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'Killer monk' said to lurk in haunted Devon pub

Posted on Friday, 11 January, 2019 | Comment icon 51 comments

Does Fred the monk still haunt the Cowick Barton ? Image Credit: Public Domain
Visitors to the historic Cowick Barton in Exeter, England have long reported encounters with the unexplained.
The building, which was originally constructed almost 500 years ago, was once part of new Cowick Priory before being appropriated by King Henry VI to support Eton College.

These days the interior still bears some resemblance to its historic self, with several of its original features - including stone mullioned windows and flagstone floors - still visible.

According to the pub's visitors, the building is also still home to the ghosts of its former occupants, including an elderly monk named Fred who has been seen in and around the property.

Stories suggest that the monk had been making cheese when he heard screams and rushed to see what was happening. Upon discovering that his sister was being attacked, he lunged at the assailant with a length of cheese wire and succeeded in decapitating him.

Several visitors to the pub have since reported seeing Fred leaning over them in bed at night - a terrifying prospect to be sure.

Some say that he may also have a penchant for wine as, according to those who work there, some of the barrels in the cellar have been known to move around all by themselves, on occasion.

Source: Devon Live | Comments (51)

Tags: Haunted, Ghost, Cowick Barton

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #42 Posted by Stiff on 14 January, 2019, 20:24
My mind hasn't actually created anything for itself that I'm aware of, but I'm open to learning otherwise. Thank you. I hope not either. Any experiences I've had (which are few) are fairly trivial things that I've always put down to explainable things - 'tricks of light', 'tiredness', bad lighting' etc etc. You may well be right there.  I imagine some experiences can be truly frightening. Good. This is the only thing I will take umbrage to. Unless you can prove otherwise, then I'm not wrong. In exactly the same way that I can't prove you are wrong. We both have opinions, that's all. You do see... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Nnicolette on 15 January, 2019, 4:17
Being skeptical and decidedly being in denial of anything that doesn't suit your beliefs are two different things which are overtly misrepresented here on a constant basis. If you aren't interested in the topics it says a great deal about your personality when you frequent the discussions of matters you despise to heckle others and feel in your  mind you proved/disproved something by making distasteful comments and (usually) poor explanations that only illuminate your inadequate understanding of the subjects and ranges of possibilities.. That being said its about time somebody figures out that... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Nnicolette on 15 January, 2019, 4:32
thats pretty silly... somebody who thinks everybody trying to anonymously discuss thier experiences on the internet are attention seekers. So what would you call the people who spend thier time belittling those people and trying to draw every one of thier personal stories into somehow being about  winning over thier approval and proving something to them?
Comment icon #45 Posted by Dejarma on 15 January, 2019, 15:51
oh well, there ya go
Comment icon #46 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 17 January, 2019, 0:50
  Yes, there is such a thing as professional negativists that show up in every paranormal thread there is just to dump on people.  Sad but true.  
Comment icon #47 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2019, 1:23
Critcal thinkers for the most.  As other posters here have stated many are aware of these subjects because at one time many find the claims more than interesting. It seems at that point people go either one of two ways.  They study the phenomena in earnest, and like those posting above find rational explanations for many of these conundrums, if not all, and the claims lose their shine. Often these people hope to see something genuine one day, but due to a genuine effort, can recognise a great many mysteries as mundane items they have very reasonable answers to quite early.  Or People dive head... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by acute on 17 January, 2019, 1:33
What "research" is it possible to do on an unpredictable (possibly fleeting) paranormal occurrence?
Comment icon #49 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2019, 1:42
If it exists in this reality at all it can be measured and weighed. There are 7 billion people. If 1% claimed such we genuine, that's thousands of cases everyday. It's inconceivable that nothing can ever be captured. 
Comment icon #50 Posted by Gecks on 17 January, 2019, 12:32
In this golden age of technological wonder and smart phones, tablets CCTV, why can no one capture positive footage? Why can no one give an account that cant be explained. Every picture Ive seen claiming to capture an entity to this point in time has been photoshopped, faked, poorly processed, real persons reflctions, real persons mistaken for an entity, cases of pareidolia etc. Orbs are the result of camera flash or light reflecting off dust particles in the air.  So called ghost hunters with equipment that can supposedly detect the paranormal ( ok geniuses). As stated in a previous post the p... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Dejarma on 17 January, 2019, 15:50
yep, nicely put, Gecks me 'ol mate

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