Reports of Old Nick from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Cheated Devil

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is said to have built the bridge for an old lady - he expected her soul as a reward, but ended up with that of a dog instead. Crossing the bridge at night is said to risk the Devil pushing you off as revenge for the old woman's treachery.


 
 


The Devil Helps Thrice

Location: Adderbury (Oxfordshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fourteenth century
Further Comments: This church is one of three in the area (Bloxham and King's Sutton being the other two) that were paid for by three brothers. One of their workers who helped construct this tower never took any pay, never slept and never ate - he vanished as soon as the tower was built. The brothers were convinced that they were helped by Old Nick.


 
 


Summoned Entity

Location: Akenham (Suffolk) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth states that walking around the church thirteen times anticlockwise will summon the Devil.


 
 


Devil's Bang

Location: Aldbury (Hertfordshire) - Former castle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil reportedly helped the owner of the castle perform alchemy on the site, before a chemical mishap blew them both to hell.


 
 


Old Nick

Location: Alderley Edge (Cheshire) - Stormy Point
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Legend has it that if one runs around the cave known locally as 'Devil's Grave' widdershins three times, the Devil is raised!


 
 


John Euerafriad

Location: Aldworth (Berkshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John Euerafriad sold his soul to the Devil (for what we do not know), whether he was buried within the church or not. As normal, with this type of deal, he was buried under the church wall (neither in or out of the church) which denied the Devil his due.


 
 


Devil's Trackway

Location: Alton Priors (Wiltshire) - Knap Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This causeway was said to have been constructed by the devil. There are also reports of buried treasure in the area.


 
 


Blind George

Location: Anstey (Hertfordshire) - Fields around the village, and Devil's Hole cave
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to still be playing his fiddle in tunnels under the village, Blind George is said to have ventured into the Devil's Hole cave with his trusted dog - the hound ran out, and was found with its hair burnt away, and George was never seen again.


 
 


Furrow

Location: Ashampstead Green (Berkshire) - Grim's Ditch
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Between five and six miles long, this ancient ditch is said to have been created by the Devil and two inhuman helpers in a single night.


 
 


Dropped Mortar

Location: Banbury (Oxfordshire) - Crouch Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Hill still present
Further Comments: During the construction of the churches at Bloxham, Adderbury and King's Sutton, the Devil was thought to have lent a hand. During the work he slipped and dropped some of the mortar he was carrying, thus creating Crouch Hill.


 
 


Blown Cross

Location: Banwell (Somerset) - Hillfort
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: It was believed that the villagers tried to erect a massive cross on the hill, though the Devil visited every night and blew it down. Exasperated, the villagers carved the cross into stone, preventing further destruction. It is now thought the cross was the base of a Roman hillfort,


 
 


Leaping Devil

Location: Batcombe (Dorset) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For many years the church tower only had three pinnacles - the loss of the fourth was blamed on the Devil who tried to jump over the tower while giving chase to a local wizard named Minterne.


 
 


Devil's Hand

Location: Beauly (Highland) - St John's Priory ruins
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone doorway is said to display the mark of Satan.


 
 


Digging Devil

Location: Beechamwell (Norfolk) - Hangour Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Hill still present
Further Comments: As Old Nick dug out the nearby dyke, Hangour Hill was created with the discarded earth.


 
 


Golden Coffin

Location: Berwick St John (Wiltshire) - Winklebury Camp, also known as Winkelbury Camp
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden coffin is reputed to be buried in the area. Another legend says that if you walk around the hill seven times while swearing, the Devil will appear to grant you a single wish.


 
 


Pact

Location: Bideford (Devon) - Road behind the churchyard
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch once claimed (likely under duress) that she met the Devil in human form along this road, where she made a deal with him. As a side note, the Devil is thought to have tried to hamper the construction of the bridge here.


 
 


Caught in the Tread

Location: Bishops Castle (Shropshire) - Lea Stone, located near the castle ruins
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The Lea Stone was created when the Devil picked the rock from his boot and tossed it aside.


 
 


The Devil Helps Thrice

Location: Bloxham (Oxfordshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Fourteenth century
Further Comments: This church is one of three in the area (King's Sutton and Adderbury being the other two) that were paid for by three brothers. One of their workers who helped construct this tower never took any pay, never slept and never ate - he vanished as soon as the tower was built. The brothers were convinced that they were helped by Old Nick.


 
 


Round in Circles

Location: Bodham (Norfolk) - The Round House
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The circular building was constructed in this shape after Old Nick appeared night after night and pulled the planned four walls down. The shape confused the Devil and he left the area.


 
 


Devil's Bolts

Location: Boroughbridge (Yorkshire) - Standing Stones, in a field near Aldborough
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: These large standing stones are said to have been thrown by Old Nick at Aldborough, an old Christian settlement that once stood here. After failing to hit his target, the Devil hanged himself from the largest stone!


 
 


The Devil and the Cobbler

Location: Bosava (Cornwall) - House no longer standing, location not known
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built by a cobbler who made a deal with the devil and went back on his word, his house was haunted by both entities. A miller who lived nearby was losing money due to his proximity to the location, and asked a Parson Corker to banish both the cobbler's ghost and the Devil. The parson brought some friends, set up his magic circle and after a mighty battle (involving a storm which levelled most trees in the area) banished the Devil. The ghost was more difficult to banish, and in the end the house was demolished.


 
 


Devil's Breath

Location: Boston (Lincolnshire) - Boston Stump (tower of St Botolph's parish church)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present!
Further Comments: The winds which whip and whistle around the Stump are said to be caused by the Devil. He was once cornered by St Botolph; the saint preached so intensely, the only thing the Devil could do was huff and puff, and the gasps have not yet subsided.


 
 


Dropped Stones

Location: Bradley (Staffordshire) - Webb Stone, also known as the Wanderer Stone
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The three stones here were taken from a church by the Devil to extend hell. They proved too heavy, and he dropped them where they now stand. Another legend says that if anyone tried to move the Webb Stone, farmland would become less productive, while a third story says that any girl who baked a cake on All Saint's Eve and left it on the stone would dream of their future husband.


 
 


Near Miss

Location: Bramcote (Nottinghamshire) - Hemlock Stone, Stapleford Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The Devil tried to throw a ten metre tall rock at Lenton Priory from his cave at Castleton. He missed, and the stone landed on Stapleford Hill where it remains.


 
 


Devil

Location: Brampton (Hereford & Worcester) - Brampton Bryan Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 03 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Local legend says that on the day Cromwell died, the park was laid to waste as the Devil passed though it to collect the soul due to him. Now, once a year, Old Nick rides out and returns to the park to ravage it once more.


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