Cabel was the squire at Buckfastleigh in the 17th century and was described as a 'monstrously evil man'. He gained this reputation for having sold his soul to the devil and the rumor that he killed his wife. On the 5th of July 1677 he passed away and on the night of his burial at Buckfastleigh Church a pack of black hounds came down from the moor and howled at his tomb.
In an attempt to lay the soul to rest the villagers built a large building around the tomb with thick railings and placed a huge slab on top of the grave. This was to stop the ghost of the squire escaping, but on the anniversary of his death the hounds return and Squire Cabel can be seen leading them back across the moor.
This tale inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen "The Hound of the Baskervilles"