Gwynedd - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Hoof

Location: Aberdovey - Carn March Arthur (three miles northeast of Aberdovey)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The hoof prints from King Arthur's horse can still be seen imprinted in the rock here.


 
 


Lost Town

Location: Aberdovey - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Summer (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Swallowed by the sea, church bells belonging to a town lost off the coast here can still be heard on quiet evenings. They say that at low tides one can see sunken tree trunks.


 
 


Crockery Throwing

Location: Aberdovey - Penhelyg House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Circa 1845
Further Comments: This noisy spirit became active at night, throwing around crockery, though never breaking it. The activity ceased the day after a visitor to the house read from a bible.


 
 


Swallowed Sounds

Location: Aberdyfi - Off coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Calm nights
Further Comments: The bells of a church which was swallowed by the sea can sometimes be heard when the weather is right.


 
 


Genaprugwirion

Location: Abersoch - Burrows in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown - twentieth century?
Further Comments: Also known as a cenaprugwirion, this lizard is around thirty centimetres long with an orange head and large eyes. Karl Shuker has speculated that the creature is a tuatara, a living fossil found in New Zealand.


 
 


Dog

Location: Amlwch - Stone circle between village & St Ellian Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom hound is said to haunt this prehistoric site.


 
 


Panther-Like Creature

Location: Anglesey - Several areas over the island, including Llandona Beach
Type: ABC
Date / Time: April 2004
Further Comments: A large black cat, thought to be either a puma or panther, has been blamed for attacking horses and stealing foals.


 
 


Lost City

Location: Bala - Bala Lake
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The first town of Bala is said to be concealed under the waters of this lake. A few users of the lake have also reported seeing long black creatures under the water - eels or water beasties?


 
 


Teggie

Location: Bala Lake - Waters
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: Nicknamed 'Teggie' by locals, this water monster was described as resembling a humped crocodile.


 
 


Strange Bird

Location: Bangor - Faenol Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly creature contains the spirit of man who was executed after stealing wood from the land around the estate. The bird's song is said to take the form of a warning against those who would consider theft.


 
 


Elderly Man

Location: Bangor - Ysbyty Gwynedd (hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a brown dressing gown, this elderly man was seen stepping into lift 3. The lift doors had just closed as the witness reached the lift, but they pressed the call button anyway and the doors reopened - the old man had vanished. A phantom ward sister has also been reported on site.


 
 


The Glass Tower

Location: Bardsey Island - Exact location not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the final resting place of King Arthur, Merlin is said to have kept the Thirteen Treasures of Britain within his glass tower that stood on Bardsey Island. These treasures were: 1) Dyrnwyn - the sword's blade would burst into flame when wielded by royalty, 2) The Hamper of Gwyddno Garanhir - the hamper would multiply its contents by five-score, 3) The Horn of Bran - this drinking beaker would provide whatever the user wanted to whet their lips, 4) The Chariot of Morgan the Wealthy - extremely fast magical travel, 5) The Halter of Clyno Eiddyn - any horse dreamt of would appear haltered in the morning, 6) The Knife of Llawfronedd the Horseman - would carve the meat at a meal for twenty four men, 7) The Cauldron of Diwrnach - would only boil water for a brave man, 8) The Whetstone of Tudwal Tudglyd - when used to sharpen the sword of a hero, any strike made by the weapon would be fatal, 9) The Coat of Padarn Redcoat - would only fit anyone of noble blood, 10) The Crock of Rhygenydd - would serve any food the user wanted, 11) The Dish of Rhygenydd - would serve any food the user desired, 12) The Chessboard of Gwenddolau - would play itself once set up, & 13) The Mantle of Arthur - would make the wearer invisible.


 
 


All Saints

Location: Bardsey Island - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Also known as the Island of a Thousand Saints due to the large number of monks buried here, the shoreline spirits reported to appear are believed to be just some of those holy men.


 
 


Idris

Location: Barmouth - Cader Idris (aka Caldair Idris)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Idris was said to be a wise giant, who may have had links with King Arthur. People would avoid the area at night, convinced that fairies would drive them mad. Another legend says that the site was the hunting ground of Gwyn ap Nudd (Ruler of the Otherworld) who searched the area with a pack of Cwn Annwn, looking for souls to take back home. Finally. Strange lights are said to appear around the summit for the first few days of a new year.


 
 


Snake-like Creature

Location: Barmouth - Menai Straits
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1805
Further Comments: A ship was attacked by a sea serpent, which wrapped itself around the ships mast until the crew hit back - it fell back into the sea, but followed the vessel for two more days before disappearing.


 
 


Darting Lights

Location: Barmouth - Waters of the bay
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Small lights would dance across the surface of the water just before an accident which involved a drowning.


 
 


Sea Monsters

Location: Barmouth - Waters of the bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Several sightings of various strange creatures have been over recent years, from the traditional sea serpent to a creature resembling a giant turtle with an egg shaped head and two spines jutting from its back.


 
 


Female Spectre

Location: Beaumaris - Baron Hall
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local tale says that this old manor house is home to a female vampire, though many believe the entity to be ghostly in nature.


 
 


Singing

Location: Beaumaris - David Hughes Community Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When leaving the building one evening, a woman heard a male voice singing. Looking up the stairs, she spotted a figure wearing in a long black cape, standing on the landing. The figure disappeared up the stairs and the singing stopped.


 
 


Water Fairies

Location: Beddgelert - Aberglaslyn Pass
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness watched the little people playing merrily in the water at the pass. Nearby is the grave of Gelert (the dog that was mistakenly killed by its master after saving a child from a wolf) where the hound's ghost has been reported. Finally, the ghostly woman in white who haunts the area is an ill omen, with death said to follow a sighting.


 
 


David Pritchard

Location: Beddgelert - Royal Goat Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A landlord of the hotel whose inventiveness made him quite wealthy in the late eighteenth century, David sometimes walks the corridors admiring the source of his income.


 
 


Williams' Treasure

Location: Bethesda - Site of a house once owned by Dr John Williams
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Archbishop Williams appeared twice after his death to the female owner of a shop built where his house once stood. Williams instructed the woman to dig in a certain place in her garden, but she refused. Many years later, and father and son digging in the garden stumbled upon Williams' hidden hoard.


 
 


Instant Poetry

Location: Cadair Idris - General area of the mountain peaks
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anyone who spends a night camped on this mountain range is said to either wake up a poetic genius or go insane. The spectral hounds of Annwn, the Cwn Annwn, are also said to stalk the mountains, their howls a warning of a death to soon follow.


 
 


Water Monster

Location: Cadair Idris - Llyn Cau (lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a bottomless lake, the waters are reportedly home to a water monster that once drowned a man foolish enough to try to swim across it.


 
 


Devil's Footprints

Location: Cadair Idris - Rock of the Evil One (crag)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Prints left by the hoofs of the Devil can still be seen in the rock, after Old Nick danced with joy after discovering a group of men playing cards on the Sabbath.


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