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Skirrid Inn Ghost Hunts, Wales Ghost hunts, paranormal Eye Uk

Skirrid Inn Wales Ghost Hunts 

The Skirrid Inn has a long and torrid history of violence against humanity and is now revered as one of the most haunted places in the UK. So many ghostly apparitions have been reported here that it has earned a reputation for being a very intimidating place to spend the night. Can you face your fears on this overnight ghost hunt with the Paranormal Eye Team?

Many Visitors report that there has been a sinister atmosphere around them, and in some of the rooms, they have felt fearful and unwilling to enter them. The Skirrid Inn is a terrifying pub and not for those with a nervous disposition.

The Skirrid Inn in Abergavenny is the oldest and is the most haunted pub in Wales. With a history dating back to the Norman Conquest, this building has seen executions and some belief witchcraft during its long history. An overnight ghost hunt at The Skirrid Inn is dark, with a very sinister past. Slamming doors, loud footsteps and even hushed voices await you on your ghost hunts here - are you brave enough to enter and discover its secrets?

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. Originally 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 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.

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