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Gwynedd Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Woman in the Window

Location: Barmouth - St Anne House (was the Lion Inn)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The face of a woman is said to appear in a round window in this former inn.

An old postcard of Barmouth Bay in Wales.

Sea Monsters

Location: Barmouth - Waters of the bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late twentieth century / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Several sightings of various strange creatures have been over recent years, from the traditional sea serpent to a creature resembling a giant turtle with an egg shaped head and two spines jutting from its back. A blurred photograph taken in January 2016 that national press claimed was the monster was more than likely to have been a log.

Female Spectre

Location: Beaumaris - Baron Hall
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local tale says that this old manor house is home to a female vampire, though many believe the entity to be ghostly in nature.


Location: Beaumaris - David Hughes Community Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When leaving the building one evening, a woman heard a male voice singing. Looking up the stairs, she spotted a figure wearing in a long black cape, standing on the landing. The figure disappeared up the stairs and the singing stopped.

Haunted for Hire

Location: Beaumaris - Gaol
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2015
Further Comments: The gaol featured in local news after it was reported to be opening its doors to ghost hunters to raise additional funds. The building had previously featured in Most Haunted.


Location: Beddgelert - Aberglaslyn Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Laughter emerges from empty parts of the house, while arguing between a man and a woman has also been heard.

An old postcard of Aberglaslyn Pass at Beddgelert.

Water Fairies

Location: Beddgelert - Aberglaslyn Pass
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness watched the little people playing merrily in the water at the pass. Nearby is the grave of Gelert (the dog that was mistakenly killed by its master after saving a child from a wolf) where the hound's ghost has been reported. Finally, the ghostly woman in white who haunts the area is an ill omen, with death said to follow a sighting.

Drowned Man

Location: Beddgelert - Craflwyn Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: During a ghost hunt in 2017, people reported the sensation of being watched in the gardens of the house (possibly by the spirit of a man who drowned in a nearby lake) and heard a ball being bounced. The apparition of a servant has also been seen in the vicinity of the stables, Traditionally, the building was haunted by a Victorian woman wearing a long, red silk dress.

David Pritchard

Location: Beddgelert - Royal Goat Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A landlord of the hotel whose inventiveness made him quite wealthy in the late eighteenth century, David sometimes walks the corridors admiring the source of his income.


Location: Benllech - Pant y Saer Cromlech Burial Chamber
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1874
Further Comments: John Jones had a dream in which he found a pot of gold contained within this cromlech, at the time located on his brother's land. An excited excavation found no gold (only human remains) so was abandoned.

Williams' Treasure

Location: Bethesda - Site of a house once owned by Dr John Williams
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Archbishop Williams appeared twice after his death to the female owner of a shop built where his house once stood. Williams instructed the woman to dig in a certain place in her garden, but she refused. Many years later, a father and son digging in the garden stumbled upon Williams' hidden hoard.


Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: A pair of miners are said to haunt this site, previously seen walking off together into the darkness. The sounds of pickaxe on rock have also been heard echoing in the disused pit.


Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog - Queen's Hotel (currently known as Gwesty Ty Gorsaf)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A story based in this hotel says that a workman fled while refurbishing the building after he came face to face with a phantom miner.

Slender Lady

Location: Bodorgan - Woodland close to Trefdraeth, was known as Treveilir Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: Thirteenth century
Further Comments: Einion ap Gwalchmai was said to have encountered a pale and slender lady in this wooded area who had hooves instead of feet. The lady was later discovered to be a disguised goblin, which tried to ruin Einion's marriage by taking various forms.

An old postcard of Cadair Idris in Wales.

Instant Poetry

Location: Cadair Idris - General area of the mountain peaks
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anyone who spends a night camped on this mountain range is said to either wake up a poetic genius or go insane. The spectral hounds of Annwn, the Cwn Annwn, are also said to stalk the mountains, their howls a warning of a death to soon follow. Finally, the mountain is reputed to have taken its name from a giant who sat there to rest - the stray rocks scattered around the area are the pebbles he picked from his boots.

Water Monster

Location: Cadair Idris - Llyn Cau (lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a bottomless lake, the waters are reportedly home to a water monster that once drowned a man foolish enough to try to swim across it.

An old woodcut of the Devil dancing close to a magic circle and shadowy figures.

Devil's Footprints

Location: Cadair Idris - Rock of the Evil One (crag)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Prints left by the hoofs of the Devil can still be seen in the rock, after Old Nick danced with joy after discovering a group of men playing cards on the Sabbath.

Dart Remover

Location: Caernarfon - Anglesey Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist at work in this pub is reputed to remove darts from the dartboard and push glasses from the shelf.


Location: Caernarfon - Black Boy Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom nun passes through the inn, heading in the direction where a nunnery once stood.

Ghost for Sale

Location: Caernarfon - Bryn Bras
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1897
Further Comments: A newspaper article published in 1897 refers to the castle being sold, and as the location had the reputation for being haunted, the ghost was 'included in the sale'.

Caernarfon Castle in the 1960s.

Floating Lady

Location: Caernarfon - Caernarfon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: This shade, sometimes seen drifting down the corridors, is thought to be responsible for messing around with electrical equipment left out at night. A photograph was taken by a tourist in 2001 shows a blue misty form in the courtyard.

Female Form

Location: Caernarfon - Private residence, Peblig Ward
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 2019
Further Comments: Town Councillor Jason Wayne Parry posted a photograph to Facebook which shows, in the background, either a ghostly looking woman standing at a window or an instance of pareidolia created by a net curtain.

Very Old Monk

Location: Clynnog-fawr - Monastery (no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A devout monk once fell asleep by a river and awoke a thousand years later. He found a monastery had been constructed during his rest and asked the occupants for a bed. The following morning all that remained of the monk was a pile of ash in the sheets.

A postcard of Criccieth in Wales.

Soft Music

Location: Criccieth - Unknown cave near town
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two musicians were tricked into entering the cave by fairies, who promptly took them to their realm. Occasionally the men's music escapes from the mouth of the cave to deter others from making the same mistake.

Red Fairies

Location: Cwm Dugoed - Woodland near the valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Sixteenth century
Further Comments: The red haired fairies in this area lived underground and would steal cattle from neighbouring farms. It has been speculated that these fairies were actually normal bandits who have since gained mythical status.

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