Wales - Paranormal Database Records


Grey Lady

Location: Ruthin (Clwyd) - Ruthin Castle (hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Clear nights
Further Comments: This spook was married to a fifteenth century steward at the castle - she decapitated her husband when she discovered him with a younger woman. In turn, she was beheaded for the act of revenge, and now makes fleeting appearances at the former fortress. A man in armour is also occasionally reported.


Dancing Fairies

Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Llyn Du'r Arddu
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small lake on the north side of Snowdon is home to a number of fairies and goblins who dance around the shoreline.



Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Llyn Glaslyn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Witness Oliver Vaughan spotted the pale head of strange animal in Llyn Glaslyn, which was considered to be an Afanc.



Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Mountain Summit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The summit of Mount Snowdon is rumoured to be the burial place of a giant banished by King Arthur.


Brenin Llwyd

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Brenin Llwyd, or Grey King, appears to be some kind of hairy man entity. It has scared dogs, and is itself weary of any kind of light.


King Arthur Sleeping

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Llyn Llydaw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shepherd claimed to have found King Arthur and his knights asleep in a secret cave here - the Welshman ran away when he accidentally brushed against a bell, and those asleep began to wake.


Hungry Worm

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Llyn-y-Gadair
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth Century
Further Comments: A group of men swimming across this lake were attacked by a large worm-like monster. One of the people was grabbed and consumed by the beast.


Earl of Dunraven

Location: Southerndown (Mid Glamorgan) - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wrecker operating in this area, the Earl accidentally lured a boat onto the rocks which carried his son. Guilt has prevented the spectre from moving on.



Location: St Asaph (Clwyd) - Cefn Caves
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1870
Further Comments: Measuring around one hundred and forty centimetres in length, a crocodile was said to have been killed by a local man in this cave.


Lady de Clare

Location: St Athan (South Glamorgan) - Area around site of West Orchard castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been buried alive by her cruel husband who (incorrectly) believed she was having an affair, this white lady was once said to walk the castle and the surrounding area.


Large Water Horse

Location: St Brides Bay (Dyfed) - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Caught by a ploughman, the water horse allowed itself be use on nearby fields for a few weeks, before dragging both plough and man into the sea from which they never emerged.


Stolen Bell

Location: St David's (Dyfed) - Cathedral and Whitesand Bay
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Before stormy weather
Further Comments: The largest bell was stolen from the building by imps disguised as men, and transported out to sea where it was dropped into the Whitesand Bay. The bell still rings just before a storm, as a warning to nearby fishermen to return home.


Arthur's Grave?

Location: St David's (Dyfed) - Coetan Arthur - barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: This circular barrow is another contender for the final resting place of King Arthur.



Location: St David's (Dyfed) - St Nonna's church ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 March (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The sound of phantom singing is heard coming from these church ruins on the evening of St David's Day.


Peter the Pirate

Location: St Donats (South Glamorgan) - Large cave at Tresilian Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: First New Moon of the New Year (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Peter was buried alive at the mouth of a large cave here. For one evening a year he screams out for help.



Location: St Donats (South Glamorgan) - St Donats Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: When death occurs in the family
Further Comments: This ghost heralds a death in the family very much like a banshee - wailing pierces the night air, and scratching is heard at windows. The apparition is also seen, looking like an old, haggled woman. If this was not enough, the castle is also reported to be home to a large floating eye that glows, a semi-transparent large black cat, and a piano that has a habit of playing itself.


Ringing Rock

Location: St Govan's Head (Dyfed) - Rocks around St Govan's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the church bell was stolen and dropped into the sea, it was recovered by supernatural means and concealed within solid rock. When the rock is tapped, the ringing of the bell can be heard. Some have speculated St Govan was in fact Sir Gawain, who became a hermit after Arthur's death.


New Shoes for the Devil

Location: St Nicholas (South Glamorgan) - Dusty Forge Inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn was once a blacksmiths, where the Devil was caught making new shoes for himself.


Dancing Women

Location: St Nicholas (South Glamorgan) - Tinkinswood Cromlech
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The small standing stones around this cromlech were once women who were petrified for dancing on the Sabbath. It is said that if one sleeps between them, there is a chance of becoming a great poet, going mad, or dying.


Dancing Stones

Location: Stackpole (Dyfed) - Collection of prehistoric stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: This collection of rocks is said to jig and jive at certain times of the day.


Lady Matthias

Location: Stackpole Elidor (Dyfed) - Stackpole Court (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A headless coachman driving headless horses pulling a headless lady in a coach would travel around the former court building. The woman in the coach was said to be Lady Matthias, and one story has it that she was exorcised many years prior to the demolition of the building.


Lady Mansel

Location: Stradey (Dyfed) - Old Stradey House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman may also be responsible for playing the organ late at night.


Waiting Wife

Location: Swanbridge (South Glamorgan) - Captain's Wife public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This public house is named after a local tale which says a phantom fisherman's wife haunts the area, awaiting the return of her husband who was lost during a storm. Another legend says when the captain's wife died, her body was kept in a box - the box was stolen, mistaken for treasure.


Footsteps on Staircase

Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Café Gallery, Salubrious Passage, Wind Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1991
Further Comments: An artist ran away from the building after hearing footsteps on the attic stairs and feeling an intense cold spot. The building is said to have been haunted for many years.



Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Grand Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: An actress who went down with the Titanic, Jenny last acted in this theatre before meeting her doom. She is now seen dressed in brilliant white, quickly vanishing into thin air after being spotted.

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