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Devon Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Moving chairs

Location: Ilfracombe - Ilfracombe Centre (council offices)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa September 2016
Further Comments: Video posted on social media appeared to show an office chair moving unaided across an empty office. A member of staff claimed that similar movements had occurred for at least eight years.

Coiled Serpent

Location: Instow - Water between town and Bideford Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1911
Further Comments: This creature was seemingly disturbed by a passing boat and swam away, revealing rows of black fins that ran down the side of its twenty to thirty metre long body.

Loud Tapping

Location: Ivybridge - Unknown Council House, Mill Meadow
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1984
Further Comments: The sounds of tapping would wake the family living here at night, the sounds carrying on until dawn. The sound of a phantom child screaming would also piece the silence of the night.

Former Landlord

Location: Kennford - Gissons Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2012, evenings
Further Comments: A former landlord is reputedly to blame for turning lights on, opening doors and playing music. A burning smell has also been detected in the bar, disappearing after a minute or two, and the face of a small blonde girl was reported looking out of the window towards the car park.


Location: Kentisbeare - Bradfield Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity rides on horseback pulling a roller across the fields.

Ape-like Bear

Location: Kings Nympton - Woods near the village
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: A party of three boys out exploring came across a large creature with green eyes, like those of a cat. Its body resembled a bear, though it stood upright like an ape.


Location: Kingsbridge - King's Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bride found herself alone after her husband ran away before their first night together - her shade still waits for his return.

Augustine Monk

Location: Kingskerswell - Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Haunted by a monk and a nun, both these shades have been reported in the light of day.

White Figure

Location: Kingston - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1876
Further Comments: A choir was said to have fled the church after a white figure entered the building as they practiced. The figure moved up the aisle and mounted the pulpit, before leaving the same route it arrived.

Reverend John Arundel-Radford

Location: Lapford - St Thomas's Church and neighbourhood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1867 onwards
Further Comments: This psychotic Reverend murdered his curate (but was later acquitted) and demanded that his own body be buried inside his church after his death. This was not to be, and as revenge the Reverend's ghost now stalks the area.

St Thomas of Canterbury

Location: Lapford - Road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The ghost of Thomas Beckett appears on the anniversary of his death, passing through the village on horseback.

Busy Madam Gould

Location: Lew Trenchard - Countryside around area, Galford Down, and village church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1800s
Further Comments: A hard worker during her life, after death she was seen on a plough in a field that she once owned. She has also been seen sitting under a tree in her garden, crossing Galford Down, chasing people who stole apples from her lands, chasing the man who disturbed her tomb in the local church, and frequenting the edge of a nearby mine shaft.


Location: Lew Trenchard - Unknown field in the area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A piece of this parish was thought to have a Gallitrap (or Gallows Trap), a section of land which if a person guilty of a heinous crime enters, they will wander around 'lost' until a parson and a magistrate are summoned. The former will break the spell while the latter hangs the person in question.


Location: Lifton - Woods near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: A female jockey reported seeing a large bird in the woods near Lifton, which tried to attack her and her horse.

Devil's Cheese

Location: Linkinhorne - Cheesewring (granite tor)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still standing
Further Comments: An old piece of folklore says the Devil would make his cheese using this stack of stones. The tor was created when Saint Tue engaged in a stone tossing contest with Uther, one of the local giants. One of Uther's stones missed the target; Saint Tue picked the rock up and an angel carried it to the top of the tor. Most of the giants promptly converted to Christianity.

German Knight

Location: Littleham - Wythycombe Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late fifteenth century
Further Comments: This knight returned from the dead to torment his neighbour (they hated each other with intensity) - the ghost was vanquished with the help of a sailor who used American 'weed' to create so much smoke the entity fled.

Brother Freddie

Location: Littlehempston - Pig and Whistle public house, Newton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This randy monk would frequently rendezvous with a local farmer's daughter in this pub, which is thought to have a secret tunnel leading to the nearby chapel. He now waits in his favourite bedroom for his lover to return.

Parson Parker

Location: Luffincott - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1832
Further Comments: The ghost of Parker upset a new parson to such an extent the man fled the building, never to return.


Location: Lydford - Lydford Gorge, Kitt's Pool (aka Kitts Pool)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pool is named after Kitt (or Kitty), a woman who fell into the water and drowned. She is sometimes seen re-enacting her death, a bright red scarf on her head and large basket in her arms.

Black Pig

Location: Lydford - Lydford Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is said to be the ghost of Judge Jeffereys. Another ghost seen in the vicinity is that of Lady Howard.

Blind Creature

Location: Lydford - Farm near Lydford Gorge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 5 April 1983, 03:00h
Further Comments: Maurice Knowles, a farmer, reported encountering a strange dog-like creature on his land. It resembled a Great Dane, though it had a snout like a pig's, and only slits where eyes should have been. The creature ran away only when Maurice shouted at it.

Glass Thrower

Location: Lydford - Dartmoor Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This shade is blamed for smashing glasses and fiddling with the beer pumps if they go wrong. It is reported only to appear for a couple of weeks after a new landlady or lord begins.

White Lady

Location: Lynmouth - Bridge Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: This pale figure was seen standing over a guest's bed. She has also been observed in the bar.


Location: Lynton - Ragged Jack (rock)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: For the heinous crime of leading a troupe of dancers on the Sabbath, Jack was turned to stone by the Devil.

Black Monk

Location: Lynton - Lynton Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the lady of the castle refused entry to a black monk, the holy man placed a curse on the Lynton estates. Her husband, the Baron, died a little while later (it was said the black monk again appeared just prior to his death), and it was not until the Baron's son asked the monk for forgiveness that the curse was lifted - the castle collapsed, and the son and the rest of the family taken by a 'radiant cloud'.

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