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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dog Walker

Location: Dixton - Field close to the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely early twentieth century
Further Comments: Two friends camping on the riverbank watched a man walking a large white dog in the field. As the man and his dog approached the friends, the man began to vanish from the feet upwards, until he and the dog completely disappeared. One of the friends was later told by his grandmother that the area was haunted by the entities he had seen.

Parcel Carrier

Location: Dixton - Lanes between Rectory and river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Dark winter nights
Further Comments: A homeless man drowned in the river, and now walks around his final route, tightly clutching an unknown package. One version of the story says the man now has the head of a rat. The village is also haunted by a white dog, often seen alongside a strange man.

Tall Woman

Location: Ebbw Vale - Road from Abergavenny
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thomas Harry's horse took fright at something unseen along this road and galloped home. Upon reaching his house, Thomas looked and could make out a woman standing nearby, as half the height of nearby tall beech trees (which can reach forty metres).

Older Woman and Child

Location: Ebbw Vale - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1877
Further Comments: Two ghosts, one an older woman and the other a younger girl, were said to have been seen around the streets after dark. While some people believed the figures were flesh and blood, all attempts to catch the night-time wanderers failed.

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