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West Glamorgan Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

A ghostly shadow walks past a building.

Shadowy Figure

Location: Baglan - Bwlch area and Tylefedwen Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost would move across the area before finally stopping at Tylefedwen Farm where it would point to a mine's air shaft before vanishing.

Beast of Baglan

Location: Baglan - General area and surrounding countryside
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: Known about by locals for many years, stories of the big cat were not taken seriously until 2005 when an off-duty police officer spotted the creature along Ladies Walk. Hair and print analysis showed the cat to be a puma.

Loud Lady

Location: Bishopston - Old Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white lady that manifested at this location would be accompanied by loud crashing sounds. Poltergeist activity was also reported. Twelve clerics finally exorcised the spirit.

Thrown Aside

Location: Cefn Bryn - Arthur's Stone (Neolithic burial ground)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: This stone is said to have been found by King Arthur in his shoe as he passed through Llanelli en route to Camlann. He tossed the stone to one side and it landed here, some five miles distant.

Knight in Shining Armour

Location: Cefyn Bryn - Arthur's Stone (aka Arthur's Quoit?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of a full moon
Further Comments: Wearing gleaming armour, this figure emerges from under the stone and walks off towards Llandrhidian.

Water Horse

Location: Glyn Neath - Area where rivers meet
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A traveller once climbed on the back of a white stallion in this area, which flew him many miles before fading into mist and dissipating.

Lady in Black

Location: Glyncorrwg - Bakery, village church and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1933 (Bakery) and 1900s (general area)
Further Comments: A baker quit his job after encountering an elderly lady dressed in black. The woman drifted into the bakery and stared at the baker before vanishing. At the time of the 1933 sighting, older members of the community recalled that the woman in black had been seen thirty years previous around the church and within the village itself.


Location: Glyncorrwg - Colliery south of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1850s
Further Comments: This mine was thought to be home to an ysbryd (Welsh for ghost), which some miners claimed to have seen, and others heard. A couple of jokers later placed a donkey in one tunnel, the creature's braying mistaken by other workers for the cries of the ysbryd.


Location: Glyncorrwg - Cwmcos Glyncorrwg Colliery
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1902
Further Comments: Miners stopped work after hearing the lamentations of women and children emerge from a nearby disused colliery, believing the wails to be a warning of impending disaster. Strange lights were also seen around the mine.

Shaking Beds

Location: Gorseinon - Gorseinon Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Several strange events have been reported over the past few years, including empty beds which shake violently and the sighting of a shadowy nurse in an old style uniform.

Magic Well

Location: Gorslas - Llyn Llech Owen
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lake now covers the location of a magic well which would never run dry on the proviso that a rock would be placed over the opening after use. One man forgot to do so, and the water flooded the local area.

Teddy & Beehive Woman

Location: Gower - Beach at Whitford Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 17 September 2005
Further Comments: A woman with her family which had a long stretch of beach to themselves suddenly found a middle aged couple had set up deckchairs and windbreaks around twelve metres away. The couple, one with a Brylcreem teddy boy hair style, the other with a beehive, were listening to 1950s/1960s music. The woman was intrigued as to how the couple had managed to set up everything without her noticing, and even more surprised when she turned to talk to her daughter and, turning back, found they had vanished.

Captured Jack

Location: Gower - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: A figure resembling Spring Heeled Jack took to haunting this area, leaping over hedges and fences on moonlit nights, his white coat flapping behind him. This Jack's reign ended when cornered by a farmer - the farmer promised not to reveal Jack's identity and the sightings ceased.

Sea Horse

Location: Gower Peninsula - Waters of Fall Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This creature possessed a long neck (the only part of the beast above the water line), down which a lengthy mane ran. The total length of the monster was estimated to be nine metres.


Location: Llangennith - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Reports of koala bears came in during the 1990s, seen on the roads in this area. No physical evidence has been found.

White Lady

Location: Llangennith - Main road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century? 06:30h.
Further Comments: A motorist reported almost running over (or through) a white lady that stepped out on the road in front of him.

Satan steals a church.

Stolen by the Devil

Location: Llangyfelach - Church with separate tower
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil stole the tower of the church but Saint Cyfelach caught him and forced Old Nick to drop it a short distance away.

Thirsty Stones

Location: Llanrhidian - Arthur's Stone (cromlech)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Dark stormy nights
Further Comments: The stones here are said to animate when the weather is right and there are no human witnesses, to head off and drink from the nearby waters. A ghostly knight in glowing armour also haunts the area; drifting out from under the rocks and heading north on nights of a full moon.


Location: Llanrhidian - Welcome to Town Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The spook known only as Henry has been observed sitting in the pub dressed in Regency clothing.

'White Hyena'

Location: Margam - Lakeside Golf Range
Type: ABC
Date / Time: December 2005
Further Comments: After receiving reports of a large cat, police officers called to the golf range observed a strange creature, a third bigger than an Alsatian and white in colour. One witness said the front legs were bigger than the hind legs and the creature had a long tail which reached the ground. However, an animal warden would soon go on to recover the animal, which proved to be a German Shepherd/Husky cross, slightly different to the given description.

Robert Scott

Location: Margam - Margam Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Former gamekeeper Scott is thought to have been murdered by a poacher and has seen been observed on the staircase in the hall. Disembodied laughter has also been reported, as have the fleeting glimpses of Victorian children. The nearby ruins of Margam abbey are haunted by a monk.


Location: Margam - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s-1980s
Further Comments: The entity here could be heard walking across the ceiling and around one of the children's beds. There would also be sudden temperature drops and a heavy weight on one of the beds which caused the mattress to sink.

A ghostly figure stands in the ruins.


Location: Margam - Ruined Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This otherworldly man of the cloth has been reported around the ruins of the Cistercian abbey.

Vanishing Lady

Location: Margam - Ruined Chapel, Capel Fair, Margam Country Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A father and daughter walking through the area entered the ruin to see a young woman sitting down in a corner. She looked startled and disturbed to see the two visitors. Because of her scared demeanour, father and daughter simultaneously backed out. Moments later, out of curiosity, they re-entered, but the woman had vanished. The daughter ran around the whole building but could see or hear nothing. The lady had disappeared in an instant.

White Lady

Location: Merthyr Tydfil - Aberdare-Merthyr Rail Tunnel (closed, no public access)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Since closing in 1962, local stories have sprung up saying the site is haunted by a white lady and/or the occasional ghost train.

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