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Battle of the Piskies

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The Piskies are a happy band, And live right merrily, And only in a pleasant land Are they content to be. For centuries is has been  a known fact that Piskies live on Dartmoor and are famous for their good deeds they perform for true believers. OK, at times they can …

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Three Straws

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There are two old adages that are suited to this tale; “You never know what goes on behind closed doors,” and “Be very careful what you wish for.” So let’s go back some 170 years or so to a remote Dartmoor settlement high on the northern plateau. At that time …

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Ilsington Ghosts.

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Ilsington village whose origins probably date back to Anglo Saxon times and so it would be fair to say it and the local area has known human occupation for many, many centuries. Prior to the Norman Conquest the settlement was owned by a man named Merleswein. Just outside the village …

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Ghostly Bloodhound

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In 1861 a tin miner named James Webb applied for a lease on two acres of unenclosed land on which to build a house but later changed his plans and asked if he could build a pub instead. Permission was granted and in 1863 he successfully applied to the Tavistock …

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Witch’s Imp

Witch's Imp

More marvellous still is the following tale, which I heard from the daughter of the good folk who were the chief actors in it: Many years ago there lived on the very edge of Dartmoor a farmer and his family, all were hard-working Christian folk who kept themselves to themselves …

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Witch Hare

Witch Hare

Long, long ago just outside of Tavistock there lived an old witch and her grandson. They lived in a thatch covered cottage with walls made of wattle and daub. The witch knew many of the spells belonging to the black art and a few from the white art. Her claim …

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Witch of Dendles

Witch of Dendles

As the Broadall Lake tumbles down from Penn Moor it flows through a shady wood called ‘Dendles’. Many years ago this was home to an old woman and her son. They lived in a small dilapidated cot at the woodlands edge just below the stone circle of the ancients. Old …

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Willsworthy Ghost

Willsworthy Ghost

. Long, long ago the place where the ancient ‘Way of the Dead‘ or Lych Path crosses the river Tavy became a meeting place for two young lovers. It was at Willsworthy Ford that a young, beautiful and rich woman would arrive from nearby Lydford, mounted on a magnificent white …

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White Bird

White Bird

This is not so much a story of a haunting as an omen, many stories can be found up and down the country regarding death omens. These usually take the form of some visitation or occurrence that happens prior to a death or tragedy. In the case of the Oxenham …

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Washer Woman’s Surprise

Washer Woman's Surprise

What happened was, there once was a schoolmaster who lived in Widdecombe, he went by the name of Jan Abel. Now although by title he regarded himself as a school master his knowledge was a trifle lacking compared to proper teachers. Accordingly this was reflected in the standard of tuition …

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