The Sker House Ghosts

The Sker House Ghosts

In this article we will be taking a closer look at Sker House – dating back as far as the 12th century, it is now regarded as one of the most haunted properties in Wales…


History

Sker House started out as a grange property that was built to support the monks of Neath Abbey. This function ended with the dissolution of the monasteries and it eventually ended up being privately owned.

The property’s eight century history is well known to locals due to the amount of despair and bloodshed it has encountered – this dark past has somehow managed to weave it’s way into the very fabric of the building…

Throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this area of Wales succumbed to the brutal persecution against Catholics. At the time, the Turberville family owned Sker House and they were fierce believers of Catholic ways.

History suggests that the Turberville’s went as far as sheltering and hiding Jesuit priests and allowing Clandestine Masses to take place on the property.

The Turberville’s were able to keep these actions quiet until 1678, when a famous Catholic plot to kill Charles II once again brought persecution into play.

Sker House was eventually raided and a Jesuit priest named Father Philip Evans was arrested and accused of being some sort of ringleader. He was taken straight to Cardiff where he sat through a viciously unfair trail and ended up being publicly executed (He was hung, drawn and quartered).

The head of the Turberville family, Charles, knew the game was finally up. He sold the house and moved abroad to escape the possible repercussions of Evans’s execution.


The R.D. Blackmore Link

The author of the famous book Lorna Doone  R. D. Blackmore, was fascinated by a paranormal legend that was linked to Sker House, and eventually wrote a book on his research entitled The Maid of Sker

A past inhabitant of the house named Elizabeth Williams fell in love with a young carpenter and harpist called Thomas Evans. Unfortunately her father was not exactly ‘bowled over’ by this young commoner.

The young couple eventually devised a plan of escape that failed miserably…

Evans arranged for a coach and horses to arrive late at Elizabeth’s home so they could run away to elope somewhere in England. Unfortunately the arrival of the coach alerted the dog’s at the house and the couple’s plan fell to pieces.

The Maid of Sker

Evans hastily retreated from the area and never returned – leaving Elizabeth to face the wrath of her father on her own.

She was locked up in a tower room with no windows and eventually forced to marry a man she did not love (Thomas Kirkhouse). Elizabeth died after nine years of a loveless marriage to Kirkhouse – locals say she perished due to her broken heart.

Elizabeth’s ghost is one of the most powerful paranormal forces now inhabiting Sker House. Her spirit seems to be stuck inside the windowless room she was held captive in.

Numerous reports claim to have heard her clanking chains and her misty form has materialized in front of visitors on numerous occasions.


The Ghosts

In 2002 a famous documentary crew who worked for the BBC set up inside Sker House to follow the major restorations taking place. Their filming was ruined by high pitched noise that seemed to be coming from the Great Hall area.

A local medium was called in and she informed the filmmakers that something very evil had been disturbed by the renovations taking place on the property. The documentary crew had seen (and heard) enough – they packed up their equipment and refused to return to the location.

Locals also believe that the spirit of a ship’s captain returns to search through Sker house from time to time…

His boat was shipwrecked at Sker Point and he was killed along with his crew. The wreckage was instantly plundered and Elizabeth Williams’s father was accused of taking some of the ship’s items.

He claimed that he was simply gathering these plundered items for safekeeping – away from the common local’s sticky fingers!

Locals now believe that the spirit of the captain returns to Sker House in the hope he will locate his plundered belongings.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the paranormal activity in Sker House, please leave them in the comment section below.

The St. Pierre Golf Club Lady in Grey

The St. Pierre Golf Club Lady in Grey

The St. Pierre Golf club in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, is yet another Welsh property that houses a lady ghost.

St. Pierre used to belong to Sir David ap Philips – a very strong supporting character of Henry IV and Henry V. Henry V actually paid a visit to Sir David and used the opportunity to stash some of his more valuable jewels in the tower of the actual building.

The jewels remained hidden at the location for many years until eventually they were handed over to Henry IV.

For some unknown reason, the son of Sir David ap Philips decided to change the family name to Lewis. The Lewis family then went on to own St. Pierre for several generations.

