LOCATION: Abergavenny, Wales, UK
DATE BUILT: Unknown, but evidence suggests the inn was standing in the 11th Century.
GRADE LISTED: II
ORIGINAL PURPOSE: A coaching inn.
OTHER USES: The inn has also been used as a courtroom and place of execution in its past.
PREVIOUS BUILDINGS ON SITE: Unknown.
INTERESTING FACTS: There is a wooden beam inside which still bears the rope marks made when people were hanged.
CLAIM TO FAME: The Skirrid Inn is believed to be the oldest pub in Wales.
GRIZZLY HISTORY: It is believed that as many as 180 prisoners were tried and executed at the inn.
DEATHS: See above.
• A sheep rustler named John Crowther.
• Father Henry Vaugh – a local clergyman.
• Fanny Price – worked in the inn in the 1700s and died of consumption aged 35.
• A ‘White Lady’.
• Soldiers in the courtyard.
TIMESPAN OF HAUNTINGS: Unknown.
REPORTED PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:
Audible: Cackling laughter heard. Heavy footsteps heard. Disembodied whispered voices.
Visual: Dark shadows seen.
Sensory: People report feeling uneasy and even scared when visiting. People feel as though they are being strangled. String smells of perfume experienced.
Poltergeist: Frequent poltergeist activity. Heavy furniture moving on its own. Slamming doors.
GHOST HUNTS AVAILABLE: Yes
FOOD & DRINK SERVED: Yes
ACCOMODATION AVAILABLE: Yes