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'Killer monk' said to lurk in haunted Devon pub

By T.K. Randall
January 11, 2019 · Comment icon 54 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 (54)

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Comment icon #45 Posted by Dejarma 5 years ago
oh well, there ya go
Comment icon #46 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 5 years ago
  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 5 years ago
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 h... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by acute 5 years ago
What "research" is it possible to do on an unpredictable (possibly fleeting) paranormal occurrence?
Comment icon #49 Posted by psyche101 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 ... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Dejarma 5 years ago
yep, nicely put, Gecks me 'ol mate
Comment icon #52 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
so what does judging people have to do with it? Yeah we all pick who we find interesting and believe but that doesnt change peoples personal experiences. Some of us are more interested in the base information than the judgement of all the characters that openly discuss the subject.
Comment icon #53 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
.thats great and  all but personally i have been in a house where footsteps went up the stairs and such. It is easier for you to say mundane explanation if you never experienced it and thats good for you but it doesnt chamge the reality of it happening. Ive been abducted and i was wearing pjs no pockets no phone it was hard enough just asking for information thinking i could prove something with info and havimg nothing but thats just how it is. If every picture you saw was photo shopped so be it and if you think you are mentally superior to anybody who saw or heard something unusual so what. ... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Gecks 5 years ago
I have given examples of what people interpret as experiencing other worldly phenomena and how those examples are explained by scientific reasoning.    You make a claim of skeptics being narcissists yet people like myself are aware of the incredible amount of stories and sightings and are continually looking for a story that might finally be of some tangible proof of the paranormal, aliens etc. We are open to the possibility. Believers on the other hand such as yourself 'know' you are right and arent willing to accept the fact maybe your wrong and what you've experienced is simply hallucinat... [More]

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