Skirrid Inn Ghost HuntLlanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Skirrid Inn stands in the shadows of Skirrid mountain, known
in history as 'The Holly Mountains'.
Listed in chronicles from 1100, The Skirrid is thought to be
one of the oldest Inn in Wales, if not the UK.
The Inn's earliest reported memory is of Owen Glendower who was said to have used The Inn's cobbled courtyard to rally his troops before marching on to Pontrilas, to an English settlement where he lead the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV.
Between 1100 and 1485 Manorial Courts could have been as It is assumed that the first floor was a court room, complete with a Judges retiring room.
It is believed that The Skirrid played host to up to 180 prisoners
who were adjudged guilty of crimes serious enough to warrant
the sentence of death by hanging, a sentence that was carried
out at the inn itself
A "mesne" floor halfway up the stairs to the courtroom was used to house the prisoners, both before and after their trials, and it was here that many common criminals - foot-pad, highwayman, robber, thief or cheat spent his last miserable night tortured by the sound of the busy Inn below
The infamous Judge Jeffrey's known as ' The Hanging Judge' is said to have held court at this time and was said to have taken great pleasure in passing the guilty judgment and then sending the prisoners hanging from a beam placed across the joist of the staircase. The bean is still there today along with rope marks. The Slab on which the bodies were placed can also be seen at the well of the stairs.
The last person to be executed at The Skirrid was a young man, hanged on the instructions of Oliver Cromwell - The crime - sheep stealing!
In 1530 the Inn belonged to the Barony of Abergavenny until it was lost and then restored to the family by an Act of Parliament in the third year of the reign of Mary Tudor.
In 1535 the 3rd Baron of Abergavenny passed away and the ownership of the land was willed to all his successors and remained in the family until 1900 when the most honourable William, Marquis of Abergavenny sold the property to David Lewis, a professional Innkeeper.
With 180 prisoners losing their live's at the Inn it is no wonder that The Skirrid is reportedly one of the most haunted venues in the UK today.
Visited by TV's Most Haunted and Extreme Ghost Stories, we followed good company as we attempted toinvestigate what is really still happening at this amazing location.
Reported Paranormal Activity
Fanny Price, a local Barmaid who worked at the in around 17th Century, who is said to be responsible for glasses that have been flung across the bar.
Listen out for a sinister cackle, reported by previous guests or the sudden drop in temperature to icy cold for no apparent reason, only to change as quick as it came.
With things going missing and turning up in strange places, The feeling of tightness around the neck in the Hanging area, we are sure to be in for a night you will never forget.