Thursday, 12 March 2015

A Tragic Ghost of Exeter, Devon

A Tragic Ghost of Exeter, Devon
Another spectre no longer to be seen is that of Elliot Drake, who lived at Nutwell Court on the road to Exmouth a generation or two after his illustrious relative Sir Francis. Wild and impetuous, young Elliot was drinking one night in Exeter when the talk turned to the merits of the horses owned by the various young gallants around the table. Elliot challenged those present to a race back to Nutwell Court. The race took a tragic turn when Elliot was thrown by his horse at the very gates of his home. The poor man broke his neck as he fell. The ghost of Elliot was seen several times recreating his last ride at full gallop. The ghost, unlike the man, reached home and dismounted before vanishing. The ghost has not been seen for at least 25 years. The current owners of Nutwell Court have lived there since 1977 and have seen nothing.

from "Haunted Devon" by Rupert Matthews
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Ghostly Horseman of Burley, Hampshire

Another ghost is reported to lurk in Burley Lawn. He is said to be seen riding past the tree where he was hanged back in 1759. He rides a brown horse and wears a smart suit with bright metal buttons. You can’t miss him if you see him the story goes. No doubt this is true. I made my way to Burley Lawn, but there was no sign of which tree might be the haunted one. I asked a passerby about the ghost.

“Now, I have heard of that story,” said the gentleman in a thick tweed jacket. He looked around and rubbed his chin. “Don’t know exactly where he is meant to be seen. But it is definitely round here. They hanged him here, you see.”



from "Haunted Hampshire" by Rupert Matthews.
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