Reports of Old Nick from the Paranormal Database

Devil's Stone

Location: Honiton (Devon) - Church Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This rock is all that remains after the Devil and the locals threw stones at each other.


Human Sacrifice

Location: Humberstone (Gloucestershire) - Area of land north-east of the Hoston Stone, was known as Hell-hole Furlong
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: How the area of land gained its name was unknown even to nineteenth century folklorists, so it was conjectured that it was an area of human sacrifice.


Devil Playing Cards

Location: Ironbridge (Shropshire) - Boat Inn, Jackfield
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Old Nick once paid a visit to the public house, dealing several of the locals into a game of cards. Before the hand was over one sharp eyed witness noticed the Devil's cloven foot. The Devil quickly vanished, leaving only a strong wind in his wake. (Image ©2006 Lawson Clout)


Drunk Dry

Location: Kildale (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having picked up a local witch in his black coach, the Devil paused outside the church and drank the well dry. The witch was said to continue to haunt the area, occasionally being spotted flying over the nearby moors.


Satan's Hoof Print

Location: King's Lynn (Norfolk) - Devil's Alley
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: No longer present
Further Comments: A single footprint belonging to Old Nick was said to be visible down this aging alleyway, although the route has now been resurfaced.


The Devil Helps Thrice

Location: King's Sutton (Oxfordshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fourteenth century
Further Comments: This church is one of three in the area (Bloxham and Adderbury being the other two) that were paid for by three brothers. One of their workers who helped construct this tower never took any pay, never slept and never ate - he vanished as soon as the tower was built. The brothers were convinced that they were helped by Old Nick.


Summoning

Location: Kingston by Sea (Sussex) - Unknown tree in the area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There is said to be a tree somewhere in this area where the skeleton of a murdered man is intertwined amongst its roots. Running around the tree seven (or nine) times is said to summon Old Nick.


The Devil's Garden

Location: Kington (Hereford & Worcester) - Area of barren land
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This area of dirt and stone was known as the Devil's Garden by locals as nothing would ever take root there.


Apron Leakage

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria) - Casterton Stone Circle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: This stone circle was created while the Devil used his apron to carry rocks - the strings snapped, the stones fell, and the devil just let them lie.


Built for a Soul

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still stands
Further Comments: The Devil built this bridge, in return for the soul of the first who crossed it. Alas for him, a local woman let her dog run across it first, and so Satan left with his new pet. A more recent story concludes by saying that when a new bridge was constructed in 1932, Satan was so upset that he created rain, hail and snowstorms, which delayed the opening.


Rock Hit

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria) - Devil's Punch Bowl
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Depression still present
Further Comments: Old Nick appears to have taken a liking to Kirkby Lonsdale - he once threw a large boulder at a church here, scoring a direct hit. The rock created the depression now known as the Devil's Punch Bowl, and the church is said to be intact but buried deep underground.


Feast for a King

Location: Kirkby Malham (Yorkshire) - Churchyard
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Midnight once a year (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The meal is set out by the Devil to lure the living to him; the last person to sit down for the feast was the village parson, who escaped by making Old Nick and the food vanish when he asked for salt.


Mustard Grinders

Location: Kirkby Stephen (Cumbria) - Skinkrith Bridge and River Eden
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to local legend, anyone who places an ear in an opening to the rock can hear a low grumbling that was thought to be employees of the Devil crushing mustard seeds. Jingling Annas also haunts the bridge - her hands reduced to stumps by the manacles she was forced to wear.


Dead Devil

Location: Kirkcaldy (Fife) - Under the town
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (?!)
Further Comments: It was written that 'some say the Devil's dead and buried in Kirkcaldy', even though he complained that his toes were cold. To shut the Devil up, a large house was built at the end of the town to ensure his toes were warmed.


Cornerless Buildings

Location: Kirkcudbright (Dumfries and Galloway) - Various buildings in the area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: In order to prevent the Devil hiding and causing chaos, several buildings in the area were constructed without corners.


Debt Collection

Location: Lagg, Isle of Arran (Ayrshire) - Lagg Inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said a local laird haunts this building, after selling his soul to the Devil for enough money to repay his large debts.


Relocated Church

Location: Leake (Yorkshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says that this church was supposed to be built on top of a local hill, but the Devil insisted on moving the building materials overnight.


Relocation

Location: Lelant (Cornwall) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During construction, the Devil moved the stones each night to where the church now stands. The church was also said to have been the site of a fairy funeral, witnessed by a fisherman returning home late at night and drawn to the church after seeing the lights on.


Knight

Location: Lewes (Sussex) - Mount Caburn - iron age hillfort
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Hillfort still present
Further Comments: A knight in gold armour and a silver coffin are said to be concealed under this fort. The fort was once believed to have created by Old Nick, one of the mounds of dirt he left behind while digging the nearby 'Devil's Dyke'.


Finger Lickin' Good

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Queen Anne's Well, cathedral area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: There are six holes in the door to the well. Legend says if you walk around the well seven times and place your finger in one, good people are awarded with feeling the breath of the Devil on their digit, while bad people have their finger bitten off.


The Demons Below See

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Monk's Well, Wavertree
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (but a flower bed)
Further Comments: This old well has the words 'Qui non dat quod habet, Daemon infra vide 1414' carved above it. It was said that any traveller passing would have no choice but to drink the waters and give a donation to charity, otherwise the Devil (chained under the well) would laugh.


Footprints

Location: Llanarth (Dyfed) - Llanarth church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown (footsteps still present?)
Further Comments: Up to his nightly no-good antics, the Devil entered this church, scaled the tower and tried to steal the bells. The vicar witnessed this and managed to drive the Devil away - the Horned One jumped from the bell tower, leaving an impression of his foot on a stone in the graveyard.


Devil's Home

Location: Llandulas (Clwyd) - Pen y Cefn Mount
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Old Nick once set up home in a cave here, but was driven away by local clergy after his presence grew too much for the locals to tolerate.


Dancing Devil

Location: Llangattock (Powys) - Field north of Llangattock Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On the eve of Midsummer, the Devil would emerge and spend time dancing with the local fairies around a clump of trees.


Stolen by the Devil

Location: Llangyfelach (West Glamorgan) - Church with separate tower
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tower of the church was once stolen by the Devil, but Saint Cyfelach caught him and forced Old Nick to drop it a short distance away.


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