Dyfed - Paranormal Database Records

Cowled Woman

Location: Monkton - Old Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A vicar's daughter witnessed a ghostly lady leaning out of a window waving at her. The vicar himself was woken in successive nights by loud banging on his door.


Lady of the Lake

Location: Myddfai - Nearby Lake (Llyn y fan Fach?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young man wed a fairy girl who came from this lake. While married their farm grew wealthy, but after the man struck his wife a third time, she vanished back into the lake, and his farm fell barren (although their three sons became famous doctors).


Running Man

Location: Nant Y Caws - A48, between Cross Hands and Carmarthen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, late autumn, around 01:30, and January 2016
Further Comments: In 2010, a car driver was forced to break hard when travelling along this road as a man ran out in front of their vehicle. About halfway across the road, the figure vanished. A similar encounter occurred in 2016 when a witness watched a dark figure who vanished while crossing the road.


Bleeding Yew

Location: Nevern - Yew Tree in churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The second yew tree on the right on entering the churchyard is known as the Bleeding Tree - blood can be seen dripping from the stump left by a severed branch.


Forty Foot Creature

Location: New Quay - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: This sea serpent reportedly took a liking to the local seal population, though the pinniped's objected to the new arrival and their fleeing was an indication the creature was near.


Impenetrable Dragon

Location: Newcastle Emlyn - Ruined castle in the area (may no longer be standing)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon whose armoured scales rendered it virtually invincible was killed by a soldier who managed to shoot the creature in its one weak spot - up the bottom. When the dragon's body hit the nearby river venom gushed out, killing all fish.


Phantom Faces

Location: Pembrey - Pembrey Country Park, coastline near the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: As well as the occasional ghost ship reported off the coast, the area is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of those killed by wreakers in the seventeenth century.


Excalibur

Location: Pembroke - Bosherton Pools
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These lakes are one of the contenders for the location where King Arthur was given his magical sword.


Woman in Crinoline

Location: Pembroke - Bush House (currently a boarding house?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 (man with dogs), August 1955 (female)
Further Comments: A night watchman spotted a man carrying a gun and accompanied with three dogs walk across the grounds and vanish into a pond. A year later, three guests at the house were awoken by persistent hammering on the door and walls of their room. The following night they spotted a woman wearing a long dress in the garden bathed in a strange light - she disappeared through a wall.


Lost Princess

Location: Pembroke - Carew Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wandering shade, thought to be Princess Nest, known as the Helen of Wales, travels around the castle grounds as if looking for something. Another legend says that the great hall is haunted by a former owner and his pet ape, both of whom were found dead and on fire.


Woman from the Asp

Location: Pembroke - Docks
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: MHS Asp, haunted by the ghost of a strange woman who terrified the ship's crew, docked at Pembroke for repairs. The spectral female decided to disembark here; she was fired at by sentries before disappearing into a local graveyard.


Lady in Black

Location: Pembroke - Manorbier Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This feminine figure dressed in black seems to appear near the gatehouse.


Lavender

Location: Pembroke - Port Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1940s
Further Comments: A former serving woman haunts the building, her presence being marked by the odour of lavender.


White Animal

Location: Pen-y-bryn - Cardigan to Cilgerran road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2008, around 00:30h
Further Comments: While travelling home to Cilgerran, this witness spotted a large white animal behind a fence which was described as a cross between 'a deer and a big cat'.


Fiddler

Location: Pendine - Green Bridge Cave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have entered the cave but never to have left, the ghostly fiddler's music can still be heard.


Bronwen

Location: Penrhiwgoch - Hills in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Bronwen committed suicide after her brother and her lover managed to kill each other in a dual. Her fair haired ghost still wanders the hills.


Monk

Location: Pontrhydfendigaid - Strata Florida - former site of abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This phantom devotee of God returns to his old home once a year and tries to rebuild the altar. At other times of the year, legends say that one may observe candles and hear music from the ruins.


Drifting Lights

Location: Ramsey Island - General area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Moving slow and low across the island, these small bright lights can be seen by observers on the mainland. Many believe them to be corpse candles, signifying a death.


Tall Man

Location: Rhos-y-garth - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: One of several churches in Wales where the Devil was once said to have appeared in the form of a man with an evil looking face (or the head of a dog), with his appearance causing illness to witnesses.


The Slow Train

Location: Rhydyfelin - Close to the old railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2003 or 2004
Further Comments: Four people heard a slow moving train from their cottage which stood close to the disused railway line. They went outside to investigate but could see nothing.


Lucy Walters

Location: Roch - Roch Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lucy has been reported running around the castle, her white clothing flowing as she moves, passing through closed doors if they stand in her way.


Lucy Waters

Location: Rosemarket - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The whole village is haunted by the ghost of the Welsh princess Lucy Waters.


Large Water Horse

Location: St Brides Bay - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being caught by a ploughman, the water horse allowed itself to be used as a plough horse on nearby fields for a few weeks. Once it grew tired of the work, the creature dragged both plough and man into the sea from which they never emerged.


Stolen Bell

Location: St David's - 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 - 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.


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