Devon - Paranormal Database Records

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.

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.

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.

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.

Treasure Guardian

Location: Tavistock - Down House Farm
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says this house was haunted - the farmer's wife met the ghost on the stairs, who told her that a great deal of wealth was concealed under the water pump. After she had found it, the ghost never troubled anyone again.


Location: Tavistock - Whitchurch Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1979
Further Comments: Feeling someone hugging her, the landlady turned to see who it was - but found no one there. The spirit is also blamed for moving bottles and personal items.


Location: Tavistock - Road between town and Plymouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by black headless horses, Sir Frances Drake drives a dark hearse down these roads whenever his drum beats (see Yelverton (Devon) entry).

Judge John Glanville

Location: Tavistock - Kilworthy House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ruthless man, Judge Glanville condemned his own daughter to death for murdering her husband. Her ghost is also reported to appear in the building and its grounds, headless.


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.

Those that will Die

Location: Tavistock - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The spirits of those who will die during the following year come to the church on Midsummer's Eve - they were last seen by a pair of brothers who saw themselves in the crowd.

Built by Fairies

Location: Tavistock - South Down Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: It is said that the Queen of the fairies helped build this bridge by turning some of the water below into boulders.

Pair of Monks

Location: Tavistock - Tunnels under Bedford Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The passageways under the square once linked the abbeys and churches of the area - these monks have yet to leave.

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.

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.

White Lady

Location: Teignmouth - Cliffs and beach near the Devil's Foghorn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said this woman was once washed up dead on the beach - locals removed her expensive rings and threw the body back into the sea. She is seen standing on the coast, looking into the sea, whenever stormy weather takes a life.

Exploding Bulbs

Location: Teignmouth - Hawthorn Cottage
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1988-1993
Further Comments: According to the documentary 'Britain's Most Terrifying Ghost Stories', after cottage owner Fiona dug up several dead cats in the garden the property experienced a poltergeist-like outbreak, including electrical items which blew up or misbehaved and the apparitions of children in Fiona's bedroom. A priest carried out an exorcism which calmed things down until Fiona married and strange events started again. Local ghost hunter John Parker finally rid the site of the entity.

Last of the Ascott Family

Location: Tetcott - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1780s onwards
Further Comments: This hunter, together with a pack of ghostly hounds, still roams the lands

Bride in a Chest

Location: Tiverton - Tiverton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In a story that appears several times throughout the UK, a newly wedded bride played hide and seek with her guests, only to disappear... A few years later her mummified body was found in a chest in the loft, the spring mounted lid trapping her inside.

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