The Lady in Grey

A Lady in Grey haunts St. Pierre with her occasional presence. The apparition is described as a strange grey-colored shape that appears only for a few moments.

Her favorite place seems to be the doorway to a room known as ‘The Sturges’.

The female ghost is thought to be a former member of the Lewis family – legend has it that she still haunts the building due to a pair of suitors who once fought a duel over her hand.

This duel actually took place inside a room known as ‘Maes Fawr’ which now suffers from extreme poltergeist activity.

The lady ghost is known to be of a benevolent disposition – her first recorded sighting was from a female guest who stayed in the building near the end of the nineteenth century.

It was early in the morning when this female guest spotted the Grey Lady in a corridor and immediately thought she was a housekeeper for the location.

Later in the day she approached a member of staff to ask about the strange housekeeper she had met with. She was told that no housekeepers were designated to that part of the house on this particular day.

Fred Hando

A local Gwent house researcher named Fred Hando once stayed at St. Pierre and had an encounter with what he claimed was the Grey Lady.

He spent several nights in a small room in the top part of the building and it was here that he experienced the paranormal activity.

Chepstow Golf Course (St.Pierre)

When the room temperature dropped suddenly in the night Hando awoke to find a strange presence within the room.

He has been interviewed on the subject many times since and he believes the paranormal presence was somehow trying to leave the room in which he was staying in.

The Laughing Gardner

The Grey Lady seems to have a partner in crime in St. Pierre – although this character seems to have a much jollier personality.

He is thought to be the ghost of a former gardener who appears from time to time in the gateway to the main garden.

Nobody knows why, but this happy entity always seems to be laughing uncontrollably…giving him the name of ‘The Laughing Gardner’.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Lady in Grey of the St. Pierre Golf Club, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Skirrid Mountain Inn – The Haunting

The Skirrid Mountain Inn - The Haunting

Some believe that this delightful old Welsh inn dates back further than 1110 when records show that a certain John Crowther was executed inside the building.

He was (apparently) caught steeling local sheep and hung from one of the beams inside the main room of the inn.

Over the next 8 centuries a total of 182 similar criminals would meet the same fate as good old John Crowther.

Execution does seem a bit of a dark tactic for a local inn to employ but ‘way back when’ the building also doubled up as a local courthouse.

The executions were still taking place until half way through the 19th century when a new set of owners decided that enough was enough. It was time to concentrate on getting people pissed instead!

The Spirits

With so many shady characters meeting their end within the walls of this building there is bound to be a certain paranormal echo resonating throughout.

The spirits of those executed in the inn often make their presences known in a rather direct and frightening manner.

The Spirits

A strange and overwhelming sensation has effected many visitors to the inn in recent times.

They often report the feeling of something cold being slipped over their neck before their lungs lock up – they are unable to breathe until they manage to break free from the malign grip.

These frightened customers often display bruised rope burn marks around their necks days after the disturbing experience.

The Lady of The Inn

A unknown lady also haunts the inn but is a much less threatening entity. Although never seen, she is both felt and heard by staff and patrons as she frequently rustles past them.

Her presence always coincides with a distinct drop in temperate within the inn walls.

In the mid 90’s a live radio broadcast took place in the inn which involved a well known local medium. He claimed that he was in the presence of a young lady that actually died in the inn of consumption many years before.

The landlady at the time was not really a believer in the paranormal but she thanked the medium for his time in a polite manner – she could not prove or disprove his statements.

Abergavenny as seen from the Monmouthshire Canal 2014, with the Skirrid in the centre of the picture
Abergavenny as Seen From The Monmouthshire Canal 2014, With The Skirrid Mountain in The Center of The Picture

Several months later a couple turned up at the inn and started to ask the same landlady questions about the former owners.

They were in the process of researching their family tree and one of their bloodlines led to the inn.

The landlady discovered that one of their ancestors was named Harry Price and his wife had died whilst living in the inn of consumption. She was in her early thirties.

She then discovered that this same wife was buried in a local graveyard where she still lays to this day.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Skirrid Mountain Inn, please leave them in the comment section below.

