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South Glamorgan Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Black Dog

Location: Cold Knap - Beach, between cave and min golf course
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: February 1997, 23:00 (approximately) and September 2013 around midnight
Further Comments: This witness, who would often sit on the pebbles with their two dogs, watched another dog, black in colour, move silently across the beach some fifty metres away. The witness's curiosity was raised by the fact that despite the rocks and stones underfoot, the hound moved smoothly, and their own dogs remained oblivious to the strange canine. Sixteen years later the same witness reported their second paranormal event on the beach - a nebulous black cloud which formed around their feet. After tolerating the cloud for several minutes, the witness left the area.


Location: Colwinston - Pwyllywrach Manor
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: August, first Monday of the month (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Cries and screams can be heard from a man torn into small pieces by hell hounds. The echoes can be heard once a year.

Fat Man Rolling

Location: Corntown - A48, Crack Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The strange sight of a short tubby man rolling down the hill only to vanish into a quarry has been reported here.


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 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.

Sir Thomas Button

Location: Dyffryn - Dyffryn House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy nights (possibly last seen nineteenth century)
Further Comments: Former owner Button was said to walk through the garden and occasionally pop up in the cellar.

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.

Malaria Cure

Location: Llangan - Canna's Stone (aka St Canna's Chair)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This small stone had the power to cure malaria and fever. All one had to do was sit upon it, drink water from a nearby wall, and continue the process for up to three weeks. Bedrest may have been quicker.


Location: Llangan - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was supposed to have been built another field, but other entities had different ideas; every night the previous day's building progress was deconstructed and relocated to the site where the church now stands.

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. A servant who encountered the creature had to be helped home as the shock left him unable to walk. Another witness described the dog as having a human-shape, although the body and limbs were that of a large spotted hound.

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, especially chickens, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers. They were hunted to extinction. It has been suggested that the winged snakes were misidentified pheasants or peacocks and not native to the area until introduced by the English.

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.

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