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Dyfed Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Fiery Water Horse

Location: Carmarthen - River Towy
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water horse which would wait by the banks of the Towy had balls of fire for eyes, and breath of a furnace.

White Boy

Location: Carmarthen - Unidentified road passing an old paper mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A man walking into the town spotted a white clad figure, the size of a twelve year old boy, standing by the roadside. As he approached the figure, it moved across a field before promptly vanishing. The man was able to walk home before collapsing through shock.

Grey Water Horse

Location: Carmarthen Bay - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water horse waits on the shores of the bay for a gullible person to approach. One man took the horse and used the creature to drive his cart. Shortly after, the horse dragged man and cart into the sea where they were never seen again.

Sleeping Owain

Location: Carreg Cennen - Owain Llawgoch's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Regional hero Owain and fifty one other men lay sleeping somewhere in this cave system. When they awaken, peace shall fall all over the Earth.

Multi-eyed Cockatrice

Location: Castle Gwys - Exact area not known
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The body of this cockatrice was covered with eyes, and it was said that the estates of Winston belonged to anyone who could see the creature before it could see them. One man managed to win the lands by hiding in a barrel which rolled into the monster's lair.


Location: Castlemartin - Off the coast in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1782
Further Comments: Henry Reynolds spotted a merman off the coast which he initially believed to be a pale skinned teenager before noticing its brown tail which waved about. While the body and arms looked human, the arms and hands looked too short and thick, while the creature's nose was long and sharp. Reynolds went to find other witnesses, but by the time he returned, the merman had gone.

Long Light

Location: Cors Caron (aka Tregaron Bog) - Area around the old railway line
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1980s?
Further Comments: A woman and man walking through the are at night watched a long light moving along the top of the marshy land. The man ran back to their car to grab a camera but while there the woman watched the light break into smaller glowing parts which moved in different directions before fading away.

Dancing Sheppard

Location: Crymch - Freni-Fawr mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A youth tending to his sheep was convinced to dance by a small group of fairies - when he did, he was transported to fairyland, but returned to the mountain once he stopped his jig.

Tiny Soldiers

Location: Crymych - Frenni Fawr (mountain)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young shepherd spotted small, uniformed fairies dancing to a harp on the mountainside. He joined them and was instantly transported to fairyland. He was told he could eat or drink anything, but not to touch the water in a certain well. As expected, the shepherd did so, and was instantly teleported back to the mountain.

Cheated Devil

Location: Devil's Bridge - Lowest of the three bridges
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge was built by Old Nick by the request of an old woman who needed to cross the water to reach her livestock. In return for his work, the Devil demanded the soul of the first living creature to walk over it. The old woman was not prepared to lose her own soul and sent her dog over the bridge first; the Devil left angry and empty handed.

Lost Village

Location: Ferryside - Estuary
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An ancient village is submerged under these waters, and sometimes the toiling of the old church bell can be heard from within the estuary.


Location: Fishguard - Wintern Day Centre
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa May 2010
Further Comments: The Sun newspaper reported that staff at this site refused to work after dark, having experienced poltergeist activity such as unplugged printers printing and furniture moving. The smell of bluebells was also reported. One story said that two maids had committed suicide in the attic during spring, at the time local bluebells bloomed...

Laughing Children

Location: Garnant - Trecynllatch Farm, Llandeilo Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The Carmarthen Journal reported that Leyigh and Anthony Vobe, owners of the farm, had encountered figures walking up and down the stairs, and had heard children laughing and people talking when no one else was around. It is believed the criminals were once hanged in the area.

Woman in the Water

Location: Hafod Uchtryd, aka Hafod Estate - Waterfall on the estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 October 2018
Further Comments: Dave Newnham, the estate manager, spotted a woman standing in the waterfall. He realised that the figure was not a physical being and managed to take a photograph before the figure merged with the water. The photograph does show what appears to be the legs and torso of a blurred figure standing in the water.

Black Panther

Location: Haverfordwest - Road just outside the town
Type: ABC
Date / Time: March 2005
Further Comments: Witness Dixie Tilley was cycling near the town when he saw what looked like a black panther. Dixie said the creature disappeared under a fence when he cycled within thirty metres of its location.

Man in Breeches

Location: Haverfordwest - Road near Picton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: Brigadier-General Harris and three other people spotted a man with a cocked hat and wearing breeches approaching them along a road. They stood to one side to let the figure pass, but he vanished. The fifth member of the Brigadier's party did not perceive the figure.

Furniture Mover

Location: Haverfordwest - Unnamed house in RAF Brawdy
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A family living in a semidetached house were kept awake for several nights by loud knocks coming from their neighbour's home. One night the sounds were incredibly loud, so the following morning they went next door to complain, only to find their neighbour now arriving home after spending the evening away. Upon investigation, it was discovered that all the furnishings in the house were moved around, though no money or credit cards were stolen. The RAF took the case so seriously they called in a bomb squad to ensure that an explosive device had not been planted by the mysterious intruder.

An old postcard of Kidwelly Castle, Wales


Location: Kidwelly - Area surrounding the castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The female warrior Gwenllian lost her head in battle against the Norman at the site, and her headed ghost rode the area for many years afterwards. The haunting stopped when her head and body were located and buried together, though more recently there have been reports of a medieval soldier...


Location: Kidwelly - House next to gas works
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1917
Further Comments: Soon after the house was built and a family moved in, unexplained thudding and rapping was heard. Spiritualists claimed to have developed a code for communicating with the entity.

Waiting for Wil

Location: Kidwelly - Pistyll Teilo
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female spirit haunts this area. According to Antony D Hippisley Coxe's Haunted Britain, she cries out 'It is long and cold and tiresome to wait for the descendants of Wil Watter'. The water of the well is also said to have healing powers.

Bed Rocking

Location: Lampeter - Bank House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: February - March 1905
Further Comments: A bed would rock quite violently, knocking against the wall and creating sounds which could be heard throughout the building. The event would occur each day, at seven o'clock in both the morning and evening, and appeared to follow an eleven year old boy around. The boy claimed to have encountered a woman in black who briefly entered his bedroom.

Invisible Presence

Location: Lampeter - Bridge over a small stream near Falcondale Drive
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One person spotted a translucent figure move across their line of vision, while another person heard loud, fast moving footsteps in the woodland as they passed.

White Figure

Location: Lamphey - Bishop's Palace ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This ghostly white figure was thought to be a member of the Devereux family, one of whom spent several years at the palace.

Black Hound

Location: Laugharne - Area around Pant-y-Madog
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fortunately for any witnesses, this member of the Cwn Annwn is reported to be harmless as it runs between castle and town, although on one occasion it screamed so loudly that a witness thought the ground was moving beneath her feet.


Location: Laugharne - Laugharne Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2006
Further Comments: A visitor to the castle reported being pushed as she climbed the stairs, and again on the way back down.

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