Abergavenny is home to one of the most haunted places in Wales, Skirrid Mountain Inn. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Dating back to at least 1100 AD, this establishment is regarded as the oldest public house in Wales. The main inn dates back to the 17th century.
The first floor served as a courtroom where people were tried and sentenced to death. A gruesome volume of 180 people were hanged from an oak beam right over its staircase, which is right outside the courtroom. Look closely and you will see the markings from the rope that can still be seen on the staircase wood today. Her they hung poor souls while other bystanders were downstairs in the inn drinking ale!
Famous historical characters have also visited this inn during their travels. Shakespeare himself is said to have taken inspiration from this place. Owain Glyndŵr, as well, may have rallied his men on this very site. A popular legend remains that as Glyndŵr's rallying point, he organized local supporters of the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV. Glyndŵr personally organized his troops in the cobbled courtyard before raiding nearby settlements sympathetic to the English in the 15th-century.
Considered to be the most haunted property in Wales, the Skirrid Mountain Inn probably has more phantoms within its walls than the established (mortal) public capacity. Many people start their ghostly experience by smelling the intense aroma of perfume. Others have witness glasses being flung from the table or bar by unseen hands. You may hear the rustling of a lady's long victoria dress or the sounds of soldiers in their courtyard. Oftentimes, visitors have admitted feeling a noose being tightened around their necks.
Skirrid Inn's most famous phantoms are very strong, presenting as full-bodied apparitions. The most commonly spotted is that of Judge Jeffreys. His specter has been seen walking around the first floor, which was his earthly workspace, as a courtroom. Another ghost that has been seen is that of a local clergyman, Father Henry Vaughn. In addition, the apparition of the White Lady has been witnessed by many. There is also John Crowther, who is a former convict that was convicted and executed here. His crime? He was caught sheep rustling.
Dare to stay in the most haunted room? Ask for Room 3, where you may run into Fanny Price's ghost. It is said that she worked in the inn during the 18th century. She died at the age of 35 from tuberculosis.
The inn was featured on series one of TV's entertainment-only Extreme Ghost Stories, and series two of Most Haunted with Yvette Fielding.
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