Gilbert de la Poer

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Gilbert de la Poer is a fictional character created by H.P. Lovecraft in his story The Rats in the Walls. Gilbert de la Poer was the first Baron Exham, appointed by Henry the Third in 1261. Despite the good name of the de la Poer before, the de la Poers living at Exham Priory became the evil of legend. Gilbert built a castle on the site of the Priory. Not much is known about him, or whether he discovered the evil caverns underneath his home, later uncovered by Cpt. Edward Norrys and Mr. Delapore in 1923.


  • Lovecraft, H. P. Tales. New York: Library of America, 2005. Print.