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Ghosts in Wales, West United Kingdom

CARDIFF CASTLE
South Glamorgan
Wales
Some might say that if a resident of a castle has never experienced any phenomena then it is unlikely to be haunted. This is, of course, untrue for the individual might not be attuned to the haunting for some years and then suddenly see the ghost which has been in the building for decades Derek Edwards the custodian of Cardiff Castle in 1975 experienced his first encounter with one of the ghosts after only twelve months working there. He was clearing up after a civic luncheon in the dining room when he noticed the figure of a man in the doorway at the other end of the hall. Mystified, he walked towards the stranger, 'Can I help you Sir?'. The man turned, but as did so the shape and faded away. His children and friend staying with them claimed that they had seen a man looking at them in the bedroom and shortly afterwards poltergeist activity was experiences. Doors were locked by the unseen force, a wardrobe moved and the dog went berserk.

The second Marquess of Bute died in what is now a small chapel behind the library and it is here that the ghost of a man in a long cloak has also been seen, In January, 1977 Mr. Keith Carton of Birmingham visited the castle and was told by the custodian that a year earlier a young couple had told him a strange incident that they had experienced when passing through the door of the chapel. ` A tall man in a cloak pushed past them in a great hurry and when I mentioned it to the chief architect the following day she appeared somewhat disconcerted. That morning she had been standing at the top of the stairway and on turning to her right witnessed a tall figure in a red cloak. The man seemed to be scowling at her and then vanished`. His appearance was identical to the portrait of the second Marquess of Bute whose portrait hangs on a nearby wall.
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GWYDIR CASTLE
Near Llanrwst
Gwynedd
Wales
Claimed to be a former royal residence but now open as an historic house Gwydir offers visitors a sight of 50 peacocks and a ghost of an unknown gentleman in an `Edwardian -style suit` He was seen twice in 1975 and again in 1978 by visitors. The building, never in fact a castle as such, was the country seat of the well-known Wynn family, burnt out earlier this century and later restored.
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MANORBIER CASTLE
Pembroke
Dyfed
Wales
A member of the staff of a nearby hotel admitted to me that she admitted to me that she has seen the drychiolaeth, the ghost, which disappeared a few feet away from the gateway of the castle, and knew of, `A couple of other people, visitors who had witnesses the lady in black`. The phantom is a tall woman who suddenly appears halfway along the path and walks quite purposefully towards the entrance.
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MONNOW STREET
Monmouth
Gwent
Wales
The clattering sound of horses` hooves have been heard in this road and veering round a corner at the side of Chippenham House. Some claim that it is an invisible highwayman. others that is the aural phenomena associated with an ancient battle. The noise is usually heard late in the afternoon and more frequently during the autumn.
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PARC TERRACE
Llangoed
Anglesey
Gwynedd
Wales
Through Beaumaris travel north towards Penmon and the visitor arrives in the small village of Llangoed. In the local paper, the 'Holyhead and Anglesey Mail'in April 1975, a report appears stating that residents have been scared by, `The ghostly apparition of a white dog which races along the lane`. Among the witnesses to this phantom animal in 1978 were Mr. & Mrs. B. Jones of Bangor who where visiting friends in the village and became `slightly concerned` at seeing what they thought was a `normal sheep dog, suddenly disappear`. One can only assume that such an animal, owned by a very devoted pet lover, was killed in the lane within the last few years.
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PENHOW CASTLE
Near Newport
Gwent
Wales
Perhaps it is the restoration work that is the cause of the haunting which has only recently been reported her. Mr. and Mrs. Simmonds of Richmond told me that when visiting this castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Wales in 1977, they saw the figure of a young girl `in her teens` scurrying from the Great Hall. She was short and wearing a blue-grey apron. They asked one of the attendants as to the function that they assumed was going to be held later and were told that none had been planned. Commenting on the appearance of the maid, they were a little surprised to hear that she has been seen by one or two other visitors during the year only then did they realise she was an apparition.
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PLAS MAWR
High Street
Conwy
Gwynedd
Wales
Owned by the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, this mansion is rather over-shadowed by the massive castle with 15 feet walls built in the shape of a Welsh Harp but perhaps surprisingly, no one has so far published any tales recently of it being haunted. Plas Mawr, however, does contain a couple of ghosts, though unfortunately none clearly visible. Derek Jones of Surrey assured me that when visiting the house in 1977, two other visitors were discussing the sound of heavy footsteps that they had heard on evening a few days earlier in the Lantern Room, It is in this room in which legend has it that a former owner in the sixteenth century killed himself on discovering the dead bodies of his wife and small son. The inexplicable sounds are supposed to be those of the man searching for the remains of the doctor who was supposed to be treating the couple in his absence. The other phantom is 'rather like a misty shape'seen at the bottom of the stairway. Experienced at the same time is a remarkable drop in temperature which cannot be accounted for, though the few who have commented on the phenomena believe it is where the mother and child lay after falling down the steps which resulted eventually in their death. Their unconscious bodies were taken to the Lantern Room for treatment but neither recovered from the accident.
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ST MARY'S CHURCH
Church Street
Tenby
Dyfed
Wales
Residents of Tenby are reluctant to discuss the matter or may even dismiss the haunting here as that of `imagination`. However, some visitors staying with friends or relatives in the area and an occasional tourist, have remarked about the `peculiar and rather uncomfortable feeling` in the sacristy. On three occasions during the last 20 years, enquiries have been made as to the identity of the priest standing in the corner who, 'is there one minute and not the next'. Witnesses seem even more puzzled by his style of clothing than his sudden and inexplicable disappearance. One local historian believes that the robes are those of a member of the clergy to the Reformation but can offer no further information.
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TINTERN ABBEY
Tintern Parva
Gwent
Wales
Little remains of the original Cistercian Abbey founded in 1131 for in the thirteenth and fourteen centuries a massive development scheme extensively enlarging the building was completed. Yet Tintern has been called the finest relic of Britain's monastic period. It is unusual to hear so little of the haunting in the ruins for a number of visitors have seen the ghost. Perhaps, they assume, understandably, that the figure is of normal flesh and blood. Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright of Sutton are two who have witnessed the monk who they saw on his knees near one of the arches on the west side. They thought he was a devoted worshipper but as they were about to pass, he vanished.
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TREARDDUR BAY
Near Holyhead
Anglesey
Gwynedd
Wales
Only a few yards from the popular caravan site and a nearby cricket pitch the apparition of an elderly woman dressed in a `long period dress` has been witnessed by a number of visitors. She has also been seen just after cricketers have pulled stumps for the day's play and, so clearly that she had been identified by local residents as the ghost of a woman who was drowned over 50 years ago. She appears right at the edge of the field nearest the sea and then vanishes as if falling.
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