13 March 2009, JellyBean @ 12:36 pm

Pensioner Jill wade woke up one morning this past week to discover the Devil’s footprints in the snow outside her Devon home.
Devon's Devil Footprints
The hooflike marks are chillingly familiar in this are and have been recorded as far back as 1855, and now Jill hopes to solve this enigmatic mystery.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it — the footprints were in the shape of a cloven hoof. There were no other marks at all in the snow. I’d love to know what it was.”

Legend has it that hooflike marks appeared in Devon on 8 February 1855. The tracks in the snow left a 100 mile trail and despite obstacles like fences and rivers, the continued unbroken.

At the time the church had changed the prayer book and angry parishioners accused them of releasing the devil by doing this.

The unexplained mystery became known as the “Great Devon Mystery” and has appeared on occassion over the years with no conclusive proof on what causes the tracks.

Some blame local animals and others blame pranksters but there has never been any proof.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology were called int o investiagte the strange footprints. They discovered that they were 5inches in length and had a stride of between 11 and 17 inches.

The experts believe that the tracks may have been caused by a kind of deer, which have been known to inhabit the area. They are, however, open to other culprits and are hoping to have a final answer once their analysis has been concluded.

Some people have also said that the tracks could be related to another 19th century mystery – that of Spring-Heeled Jack.

You can read more on the Great Devon Mystery by clicking HERE

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