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Gwynedd Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Paperwork

Location: Penrhyndeudraeth - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Visitors reportedly heard paperwork being shuffled, occasional screams, and encountered the spirit of a young girl during a ghost hunt at the public house.

Singing Fairies

Location: Pentraeth - Mynydd Llwydiarth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard singing on the mountain and from the nearby lake, these fairies were very rarely seen.

Man in the Road

Location: Pentreuchaf - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Both young and smart in appearance, this male walks along the middle of the road, causing oncoming traffic to stop before he vanishes into thin air.

Billy

Location: Porthmadog - Coliseum Cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2016
Further Comments: When the cinema was operational it was said to be haunted by 'Billy', a stage manager who worked at the site during the 1930s. A strange presence would be sensed by staff, while footfalls and other sounds heard in empty areas. A strange face was also reported as appearing in the projection booth.

After Hours Figure

Location: Portmeirion - Seconds Pottery Shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure has been spotted in the shop after it has been locked up for the night.

Thirsty Squire

Location: Pwllheli - Plas-yu-Rhiw Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1892?
Further Comments: Once home to an alcoholic, it is said that his steps can sometimes be heard echoing through the house while he looks for another drink.

Black Shape

Location: Red Wharf Bay - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: Staff at the Minydon hotel watched a ten meter long black shape swim by, both the front part of the creature and the end of the tail protruding from the water. Several other sightings of strange sea creatures were reported in the area throughout the year.

Entrance to Fairyland

Location: Rhyd-ddu - Llyn Cwellyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There was once a way into fairyland here - one man who took it disappeared for seven years! Another story says one man waited by the hill and grabbed the first fairy who emerged, forcing the entity to marry him. A nearby lake contains a floating island, from which fairy music can be heard.

Giant

Location: Snowdon - Mountain Summit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The summit of Mount Snowdon is rumoured to be the burial place of a giant banished by King Arthur.

Dancing Fairies

Location: Snowdon - Llyn Du'r Arddu
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small lake on the north side of Snowdon is home to fairies and goblins who dance around the shoreline.

Afanc

Location: Snowdon - Llyn Glaslyn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Witness Oliver Vaughan spotted the pale head of strange animal in Llyn Glaslyn, which was thought to be an Afanc, a lake monster from Welsh mythology.

King Arthur Sleeping

Location: Snowdonia - Llyn Llydaw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shepherd claimed to have found King Arthur and his knights asleep in a secret cave here - the Welshman ran away when he accidentally brushed against a bell, and those asleep began to wake.

Coloured Stones

Location: Snowdonia - Smaller circle of stones close to the Druid Stones, Sychnant Pass
Type: Legend
Date / Time: May no longer be standing
Further Comments: The three coloured stones which once stood here - red, white, and blue - were said to be three women who worked on the Sabbath. Petrified for the sin, the stones retained the colours of the clothing they wore.

Brenin Llwyd

Location: Snowdonia - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Brenin Llwyd, or Grey King, could be classed as a hairy man entity. It has scared dogs and is weary of any kind of light.

Hungry Worm

Location: Snowdonia - Llyn-y-Gadair
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth Century
Further Comments: A group of men swimming across this lake were attacked by a large worm-like monster. One of the people was grabbed and consumed by the beast.

Poetry or Madness

Location: Snowdonia - Maen du'r Arddu
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One legend says that anyone sleeping here will awake either a poet or mad.

Coach

Location: Trawsfynydd - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 December 1979
Further Comments: A phantom coach pulled by ghostly horses was spotted as it passed through the village.

Modern Man

Location: Tregarth - Terraced house along Godre'r Parc
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: The family here moved out after their six children were scared by a six foot fall ghost wearing contemporary clothing. A local priest held an exorcism which failed to banish the entity.

Figure in Grey

Location: Tremadog - Plas Tan-Yr-Allt Historic Country House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1947 onwards
Further Comments: The house is haunted by a mysterious figure in a grey cloak and a tricorn hat, seen walking across the lawn at night. This apparition could either be that of an intruder who was once almost shot after peering through a downstairs window, or that of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who once briefly lived at the house. Other spirits include a phantom car heard in the driveway, the ghost of a wife of a former owner, the sound of childrens' voices, and an old man spotted on the staircase.

Galloping Horsemen

Location: Tremadog - Bypass close to the Tremadog roundabout
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 20 July 2012, around 17:00h
Further Comments: A group of four or six horsemen wearing brown leather were seen charging across this bypass.

Falling Figure

Location: Tremadog - Hound's Head rock formation
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure was seen to fall from the rock face, although nothing could be found when a search was made. Laughter, chattering and shouting voices have also been heard in the area, the source never found when investigated.

Disagreeable Fellow

Location: Tremadog - Pant Ifan farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The man who hanged himself here and is now said to haunt this private hut had a reputation for his constant arguments with Percy Shelley, who lived nearby.

Drowned Beast

Location: Tywyn - Llyn Barfog (aka Bearded Lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monster which made a nuisance of itself in the neighbourhood was killed by the hero Huw Gadarn, who drowned the creature. Another tale says that the hero involved was King Arthur. The area is also known for its fairies and was said to be the place where the legendary fairy cows first came from (before they vanished after one was almost butchered for being too old).

Ghost Train

Location: Tywyn (formerly known as Towyn) - Talylln Railway, the Dolgoch Viaduct
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Seen by climbers, a black shape was watched as it darted along the track at midnight. It has been said that the object the climbers witnessed was a slate wagon or platelayer's trolley, used other people to take illicit rides down to Towyn. This could also explain why witnesses have reported hearing whistles and watching lights on the track late at night after the last trains have ceased.

Humming Woman

Location: Wylfa - Area near the power station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom white woman was seen moving slowly along, humming a tune to herself. The ghost would vanish near to the edge of a cliff.

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