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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Bearded Sailor

Location: Wonson - Northmore Arms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this entity.

Woman in Long Dress

Location: Woody Bay - Martinhoe Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s
Further Comments: The shadowy figure of an old woman wearing a grey dress has been seen at least twice and photographed once.

Young Lady

Location: Woolacombe - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This woman dressed in white has been observed drifting along the beach, passing effortlessly over hazardous areas of sand. Sir William de Tracey also spends time on the beach, sorting sand as penance for the murder of Thomas a Becket.

Large Figure

Location: Woolacombe - Grass embankment opposite the Old Mill Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 October 2006
Further Comments: A large dark figure was reported standing by this embankment. The figure briefly moved from view but never reappeared from behind the embankment.

Swinging Doors

Location: Woolfardisworthy (aka Woolsery), Torridge - Farmer's Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2007 onwards
Further Comments: Doors have been reported to open unaided, bells ring, and items fly from the walls and shelves since the extension of the bar area.

Drake's Drum

Location: Yelverton - Buckland Abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Whenever England is in Danger
Further Comments: Sir Francis Drake's drum can be found in the Abbey - with Drake's soul contained within. The instrument is said to beat when England is in danger (last heard in 1939), although was said to have been heard beating when the German fleet surrendered on 21 November 1918. Another legend has the foundation stones of the abbey being moved each night by the Devil, though Drake outwitted him, ensuring the abbey's construction could continue unhindered.

Helicopter Pilot

Location: Yelverton - RAF Harrowbeer
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1987
Further Comments: A woman photographed alone in a helicopter found, after her prints her developed, a figure sitting next to her in the pilot's seat. Though the phantom figure could have been created by lighting and reflection, others are less sure.

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