Sampford Peverell is a village in Mid-Devon, England. Its name reflects its inclusion in the Honour of Peverel, the lands of William Peverel and his family. His great-grandson, Hugh Peverell (the name had changed spelling), is buried in the village church of St John the Baptist.
In 1810 it was reported that the house of a Mr Chave in the village was experiencing dramatic poltergeist activity. The case was discussed in the national press of the time, and Mr Chave's house gained such notoriety that in 1811 it was besieged by a mob of rowdy workmen. In the scenes that followed, Mr Chave was forced to open fire on the crowd in self-defence, killing one person, a George Helps, buried in the churchyard. The paranormal activity turned out to be noises made by smugglers behind a false wall. The house in question no longer stands, but its location can be pinpointed courtesy of a village information board that denominates it 'The Ghost House, Higher Town - now demolished'.
- [Stabb, John (1908–16) Some Old Devon Churches http://www.wissensdrang.com/stabb193.htm#197]
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