The Devil’s Footprints

The Devil’s Footprints

 

This article will be covering the strange and creepy case of the Devil’s Footprints in 1855. Did a demonic creature leave strange tracks in the snow around the Exe Estuary in Devon, England?

Let’s take a closer look…

 


Extreme Temperatures


On the 8th of February, 1855, in Devon, England, the weather was taking a bit of a turn for the worse. Heavy snow had fallen all around the area and the extreme temperatures were not giving it any chance to melt. Historical reports from the time show that temperatures remained around freezing from January until March.

On that cold February night, strange hoof marks appeared in the crisp snow all over the South and East Devon area. In all, it was reported that the strange footprints had appeared in 30 locations.

When measured, each of these eerie footprints measured in at four inches long, three inches across, and between eight and sixteen inches apart. Every track also seemed to be travelling in a single file formation.

In all, the footprints are thought to have covered over 100 miles of distance. Whatever had left them had no problems with whatever ‘it’ encountered in it’s path – the tracks seemed to travel over house roofs and across frozen lakes and bodies of water.

 

strange hoof marks appeared in the crisp snow

 


The Devil Pays a Visit


As soon as the local press picked up on the story, they started referring to the tracks as ‘devil’s footprints’, and in some cases ‘tracks of Satan’. They had picked up on the various reports from locals and taken note that the tracks looked like they were made by a cloven hoof animal.

Historic reports also indicate that the locals to the area took these tracks VERY seriously. In some areas it took months for them to gather the courage to go out after nightfall. They firmly believed that something demonic had left these footprints.

 


The Devil’s Footprints – Theories


A well known historian from Wales named Mike Dash has spent a number of years looking into this case, and he firmly believes that the prints came from a number of sources – not just one. He concludes that one hoax simply led to another…then the whole thing kind of snowballed.

He also stated that he thinks a large majority of the tracks were made by donkeys making their way through the snow. He also admits that some of the reported tracks still leave him stumped – he has no idea what made them.

Another researcher, author Geoffrey Household, believes that the tracks could well have been left by a experimental balloon released from the Devonport Dockyard. He thinks that two chains were dangling from the balloon as it travelled, leaving hoof-like prints in the snow.

Another popular theory is that local hungry badgers made the tracks – they were out desperately searching for food on the frozen ground.

So – the footprints of something demonic…or nothing more than local wildlife or an escaped weather balloon?

What’a your opinion on the subject of the Devil’s Footprints?

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The Berry Pomeroy Castle Ghosts

The Berry Pomeroy Castle Ghosts

The romantic ruins of the Berry Pomeroy Castle are reported to be one of the most haunted places in the British Isles. In this article we will be taking a closer look at the paranormal entities that pervade the grounds – the Berry Pomeroy Castle ghosts…


The Castle

The land for the castle property was originally handed over to Ralph de Pomeroy by William the Conqueror – apparently it was a ‘thank you’ for de Pomeroy’s support and loyalty over the years.

In his later years, Ralph de Pomeroy ordered the castle to be built on the land gifted to him, and by the time of his death in 1305, it was nearly completed.

The castle stayed within the de Pomeroy family until 1540 when Jane Seymour’s brother, Sir Edward Seymour, acquired the property.

Ralph de Pomeroy

It’s safe to say that Edward Seymour was not the most popular Lord Protector in the area – he made numerous changes to the castle land and managed to step on many local toes along the way.

He was eventually removed from power by the Earl of Warwick and quickly thrown in prison. He was executed several months later.

But the castle still remained in the Seymour family – even after Edward was removed and killed. They managed to keep hold of the impressive building up until 1688, when it was finally abandoned.

The castle was just left to rot really, until the English Heritage took over it in 1977 in an effort to save it from complete ruin. Renovations are still going on to this day.


The Ghosts of Berry Pomeroy Castle

Over the years there have been numerous reports of paranormal activity within the castle walls – the most famous are that of the Blue Lady and the White Lady.

It is widely thought that the White Lady is the apparition of Margaret Pomeroy – she is often spotted roaming about the the dungeons of St. Margaret’s Tower.

Margaret’s spirit does not really seem to be that threatening – numerous reports from castle visitors claim that she simply stands still as she waves at them calmly.

Margaret was actually imprisoned in the dungeons by her sister, Eleanor. Many believe that this was down to nothing more than sibling rivalry.

She was kept under lock and key until she eventually starved to death…

The Ghosts of Berry Pomeroy Castle

The Blue Lady tends to be a little more mischievous – she is known to lure people into parts of the castle in an attempt to get them lost.

There has been a lot of research into the identity of the Blue Lady and many historians believe she was the daughter of a Norman castle lord. She was raped by her father and unfortunately fell pregnant with his baby.

The lord allowed the baby to be born but it’s life was short-lived – he eventually strangled the poor child in one of the castle rooms.


The Berry Pomeroy Castle Ghosts

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