South Glamorgan - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Cowbridge - Nash Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The site was once believed to be haunted by a ghost which would extinguish a light in a certain room. Another legend said that a spot close to the house contained buried treasure.

Man in Gold Laced Suit

Location: Dinas Powys - Dinas Powys Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: This shade appeared to a poor spinning woman and guided her to a hidden box. She was instructed to send it to the Earl of Powys (in London) without opening it - she did so, and in return the Earl paid her rent for the rest of her life. The contents of the box were never revealed.


Location: Dunraven - Cliffs near the castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once a year (exact date unknown)
Further Comments: Once a popular place for wreakers to work, one in particular is said to haunt the area after he mistakenly killed his sister after drawing her ship onto the rocks below.

Green Lady

Location: Dunraven - Hill where castle once stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This spirit has not been seen nor heard since the castle was destroyed. A blue lady, quite old looking, had also been reported at the castle.

Spinning Top

Location: Dyffryn - St Lythan's Cromlech
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The capstone on this cromlech is said to rotate three times on Midsummer Eve. In addition, anyone who makes a wish here on 31 October will have it granted.

White Lady

Location: Ewenny - Areas known as White Lady's meadow and White Lady's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: This white woman was said to point towards Ewenny, where treasure was supposed to be hidden. One legend says that a local man offered to help the ghost. The white woman asked the man to hold her hands, which he did until startled by a dog. Scared by the dog, the man snatched his hands back - the ghost screamed 'I'll be bound for another seven years!' before vanishing.

Blue Boy

Location: Ewenny - Priory ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: This ghostly young child dressed in blue clothing has been observed moving through the ruins of the priory. The area is also home to a phantom monk.

Luminous Water Horse

Location: Flemingston - River Thaw and marshy land in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The water horse found here helped an old man cross the marshland without incident. Within hours of appearing, the marsh was flooded by a freak tide. Another story says that people can often feel frightened in the area for no real reason.


Location: Llandow - RAF Llandow (disused)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 August 2009
Further Comments: A father and his young son were walking along the misty runway at this disused airfield. They paused to drink tea, and noticed that there was a red flashing light on the control tower, just visible through the mist. The wind suddenly picked up, and as the mist cleared they both spotted the silhouette of a four engine Second World War bomber, moving silently, banking over the airfield.

Walking Woman

Location: Llantwit Major - Area around the old Roman Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman was always thought to be connected to a lady who vanished, with neighbours believing she had been murdered. When the road was widened, the woman's body was found buried, and once laid to rest the ghost disappeared for good.

Auditory Warning

Location: Llantwit Major - General area, and church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death in the neighbourhood
Further Comments: The ringing of this phantom bell can be heard over the house or building where the death shall occur. Before the funeral of the person, strange noises can be heard in the church - if anyone is brave enough to peep into the building, they can see the forms of everyone who is due to die during the year.

Woman in High Heels

Location: Llantwit Major - The Ham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom woman in high heels was said to haunt this building, appearing at midnight. When building alterations were taking place, an identical pair of shoes were discovered concealed within a wall.

White Lady

Location: Llanvithyn (aka Llanveithin and Llanmeuthin) - Former monastery (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The monastery was thought haunted by a woman whose husband had sought shelter there - he was finally found, had his leg cut off and was finally bricked up alive within the walls. Centuries after the event, a legless skeleton was discovered in the building, although legend does not state whether this prevented the female phantom from returning.


Location: Mousiad - Path between village and Lisworney Crossways
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Welsh shuck, with foul breath and a coat as dark as midnight, is said to haunt this piece of road.

Death Harbinger

Location: Nantgarw - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This black dog of ill fortune can be fended off with a crucifix, though it is unsure whether this will stop the witness of dying shortly after viewing the hound.

Captain Ramon Hill

Location: Penarth - Kymin House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An eighteenth century pirate, some say Ramon enjoys remaining earthbound and scaring people.

Crested Dragons

Location: Penllyn - Penllyn Castle, and surrounding woods
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: The dragons (or winged snakes, according to other sources) here were once said to be quite common, if not a little shy. They snacked on the local produce, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers; they were eventually all killed.

Winged Snakes

Location: Penmark - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An old woman claimed that her grandfather had fought and killed a winged serpent in this area. The man had skinned the creature, though the evidence had been thrown away after his death.

Giant Arthur

Location: Reynoldston - Arthur's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring) (walking stone legend said to occur)
Further Comments: One story associated with this Neolithic tomb has King Arthur finding a stone in his boot. The king picked the pebble out and threw it to one side, thus placing the stone where it now stands. Another legend says the stone walks down to the sea once a year for a quick drink. Finally, another story says the stone was split by a miller who was after a millstone - unable to lift it, the split stone has remained laying there since.

White Lady

Location: Rhiwsaeson - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman in white who haunted the area was said to have tried to locate a newborn baby, the kiss of which would release her from her fate.

Lady de Clare

Location: St Athan - Area around site of West Orchard castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to have been buried alive by her cruel husband who (incorrectly) believed she was having an affair, this white lady was once said to walk the castle and the surrounding area.

Peter the Pirate

Location: St Donats - Large cave at Tresilian Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: First New Moon of the New Year (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Peter, pirate, was buried alive at the mouth of a large cave here. For one evening a year he screams out for help.


Location: St Donats - St Donats Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: When death occurs in the family
Further Comments: This ghost heralds a death in the family very much like a banshee - wailing pierces the night air, and scratching is heard at windows. The entity was named as Lady Stradling, who was murdered by another member of her family. The apparition is also seen, some writing at it resembles an old, haggled woman, while others claim the figure wears high heels and a gown made of fine silk. If this was not enough, the castle is also reported to be home to a large floating eye that glows, a semi-transparent large black cat, and a piano that has a habit of playing itself.

New Shoes for the Devil

Location: St Nicholas - Dusty Forge Inn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn was once a blacksmith, where the Devil was caught making new shoes for himself.

Dancing Women

Location: St Nicholas - Tinkinswood Cromlech
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The small standing stones around this cromlech were once women who were petrified for dancing on the Sabbath. It is said that if one sleeps between them, there is a chance of becoming a great poet, going mad, or dying.

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