Margam Castle Ghosts

Margam Castle Ghosts

In this article we will be taking a look at the paranormal happenings and the Margam Castle ghosts reported over the years…

Robert Scott

As a child I used to love visiting my relatives in Neath, South Wales, as I knew there was always a chance we would end up visiting the nearby Margam Park.

My uncle used to be somewhat of a paranormal enthusiast and he knew a lot about the castle that stood at Margam.

The main spirit he used to mention was that of a former gamekeeper named Robert Scott.

It is thought that Scott was murdered by a poacher many years ago and his spirit is now trapped inside the castle grounds. His apparition is often seen on the Gothic staircase leading to the Castle.

Margam Abbey
Margam Abbey

Apparently there have been numerous psychic investigators invited to the castle over the years and they all claim that Scott’s spirit is indeed real.

Most of them agree that he is still in a rage about his untimely and unjust death at the hands of a violent poacher.

The Children

On many occasions there have been visitors who have experienced the rather unsettling sound of giggling children through the long corridors and dramatic rooms of the family areas.

On several occasions there have been sightings of youngsters in Victorian dress spotted drifting in and out of doorways and mischievously moving castle objects.

Investigations

Due to the high volume of paranormal reports in the castle, many psychic investigations have taken place.

Reports of cold spots and orbs in the Castle are frighteningly abundant on paranormal activity nights.

Margam Park Orangery
Margam Park Orangery

Many seances have been broken up due to the spirits becoming angry with the psychic investigators.

The violence has frequently reached the point where rocks and castle furniture is thrown at the seance members.

Many of these investigators agree that the most violent entity in the area is that of former gamekeeper Robert Scott.

The Margam Castle Ghosts

In recent years the castle’s paranormal incidents have reached as far as the Ghost Hunters International show in Los Angeles, California.

They decided to take a closer look at this beautiful building and even ended up filming a whole episode on their investigation.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the article we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Llanelli Ghosts – Paranormal Wales

Llanelli Ghosts - Paranormal Wales

I was born and bred in Carmarthen, South Wales. This beautiful area of the country is littered with fantastic castles and ancient, yet impressive buildings.

Due to my interest in the paranormal from a young age – I came across numerous (paranormal) reports based in my surrounding area.

In this article I decided to cover one of these areas I spent a great deal of time as a kid – Llanelli.

So, lets take a closer look at the Llanelli ghosts of past and present…

The Park Howard Mansion

This superbly grand sandstone mansion looms above Llanelli’s grandest park – it is an area that contains many unique buildings.

Over the years there have been a large amount of sightings regarding a lady in white that peers out of the tower window.

The Park Howard Mansion

This white lady is often joined by the figure of a ghostly nurse and a wounded soldier on the main staircase.

During the two world wars the building was used as an emergency hospital – could this be the reason these three spirits wander it’s halls?

Stradey Woods

As a young child I pretty much HATED the Stradey Woods area of Llanelli – I spent many a Scouts camping trip there and the area was intensely creepy at night.

The most widely seen ghost associated with the woods is a sort of ‘old fashioned runner’.

He is often seen speedily making his way through the area in old/aged sporting gear.

The spirit has been linked to reports of a tragedy that happened back in the 1930’s when a runner was hit and killed by a passing car.

Even the police in the area admit to receiving several calls a year regarding a ghostly figure running through the wooded area.

Stepney Mansion/Hotel

Back in the mid 80’s, I actually went to school with the daughter of owner of this Jacobean mansion with Georgian features (but for the life of me I cannot remember her name!).

The building is said to have two main spirits in residence.

The first is the ghost of a woman in a heavy brocaded gown that seems to be covered in noisy trinkets or garments.

Stepney Mansion/Hotel

There have been numerous reports of her making a sort of ‘swishing’ sound as she approaches witnesses.

The second ghost is said to be that of a maid named Mira Turner. She died whilst serving at the house way back in 1851.

The Ghostly Carriage

A 12th Century church with 15th Century renovations seems to be the focal point of a rather shocking ghostly form of transport.

