Devil’s Footprints

February 8, 2022

They say it’s dangerous to walk with the devil, but on February 8, 1855, the devil walked on earth…allegedly. 

The curious event took place in Devon, England, where strange hoof-like footprints were discovered in the snow. Religious figures at the time stated the hoof prints belonged to Satan, though not everyone bought into the theory. Some of the only documented evidence of this event came from Reverend H. T. Ellacombe, who had several letters from friends reporting they’d seen the prints. 

The footprints spanned for roughly 100 miles and continued to appear again for the next 1-2 days in over 30 locations in the surrounding area. The prints were said to be 4″ by 3″ in diameter and were placed in single-file following a winding and scattered path. 

After the news broke of these unusual prints, several theories began popping up. Some attributed the prints to animals like kangaroos or badgers. Others had theories involving balloons and hopping mice. While much of the country was fascinated by the possible story behind the devil’s footprints, it wasn’t long before skepticism stepped in. People claimed that no one person or thing could walk 100 miles in one day. Additionally, eye-witness accounts of the prints tended to vary from person to person. 

To this day, questions about the strange incident still go unanswered. In March of 2009, similar footprints were reportedly seen again in Devon, though there’s not much evidence to prove it was anything more than a historical prank. 

So did Lucifer himself walk the earth that day in 1855? 

We may never know for sure.

4 Comments

  1. Howard W Clark

    The Devil, or Satan, seems to have the same kind of powers that God has, only the opposite side of the fence. He seems to be setting on the shoulder of every person at the same time all over the world. I doubt that he had time to walk in the snow for a hundred miles, with that workload. I am 79 years old, and I have heard this story before. Satan must be a very busy fellow. He is always available to lead us astray, but also has to come up with a lot of different ways to get is to do wrong. I think perhaps I would be more apt to believe that Order, and Chaos are the things that are considered the two most powerful things on Earth. The scriptures say that “there is no power but that of God, and the powers that be are ordained by him.” I met the Devil in Church wearing a miniskirt.

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  2. Anne Malsbary

    I find it interesting that it was believed to be the devil. No one thought it could have been God?

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  3. Maxine Helvey

    No Lucifer did not walk the earth God cursed him to prowl on the earth for the rest of his days!!!!

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    • Maxine Helvey

      Crawl not prowl

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