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Great Welsh Hauntings

by Patrick Bernauw on 27/12/08 at 7:38 am

Featuring the Haunted Lantern Room of Plas Mawr, the Spooky Rooms of Nanteos Mansion, and the Ghost of the Raglan Castle Library.

The Haunted Lantern Room of Plas Mawr, Conway

The entrance of the house is only marked now by the coming and going of tourists who count the steps of the watchtower (52) or the windows (365). Some of the rooms are restored to the splendour they possessed during a winter night centuries ago, when a cold wind was blowing down the valley of Conway and Sir Robert Wynne was fighting in a foreign war.

Together with her three year old son, the lady of the house went again and again to the watchtower… but there still was nog sign of her husband. She offered her hand to her son, to guide him down the steep steps… and then she missed a step and screamed as she was falling and pulling her son down with her. A servant heard it and found his mistress and the boy badly injured at the foot of the stairs. They were moved into the Lantern Room. A doctor was sent for, but it was not the family doctor who arrived a few minutes later – the man had been called out for another patient -, but a young doctor who had not much experience. He wanted a servant to go searching for a doctor with greater experience, but the servants refused him to leave Plas Mawr. They locked the young doctor inside the Lantern Room and insisted that he should try and do something for the lady of the house and the child.

They waited for hours, until there was this hammering on the main door. Sir Robert Wynne had arrived… to find his wife, his son and the baby in the Lantern Room, all of them stone cold. Sir Robert went looking for the young doctor, but he couldn’t find him and because there were no windows through which he could have escaped, Sir Robert was convinced he must be hiding somewhere in the Lantern Room. He locked the door again and all night long, the servants could hem hear cursing as he searched for the doctor.

Morning came and the servants could hear their master no longer pacing the Lantern Room. It had become strangely silent there… They opened the door with a second key and found their master on the floor; he had plunged a dagger into his own throat.

It remained a mystery what had happened to the young doctor, who was never seen again in Plas Mawr. Sir Robert, on the contrary, has been seen often in Plas Mawr… And at night you can still hear him pacing the floor of the Lantern Room…

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Unofre Pili

Dec 27th, 2008

It made my hair creep. Very vivid description!

ur guide

Dec 27th, 2008

very nice……i loved it.

Debra.

Dec 27th, 2008

Another great and interesting read, Patrick. I also love the pictures they add to the haunting aspect. Booooo!

Chris Stonecipher

Dec 27th, 2008

Wonderfully written. I love creepy ghost stories. This one is so descriptive it just drew me in. I will stumble and digg this one.

Lost in Arizona

Dec 27th, 2008

I really enjoyed these stories. It must be because it’s a cold, dark night here. But maybe more so that I have all my lights on, and I’m not so spooked anymore…lol! Well done. ;)

Darlene McFarlane

Dec 27th, 2008

Very intriguing and an interesting read.

Thanks Patrick.

Lauren Axelrod

Dec 28th, 2008

Wow, very mysterious haunting’s indeed Patrick. I linked this as well. I would love to visit these places

David Drew Price

Jan 13th, 2009

Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth
The word Nanteos is a very distinctive name. You wouldnt think you would be talking to a lady in Northern Sask. Canada by the name of Rolena Krawecs(nee Powell). The Powells were the original owners of Nanteos, and they were Rolenas ancestors. They originally left England for California, then to Canada. There is a lot of documented history on the Powells on the web. They moved back and forth from France to Wales. My first thoughts were that it was a Spanish name.
I will pass your information on to her. David

Kathleen

Jan 21st, 2011

I am always delighted to read a spine-tingling tale! As a descendant of the Raglan family that once inhabited this magnificent and imposing mansion – my ambition to visit the castle is greater than ever. Thanks.

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