Ghosts at Okehampton Castle

It is the ghost of Lady Howard that haunts this castle. She is said to have murdered her four husbands. At midnight every night she has been seen traveling from Okehampton to Tavistock in the back of a bone constructed carriage driven by a headless driver, led by a gruesome dog with bright  crimson eyes.


The largest castle ruins in Devon and one of the largest in the South West – Okehampton Castle sits on the northern edge of Dartmoor overlooking a wooded valley. There’s evidence the castle dates back to around 1086 as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being the property of the then Sheriff of Devon, Baldwin de Brionne.

The castle was once used as a motte, which then gained a stone keep sometime later in the 11th century. The keep was then extended upon over several hundred years with a range of new buildings added. The owner in 1539 was Henry, Marquis of Exeter who was convicted for conspiracy and sentenced to death by King Henry VIII.

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