, “The building has this wonderful feeling of calm, but then as you walk around you soon discover that each of the classrooms has its own spiritual energy. Some have a peaceful energy and other rooms feel full of negativity. There are also certain classrooms you would not want to be left alone in! Wandering spirits roam the halls, and the Headmasters office is another story.”
On the 12th February I will be accompanying investigation professionals and members of the Belper community to investigate the claims made for this building. The Haunted Company will be bringing along a clairvoyant medium and they will be offering some tuition in using a number of classic investigation and communication tools ranging from dowsing to electrical equipment.
I have prior experience of many investigations of allegedly haunted properties, including many of the historical buildings in Derby and Nottingham and was briefly involved with Richard Felix’s ghost hunts when we were trying to write a book together. As a journalist, it is my job to observe and record and you will get a full report on what is experienced on this investigation.
What to be involved?
The Haunted Company invite you to join the investigation.
“The Haunted Company team are excited to be back in Belper for a full Paranormal Investigation of the Strutt Centre. What will we discover inside this amazing old school building? Who roams the hallways, and what mischievous spirit resides in the old Headmasters office? Dare you join us?!
Help us discover more about the history and hauntings of this fantastic old school building together with Andrew Elson, our in-house clairvoyant medium, and Clare Washbrook, your very own Nailed reporter! There will be workshops throughout the night where you will learn to use our investigative equipment, from dowsing rods and pendulums to emf and voice recorders, and even take part in spirit boards and human pendulums. We will split into small groups and head off to see what we can find in the various classrooms and offices, comparing findings as we go along… It will be a very spooky and interesting night! Light buffet and hot and cold drinks included.
Don’t forget your cameras, you’ll be amazed at what you might capture!
Date: Friday 12th February 2016
Time: 8.00pm to 1.30am
Location: Strutts Center, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1UU
Tickets: Only £30 – Early booking recommended! Available from: http://hauntedcompany.com/events/strutts-school-belper/
Adults only – Minimum age 18.
Light snacks and hot and cold drinks provided. Please wrap up warm and feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.”