Poundsgate, where the Devil took the soul of a sleeping gambler - and punished the whole church.
Poundsgate village is named after the animal pound used to corral strays or to keep cows, pigs and sheep for market – there was a thriving weekly market in the local prison.
This said, Poundsgate is perhaps most noteworthy for being the site of the Devil’s visit to a local card player, Jan Reynolds. During the Sunday service on 21 October 1638, Jan fell asleep in church – thus breaking her deal with the Devil. The Devil then unleashed the Great Thunderstorm upon the local congregation – killing six people and destroying the church. Jan ‘s gambling was causing real problems.
It is thought by some people to be perhaps the first recorded instance of ball lightening, and written accounts detail a “great ball of fire” which came in though the window and destroyed the roof on the way out.