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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Lady Howard

Location: Okehampton - Okehampton Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This large black dog is reportedly the ghost of Lady Howard, who walks from here to Tavistock. Some say it is a separate entity, and Lady Howard really travels by a coach made from the bones of her dead husbands.

Frozen Maidens

Location: Okehampton - Nine Stones, Belstone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This set of nine stones are said to be maidens who were caught dancing on the Sabbath. They sometimes come back to life and continue dancing.

Black Cat

Location: Okehampton - Wooded open ground, end of Wonnacotts Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Spring 2006
Further Comments: Two children reported seeing a black, puma-like cat while playing in this wooded area.

Clare

Location: Okehampton - Bearslake Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A crying child has been heard in the building after staff have locked up for the night. She is thought to be a young girl named Clare, who died after falling down the staircase.

Peter

Location: Okehampton - White Hart Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Named Peter by staff and locals, this entity fulfils the normal noisy spirit behaviour pattern.

John Coke

Location: Ottery St Mary - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 March (reoccurring)
Further Comments: John Coke was murdered by his own brother on 26 March 1632. On the anniversary of his death, Coke briefly climbs from his tomb and has a quick look around the area to ensure his brother is not lurking in the shadows.

Light Show

Location: Paignton - Skies over the area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 23 September 2007, between midnight and 02:00h
Further Comments: Several witnesses in different areas of Paignton reported seeing up to one hundred orange, green and red lights in the sky. Witness accounts varied - one person said they moved in formation, while another reported some were moving to the left while others to the right. One person reported a blue light that the other ufos moved towards.

Figure

Location: Paignton - Yesteryears Antique shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2015
Further Comments: Cheryl Ramsdall, the owner of this antique shop, featured in local press after reporting hearing strange sounds on the staircase and spotting a strange figure standing behind her.

Shadowy Man

Location: Paignton - Prince Regent Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: This hotel has haunted by a ghost which primarily concerned itself with turning lights on and off, though it did appear to the six year old son of the owner, materialising on the foot of the youngster's bed.

Officer

Location: Paignton - Police station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 2000s
Further Comments: A phantom policeman was said to have been seen along the first floor of this station.

Haunted Wardrobe

Location: Paignton - Olden Ewe antiques shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2015
Further Comments: The owner of this shop featured in the local press after claiming that a wardrobe with a carved demonic face was haunted; its doors would unlock and open, and people claimed to have perceived a phantom, invisible child close to the object.

Alfred

Location: Paignton - Inn on the Green
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost once haunted a tower before it was demolished - he has since relocated to the basement.

John Henry

Location: Paignton - Blagdon Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John hanged himself in a nearby barn hundreds of years previous, though his presence is still blamed should anything go wrong in the pub.

Langarroc

Location: Penhale - Penhale Sands
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A town once stood where the sands are now; it was destroyed and covered for the sins of the population were great...

Woman in White

Location: Plymouth - Geriatric wards, Mount Gould Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies
Further Comments: These wards are reputed to be built on the site of a battle and numerous unexplained occurrences are said to have happened. One male staff member reported a white lady who disappeared into a room. On investigation, the room was found empty, but the patient the man was standing beside at the time of the sighting died before morning, even though he was not obviously unwell.

Drake and his Witches

Location: Plymouth - Devil's Point (west of docks)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Francis Drake and the rest of his coven stood here and summoned a storm to destroy the Spanish Amanda - their chants can still be heard today.

Smuggler

Location: Plymouth - Minerva public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: The Haunted Plymouth team in the local media claimed four entities haunted this pub; a smuggler, a ghostly child and two women.

Murder Victim

Location: Plymouth - Admiral MacBride public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story, the events of which were said to have occurred hundreds of years ago, has a woman pursued into the cellar where she was murdered. Her spirit remains. It is unknown if she is also the fleeting shadow seen in the kitchen.

Policeman

Location: Plymouth - Old Police House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A phantom police office in an old uniform, complete with handlebar moustache, was spotted here.

Tap Turners

Location: Plymouth - Odd Fellows Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The upper part of this building is said to be haunted by a couple of entities which would turn on the water taps.

Hanging Sailors

Location: Plymouth - Naval Dockyard - Hangman's Cell and Master Ropemaker's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: It is believed that the souls of over one hundred men hanged in the yard remain trapped, and they are responsible for the repressive atmosphere present. A phantom Victorian girl has been observed in the Ropemaker's House.

Lucy

Location: Plymouth - Gin Distillery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Three ghosts, Lucy, Elizabeth, and Charles, are said to haunt the distillery, although their stories and fates are not connected.

Drake's Water

Location: Plymouth - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the town required a safe and plentiful water supply, Sir Francis Drake rode out to Dartmoor and recited a spell. Water sprung up and followed Drake as he returned to Plymouth.

Napoleonic POW

Location: Plymouth - Freedom Fields Hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: A third year student nurse spotted a short man in blue uniform running down a staircase. Phoning security, they reassured the student that the figure was the resident ghost, a Napoleonic prisoner of war.

Child

Location: Plymouth - Elizabethan House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly young girl reputedly looks out of a window in this former sea captain's house.

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