Published by Richard Webb
Publication date October 2006
Dartmouth has retained many of its ancient buildings and heritage, and still enjoys much of the atmosphere of a small Devonshire community, which may explain why it appears to be one of Britain's most haunted towns.
Scores of hauntings and other paranormal phenomena are featured in this book, which includes stories from the market town's hinterland - approximately bounded by Kingswear, Cornworthy, Halwell, East Allington and Torcross, and incorporates the parishes of Blackawton, Dittisham, Stoke Flemming, and Strete.
Ghost stories are usually passed-on by word of mouth, and are rarely remembered in detail, allowing many tales to grow in the telling! By talking to eye-witnesses and recording their experiences, I aim to help preserve this important part of Dartmouth's multi-layered history and folklore, publishing as many experiences, contemporary and traditional, as possible.
Although many unusual experiences can be explained in perfectly natural ways, other incidents strongly suggest the existence of mysteries that science has yet to fathom.
Some hauntings have taken place in homes whose privacy deserves to be protected, but many have occurred in buildings with public access, and there are even tales of some particularly strange phenomena in open countryside.
13 years after Dartmouth Ghosts & Mysteries was published, Christine Donnelly has written a new collection of stories in The Ghosts of Dartmouth (edited by Ken Taylor).
Dartmouth hauntings include...
The Royal Castle Hotel
The Spinning Wheel Tea Rooms
St Clement's Church
St Saviours Church
Spirit of the Dart
Spring Heeled Jack
Text © Ken Taylor 2004 - 2019
Book illustrations courtesy of Richard Webb