Monday, February 8, 2010
The Mystery Of "The Devil's Footprints
Today in history "On the night of February 8, 1855, the mysterious " Devil's Footprints" appeared in Devon, England. The hoof-like tracks, which have never been adequately explained, were said to stretch for over a hundred miles and went through solid walls and haystacks, as if there was no barrier."
Full article http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/devon/other-mysteries/the-devils-footprints.html
"...On the night of the 8th of February 1855, heavy snowfall blanketed the countryside and small villages of Southern Devon. The last snow is thought to have fallen around midnight, and between this time and around 6.00am the following morning, something (or some things) left a myriad of tracks in the snow, stretching for a hundred miles or more, from the River Exe, to Totnes on the River Dart.
The early risers were the first to find them, strange hoof-shaped prints in straight lines, passing over rooftops, through walls and covering huge areas of land. A set of the prints were even supposed to have bridged a two mile span of the river Exe, continuing on the other side as if the creature had walked over the water. a feeling of unease had spread through some of the population, who watched carefully to see if the strange footprints would return...
...It soon became clear that the phenomenon was widespread, and some of the more scientifically minded examined the prints in detail. One naturalist sketched some of the marks, and measured the distance between them, it was found to be eight and a half inches. This spacing seemed to be consistant wherever the tracks were measured. It was also noted that the way in which they were set out, one in front of the other, suggested a biped rather than a creature walking on four legs.
Some clergymen suggested that the prints belonged to the Devil, who was roaming the countryside in search of sinners (a great ploy to fill the churches), while others rejected the idea as superstition..."