Reports of Old Nick from the Paranormal Database

 
Construction Devil

Location: Stowe Nine Churches (Northamptonshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The foundation stones of the church were moved around the village by Old Nick nine times before the rest of the building could be constructed. Another version of the story blames fairies.


 
Devil's Bath

Location: Strathpeffer (Highland) - Hot springs in the area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The hot springs found in the region are said to be used by the Devil to wash both himself and his dirty linen.


 
Missed

Location: Studland (Dorset) - Agglestone (aka Devil's Anvil, aka Devil's Nightcap)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Rock still present
Further Comments: The Agglestone came into being when the Devil, angered by Corfe Castle obstructing his view from Needles Rock (in the Isle of Wight), removed his nightcap and threw it in an attempt to knock the towers over. He failed.


 
Harry

Location: Studland (Dorset) - Cliffs
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The cliffs around this area are known as Old Nick's Ground, while sea stack made from chalk is called Old Harry (Harry being another name for the Devil). Another rock stack that stood here was said to be the Devil's Wife (or Daughter), but it collapsed during a storm in the 1890s; the remains of the stack is just visible during low spring tides. The caves in the cliff are said to still be warm as Harry likes to spend time there.


 
Whistle

Location: Swanton Morley (Norfolk) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old belief from this area of Norfolk was by running around the church at midnight and whistling through the keyhole, the Devil would be seen.


 
Sunbathing Devil

Location: Tarr Steps (Somerset) - By the River Barle
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The steps were created by Old Nick, and he uses them so he can catch some rays on the nicer days of summer.


 
St Michael saves the Day

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Brent Tor
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The church was to be built at the base of the hill, but the Devil came every night and moved the foundation stones to the top. Even though St Michael appeared and scared Old Nick away, the church was built where the Devil wanted it to be.


 
Drinker

Location: Tealby (Lincolnshire) - Devil's Pulpit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the Devil hears the clock strike twelve, he emerges and drinks from the nearby stream.


 
John Alcock

Location: Temple Grafton (Warwickshire) - Alcocks Arbour (aka Rolls Wood Hill), Croft Lane
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Present
Further Comments: Highwayman John Alcock stashed much of his ill-gotten gains in a cave under this hill, in a chest protected by three locks and guarded by a cockerel. The bird will only let treasure hunters pass if they possessed one of Alcock's bones. Another legend says that the hill was created by the Devil. Out picking nuts on Devil's Nutting Day (21 September), Old Nick stumbled across the Virgin Mary who ordered him to drop the nuts. The Devil did, and so the hill was created.


 
Broken Tooth

Location: Templemore (County Tipperary) - Devil's Bit (mountain)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Rock still present
Further Comments: This mountain is so named after Old Nick took a bite from it - he broke a tooth in the process, which formed the Rock of Cashel.


 
Concealed House

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - Castle Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that a mansion lies buried under the hill, filled with wealth beyond dreams. Another story says that the hill was created by the Devil, created by mud falling from his shoe. Walking around the hill seven times at midnight is said to summon him.


 
The Devil's Holes

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - Grime's Graves, prehistoric flint mine
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The name 'Grime's Graves' is thought to have come about in the sixteenth century, Grime being a corruption of Grim, a pagan god that Christians associated with the devil.


 
Jumping Devil

Location: Thornecombe (Dorset) - Trees between village and Birdsmore Gate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is sometimes thought to exercise by jumping over the trees located between these two locations.


 
The Devil's Bridge

Location: Thorpe (Yorkshire) - Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: In a rare moment of generosity, the Devil built the bridge for a local shoemaker who had shared a drink with him.


 
Moved Again

Location: Thriplow (Cambridgeshire) - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The village folk wanted their church in a hollow by their homes, but the Devil had other plans, and moved it to the hill.


 
Contest

Location: Tidenham (Gloucestershire) - The Broadstone, between village and Woolastaston
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The Devil and the giant Jack o'Kent had a stone throwing contest - the Devil's stone landed here, while Jack's landed way over the river Severn, winning him the game.


 
Swift Nick

Location: Tilbury (Essex) - The World's End inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An old highwayman, Swift Nick has a habit of relighting fires which have gone out hours beforehand.


 
Knight Meeting with the Devil

Location: Tolleshunt Knights (Essex) - Moot (or Moat) Field
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 12th Century
Further Comments: Local legend recalls a knight who wished to build a house a mile away from the field. The devil came each night and pulled the house down, until the knight agreed to erect the building closer to the field.


 
A Woman Scorned

Location: Torbay (Devon) - Daddyhole (or Daddy Hole) Plain
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Scorned by a knight, a woman invited the warrior and his new love to meet here. The woman murdered the couple, and as a storm developed, the Devil appeared and took the murderess into a nearby hole (presumably to hell).


 
Stone Thief

Location: Towednack Church (Cornwall) - Church tower
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tower's shortness is explained away by the story that Old Nick turned up each night during construction and knocked down the day's work. The builder's finally grew tired of the conflict and put the roof on at the height is now.


 
Quoits

Location: Tredinnick (Cornwall) - Lanivet (or Lesquite) Quoit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The capstone of this dolmen was thrown into position by the Devil whilst playing quoits.


 
Daffyd Ddu

Location: Tremeirchion (Clwyd) - Churchyard Wall
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Former vicar and black magician, Daffyd made a pact with the Devil to take his soul 'whether buried in the churchyard or out'. Needless to say, the wizard cheated Old Nick by ensuring his body was buried under the boundary wall.


 
Thor the Rock Thrower

Location: Treyford (Sussex) - Devil's Jumps (set of five barrows)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Barrows still present
Further Comments: The god Thor would sit on nearby Treyford Hill. One day the Devil came along and, in a fit of boredom, started to hop from one barrow to the next. This childishness annoyed Thor, who scared Old Nick off by throwing a rock at him.


 
Marshy Bells

Location: Tunstall (Norfolk) - Church, and marsh known as Bell Hole (and Hell Hole)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil once appeared in the village, stealing the church bells and sinking them into the nearby marsh. Bubbles in the marsh were said to be the result of the bells continuing to sink into the bottomless pit.


 
Devil Summoning

Location: Urquhart (Moray) - Deil's Stanes
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: To run around this stone circle three times at midnight will bring forth the devil.


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