Poltergeists, ghost horses and big cats reported in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:20 06 December 2018

The earliest report for Exmouth on the database is from 1855.

The earliest report for Exmouth on the database is from 1855.


The Paranormal Database has half-a-dozen entries for Exmouth. Have you ever had a ghostly encounter?

The Paranormal Database has more than 11,900 entries. Picture: Wikimedia.The Paranormal Database has more than 11,900 entries. Picture: Wikimedia.

Poltergeists, ghostly horses, black panthers and spectral skirts have all been reported in Exmouth, according to the UK’s Paranormal Database.

The hauntings and sightings of impossible animals begin in 1855 and were reported at farms, in the town centre and in the grounds of former riding stables.

The Paranormal Database describes itself as ‘a serious ongoing project to quantitatively document as many locations with paranormal / cryptozoological interest as possible, region by region, in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands.’

“One hundred and three areas are currently covered, now totalling over 11,900 entries, with frequent additions and current stories continuously updated.”

According to the Paranormal Database Exmouth is hotbed of paranormal activity. Picture: Rachel Titiriga.According to the Paranormal Database Exmouth is hotbed of paranormal activity. Picture: Rachel Titiriga.

Here are the entries for Exmouth:

Devil’s Footprints – Backenhayes Farm

February 8/9, 1855

“The Devil’s Footprints ran for one hundred miles across Devon, appearing overnight after a light snowfall. One of the locations they were reported was on this farm, the tracks being recorded on the roof and second floor window.

Have you had any paranormal experiences? Picture: Pexels.Have you had any paranormal experiences? Picture: Pexels.

“The house is also reputed to be haunted by a blue lady, while a fawn coloured large cat was seen several times over a eight year period.”

Large Black Cat – Hulham Road

Early Morning, Winter, 1989

“Two sisters spotted what they described as a black panther cross the top of the field by the hedge line. The creature then graciously jumped through the hedge and disappeared.”

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Lynx – Hulham Road Woods

Spring 1983

“Two women walking close to woodland spotted a large sandy coloured Lynx in a field.”

Lady – Private Farmhouse

Pre 1985

“Never seen, only heard, the phantom ‘swish’ sound woman’s skirt could be heard as she passed by.”

Cold Hands – Private Residence

Between 1989 and 1993

“A typical poltergeist outbreak was reported at this site, with activities including the ringing of the doorbell, tapping on the windows, footsteps heard on the staircase, and cold hands felt touching the feet of witnesses in bed.”

Horses – Town end of St Andrews Road

Between 2007 and 2009

“Thought to be the site of a former stables or old coaching house, the sounds of hooves, whinnying and soft talking have been heard in the area.”

If you would like to share your paranormal experiences, hauntings, big cat sightings or anything else out of the ordinary please email joseph.bulmer@archant.co.uk.

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