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Welsh ghost stories that will send a chill down your spine

by Gary Reading, Aug 2019

The spectre of Judge Jeffreys

Known as “The Hanging Judge”, Jeffreys – who was born in Wrexham – took charge of the Bloody Assizes in the 17th century.

The gruesome trials led to thousands of those suspected of treason being burned alive at the stake, hanged and beheaded.

Ghost hunter Iain Alderton claims he has a picture that shows a ghoulish figure in an archaic powdered wig – and it is staring right at the camera.

The snaps were taken at the Ilchester Arms in London, which is understood to have been one of Judge Jeffreys’ favourite watering holes.

Lady in Welsh Folk Dress, Llyn Peninsula

In January 2012, holiday maker Paul Feehan took a trip to Abersoch to enjoy the rambling countryside.

The Manchester-based property developer paused for a rest with a friend on a bench facing a lake in the area, and his friend promptly took out his phone and started filming the beautiful scenery.

Upon watching the video back, the pair discovered a dark figure standing just a few metres in the distance behind them. The figure barely moves for the duration of the video, and after doing research, Paul was convinced that the figure was a woman in Welsh traditional folk dress.

Others are not so sure, with some saying that the figure is actually just a person walking a dog.

Plas Teg House, Flintshire

A Jacobean country house, Plas Teg was built by Welsh politician Sir John Trevor in 1610.

There are believed to be more than 15 ghosts walking around the house, which was used as a local court where people were tried and hung.

Sir Trevor’s daughter, Dorothy, is believed to haunt the A541 that runs past Plas Teg and there are reported to have been many car accidents on the approach to the house with visitors who have “seen something” in the road.

A teenager named Elizabeth Trevor-Roper, who died in 1815 at the age of 16, was believed to have been pushed down a well by a man whose love she spurned.

She is also said to have been seen running through the house’s corridor.
Sker House, Porthcawl

Sker House, Porthcawl

The 800-year-old mansion was immortalised in the Victorian novel The Maid of Sker, which was based on the tale of Elizabeth Williams, who “died of a broken heart” after being locked in a room in the house by her father to prevent her from marrying her lover.

The house is known for its vivid and violent past. This included 16th century carnage against Catholics, upon whose faith the house was founded.

Witnesses have reportedly heard “high pitched screeching noises, screams and wailing cries”, and seen dark shadows and figures, more so in the room where Elizabeth is thought to have been locked away.

They have told of feeling unease and dread on entering the house, with some feeling physically sick.

Craig Y Nos Castle

was once a sanitorium for children with TB and the home of an opera star at the turn of the 20th century.

According to television’s Most Haunted crew, the salt cellar houses a “particularly nasty guy”.

The slab room where opera star Adelina Patti’s body was embalmed is also in the cellar.

n one room, famed TV psychic medium Derek Acorah said he felt as though a child had been pushed out of the window of one of the rooms.

And one photo seems to show the outline of what looks like a man in formal evening wear going up the stairs.