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Powys Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Marsh ghost.

White Catti

Location: Machynlleth - River Rheidol
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Catrin Gwyn disappeared a few days after her wedding, believed drowned after a storm blew up; part of her red cloak was found by a bog. Word sprang up that her phantom returned, either to push people into the nearby river, or to drag them into the same marsh which had (supposedly) taken her own life.


Location: Machynlleth - Road between Machynlleth and Bala
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A traveller set upon by robbers prayed for help along this road - a phantom grey horseman appeared, scaring the criminals away.

Small Man

Location: Menai Bridge - Anglesey Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pub is reputed to be haunted by a short older man.

John Davies' Grave

Location: Montgomery - Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Just before his execution for a crime he probably did not commit, Davies stated that no grass would ever grow on his grave. This is still the case, and the bare spot forms the image of a cross. An early version of the story says that if anyone tries to sow grass seeds on the spot, they shall die.

Drinking Rocks

Location: New Radnor - Standing Stones east of village
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When the church bells ring
Further Comments: Upon hearing the ringing of the local church bells, these standing stones move to a nearby pool and start drinking.


Location: Pen-y-cae - Craig Y Nos Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: While on a ghost hunt, The Ghost Research Foundation International photographed a human shaped shadow standing on the staircase, although it has been suggested that this was shadow was casted from a statuette on the roof. The owners of the castle claim many ghosts haunt the building, including the composer Rossini, opera singer Adelina Patti and her husband, and the sound of children running.

Funeral Attendee

Location: Penybank - Exact location not known
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shopkeeper returning home suddenly heard wailing and was pushed along by something unseen. He managed to move to one side of the road and escape the force, although he could then perceive a phantom funeral procession. He knew several of the faces of the crowd, and then recognised himself. Once home, he told his wife and a couple of friends about the encounter. Exactly two weeks later, the shopkeeper's neighbour died, and the witness found himself in a real procession which contained everyone he had previously seen.

An old woodcut of a winged serpent.

Winged Snake

Location: Pistyll Rhaeadr - Waterfall
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A flesh eating serpent that lived on top of the waterfall was killed by locals who antagonised the beast until it attacked a scarlet cloth that concealed jagged spears.

Fairy Kingdom

Location: Pontneddfechan - Criag-y-Coed
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rocky outcrop is said to be the last haunt of the fairy folk in Wales.

Beast of Bodalog

Location: Rhayader - Area around Bodalog Farm
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: September 1988 to December 1988
Further Comments: Thirty five sheep were killed over several months by an unknown creature which dispatched livestock with a bite just below the neck. It was speculated that the creature came from the nearby river at night. Due to flattened grass around the kills, some speculated it was the work of a large snake.

Magic Bell

Location: Rhayader - Castle (no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Twelfth century
Further Comments: A knight being held captive in the castle was given a magic bell and told its power would break down the wall of his cell. The knight rang the bell but the wall remained intact, much to the amusement of the prison wardens. Soon after, the castle was struck by lightning, destroying everything other than a wall upon which the magic bell hang.

The Giant's Grave

Location: Rhayader - St Clement's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A mass grave in the churchyard reputedly contains a thighbone that measured over a metre in length.


Location: Trefeglwys - Shepherd's Cottage (likely no longer standing), nicknamed Place of Strife
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few months after giving birth to twins, the mother noticed her children had been exchanged with fairy children as they did not grow. After consulting a wise man, the woman threw the children into the waters of Llyn Ebyr. Goblins in blue trousers suddenly appeared and snatched the changelings from the water. The woman's real children were quickly returned.

Man in Gold Laced Suit

Location: Welshpool - Powis Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1780
Further Comments: This haunting ended when a new maid was placed in a haunted bedroom as a joke planned by the other workers; she listened to the ghost instead of running like so many had done in the past, and as a reward the supernatural being led her to a box hidden under a floorboard. This was later presented to her master who rewarded the maid with freedom and a cottage. The ghost was seen no more.

Mrs Jones

Location: Welshpool - Unstated house
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1906
Further Comments: Several months after Mrs Jones died, she manifested in her neighbour's home. The neighbour claimed she had felt someone grab her arm; turning around, the neighbour came face-to-face with Mrs Jones who then disappeared. The neighbour said her arm hurt for several days after the encounter.

The Well-Dressed Woman

Location: Ystradgynlais - Lanes in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An innkeeper's son would frequently spot a ghostly, well-dressed woman along the lanes of this town. The man eventually spoke to her, and she requested that he travel to 'Philadelphia in Pennsylvania' and removed a box of money from a house. After telling the woman he could not make the journey, she whisked him into the air and took him to the Philadelphian house. After recovering the box, the man was then taken to the Dead Sea where he cast the box into the water, before finally being returned home.

Demonic treasure guardians.

Hidden Gold

Location: Ystradgynlais - Mynydd y Drum summit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hoard of treasure hidden under rocks on the top of this mountain is protected by demonic entities which attack anyone close to discovering the gold.

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