Ghost Hunt – Moira Furnace
11 May @ 8:30 pm - 12 May @ 1:30 am£35.00
Set on the banks of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, Moira Furnace is a nineteenth-century iron making blast furnace built in the reign of King George III
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.
In 1806, it was first opened and the blasting began. However due to continual problems the furnace closed 1811, 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.
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 2019, 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.
Ghost Hunt – Moira Furnace - past events
Haunted Heritage have been to this site on many occasions and have never been disappointed. We have experienced many paranormal incidents.
On one occasion we had a locked off camera in the bridgehouse, when viewing back, the footage became distorted as though trying to focus, next there was a sudden jerk of the camera being moved!
Another incident in the bridgehouse, while undertaking a ‘calling out’ session our medium picked the spirit energy of a man carrying a pitch fork, it some became apparent that this spirit was not alone and a strong sense of forebode resulted in the team leaving very quickly. Poltergeist activity is rife.. doors banging shut when no one is there and items being thrown. Are you brave enough to come and join us?