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Gwynedd Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Aberdaron - St Mary's well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s - July 2019, evening hours
Further Comments: From this spot screaming and chanting can be heard at dusk, thought to be coming from the nearby Bardsey island.


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.

An old postcard showing Aberdovey in Wales.

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.

Children Playing

Location: Abersoch - Beach carpark
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Between 22:00h - 01:00h, last heard 2017
Further Comments: The sounds of children playing and laughing have been heard in the carpark, although when people have checked on the childrens' welfare, no one can be found.


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.


Location: Amlwch - Stone circle between village & St Ellian Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom hound was said to haunt this prehistoric site - it beat up a local preacher a couple of times before moving on to a further plane of existence.

Run and Shout

Location: Anglesey - RAF Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: Having just locked the main hangar, the key orderly heard a shout and the sound of running from within. He unlocked the hangar, but no one was could be seen.

Black Cat

Location: Anglesey - Road towards Wylfa
Type: ABC
Date / Time: October 2011
Further Comments: While driving to the power station, this witness spotted a black cat larger than an Alsatian. The creature had a long bushy tail and sat in a crouched position. The witness watched the creature for three or four seconds and was slightly unnerved by it.


Location: Anglesey - Ruins of Onions public house, Red Wharf Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Ivy Nettleton was murdered by her husband who unsuccessfully tried to conceal her body on the nearby beach. The flitting white figure seen within the ruins of the pub is said to be Ivy's troubled shade.

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.

An old postcard of Bala Lake in Wales.

Lost City

Location: Bala - Bala Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: City unknown, Teggie observed 1995 (?)
Further Comments: The first town of Bala is said to be concealed under the waters of this lake. In addition, a monster nicknamed 'Teggie' by locals was described as resembling a humped crocodile, although a story published online in 1995 about the creature being seen was a hoax.


Location: Bala - Castell Gronw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Blodeuwedd and her lover failed to kill her husband, and as a result he cursed his wife to take the form of an owl. She still flies around the castle, calling out to her other man. Her lover was killed when a spear was thrown into his chest. The man held aloft a stone to try to protect himself, but the weapon pieced it - a holed stone is still in the area.

Watch Your Glass

Location: Bala - White Lion Royal Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: An entity in the bar is said to knock over unwatched glasses. One story says that at some point in the murky past, a fire at the hotel killed a couple of people who now haunt their former room.

Strange Bird

Location: Bangor - Faenol Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly bird contains the spirit of man executed after stealing wood from the land around the estate. The bird's song is heard by people who are considering stealing something as a warning against their actions.


Location: Bangor - New County Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: A possible urban myth says that staff once found a dead man sitting on a chair in the balcony. His ghost is said to remain in the theatre.

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.

An old postcard of Barmouth in Wales.

Darting Lights

Location: Barmouth - Bay area
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.

An old sketch of Cader 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.


Location: Barmouth - Dragon Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: This theatre has been home to ghost hunts in the past and is reputed to be home to various entities which include a young girl singing hymns, a ghostly cat, and a figure who closes the stage curtains.

Horse and Carriage

Location: Barmouth - Farchynys Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Moving towards the hall at midnight, the history of this ghostly horse and carriage is unknown.

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.

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