Exeter Ghosts, Myths and other Strangeness

 
 


Black Shadow

Location: Exeter - Alleyway that runs from the top of South Street to the Cathedral Green
Type: Other
Date / Time: 18 April 2010, 01:00h
Further Comments: As this witness walked down the alleyway they became aware of a dark shadow looming over them and felt a presence over their right shoulder. The man turned and saw a black mass which seemed to dissipate upwards into the night.


 
 


Queen Henrietta Maria

Location: Exeter - Barnfield House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Queen stayed here to give birth before escaping to France, though she also appears to continue to remain here today.


 
 


Three Headed Entity

Location: Exeter - Cathedral Green
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Multi-headed entity unknown, hand felt circa 1998
Further Comments: Seen moving silently across the Green, one strange apparition is reported to possess three heads. A man walking with a group of friends across the yard felt a hand grab his right shoulder and pull him backwards. Thinking it was one of the group he was with, he turned around, but nobody was there - all his friends were ahead of him.


 
 


Fish Man

Location: Exeter - Coastline
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1737
Further Comments: Fishermen on the shore caught a four foot tall humanoid, with duck-like feet and a tail protruding from its back. It tried to escape, but was killed when the fishermen beat it with sticks. Another fish-man was caught a few months later in the same area, though this one was described with more seal-like qualities.


 
 


Plague Victims

Location: Exeter - Devon Air Radio Studios, St David's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Built on an old plague pit, the ghosts of the inhabitants are blamed for the sounds of closing doors (in places the doors are already closed) and other unexplained events.


 
 


Vanishing Woman

Location: Exeter - Ernest Jones, next to the Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A female ghost is said to vanish as quickly as she appears, and is blamed for knocking over displays and setting off the fire alarm.


 
 


Nun

Location: Exeter - Exeter Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July, 7pm (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen only around this time, the nun quickly disappears once spotted. A monk has also been reported in the area surrounding the cathedral, while a small group of witnesses heard music coming from within the building although it was dark and empty at the time.


 
 


The Last Executed

Location: Exeter - Exeter prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Two prisoners reported seeing a middle-aged man walking along the upper gallery, vanishing as he reached a cell door. After staff carried out a little research, they discovered the man was the last person to be executed in the prison.


 
 


Workman

Location: Exeter - Exeter University
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: A phantom man dressed in painter's overalls has been seen walking down the corridors.


 
 


Cycling Through

Location: Exeter - Exeter's Underground Passages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The guides of the underground passages, normally open to the public, tell of a phantom cyclist who passes through the area. There is also rumoured to be hidden treasure somewhere in the tunnels.


 
 


Silk

Location: Exeter - Globe Hotel
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 1932
Further Comments: An American guest at the hotel reported waking several times during the night to the sound of swirling, as if someone was waving armfuls of silk scarves through the air. The woman in the room next door also reported hearing the sounds.


 
 


Rose Lady

Location: Exeter - Guildhall Shopping Centre basement
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shadowy form of a woman has been reported as haunting this area, the smell of roses accompanying her presence.


 
 


Victorian Nurse

Location: Exeter - Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly nurse occasionally appears by the bed of anyone close to death and rearranges any nearby flowers so that they form a cross.


 
 


Murdered Maid

Location: Exeter - Lord Haldon Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This tragic figure fell pregnant after having an affair with a local landowner - he killed the maid to cover the relationship up, and now she returns to the top of the building, dripping wet.


 
 


Giant Bat

Location: Exeter - Magdalen Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 25 May 2000
Further Comments: A witness walking down the road late at night stated he watched a giant bat, with a wingspan of 1.2 metres, swoop around the churchyard along this road.


 
 


Heavy Breathing

Location: Exeter - Marks & Spencer store
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to be built on an old Roman burial ground, phantom heavy breathing has been reported from staff, as have light poltergeist-like behaviour.


 
 


Crying Mother

Location: Exeter - Martin's Lane, general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A weeping woman waits along this lane at night - her daughter ran away to follow Sir Francis Drake on his last voyage, and never returned.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Exeter - Okehampton Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 November 2013, 03:00h
Further Comments: Crossing the bridge, this witness could hear footsteps walking on loose stone. Stopping to listen for a couple of minutes, the footsteps continued to crunch, although no one could be seen.


 
 


Little Girl with Rag Doll

Location: Exeter - Prospect Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This young child only appears once a year in the upper part of the building. She is said to smile sweetly at any witnesses, before quickly fading away.


 
 


The Vikings are Coming

Location: Exeter - River Exe
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend has it that a ghostly Viking long ship complete with an angry fighter passes up the river.


 
 


Coughing

Location: Exeter - Royal Clarence Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built on the site of Walter Raleigh's fathers' house, some attribute the coughing sounds to Walter himself.


 
 


Sir Francis Drake

Location: Exeter - Ship Inn, Martin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The inn claims to have once banned Drake from coming in, as his behaviour once drunk was intolerable - maybe this is the reason he returns here...


 
 


Black Pig

Location: Exeter - Southern Hay area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This porker is reputed to be the ghost of Judge Jeffreys, cursed to return in animal form after he died.


 
 


Fallen Workers

Location: Exeter - St Annes Well Brewery (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: A local legend says that, many decades ago, two workers fell down a shaft into the basement where they died of their injuries. The men were blamed for the screams and strange shadows seen in that area. During the 1960s, workmen refused to work in the basement after sunset after experiencing poltergeist-like activities.


 
 


Red Light

Location: Exeter - St Layes, ruins of church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A red light would appear to anyone who was due a tragedy in their lives - it was commonly seen during the blitz of World War Two by those who would be killed by bombs or the resulting fires.


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