Are you sitting comfortably? Are you reading this just before bedtime? If so, you may want to come back again in the morning. Because I have a very spooky tale for you. There is in Talland a vicarage built in an old-fashioned architectural style. The vicar who lived there from 1713 to 1747, Parson Dodge, who had built up a local reputation for exorcisms, received a request from the vicar of the nearby Lanreath parish, to get rid of a demon coach with coachman and headless horses which was terrifying the people of Lanreath. The request appears to have had the desired effect, since at the mere sight of Dodge the apparition went on its way and was never seen again. Such was Dodge’s reputation for chasing away spirits that the locals were loath to go anywhere near Talland Church at night for fear of happening upon the Rev Dodge doing his exorcisms. However, a more cynical point of view prevailed that this reputation was entirely made up in order to deter people from poking their noses around Talland Church so that the local smugglers could go about their business with impunity.
Map of the area.
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