Devon - Paranormal Database Records

Heavy Breathing

Location: Salcombe - B3181 Salcombe to Malborough road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 July 2004, around 23:30h
Further Comments: A witness travelling this road reported hearing the heavy breathing of galloping horses along this road, but not accompanied by hoof falls. The hedge from which the sound could be heard moving past glowed briefly as the eerie sound climaxed.

Barking Beast

Location: Salcombe - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1970
Further Comments: A serpent like creature which was reported in the area was claimed to be a large conger eel, though this wouldn't explain the strange barking sounds that were also accredited to the sea monster.

Lewes Dowrich

Location: Sandford - Dowrich manor house
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Lewes died drunk, after falling from his horse on the nearby bridge. He was cursed to return home from the bridge, but only to move ten centimetres every four weeks. The ghost was seen in 1973, only a few metres short of its goal.

Turn it Over

Location: Shebbear - Devil's Boulder
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 05 November (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year the villagers turn a large stone over that stands by an oak. It is said that if they fail to do so, disaster and ill-fortune will strike the region - one legend says the last time the village forgot to rotate the stone was just before the Second World War began. Some believe the Devil himself is trapped under the stone.

Little Girl

Location: Shebbear - Devil's Stone Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Sometimes seen on site with a man thought to be her father, this youngster is also blamed when pictures fall from the walls. The pub is named after a local stone that is turned over once a year (5 November) to protect the village from the Devil.

White Lady

Location: Shinner's Bridge - Dartington Hall area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom women dressed in white is reputed to haunt this area.


Location: Shute - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This coachman was so bad at his job he was killed as punishment, and even in death, his coach has not been returned.

Fast Moving Earth

Location: Sidbury - Money Heap (barrow)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ground here is said to quickly replace itself if anyone tries to dig into the barrow.


Location: Sidmouth - Kennaway House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2012
Further Comments: A young female ghost in a long dress was named Charlotte, and would sit in the corner of a room in this building. The entity was said to be non-threatening.


Location: Sidmouth - Ladram Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Misty nights
Further Comments: The Mutters family were smugglers in the area, and one member is still said to walk the coastline at night when the conditions are right, watching out for approaching boats.


Location: Sidmouth - New Look shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2014
Further Comments: An older Victorian lady was blamed for crashes and bangs, disembodied footsteps and whisperings which were heard around this shop. The ghost, manifesting as a woman in black, was named as Gladys. After flowers were offered to her, the ghost quietened down.

Appearing House

Location: Slapton - Countryside near the village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: November 1939
Further Comments: Two local women observed a house as it appeared out of thin air on a field. It maintained an air of insubstantiality for around five minutes before vanishing.

Running Man

Location: South Molton - A361, Aller Cross
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 29 November 2013
Further Comments: A witness spotted a figure running on the top of the hill in the road, although when they reached the spot no one could be seen in any direction.


Location: South Tawton - Hamlet just outside the village, exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth century, said to appear at midnight
Further Comments: A Guernsey Cow said to haunt this location was once a woman who committed a 'terrible deed' and was transformed into this animal for 4,900 years as punishment.

Woman in Silk

Location: Spreyton - Bush House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in black silk was said to haunt this building, and anyone brave enough to follow her would be led to a vast amount of money. The loud rustling of her dress would normally alert anyone nearby to her presence.

Passing Daemon

Location: Spreyton - Exact location unknown
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1682
Further Comments: A flying devil picked up a man from the ground and dropped him in a far away marsh - his torn hairpiece was discovered high in the branches of a tree.

Leaping Cat

Location: Spreyton - Private garden
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Spring 2006
Further Comments: Witness Martin Heath reported seeing a large cat, dark brindle in colour, and around the size of an Alsatian with a thirty centimetre long bushy tail. It ran across the garden and leapt into a tree, disappearing from view.


Location: Spreyton - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1932
Further Comments: A vicar and his friend inadvertently photographed a cowled monk kneeling in front of the vicarage. Phantom footsteps had been heard within the building, though nothing ever seen.

Black Dog

Location: St Giles In the Wood - Lanes in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Further Comments: A large black dog was said to haunt the lanes and the farms in this area, as far down as Copplestone.

Headless Nectan

Location: Stoke - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church is built on the location where St Nectan had his head chopped off - he bent down and stuck it back on his neck before walking off!


Location: Stoke - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: A phantom monk which haunts the churchyard was last seen by a vicar. Several monks walking in a line are said to walk from the church towards Hartland Abbey, though no witnesses exist for this event.

Headless Page Boy

Location: Stowford - Hayne Manor
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death of owner
Further Comments: The boy was murdered by a butler on the site after he caught the older man stealing some plates - the young shade now appears with his head under the arm, warning of impending death. A wish hound has also been reported around the area.

Betsy Grimbal

Location: Tavistock - Bedford Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The spectral female form which haunts this hotel is believed to be the same Betsy who haunts another part of the town. Wearing a dark dress and bonnet, she was once spotted by a chef on the ground floor, and other staff have heard the rustling of her clothing.


Location: Tavistock - Betsy Grimbal's Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a soldier on the tower's staircase, Grimbal's shade can be seen staring out from one of the windows of the tower.

St Michael saves the Day

Location: Tavistock - Brent Tor
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The church was to be built at the base of the hill, but the Devil came every night and moved the foundation stones to the top. Even though St Michael appeared and scared Old Nick away, the church was built where the Devil wanted it to be.

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