The Skirrid inn, Abergavenny
Date: Saturday 7th April 2018
Ghostly goings on invite you to spend the night inside Wale’s oldest and most haunted pub, The Skirrid inn.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn stands in the shadow of the Skirrid Mountain, and lies just a few miles north of Abergavenny.
How do you fancy taking part in a vigil where the hangman’s noose drapes in the stairwell? Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend some time in the bar area, where glasses have been known to smash for no apparent reason?
The Skirrid inn certainly boasts an eerie atmosphere once the doors are closed to the public and you find yourself alone in this impressive 12th century inn.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn claims to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales and is said to have a history dating back over 900 years.
A popular legend is that the inn was used as a rallying point for local supporters of the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV, the uprising being led by Owain Glyndŵr. He is said to have personally rallied his troops in the cobbled courtyard before raiding nearby settlements sympathetic to the English in the 15th-century.
Another claim to fame is that the first floor of the inn was reputedly used as a Court of Law where capital punishment was imposed for certain offences, including sheep stealing. Legend has it that as many as 180 criminals were adjudged guilty of crimes serious enough to warrant the sentence of death by hanging, a sentence that was allegedly carried out at the inn itself, from an oak beam over the well of the staircase. Markings, said to be from rope marks, still exist on the staircase wood.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
The Skirrid Inn is said to be home to a plethora of ghosts – some of which have made themselves known to the Ghostly Goings On team, during past events!
Footsteps were once clearly heard coming down the stairs as one group investigated the bar area. All of the guests and team present, turned to see who was coming into the room but there was no one to be seen. After radioing the other group upstairs to confirm everyone’s whereabouts, it was confirmed that no on had left the bedroom to come downstairs.
But perhaps the most incredible piece of evidence ever to surface during our time at The Skirrid Inn, was that of the ‘Phantom Mirror Message’. At the end of an event, the team retired to their bedroom, which has been locked all evening, to find the words ‘Help Me’ written on the bathroom mirror. The bathroom also forms part of the original holding cell.
Other ghostly occurrences include glasses flying without being touched, sightings of a White Lady and the feeling of being strangled whilst inside one of the bedrooms.
Your overnight ghost hunt at The Skirrid Inn includes:
- Vigils in small groups
- An equipment demonstration before the investigation begins
- Full use of our vast array of paranormal equipment
- Refreshments, Tea/coffee & cakes
- The guidance of our experienced investigators