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Three Nuns

Location: Newport - Spytty Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988
Further Comments: A group of four friends watched a trio of nuns drift across the field ahead of them. The ghosts moved in a perfectly straight line apart from one ninety degree turn, before vanishing.

Hooded Figure

Location: Newport - Royal Gwent Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2005, 30 March 2021
Further Comments: One report sent to the Paranormal Database stated that both patients and nurses on one ward spotted a hooded monk-like figure. In 2021 two patients spotted a small, hooded form drift in a ward, leaving both witnesses shocked. Another report says a day room is home to an entity which pushes down on people's chests.

Haunted Margaret

Location: Panteg - Church (plus a footbridge and other locations in the area)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Marget yr Yspryd gained her nickname 'Haunted Margaret' after being jilted at the alter - she fell to her knees in the church and prayed that the man who betrayed her would never find rest. The man died shortly after, and his ghost took to following Margaret. One of Margaret's friends suggested talking to the ghost and forgiving him. Soon after, Margaret met the ghost at a footbridge - she absolved him, and the ghost disappeared forever.

White Woman

Location: Penallt - Between the Argoed and nearby pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed all in white, this woman committed suicide in the pond where her ghost now vanishes.

Woman in White

Location: Penalt - Area around The Argoed (private residence)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman dressed in white runs and throws herself into the nearby pond.

Lass in Apron

Location: Penhow - Penhow Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom young girl dressed for a kitchen has been reported in the great hall.

Cwn Annwn

Location: Penrhos - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Welsh demonic hound has been reported in the area.

Miner

Location: Pontypool - Baldwin's Clog & Legging Mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1904
Further Comments: Miners refused to work alone after a ghostly figure with a naked light in its forehead was observed tapping the roof and sides of a tunnel. One newspaper claimed the figure could only be seen from one direction.

Footsteps

Location: Pontypool - Unidentified house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: Padded footsteps and the sound of someone dragging a heavy box could be detected late at night.

Music in the Air

Location: Pontypool - Twm Barlwm hill fort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The music is said to be a trap for children - any who investigate the sounds disappears within the hill.

Man with Long Tongue

Location: Pontypool - Trevethin (was known as Trefethin), woods in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Walking with her dog through a wooded area, Anne Jenkins encountered a horrible looking dark man by a holly tree. Anne's dog approached the figure but ran back to her side when after a long black tongue emerged from the man. She quickly walked away and avoided the area on her return journey, although spotted him in the distance, looking 'big in the middle and thin at the ends'. The creature vanished, but not before letting out a whistle so loud it echoed around the area.

Dancing fairies

Location: Pontypool - Trevethin (was known as Trefethin), exact area not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A schoolgirl would dance with fairies under a crab apple tree, initially believing them to be other children, but eventually accepting them as fairy folk. After the novelty wore off, she gave up dancing with the fairies, but this displeased them; they dislocated her leg.

Laurel

Location: Pontypool - Hanbury Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 September 2014
Further Comments: The Spectral Quest company reported recording the sounds of laughter and the voice 'Laurel' using EVP equipment. A tall man was also caught on thermal camera and an investigator reported feeling a hand grab their leg. A local legend says the site was haunted by a former executioner.

Victorian Woman

Location: Pontypool - Location withheld
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: While staying the night in a family home with a friend, one witness watched the bedroom door open and a Victorian woman stand in the doorway. After a while, the woman vanished; the witness climbed out of bed and looked around but could not find anyone. Later that night, the witness awoke to see the woman again, this time standing over them. The woman said 'you will be okay' before disappearing. The witness's story was told to the family the following morning, who produced an old photograph of their mother - the image of the ghostly visitor.

Bard

Location: Raglan - Raglan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001?
Further Comments: A phantom musician reportedly haunts this building, particularly the area where a library once stood. The ghost is thought to be William Herbert, the first Earl of Pembroke.

Woman with Child

Location: Redbrook - Swan Pool
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heralded by the sounds of a baby crying, a phantom woman holding a baby is said to slowly emerge from this pond. Soon after, a large black dog, which may or may not be headless, circles the pool before heading to a nearby ruined kiln.

Woman in a Carriage

Location: Redbrook - Edge of the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: While walking by the river, Mr Morgan heard horses approaching from behind but could not see anything. As the sound reached him, Morgan leapt to one side and watched as a team of horses pulling a coach appear from nowhere. The coach contained a woman who looked out of the window at the witness. Instead of following the road, the coach entered nearby woodland and vanished.

Tom the Lord

Location: Redwick - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tom, the Squire of Redwick, was found dead in a ditch after a drunken night out on the town. His ghost started to appear soon after, stealing cider from local brewers and staggering around the village. A team of twelve ministers finally banished the entity.

Yellow Woman

Location: Rhymney - Salvation Army Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: A tall ghostly woman dressed in yellow and with a malignant face was observed by an officer in the hall. Six others stayed up on night to see if they could encounter the entity, which they did.

Coal Discovery

Location: Rhymney - Valley area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coal deposits in the valley are said to have been discovered by fairies after they killed a giant which was attacking their homes. The giant was assassinated as he slept, and the fairies set fire to his body; they realised that the ground continued to burn after their enemy's body had turned to ash.

Music in the Air

Location: Risca - Twm Barlwm mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies are said to produce the sweet music which occasionally drifts down from the mountain at night.

Roman Soldier

Location: Risca - St Mary's Church Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A local theatre troupe that used the hall for rehearsals and productions reported a phantom Roman soldier and hearing a voice that would call their names.

White Woman

Location: Risca - Miner's graves near campsite in nearby forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: This area is home to a phantom woman in white and a strange shadowy figure, speculated by some to be a former miner.

Combusting Dog

Location: Risca - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shuck which lurked here transformed itself into a raging fire, the size of a field, to scare a local man into respecting the Sabbath.

Bloodstained

Location: Rockfield - St Michael's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the red stones of this well are stained with the Saint's blood.

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