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.
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.
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’.
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