The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire


The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales

History

The Skirrid Mountain Inn is situated in the small village Llanfihangel Crucorney, which is just a few miles north of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire in Wales. Many people consider is to be the oldest public house in the country with the earliest mention of it in chronicles around 1100.


Interestingly the first floor of the inn was used as a courtroom at one point during it's history, during a time when capitol punishment was used for many minor crimes including stealing sheep! It's believed that as many as 180 people were hung from an Oak beam in the courtroom and to this day, rope marks can be seen on a beam over the stairwell.



Hauntings

Many people who visit the building (and who aren't aware of it's history) have reported a choking sensation and have had marks that look suspiciously like rope burns appear on their necks on and around the staircase where the hangings would have taken place. Many mediums feel sick, disorientated and dizzy on the very same staircase. "Judge Jefferies" who would have been Judge in the courtroom is still said to be present on the upper floors off the Inn as well as John Crawthor, who is apparently the last man to have been hung at the old courthouse.


Room 3 is commonly described as the most haunted room in the house, with the spirit of Fanny Price, whose husband owned the Inn during the 18th century. There are many reports of ghostly activity in Room 3 such as the rustling of an unseen dress, the smell of perfume, unexplainable knocking sounds, footsteps and also fleeting glimpses of a white figure in and around the room....


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