The A-Z of Curious Devon

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The lifestyles of the people of Devon have traditionally been as diverse as its spectacular scenery. Little wonder, then, that the county’s curious stories are so numerous and so varied. A train trapped in a giant snow drift in Devon’s worst blizzard; ancient Phoenician myths from Hartland; the Devon origins of British banking; Lapford’s murderous parson; Exeter FC’s game against the Brazil; the strange origins of well-known sayings; Devon’s ill-fated involvement in D-Day at Slapton Sands; black magic on Dartmoor; the oldest bakery in the world in Plymouth; visitations by the Devil in South Devon; the four great fires of Crediton; architectural curiosities; witchcraft; heroes; piracy, record breakers; villains; and eccentrics.


Suze Gardner has a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing and History and an MA in History by research. Suze works at Exeter's Medieval Underground Passages, and previously worked at the Women's Library in London, specializing in curious and rare history books. She has written two books for The History Press, Haunted Exeter and Not a Guide to Exeter.