In this article we will be taking a look at the ghosts of The Baskerville Hall Hotel in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, that are actually said to have been the inspiration for the famous Arthur Conan Doyle book…
The Hound of The Baskervilles
Baskerville Hall in Hay-on-Wye is the source of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of The Baskervilles. He actually had to relocate The Baskervilles to the Cornwall area in order to protect the local people that were involved in the story.
The Baskervilles and the Vaughan families lived very close together, therefore, numerous marriages happened between their family members.
History informs us that the Vaughan family spent about a decade being terrorised by a black dog, and many believe that this incident was behind Doyle’s idea for the book.
However, locals point out that the book could well have been based on an incident that took place on the estate long before the Vaughan family lived in the area…
The Useless Hound
Local legend states that a past master of Baskerville Hall brought in a large hound to tackle the wolf problem he was seeing on the estate.
One night the hound awoke from his slumber only to see a wolf in the distance, and he started barking and growling immediately. His master was alerted by the noise, and grabbed a spear and walked downstairs in the darkness.
He checked the garden area and failed to notice the wolf cowering in the darkness, then turned to his useless hound in anger – this was not the first time the dog had got him out of bed for no reason!
In his rage he stabbed the hound through the head with his spear…then noticed the wolf bolt off into the countryside…
The dog had been right after all.
Locals believe that this dog’s spirit has never really left the estate, and has been spotted on numerous occasions, prowling the garden areas looking for intruding animals.
The Wronged Dog
Many paranormal experts take the idea of this phantom dog with a pinch of salt, after all, Wales has it’s fair share of ‘the wronged dog’ legends.
But there are those that believe that this is a solid legend. If you look closely at the coat of arms of the Baskervilles, you will notice the head of a canine being pierced by a spear in it’s antique design.
The Ghosts of the Baskerville Hall Hotel
The ghostly hound of Baskerville Hall has plenty of paranormal entities to keep it company during it’s rounds…
Many visitors to the hall have reported bumping into an elegant gentleman on the grand staircase. There are also other reports of a gentleman ghost that tends to sit on the balconies of Rooms 3 to 7.
Some historians believe that these two ‘gentleman’ ghosts are linked to the lady in white that is sometimes spotted in the estate’s gardens.