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Dyfed Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Chant

Location: Talley - Ruins of Talley Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The sound of phantom singing was heard emerging from under this ruined abbey.

Taliesin's Grave

Location: Talybont - Bedd Taliesin
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Taliesin, the sixth century chief bard of Britain, is reputed to be buried under this barrow. His bones are protected by magical means - the last time an attempt was made to excavate them, a storm suddenly erupted and scared the diggers away.

Loud Footsteps

Location: Tefin - House built on very old cottages along the main road.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The source unknown, this house is reportedly haunted by the sounds of knocking at night, footsteps running up the staircase during the day, and voices which can be heard downstairs by people trying to sleep upstairs.

Dragging

Location: Tenby - Number 1 The Paragon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A mother and daughter living at the property reported hearing heavy footsteps followed by the scraping of a piece of furniture being dragged across the floor. Each blamed the other for the sounds until a family discussion reviled no one living at the house was the cause.

Man in Black

Location: Tenby - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a former parish priest, this ghostly figure in a cassock walks down the aisle before fading away.

Headless Group

Location: Tenby - Between Tenby and Sampson Cross
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Every night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A headless team of horses driven by a headless coachman carries a headless lady in a coach along this road every night. As they reach the crossroads known as Sampson Cross, some ten miles from their starting point, they all disappear in a large explosion. Some people believe the entities have been laid, and now rest in a nearby lake.

Water Fairy

Location: The Black Mountain - Llyn y Fan Fach mountain lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa thirteenth century
Further Comments: A legend tells of a lake fairy that once emerged from Llyn y Fan Fach and married a local man. She eventually returned home to the lake after her husband hit her, but only after bearing him three sons; she later returned to teach them medical skills.

Sunken Village

Location: Tregaron - Llyn-y-Maes
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lake covers what is said to be the original Tregaron - within a few hours, the village was burnt to the ground and then flooded with water to atone for the sins of the evil villagers, who all died during the event.

Hounds

Location: Trelech - Unknown Lane in the area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: One witness heard invisible hounds moving down the road. Shortly after, a woman visiting Trelech died, and the route her body was taken matched that of the phantom dogs.

Guardian

Location: Trelech a'r Betws (also spelt Trellech a'r Betws) - Prehistoric tumulus
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A gwiber, or large lizard, protects this ancient tumulus.

Stagecoach

Location: Trimsaran - Area of road between Llanelli and Trimsaran, between Farriers Arms and speed camera
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2011
Further Comments: A driver was reported to have seen a ghostly stagecoach moving slowly up the road before disappearing close to a pub.

Good Night

Location: Tumble - Unknown house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1910
Further Comments: Residents in this property reported a ghost which could be heard entering the bedroom and wishing them a 'good night' before leaving again.

Arthur's Pot

Location: Whitland - River Taf, near Gwal-y-Filiast burial chamber
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A naturally formed hole in the stones was said to have been created by Merlin so Arthur could cook his dinner.

Glowing Light

Location: Ysbyty Ystwyth - Llwyn Malees mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14/15 (or 7/8) July 1884
Further Comments: A glowing light which appeared to flit around an office was witnessed by several people after dark. The following night, the light returned even brighter, and this time a woman and two men could be seen moving around the building. Nothing occurred on the third night. It was debated whether the 'ghosts' were paranormal entities or three people playing a joke.

Grinning Grim

Location: Yscarhir (aka Yscanhir) (note - does not appear on maps, so likely a pseudonym) - Pont Cnwca bach (bridge)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: An entity which took to haunting this bridge would terrify people into jumping over the edge after a 'cold dread' took over their bodies. On man claimed that he had seen the ghost which grinned a ghastly grin.

Sir Dafydd Llwyd

Location: Yspytty Ystwyth - Church wall
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This local wizard had made a pact with Satan, and in return for power Llyyd's soul would belong to Old Nick whether 'buried inside a churchyard or out'. On his deathbed, the wily wizard asked his friends to bury him under the churchyard wall, thus preventing the Devil taking his due.

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