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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Growing Hound

Location: Uplyme - Lane near Black Dog public house
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The black dog here increases in size until it matches the height of the local trees, after which it turns into vapour and vanishes. A local tale reports it haunted a farmhouse that once stood nearby - the farmer once chased the dog away, and it vanished into the ceiling of one of the rooms; on examination, he found much gold hidden in the roof where it disappeared.

Square Cabel

Location: Wallaford - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Escorted by hell hounds, the squire travels in his coach in the area.

Sir Walter Giffard

Location: Weare Giffard - Weare Giffard Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Looking for his deceased wife, Sir Walter searches the area between the house and the churchyard. It is unclear whether it is he who has been warning people to leave the area late at night...


Location: Widecombe-in-the-Moor - The Old Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The crying has been blamed on an unseen child, who haunts one of the rooms upstairs. An older gentleman reportedly walks the ground floor of the public house, vanishing when he reaches the kitchen.

Shaggy Dog

Location: Widecombe-in-the-Moor - Cator Common near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The witness who interacted with this ghost said it looked like a normal dog, but it vanished as she reached to pat it.


Location: Widecombe-in-the-Moor - Parish church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: October 1638
Further Comments: A terrible storm descended on the village during a church service - the sky turned black, a ball of fire entered the church, and parts of the tower broke away. Several people died, including a man by the name of Jan Reynolds who some claimed was taken away by the Devil on horseback as punishment for falling asleep (or playing cards) during the sermon.

Brace of Dragons

Location: Winkleigh - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Several dragons were reported to live in the area, though nothing more is known about their activities.

Bearded Sailor

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

Gambling Men

Location: Wonson - Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These four shades sit round a table and play cards. None of them are thought to be the same entity which tucks people into bed at night.

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: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather (de Tracey), early twentieth century (woman)
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. When a storm rolls in and blows his work away, he can be heard screaming.

First and Last

Location: Woolacombe - Morte Point
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: N/A
Further Comments: The peninsula was the cause of many shipwrecks and locals would say it was the place that 'God made last and the Devil will take first'. A well on the point was said to cure poor eyesight.

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.

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.

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.

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