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Gwent Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


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.

Returning Bell

Location: St Illtyd - St Illtyd Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In the forgotten past, an English king was said to have taken the bell from this church. He died soon after, but wished the bell returned from the original location. The horse carrying the bell immediately set off back to St Illtyd without human intervention, the bell's rings summoning other horses to aid in the quest. Once the horse reached the church, the bell fell from the horse's neck, breaking a stone which, it was said, remained in the churchyard for many years as a reminder that the miracle had really occurred.

Whistling Ghost

Location: Tintern - Anchor Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: One of the spirits here can be heard playing what sounds like a tin whistle, while the other takes the form of a white lady who searches the building for her missing son.

An old postcard showing Tintern Abbey.

Saxon Soldier

Location: Tintern - Tintern Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1895
Further Comments: This soldier's spirit finally passed over to the other side when Mass was given for him by a couple out on holiday near the site.

Mary George

Location: Tregare - Area near Old Park Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing her Victorian clothing, Mary's ghost stands near Old Park Road.

Mary George

Location: Tregare - Cottage in Old Park Lane area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - likely to be early twentieth century
Further Comments: This deceased woman was said to have been seen a few times passing along the road in daylight hours, dressed in her Victorian attire.

White Figure

Location: Tregare - Old Park Lane
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: A married couple watched a white entity appear close to them before passing through a gate and vanishing near some ruined cottages. This coincided with a death in their family.

A Welsh fairy.

Fairy Meet

Location: Trellech - Area around the wells
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Fairies are said to make their presence known around this area once a year.

Christmas Spirit

Location: Trellech - Crown Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 10 December - 24 December 1981
Further Comments: A brief but violent outburst from a poltergeist was reported in the inn for a two week period. On the day before Christmas, the invisible entity vigorously shook a decorated tree before taking leave of the building.

Jack o'Kent

Location: Trellech - Harold's Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The three standing stones present here are the result of Jack trying to prove his strength to the Devil - he threw them from Beacon Hill.

Phantom coaches account for much traffic in the area.


Location: Trellech - Roads heading towards Bigsweir
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach is said to travel between Trellech and the Bigsweir area.

Wishing Well

Location: Trellech - St Anne's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This well is said to indicate the likelihood of the wish becoming true by the number of bubbles sent to the surface after dropping a pebble into the water - lots indicate a good chance, none indicating hell would first freeze over!

Cat Attack

Location: Trellech - Woods near the village
Type: ABC
Date / Time: August 2000
Further Comments: Joshua Hopkins, aged 11, was attacked by a strange cat 150 centimetres in length. The claw marks that were left on his cheek had to be treated in hospital.

Banished Figure

Location: Troy - Road by Troy House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Twelve priests were sent to deal with the ghost of a former occupier of Troy House after it started to haunt the road outside the property. Holding candles, the priests walked the area until all but one flame had been extinguished. The ghost appeared to the bearer of the flame, who told the entity that it was to be banished until the priest next ate bread. The ghost left the area, and the priest died a few days later before eating bread. Separate to this story, a coach and horses was once heard to pull up outside the house, though when servants attended the scene, nothing was there.

Figure in Gown

Location: Usk - Cross Keys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Spotted in Room 3, the jury is out to whether this intangible figure is a former serving girl or a monk.

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