St. Elli Parish Church often enjoys a visit from a ghostly carriage that disappears into it’s treacherous bend at the church wall.

The carriage is often seen flying down the Park Howard hill before it does it’s disappearing act in the old wall.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Llanelli ghosts we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Ghosts of Aberystwyth

The Ghosts of Aberystwyth

In this article we will be taking a look at the ghosts of Aberystwyth, a historic market town, administrative center and holiday resort within Ceredigion, West Wales.

Constitution Hill

Around this area there have been many sightings of a woman dressed in a Victorian-styled outfit, wandering aimlessly.

Whenever witnesses attempt to approach this strange and sad looking female she seems to disappear almost instantly.

As well as Constitution Hill, she has also been spotted in the direction of Clarach and Clarach Bay.

In these areas she is seen floating across the ground aimlessly towards the direction of the local woods.

The Boar’s Head

The Boar’s Head on Queen’s Road used to be a pub but has now been converted into accommodation for local university students.

When the pub was finally closed down it was left empty for many decades – nobody wanted to take a chance on the paranormal activity that took place there.

Many believe that the main spirit that resides at this building is that of a past landlord who committed suicide.

Apparently he managed to hang himself in the attic from one of the beams that lay overhead.

Many visitors to the inn claimed that they had heard his keys jangling away as an invisible force followed them.

It is supposed that if you follow the noises you will come across the ghost of the grieving landlord getting ready to hang himself.

Aberystwyth Railway Station

The Mermaid

This report stretches back as far as 1826 when a group of 12 friends decided to climb Constitution Hill to take in the wonderful local views.

When they reached a decent height they looked down onto the shoreline to see a beautiful naked woman washing herself in the sea.

Awe quickly turned into fear as they realized this woman had a tail fin where her legs should of been.

They quickly ran down the hill to the shoreline but the strange creature had disappeared.

The Student Halls

The student areas of Pumlumon and Caerleon are home to a female specter that floats between the rooms at night.

One student claims to have witnessed the woman floating above her bed, however she disappeared before the student was able to react.

Back in the early 1970’s a male student woke to find the strange woman standing at the foot of his bed.

He was so petrified he could not scream or move.

The female specter simply raised her hand and pointed a crooked finger at him before disappearing into the bedroom’s gloom.

The student in question sticks to his version of events even to this day.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the ghosts of Aberystwyth please leave them in the comment section below.

Black Boy Inn Caernarfon

Black Boy Inn Caernarfon

Many hauntings are often attributed to sadness and tragedy located in adjacent areas. The Black Boy Inn in Caernarfon, Wales, used to form part of the local red light district.

It is therefore logical to presume that the local prostitutes had used the inn and many an occasion?

The paranormal activity reported in the Black Boy Inn could well be linked to the unhappy and desperate lives of the majority of street-walkers. Born into poverty and destined to live their lives on dark streets rife with criminal activity and violence…

The Taproom

A female entity is known to show herself in the taproom of the inn from time to time.

The Caernorfon Herald got wind of this story and decided to interview Sally Thomas, a local who worked at the Black Boy.

She explained that her manager had witnessed this spirit lady materialize late one evening when clearing up the mess left by the locals.

When she arrived to work the next morning she was shocked to see the state of her manager who had not got over the fright from the night before.

Martha

Sally went on further with her story and explained that a female member of staff came forward to back up the manager’s claims.

She actually went a step further and said that she had interacted with the ghost on several occasions. She even believed she knew this spectral lady’s name – Martha.

Martha is not thought to be a dangerous entity – if anything she is totally placid and benevolent.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to the other ghost that haunts this popular Welsh Inn…

The Strangler

The Strangler attacks both visitors and staff – it has never once shown itself.

It’s attacks come in the form of a suffocating grasp around the victims neck. Suddenly all airways are cut off as if someone ( or something! ) is strangling the victims from behind.

Many locals believe this entity to be the spirit of a local nutcase who used to strangle local prostitutes in the late 1800’s.

They often reference the Whitehall murderer who preyed on local prostitutes – also known as Jack The Ripper. If it happened in England – then why could it not happen in Wales?