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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Lady Albertha

Location: Plymouth - Albertha ward, Greenbank Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The shade of Lady Albertha, who donated the money for the ward to be built, used to appear beside the cots of sick children. When she appeared, the child was sure to recover, regardless of how ill they were.

Monk

Location: Plymouth - Radford Park, Plymstock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This park is said to be haunted by a figure wearing a habit near the gates of the lodge, a white lady who drowned in a lake while eloping, and a strange animal with very large eyes.

Runner

Location: Plymouth - Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During this venue's quieter times, the sound of running feet can be heard, but the source never found.

Napoleonic Soldiers

Location: Plymouth - TSW studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The bodies of these soldiers were moved to another site during the building's construction, and their ghosts were blamed for the strange goings-on around the studios.

Dock Workers

Location: Plymouth - Royal William Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Victorian dockyard, now a business hub, is reputedly home to phantom former dock workers who can be heard banging and clanging after dark.

Woman in White

Location: Plymouth - Reel Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is not known why this phantom woman in white chose to haunt the cinema, in particular Screen Two.

Mary

Location: Plymouth - Palace Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: More often 'felt' than seen, it is believed Mary died in a fire which took several lives in the late nineteenth century.

James Goldsworthy

Location: Plymouth - Private house along Molesworth Road, near Stoke Damerel Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A private house, built on top of an old fisherman's track, became haunted by the overpowering smell of fish. A psychic investigator declared the building to be haunted by James, a fish merchant who was robbed on the site two hundred years previous.

Door Slammer

Location: Plymouth - York Street, private house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: This shade would slam and lock doors. It manifested as a pair of eyes when the owner's brother died.

Man in Uniform

Location: Plymouth - White Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: A man dressed in a First World War uniform was watched by a couple as he walked along the lane before vanishing at the end of the road.

Young Man

Location: Plymouth - West Hoe Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: Local legend says a ghostly man has been seen walking along a wall in the park.

Weird Figures

Location: Plympton - Plympton Megabowl
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s onwards
Further Comments: Local medium Mark Cheetham was asked to hold a 'clairvoyant evening' at this bowling alley in 2007 after staff reported seeing strange figures and experiencing poltergeist like activity.

Relocation

Location: Plympton - Church of St Mary's
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The villagers were going to build their church at Crownhill Castle, but the Devil created so much havoc during the laying of the foundations the building was relocated to where it now stands.

Bishop Veysey

Location: Polyton - Vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bishop is sometimes seen moving quietly around the property. An Elizabethan woman has also been reported in the garden; it may be her boots heard in the building itself.

Slender White Hound

Location: Postbridge - Cator Common
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1940s onwards
Further Comments: This phantom dog is said to resemble an albino wolfhound, though some say the entity is more likely to be a phantom deer.

Hairy Hands

Location: Postbridge - Area of road between Two Bridges and town, & B3212
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Hairy Hands of Dartmoor were blamed for several fatal road traffic accidents, after a motorcyclist who survived a crash reported a large pair of hands that appeared over his own and made him crash. A few years later, a woman reported seeing a large hairy hand crawling over her husband as he lay sleeping in a caravan. A small childlike figure has also been seen standing by the roadside, moving its arms as if trying to flag down passing drivers.

Drunken Dog

Location: Postbridge - Area outside the East Dart Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After drinking left over beer left outside the pub, the dog swaggered up the nearby hill and howled at the moon - the creature enjoyed the sensation so much, it has yet to quit its actions.

Cheap Devil

Location: Poundsgate - Tavistock Inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Old Nick once popped into this public house for a quick pint during a storm. He resembled a normal man, apart from his cloven feet that were spotted by the landlady. While the Devil did pay for his drink, the money turned into old leaves the moment he left.

Grey Figure

Location: Powderham - St Clement's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: This entity, clad in a grey cloak, is seen entering the churchyard before vanishing. A white lady has also been reported more recently on the site.

Black Cat

Location: Powderham - Powderham Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several spooky occurrences have occurred here (though there are no 'regular' events), including an attack on one guest by 'evil' black cat that materialised in a bedroom, a phantom woman who overlooked a group of tourists before disappearing, and a hand that reached out of a solid wall.

Searcher

Location: Princetown - Road between town and Plymouth
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This hound was once the pet of a traveller murdered in the area, and now continues to look for its owner. One man who reached out and tried to stroke the hound was struck by lightning.

Napoleonic Prisoners

Location: Princetown - Prison burial ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A burial place for French POWs, their shades still lurk in the area.

Priest

Location: Princetown - Prince of Wales public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This forlorn entity is said to quietly drift through the pub, and soft playing music has been reported.

Tom King

Location: Rackenford - The Stag Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The sound of hooves heard several times from outside the public house are thought to belong to the horse of Tom King, a local highwayman who once frequented the bar.

Pack of Hounds

Location: River Tamar - Riverbank
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Sunday mornings (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This vicious pack of dogs belonged to a rogue priest, who let them free to hunt and kill whatever they found. Another legend says the Devil did not dare cross this river into Cornwall, as he feared the Cornish would turn him into a pie. Finally, a myth states that the river was a nymph named Tamara who was turned into a spring by her father, angered by her flirting with a couple of local giants.

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