The Skirrid Inn, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Located in Llanvihangel Crucorney, Skirrid Mountain Inn is the oldest public house in Wales. It has a long and grim history that can be traced back to the Norman Conquest. It is one of the best places for people who want to experience ghostly activity.
Skirrid Inn Ghosts - The Most Haunted Pub In Wales?
Skirrid Inn is the home of several spirits, and various supernatural occurrences have happened here for generations. Its reputation as the most haunted pub in Wales has captivated ghost hunters for generations.
The Hanging Judge
The 17th century “hanging judge”, George Jeffreys is rumoured to still stalk the upper floors of the inn, looking for people to condemn to death.
Records show 182 people were hung in the building from the same beam that runs over the top of the staircase. Most of these souls have been trapped here forever, reliving that fateful day.
One felon who was sentenced to death, John Crowther, a sheep rustler, has been seen several times on 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 that have settled in the house, such as 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 and died of consumption at the age of 35. Her body is buried in the local cemetery. Her spirit is known to like Room 3, and she often appears along with the smell of lavender.
Visitors have reported many disturbing phenomena, and most of them have complained that they felt as if they were being strangled.
In one disturbing episode, a female guest came running downstairs with hair wet and wearing nothing more than a coat, screaming, “she tried to kill me!”. The owners said something or someone had held her down under the water whilst she was in the bath!
In another terrifying encounter, when a former landlady of the inn tried to sell the pub, she would experience all kinds of poltergeist activity on viewings of the property. In one particular instance, glasses were smashed and thrown around the kitchen.
Other Paranormal Activity
Other ghostly occurrences in the house are the powerful scent of perfume, glasses flying without being touched; the rustling of a lady’s dress; the sound of soldiers in the courtyard and sightings of the White Lady.
Skirrid Inn History
Standing in the shadow of the mountain for which it was named, the inn’s first floor 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 storeroom.
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 retains some of its old features, such as the wood-panelled restaurant and an old ship’s bell used to call last orders.
Visiting the Skirrid Inn
You can visit Wales’ Most Haunted Pub any day of the week, 5:30pm on Mondays, 11:30am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 11:00pm Tuesday – Friday, 11:00am – 11:00pm on Saturday, and 12:00pm – 5:00 pm on Sundays.
There are three small rooms you can book to stay in, and they’re priced at £90 with breakfast.
Address: Skirrid View Abergavenny NP7 8DH