A GHOST WALK THROUGH EXETER

Why not take a walk on the weird side and visit the favourite haunts of Exeter’s ghouls? Exetera is on hand with a concise illustrated guide to help you plan your journey, with words by Declan Henesy and illustrations by Hannah Peck.

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Heavitree

‘Heavitree’ derives from ‘heafod-treow’, old English for ‘head tree’, which refers to a tree that was decorated with the severed heads of criminals.

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Exeter Cathedral

In the 16th century a nun and monk fell in love and she became pregnant. Their love being forbidden, they jumped down a well to their deaths. The scent of rose-water, which she wore, lingers around the site of their deaths to this day.

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The Ship Inn

Sir Francis Drake lodged here when visiting Exeter. The dashing sea rover has been seen in the building several times since his death. He wears a doublet and hose of, for his time, a most fashionable cut, and stalks restlessly through the pub.

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The Castle

The last three women to be executed for witchcraft in England – Temperence Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards – were imprisoned in the castle prior to their deaths. They remain ghostly residents of the building’s
long-forgotten dungeons.

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The Turk’s Head

This centuries-old pub plays host to the ghost of a red-headed lady in a long green dress. She is said to float eerily around the building, now Prezzo. Keep an eye out next time you’re enjoying a tagliaTERROR.

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The Guildhall

The Guildhall shares its cellar with The Turk’s Head next door, and is also said to be home to a spectral lady. Some believe she is the same wandering spirit, although some say not.

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The Underground Passages

The guides of the underground passages tell of a phantom cyclist who passes through them. Hidden treasure is also rumoured to be buried somewhere down there.