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In the 17th century, the young Mary Whiddon lived with her family at Whiddon Park House near Chagford on Dartmoor. The young Mary is said to have had two admirers but only one was destined to be her true love.

On the fateful day of her wedding in 1641, at Chagford Church, as the newly wed bride and her husband walked from the church, a loud bang was heard... Having been shot by the jilted admirer, Mary quickly passed away in her new husband’s arms. She is buried in the chancel of Chagford Church.

In 1971, the daughter of the occupants of Whiddon Park House was to be married in Chagford Church. On the morning of the wedding, a guest staying in the house awoke to see the ghost of Mary Whiddon, dressed in her wedding gown, standing in the doorway of his room. It is said that the new bride placed her bouquet on Mary’s grave as a mark of respect.

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