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Dyfed Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

The Fairy Led

Location: St Dogmaels - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1860s
Further Comments: The neighbourhood was the haunt of particularly pesky fairies who would lead men off the paths at night and let them wander aimlessly until dawn. One man claimed he had walked to the north pole, but of course, some people exaggerate.

White Lady

Location: St Dogmaels - Sagranus Stone and nearby stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Sagranus Stone which now stands in the church was once used as a footbridge across a nearby stream. While used as a bridge the stone had a reputation as being haunted by a white lady who would cross at midnight.

Ringing Rock

Location: St Govan's Head - St Govan's Chapel (and surrounding area)
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. Another legend says anyone who tries counting the steps which lead to the Chapel will reach varying totals depending on whether they ascend or descend. Finally, the chapel was home to an expanding, hollow stone that would change shape and size depending on who attempted to climb inside. Once inside, a wish would be granted.

Dancing Stones

Location: Stackpole - 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 - 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, named as Lady Matthias, was exorcised many years prior to the demolition of the building.

Lady Mansel

Location: Stradey - 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.


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.

Cloaked Man

Location: Talley - Talley House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shadowy figure, believed by some to be a monk, has been reported moving around the building.

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.


Location: Talybont - Unidentified house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa May 1910
Further Comments: Two brothers and a sister who shared this house claimed to be plagued by nightly rapping, the slamming of doors, disembodied footsteps ascending the staircase, and the cries of a child.

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.

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.

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.


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.

A water fairy.

Water Fairy

Location: The Black Mountain / Myddfai - 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.

Tregaron burns before the flood.

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.


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.


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.


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.

The Devil, once again tricked.

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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