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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Eyeless Face

Location: Torquay - Barton Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1868
Further Comments: The ghost in this building could have been mistaken for a real person, apart from the fact that it had two gaping holes where its eyes should have been. Another report said that the entity possessed a white face that had no features, just smooth skin.

Lilly

Location: Torquay - Audrey Court Hotel, Lower Warberry Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Lilly Langtry walked around this old hotel, knocking on doors. Edward VII purchased the building for Lilly at the turn of the twentieth century.

Footfalls

Location: Torquay - Torre Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard moving around the gallery, the owner of the footfalls has never been seen. A phantom coach, also reported in the area, carries the ghost of Lady Cary who still insists on wearing a ball gown.

Agatha Christie

Location: Torquay - Torquay Museum
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2020
Further Comments: An unseen hand took to throwing Agatha Christie books off the shelves in the museum giftshop, some naming the author as the guilty party (although why she would throw her own work around rather than that of another author is not clear).

Reverend Hitchcock

Location: Torquay - St John's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The Reverend Hitchcock died whilst working on a composition - he was heard playing the unfinished piece on the church organ during the 1950s. After a blessing on his grave in 1959, Hitchcock appears to have not returned.

Bishop Henry Phillpotts

Location: Torquay - Palace Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1978
Further Comments: A head porter reported seeing this entity dressed in Victorian clothing - it faded from view when approached.

Crying

Location: Torquay - Private residence along Ilsham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003-2007
Further Comments: Spooky occurrences were reported from this property, including the sounds of children crying and furniture being thrown around, a dark shadow moving past the door, the outline of a woman in a cloth cap, and items being moved.

Spanish Girl

Location: Torquay - Old Spanish Barn, King's Drive, and seafront in area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dying of illness while being held prisoner immediately after the destruction of the Spanish Armada, this teenage girl now haunts the area near where her life was lost.

Soldier

Location: Torrington - Castle Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in the Battle of Torrington, this shade still patrols the area.

Black Dog

Location: Torrington - Torrington/Bideford road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This wish hound has been seen running along this stretch of road.

Former Stationmaster

Location: Torrington - Puffing Billy restaurant and B&B (former station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Both a former stationmaster and his wife are said to haunt this old station, which (at time of writing) is a guest house and restaurant. The female ghost is said to have been heard walking around, moving towards the room where her children once slept.

Footsteps

Location: Torrington - Black Horse Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2019, and April 1998
Further Comments: According to a TripAdvisor review, a couple staying at this hotel in 2019 heard someone trying their door handle. When they opened the door, no one was present, but footsteps could be heard entering their room, walking towards the bathroom, and then back towards the bed. Another witness encountered a figure wearing what resembled Civil War era clothing in their room in 1998.

Gog and Magog

Location: Totnes - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gog and Magog were giants (or one giant, depending on the source) who once lived in this area before Brutus, leader of the Trojans, fought them. Brutus either spared their lives and used them to guard his palace or drowned them in the sea.

White Lady

Location: Totnes - Dartington Hall and Shinner's Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in white is reputed to haunt this area.

Rapturous Applause

Location: Totnes - White Hart, Dartington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s, after midnight
Further Comments: Staff closing the site for the night have heard clapping and murmuring emerge from the empty great hall. When the site was checked, it was empty and locked.

Brown Shapes

Location: Totnes - Totnes Guild Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 September 2011
Further Comments: A series of photographs uploaded by 'TheAnnekelly' on to YouTube shows two brown shapes moving around the living room. The images were shot in darkness, using a flash through a window, so the possibility remains that the shapes are insects on the glass.

Presence

Location: Totnes - Police station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002-2007 (approx)
Further Comments: After the old cells at this police station were closed, they were used as storerooms. In these storerooms a few police officers reported feeling they were not alone, and the door to the rear car park could be heard opening and closing.

Mary Brown

Location: Totnes - Kingsbridge Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A former barmaid here, Mary was killed by the landlord after a brief affair with him - it is said she only appears to other women.

White Lady

Location: Totnes - Dartington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, but cloaked figure circa March 1995
Further Comments: This pale figure is said to be one of several ghosts reported here over the years, normally seen in the garden. An old nurse and a woman who was starved to death in a bedroom also continue to reside here, while a headless horseman has been reported just outside the grounds of the building. In 1995 a member of staff spotted a glowing man wearing a cloak who faded away.

Man in Red Coat

Location: Totnes - Bay Horse Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen near the bar, this silent stranger could easily be recognised by his bright red jacket. It was last seen by a retired policeman, who mistook it for a member of the public.

Black Cat

Location: Totnes - Area around Dartington Hall Estate
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A farm worker watched a large black cat, the size of a dog, leap over a high boundary fence in a single bound.

Grey Lady

Location: Totnes - Leechwell Street area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity, possibly a nun, has been reported along several streets in the town.

Nun

Location: Trusham - Cridford Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When on the market in 2018, one selling point of this pub was a nun and a Cavalier which are both reputed to haunt the site.

Stagecoach

Location: Uplyme - Whitty Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This black and red coach is still drawn along the roads, pulled by four phantom horses.

Old Woman

Location: Uplyme - The Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1873
Further Comments: Haunted by an old lady, the figure was seen sitting by the fireplace and moving along corridors by the Reverend Brooke de Malpas Egerton. When he contacted the former residents, they named the apparition as their mother.

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