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3 Haunted Places in Devon

| On 16, Apr 2017

Okehampton Castle, Okehampton

The medieval motte and bailey Okehampton Castle dates back to 1068 when it was constructed by Baldwin FitzGilbert.

He was a Norman lord whose job was to put down any rebellion in Devon after the Norman invasion.

In 1173 the castle passed to Renaud de Courtenay.

Over the following centuries the castle largely remained in the hands of the Courtenay family minus a few confiscations or two by unhappy kings.

In 1539, Henry VIII executed Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter for conspiracy and confiscated the castle.

After the confiscation the castle was slowly left to go to ruin.

Today, the castle is looked after by English Heritage.

And, it’s now protected as an ancient monument and as a grade I listed building.

Now, the castle is said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of Lady Howard who’s said to have murdered her four husbands.

Her ghostly figure has been seen by terrified witnesses in a carriage made out of bone being driven by a headless coachman.


Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe

Located a stone’s throw away from Ilfracombe is the Norman manor house of Chambercombe Manor.

The house dates back to the 11th century.

It was owned by the Champernon family until the 15th century.

From then onwards it passed through many different owners until 1979 when it was donated to the Chambercombe Manor Trust who opened it to the public.

The manor house is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK.

The TV series Most Haunted certainly thought so too, as they investigated the house back in 2005 for Series 8.

Now the manor has a room they call the Haunted Room which is supposed to be haunted by the infamous Kate Oatway.

In 1865 a secret room was discovered at the manor house in which was found a large four poster bed and a skeleton of a young woman believed to be that of Kate Oatway.

It’s also said that Lady Jane Grey haunts the building too!

The ghostly apparition of another lady has been seen by terrified witnesses next to the pond by the café.

And two little ghostly girls have been seen in the manor’s upstairs children’s bedroom.

Severe temperature drops are often reported throughout the house especially on the old staircase!


Churston Court Inn, Brixham

The historic grade II* listed Churston Court Inn near Brixham dates back to the 12th century when it first started life out as a coaching inn.

It’s said that the inn was regularly visited by the famous author Agatha Christie when it was owned by Lord and Lady Churston.

Candles blowing out, then reigniting on their own accord is just one of the paranormal activities said to take place at the inn.

It’s said that the inn is haunted by a couple of ghosts…

Both members of staff and guests alike have been scared witless when they’ve witnessed the infamous ghostly apparitions of monks who disappear through walls!