Skirrid Inn Wales Ghost Hunts
The Skirrid Inn, located in Abergavenny, is Wales's oldest and most haunted pub, with a history dating back to the Norman Conquest. The inn has a long and violent past that has earned it a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in the UK. Many previous ghost hunters have shared their encounters with a sinister aura enveloping them, especially in certain rooms where they felt an overwhelming sense of fear and hesitancy. The Skirrid Inn is undoubtedly a pub that should be avoided by those who are easily unnerved.. This pub has been the site of some truly remarkable paranormal activity. Witnesses have reported glasses flying across the bar, eerie laughter emanating from empty rooms, and sudden drops in temperature. Some have even reported seeing menacing shadows and hearing heavy footsteps from the upper floors. The fear experienced by some visitors has been so intense that they have fled and sworn never to return.
The Skirrid Inn boasts of being the dwelling place of multiple apparitions and phantoms, along with being the site of several eerie happenings and inexplicable events. Its notoriety is so great that it has attracted several ghost hunters over time, who have publicly declared it to be one of the most haunted places they have ever explored.The Skirrid Inn's overnight ghost hunt is not for the faint-hearted. The main bedroom has given chills to even the most experienced ghost hunters with its eerie atmosphere. Prepare yourself for slammed doors, loud footsteps, and whispers that will make your hair stand on end. Are you ready to uncover the secrets of this haunted inn?
History of the Skirrid Inn
The ancient pub dates back to the mid-17th century. Its frontage was altered in the 19th century but replicating styles from two centuries earlier. Initially, there were three windows on both sides of the entrance. Outside, notice the mounting stone – installed to help gentlemen climb onto their horses. Inside, look out for the 17th-century staircase and the oak beams above the ground-floor rooms.
For centuries, the pub was known as the Skirrid Mountain Inn, after the mountain to the east with its distinctive land-slipped hump. According to local legend, the mountain split when Christ was crucified. The Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr in Welsh) was also known as the Holy Mountain, and a chapel was built near the summit. Another story is that a wizard called Jack o’Kent caused the landslip when he leapt from the Sugar Loaf to the Skirrid. He features various local legends in Monmouthshire and Herefordshire, often outwitting the devil.
Large numbers of worked flints were found on the valley’s slopes, suggesting that the area was used for hunting in Mesolithic times.
Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments authority, says there is no evidence that the Skirrid Mountain Inn goes back earlier than the 17th century.
In August 1914, Thomas Irons’ labourer was fined 10 shillings for a road rage incident between two cyclists outside the Skirrid Mountain Inn. On 13 August, days after the First World War began, he had followed the victim along the road from Pontrilas, calling him a “German”. When the pair were passing the inn, he shouted: “Stop that man. He is a German.” A labourer helping at the inn thought the cyclist in the rear was a policeman and stopped the innocent victim, whom Irons then assaulted. The local police soon received confirmation that the victim wasn’t German but the son of a Macclesfield police sergeant.
Two months later, Charles Powell, of the Skirrid Mountain Inn, was one of three pub landlords fined £5 each for stealing a black spaniel from Mrs Attwood-Matthews of Llanvihangel Court. After selling his farm livestock, furniture, and other effects, he left the inn a few months later.
Stories abound of ghosts at the inn, featured on television shows about the paranormal, including Extreme Ghost Stories (ITV) in 2006. One friendly spirit is Victorian landlady Fanny Price, who died aged 35 and is buried in St Michael’s churchyard, close to the inn. Other ghosts are linked to the legend that a court was held on the first floor in medieval and Tudor times – and some of the convicts were hanged in the stairwell.
Investigating with the Paranormal Eye UK Team throughout the evening
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Spiritual Medium during the investigation
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