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Located in Llanvihangel Crucorney, Skirrid Mountain Inn is reputed to be the oldest public house in Wales. It has a long and grim history which can be traced as far back to the Norman Conquest. It is one of the best places to go to for people who want to experience ghostly activity.
Standing in the shadow of the mountain for which it was named after, the first floor of the inn was used as a Courtroom where people who committed serious offences were given capital punishment. According to local legend, more than 180 felons who have been convicted were hanged from an oak beam over the staircase just outside the courtroom Markings from rope makes can still be seen on the staircase wood until today. The holding cell for prisoners has now been converted into a store room.
The inn was also reportedly used as a rallying point for the supporters of the Welsh Revolt led by Owain Glyndwr, which was against Henry IV. Numerous kings have purportedly stayed in the inn. The Skirrid has been an inn since 1110 and it is most famous for being the courtroom of Judge Jeffreys, the Hanging Judge, during the wake of the rebellion. It still retains some of its old features, such as the wood-panelled restaurant and an old ship’s bell used for calling last orders.
Skirrid Inn is the residence of several spirits and various supernatural occurrences have happened there. The inn has a reputation of being one of the scariest places in the UK that several paranormal investigators have visited it over the years to refute and prove the existence of its ghostly residents. When the formerly landlady of the inn tried to sell it, glasses went mysteriously flying in the kitchen.
The Hanging Judge is rumoured to still talk the upper floors of the inn, looking for people to condemn to death. One felon who was sentenced to death, John Crowther, a sheep rustler, has been seen several times in the property. The evil presence of the judge’s hangman has also been reported.
However, not all spirits in the Skirrid are malevolent. There are also friendly entities which have settled in the house such as that of the Father Henry Vaughn, a local clergyman. There is also the spirit of Fanny Price, a woman who worked in the inn during the 18th century who died of consumption at the age of 35, which is most active in Room 3.
Other ghostly occurrences in the house are the powerful scent of perfume; glasses flying without being touched; the rustling of a lady’s dress; sound of soldiers in the courtyard and sightings of the White Lady. Visitors have reported a myriad of disturbing phenomena and most of them have complained that they felt as if they were being strangled. Others have said that they felt nauseous and dizzy while in the property.