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Round Table

Location: Caerleon - Exact area unknown
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some have named Caerleon as the site of the original Arthurian round table and of Camelot.

Monks Chanting

Location: Caldicot - Llanthony Secunda Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The manor featured in the press during 2017 when it went up for sale. Aside from once being owned by Henry VIII and one of the oldest buildings in Wales, a unique selling point was that the site is supposed to be haunted by monks which can be heard chanting or felt as they lightly brush against the living.

White Woman

Location: Cardiff - Cefn Mably House (mostly destroyed by fire in 1994)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1910
Further Comments: A bedroom in this old house was reputedly haunted by a beautiful woman in white who would drift through the doorway as the moon shone through the window.


Location: Cardiff - Church, St Mellons
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-eighteenth century
Further Comments: A herald of death, the cries of the Cyhyraeth would be heard moving towards the church, the route of the entity denoting the direction the body would be taken.


Location: Cardiff - Commercial unit (name withheld), Old St Mellons
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: The sounds of someone continuously jumping up and down could be heard coming from the first floor area of this site, although it was empty at the time.

Pulling of Clothes

Location: Cardiff - Cottage between Parish Church and Baptist Chapel, Lisvane
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: November 1882
Further Comments: Occupants in this home had bed clothes pulled off during the night by an unseen agency. Chairs would be heard scraping across floors, and bottles and crockery smashed.

Bully Dean

Location: Cardiff - Herbert House (demolished 1958) and Greyfriars
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1754
Further Comments: This house and surrounding area was haunted by a terrifying figure known as the Bully Dean, though little more is known.

Woman in White

Location: Cardiff - Private residence, Montgomery Street, Roath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1897
Further Comments: A family moved out of their home after being plagued at night by phantom knocking. Footsteps were heard crossing the roof of the stables, a strange shadow spotted on a wall, and one of the family's sons encountered a woman in white who glided silently across the ground before vanishing into a wall.

Torn Clothes

Location: Cardiff - Private residence, Seymour Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa April-June 1906
Further Comments: One visitor staying with friends found her clothing torn while ornaments were pushed around. A police officer watched three carpets roll themselves up before being moved unaided, while another officer observed an unseen hand take a teapot and place it on the floor. One of the family's children were blamed for the disturbance, although it did not explain what the police officers had witnessed.

Sitting Figure

Location: Cardiff - Stone cross near the church, St Mellons
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A ghostly figure was said to sit on the cross.

An old photograph of ivy-covered Chepstow Castle

Sleeping King

Location: Chepstow - Chepstow Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A cave under the castle was once explored by a man who claimed to have seen King Arthur and his knights. He fled after making noise which made the knights stir.

Grey Lady

Location: Chepstow - St Pierre Golf and Country Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that this country club was home to a grey lady and the scene of some poltergeist activity.

Turning Key

Location: Chepstow - Welsh Burns Unit (hospital)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A nurse at this facility reported seeing a key turn in the lock of a glass door - no one could be seen on the other side.

The Lonely Shepherd

Location: Clydach - Limestone Pillar
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A shepherd who drove his wife to suicide was petrified by God as punishment. Once a year, on Midsummer Night, the rock animates and walks down to the River Usk where his wife drowned herself, before returning prior to dawn.


Location: Clydach - Pwll y Cwn pool
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water spirit, Pwca was once thought to hide out in this deep pool of water located under the waterfall here.

Sound of a Horse

Location: Clytha - Road on the hillside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Autumn 1898
Further Comments: The driver of a horse and cart and a passenger were left shaken after encountering the sounds of a horse which passed them, and although nothing could be seen, the sounds were accompanied by a cold gust of wind. A murder had occurred along the road a few years previous, where a woman on horseback was decapitated by a former lover.


Location: Coedkernew - Mardy Farm
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: January 1904
Further Comments: Although the activities which occurred at the farm would now be attributed to a poltergeist, items moved, thrown, or poured over the floor, at the time a goblin or elf was blamed. A policeman watching over the sight was hit in the face by half a pound (0.2kg) of butter. After a month of upset, the tenant of the farm declared the incident to have been a 'foolish invention of foolish people'.


Location: Coedkernew - Neolithic burial chamber
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It has been suggested this site was once King Arthur's court.

Oh God, What Shall I Do?

Location: Crumlin - Bridge (no longer standing?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely to be pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: A woman standing on the bridge one evening heard a voice travelling up the river repeating 'Oh God, what shall I do?'. The woman was struck with terror and fled the scene, fainting once she reached home.

Glowing Pike

Location: Crumlin - Large stone in the area (exact location not known)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost which took to haunting a man convinced him to travel one night to a large stone. The ghost gave the man the strength to lift the stone, under which a glowing weapon, a pike, was discovered. The man was given instruction to take the pike to a nearby river, stand with his back to the water and throw the weapon over his head. After performing the ritual, the ghost was seen no more.

Rustling Woman

Location: Cwmbran - Road between Llantarnam Abbey and church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1909
Further Comments: A man walking this route at midnight watched as a woman approached him. Their paths crossed under the branches of a large oak. The rustling of the woman's dress could be heard, and moments after passing the man, he turned to take another look at the woman. As the moonlight fell upon her, she vanished.

Black Hound

Location: Cwmbran - The Chapel, St Dials
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that this area was home to a large black dog which hunted souls. A local minister faced the hound and banished it after smacking the creature between the eyes with a bible. The story found renewed interest in 2022 after the chapel sold at auctions for fifty-three thousand pounds.

Fairy Assault

Location: Cwmcarn (was known as Abergwyddon up to 1817) - Trwyn Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre-1817
Further Comments: The farm owners would leave milk and bread out for the local fairy to ensure it did not create mischief. On one occasional, a servant drank the milk and eat the bread, after left water and crusts for the entity. A short time later the servant was grabbed by unseen hands and flung around, and a voice warned never to commit the offense again.

White Owl

Location: Cwmcarvan - Hill in the area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An unnaturally large white owl took to hunting over an ancient battlefield, leading locals to believe the creature was magical and should not be interfered with. A visitor to Raglan castle who laughed at the story and killed the owl, himself died a few hours later, choking to death at a dinner table.

Warning Voice

Location: Devauden - B4293
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman driving home alone along this twisting lane heard a soft voice next to her tell her to stop. She did so, and almost immediately a car with no lights on sped past in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road - by pulling over, the driver managed to avoid a serious accident.

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