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Gwynedd Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Denzil Christie

Location: Llangoed - Llangoed Hall Hotel, kitchen area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young man, reported in the kitchen and library areas of the hotel, was killed in a hunting accident during his stay here. Another story says that the ghost (or perhaps a second entity) is named Arginald, a lad who committed suicide during the 1940s.

Healing Eel

Location: Llangybi, near Pwllheli - St Cybi's Well
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sick would dangle their feet into the waters of the well, hoping that the touch of the eel would increase their chances of recovery.

Thigh Stone

Location: Llanidan - Old Church of St Nidan
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone no longer present
Further Comments: A thigh shaped stone could once be found at the church and would magically return to the site if removed. In the twelfth century, an earl took the strange stone, chained it to a rock, and had it tossed into the sea. The following day, the thigh stone had returned; the earl instructed that no one should try to remove the stone again. It is thought the stone was stolen during the eighteenth century and this time the stone never returned home.

Rock Throwing

Location: Llanllechid - Unknown farm
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1758
Further Comments: The occupants of this farm were injured by an entity which removed and threw rocks from a nearby river. Clergymen from Bangor who game to banish the presence were themselves driven away. The family were said to have finally moved out.

Light Flicker

Location: Llanrug - Seiont Manor Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be friendly, the entity in this hotel limits itself to causing lights to flicker.

Growling

Location: Llanystumdwy - Ty Newydd Writers' Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly dog can be heard growling in the library. The same area is reputed to be haunted by a little boy who moves books around, as well as another ghostly male presence which has been felt close to the place where David Lloyd George died.

Fairy Cattle

Location: Llyn Arenig - Llyn Arenig Fach
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be a fairy lake, one farmer who found a young bull on the edge of the water and took it home had his entire herd taken away from him - a little man came out from the lake and led the animals into its water.

One Good Turn

Location: Llyn Glas - Cabin by the lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A shepherd who would spend the summer months in this cabin gave his shirt to a woman, so she had something to wrap around her baby. The following morning, and every morning from that day on, he found a piece of silver left in an old clog in the cabin.

Birdless

Location: Llyn Idwal - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former Prince of Wales was said to have been drowned in the lake that now bears his name. The area is said to be devoid of birdsong (and some stories say no bird can ever fly over the lake). Another folktale says the lake is so old that it is the home to demons.

Taker of Excalibur

Location: Llyn Ogwen - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lake has been named as a likely place where Excalibur was taken and returned to - as the magical sword was thrown into the waters, a pallid arm caught the weapon and pulled it beneath the waves.

Fairy Bride

Location: Llyn y Dywarchen - Lake and a farm close by (likely no longer present)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fairy married a mortal man with her father's blessing, on the condition that the man would never let iron touch her flesh. They lived together for many years, and had several children, but one day her knee was struck by a stirrup and she vanished back to the fairy realm. While she was not allowed to walk human lands again, she was permitted to float on the lake while balanced on a piece of turf, which she did to continue to talk to her husband.

Young Woman

Location: Maentwrog - Plas y Dduallt
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accompanied by the smell of freesia, the ghost of a young woman is reputed to haunt this building. Sometimes screaming is heard coming from the upper floor.

Two Former Airmen

Location: Maes Artro, Llanbedr - Former Second World War airbase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A training base for fighter pilots during the Second World War, a couple of the trainees have refused to go away post-mortem and are blamed for moving chairs and removing small items left laying around. The site has now been converted into a holiday village, with most of the original buildings destroyed.

Screaming Judge

Location: Mallwyd - A458, valley north of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1550s onwards
Further Comments: A judge who pronounced the death sentence to eighty bandits was ambushed here by the remainder of the gang and brutally murdered. His screams are occasionally reported.

Sobbing

Location: Moelfre - The Druids' Circle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Cries, sobs and loud moans are heard from the Stone of Sacrifice on certain nights of the year. During a meeting of witches in the dim and distant past, this stone communicated with the pagan group - two of the women dropped dead on the spot, while a third went mad.

Owain Lawgoch

Location: Mynydd Mawr - North side of the mountain
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Snowdonia mountain is another site where Owain Lawgoch and his men are said to sleep in a secret cavern, waiting until needed.

The Demon Oak Tree

Location: Nannau - Ceubren yr Elbyl
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1813
Further Comments: An oak tree which was once used to conceal a dead body was considered haunted; locals were fearful of walking by the tree at night. The tree eventually fell and was destroyed, though some say that the oak sometimes comes back.

Screaming Groom

Location: Nannau - Mules Well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The seasonal sounds of screaming can be heard in this location, dating back from when a young groom was killed when the horse he was tending panicked and trampled the man to death.

Pale Woman

Location: Nannau - Mansion house driveway, and Dolgellau to Llanfachreth road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by her husband (who also killed their pet dog), this woman's ghost walks the driveway of the manor house and crosses the road to reach the park yonder.

Red Dragon

Location: Nant Gwynant - Lake hidden under hillside
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Not Known
Further Comments: It was at this site that Vortigern, King of the Britons, encountered a red dragon and a white dragon fighting in a deep underground. The white dragon fled, leaving the red dragon victorious - the king took the creature to be his emblem.

Floating Island

Location: Nantlle Valley - Lake of the Turf Sod
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An island once floated around this body of water, acting as a meeting place between a fairy and her human husband, after she was prevented by other members of her race to walk on land.

Coach and Four

Location: Nefyn - Unknown road in area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a phantom coach which travels a road here forewarns of the witness's death.

Martha

Location: Pengwern Arms public house - Llan Ffestiniog
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: This community run pub is reputedly the home of a ghost named Martha, who has been blamed for creating cold spots, disembodied footsteps, and spooky knocks.

Tricked Dragon

Location: Penmynydd - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Paid by a nobleman to rid the area of a dragon, a local lad dug a deep pit and at the bottom he placed a brass mirror. The creature fell into the hole and, believing it had met a rival, fought its own reflection before falling exhausted. This enabled the boy to decapitate the monster with no further problems.

Arthur's Horse

Location: Pennal - Carn March Arthur (close to Afon Dyffryn Gwyn)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A rock along this river is said to feature hoof prints where King Arthur's horse landed after leaping across the (now drained and removed) estuary.

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