Reports of Old Nick from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Old Nick in Waiting

Location: Burgh St Peter (Norfolk) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 02 May reoccurring (skeleton appears)
Further Comments: The builder of this church is said to have sold his soul in order to finish its construction. The Devil is said to still wait for the soul due to him, while the old man's shade lurks protected within the church grounds. There is one report that says the builder now takes the form of a clothed skeletal figure, and appears once per year.


 
 


Visiting Devil

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Old Grammar School
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large scorched patch on some flagstones in the building is explained away by a story which involves a group of students silly enough to try to summon the Devil - as he climbed out of the ground, the pupils panicked and hit Old Nick with books, stones and anything they could grab, until he disappeared back to Hell.


 
 


Moving Bricks

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - St Peters Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown / traditional
Further Comments: The church was going to be built on another location, but night after night the Devil appeared and moved the building materials, until the construction was relocated to where the church now stands.


 
 


Devil's Footprints

Location: Cadair Idris (Gwynedd) - Rock of the Evil One (crag)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Prints left by the hoofs of the Devil can still be seen in the rock, after Old Nick danced with joy after discovering a group of men playing cards on the Sabbath.


 
 


Evocation via Tree

Location: Cadley (Wiltshire) - Oak in Savernake Forest
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Running around the tree known as Big Bellied Oak seven times at midnight was said to bring forth the Devil.


 
 


Travellers' Rest

Location: Capel Curig (Clwyd) - Devil's Kitchen
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil sometimes beckons road weary travellers into his kitchen - it is not known what happens to them once inside.


 
 


Scot's Building

Location: Carrock Fell (Cumbria) - Stones on top of the fell
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The site of an Iron Age hill fort, the rocky remains were once said to have been constructed by local wizard Michael Scot. Some legends replace the builder with the Devil.


 
 


Devil's Chimney

Location: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) - Leckhampton Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This limestone outcrop is said to lead straight to hell.


 
 


Bend by the Devil

Location: Chesterfield (Derbyshire) - Church - Crooked Spire
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil, resting against the church, was so taken by the beauty of a bride that he spun around to have a better view, warping the spire in the process.


 
 


Failed Suicide

Location: Chrome Hill (Derbyshire) - Devil's Parlour
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is said to have once tried to take his own life on Chrome Hill, but failed.


 
 


Home of the Devil

Location: Cockerham (Lancashire) - River Cocker and surrounding area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil once decided that his new home would be here, but a cunning school teacher managed to drive him away after convincing Old Nick that he should try to make a rope of sand which could be used in the river without dissolving.


 
 


Rotating Stone

Location: Colwall (Hereford & Worcester) - Stone in the centre of the village
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Every night at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Old Nick appears at midnight every night to turn the stone around.


 
 


Thrown

Location: Corfe (Dorset) - Rempstone Stone Circle (private property)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Accidently created by the Devil as he tried to hurl boulders at Corfe Castle, these stones fell in a rough circle shape.


 
 


The Devil's Chair

Location: Corscombe (Dorset) - Corscombe standing stones
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Named after a belief that the Devil would once sit here, the stones are also called Granny's Armchair (which is not quite as frightening).


 
 


Road Block

Location: Corscombe (Dorset) - Toller Down standing stones
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The Devil threw these stones into position in an effort to block the road.


 
 


White Stag

Location: Corwen (Clwyd) - Llangar Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fifteenth century?
Further Comments: Work on the church was hampered by the Devil stealing the construction materials each night. A wise man told the builders the only way to prevent this from happening was to find a new spot for the church, and that the area would be indicated by a white stag. Sure enough, after searching the local area, a white stag was found; the church was successfully built on the spot of the sighting with no further interruptions.


 
 


Moving Away

Location: Cottenham (Cambridgeshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The church was due to be built in the middle of the village, but the Devil thought otherwise and moved the building materials to the outskirts.


 
 


The Devil's Shovel Full

Location: Coxbench (Derbyshire) - Circular earthworks
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This barrow was created by Old Nick after he lost his shoe and was forced to drop a shovel full of earth with which he intended to dam the Derwent in Derby.


 
 


Footballing Devil

Location: Crawshawbooth (Lancashire) - Village green
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Old Nick once popped up and started playing football on the Sabbath with a group of local lads - with his first kick of the ball it turned into a burning sphere, causing all the other players to flee!


 
 


The Devil does a Deal

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Tunhill Kistvaen
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 21 October 1631
Further Comments: It was at this spot that Jan Reynolds was approached by a cloaked stranger who bought his soul from him for seven years of good luck. He agreed, and seven years later the Devil came and took his due, while Jan sat in Widecombe church.


 
 


Cloven Hoof Stranger

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Widecombe in the Moor
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1638
Further Comments: The Devil once appeared in the village, when a bolt of lightning came down from a stormy sky and started several fires. He had arrived to take the soul of Jan Reynolds, who had sold it to Old Nick several years previous. Jan and three others died in the church as it burnt.


 
 


Petrified Parson

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - Parson and Clerk Rock
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Priest and his clerk found themselves lost in the area, and sought shelter in a old house where they found several men eating and drinking to excess. The two visitors joined in, only to soon realise that their host was Old Nick. They tried to escape, but failed. One legend says that they were found dead on the rock that now bears their names, while other stories say that the pair were turned into the stone.


 
 


Cheated Devil

Location: Devil's Bridge (Dyfed) - Lowest of the three bridges
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge was built by Old Nick by the request of an old woman who needed to cross the water to reach her livestock. In return for his work, the Devil demanded the soul of the first living creature to walk over it. The old woman was not prepared to lose her own soul, and sent her dog over the bridge first; the Devil left angry and empty handed.


 
 


Devil's Print

Location: Devil's Dyke (Sussex) - Hillfort, and general location
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: An ancient hillfort, Devil's Dyke is also rumoured to be a popular place with those who practice the dark arts; it was here a large footprint was found in the mud, twice the size of a human's, with only four toes. Legend has it that the Devil tried to dig a large trench across the land to flood all the churches in the region. He was foiled by either St Dunstan or a local man who made all the cockerels in the area crow, fooling the Devil into thinking dawn was arriving.


 
 


Black Tom of Scothill

Location: Dewsbury (Yorkshire) - Dewsbury Parish Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Black Tom is the name of the bell in the church, and is toiled the number of the year (ie, in 2007 it was tolled 2007 times) to ensure Old Nick doesn't visit the village during the following twelve months. The last peal has to occur on the stroke of midnight to ensure success.


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