E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sampford Ghost (The).
A kind of exaggerated Cock Lane ghost (q.v.), which haunted Sampford Peverell for about three years in the first decade of the 19th century. The house selected was occupied by a man named Chave, and besides the usual knockings, the inmates were beaten; in one instance a powerful unattached arm flung a folio Greek Testament from a bed into the middle of a room. The Rev. Charles Caled Colton (credited as the author of these freaks) offered £100 to anyone who could explain the matter except on supernatural grounds. No one, however, claimed the reward. Colton died 1832.