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South Glamorgan Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

Ghost's Treasure

Location: River Ogmore - Exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A tailor's wife was asked by a ghost to cast some treasure, gained during its lifetime by nefarious means, into the river so it could rest easy. The woman did so, but tossed the treasure upstream rather than downstream, condemning the ghost to remain earthbound. The ghost created a strong wind which whisked the woman high into the air and she was later found unconscious along a lane.

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, 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.

Haunted Woman

Location: St Donats - Unnamed cottage close to the castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A housekeeper who lived in this cottage after the death of her employer became haunted by his ghost. A prayer meeting was held in the cottage during which the ghost manifested to the housekeeper and revealed a hidden bag of coins, instructing the lady to take them and discard the loot into the nearby River Ogmore.

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.

Waiting Wife

Location: Swanbridge - Captain's Wife public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This public house is named after a local tale which says a phantom fisherman's wife haunts the area, awaiting the return of her husband lost at sea during a storm. Another legend says when the captain's wife died, her body was kept in a box - the box was stolen, mistaken for treasure.

Grey Lady

Location: Taff's Well - Area around natural spring
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters of the well were once used to cure rheumatism and are said to have been in use since Roman times. The area is reputedly home to a phantom grey lady.

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