A Ghost Story


John Prideaux (1505-1568) lived in Stowford and had a wife and two children.  He had lots of friends and great connections. He also had lots of money.

One evening in 1547, he and his family and friends were at their usual Tuesday night dinner. They took turns as to which house they entertained each other . This night  was the turn of the Prideaux family at Stowford Manor. The group ate their meal and settled down  so that John could tell the gathering one of his ghost stories.

He told them of a stranger he once  befriended and  the mysterious path the meeting led him along.

Before the evening ends, the friends are  on a mysterious quest of their own, which leads to a remarkable conclusion on a snowy Dartmoor at St Petrocs church at Harford.

The story is semi true, in that the people existed and some of the events did occur. John Prideaux is an ancestor of AA Prideaux and more details can be found out about him and other Prideaux ancestors on her website.

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