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Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: Ghost stories, lore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales, The A-Z of Curious Wales etc) - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history” - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, each episode explores at a di ...
 
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To see a death omen is never a good sign. But to see a phantom funeral? That was extra terrifying. With the possible exception of the Corpse Candle, the most prominent death portent in Wales is the “Toili” or spirit funeral; a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real one. Explore the dark folklore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghos…
 
The sun and the moon have long been associated with good and bad luck, but what is their supernatural power? In this episode, the folklore of the skies is examined with tales of ancient druids, terrible death omens, Welsh dragons, and traditions that may have connections with modern-day Christmas and Easter. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a f…
 
In the 1980s, an idyllic pub was named the "most haunted" pub in Wales, and possibly the world. But what was happening at this serene beauty spot? Strange sounds were captured, audible phenomena that experts debated but could not explain, and some believed it might be an early example of the so-called "Stone Tape" theory in action. Whatever it was,…
 
A mischievous spirit terrorises a Welsh valleys' "most haunted" cottage on Nos Calan Gaeaf. It was just before Halloween in 1893 that this fantastical tale emerged from the Rhondda Valleys. A group of locals were being spooked by "hideous apparitions" and one woman claimed that she was – quite literally – swept off her feet. There were no Ghostbust…
 
Paranormal investigation tips from Edwardian ghost hunters . Ghostbusters in Edwardian times - long before the invention of proton packs - needed some crafty tricks to rid themselves of pesky poltergeists. In this guide "How to Get Rid of Ghosts, Spirits, Goblins, and Devils, etc." their secrets are rediscovered to aid modern-day ghost hunters ahea…
 
In many of the Welsh Ghost Stories, the spirit or ghost was supposed to have been none other than the evil one himself... The Devil takes on many forms, but could he really disguise himself as a pet? In these accounts Satan, or another demon from hell, appears to mere mortals as cats, dogs, horses and more. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an a…
 
A strange white apparition is terrifying a Welsh village. Can the local ghostbusters solve the mystery? On the golden sands of Caswell Bay a ghostly visitant is sending shivers up the spine of young and old alike after the shades of night have fallen. A group of Mumbles ghost hunters set out to put an end to the haunting of this Swansea spook, and …
 
The ancient druids, so folklore tells us, believed the goddess Ceridwen was personified in the moon, and fought a never-ending battle with a Satan-like force for evil with great black wings that inhabited the sun. In fact, the night sky in full of connections to great figures from Welsh mythology, from the tales of the Mabinogion to the legends of …
 
Talking to the dead doesn't always go to plan, and sometimes spirits from the past can shock us in unexpected ways. In Victorian Britain, psychic mediums were plying their trade up and down the country, and in these first-hand accounts from Cardiff and beyond we get to relive the spooky action through the words of those who were there. If you're br…
 
When the Devil walks the earth, he often does so in disguise. The 'Evil One' appears takes many forms, but possibly the most diabolical is when he appears as one of us - as human. But whatever forms Satan takes, in Welsh folklore at least, there is usually a wise old woman or crafty farmer to test their wits against his. Explore the Devilish lore i…
 
Why are the lost souls of sinful spirits trapped in the wild waters of Wales? And ghosts aren't the only things lurking in the wells and streams - there's water-ogres, guardian dragons, giant serpents, the mischievous fairy folk, and even a tenuous link with Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins. Explore the watery lore of these curious tales with author Mark …
 
A phantom horseman, a baby-stealing ghost, a warning from the future and even miniature fairy-sized spooks. In this episode we explore a series of short but sweet and seemingly unconnected supernatural tales collected from the wilds of Wales. Can you unlock their paranormal mysteries? And should they serve, to quote MR James, as a warning to the cu…
 
The history and folklore of Midsummer warns us to expect the unexpected during that the longest day of the year. Over the days that span Midsummer's Eve and Day, or the Summer Solstice, or St John's Eve and Day, or Calan Haf, Welsh folklore tells us that paranormal activity and strange apparitions might be encountered. This episode explores some re…
 
How do you stop a ghost that causes the police to faint and threatens to chop off peoples' heads? That was the problem facing the residents of Cwmbran in Victorian Wales when a special reporter arrived to investigate strange reports of supernatural activity. The locals were gathering into ghost-hinting gangs to track down the spirit, but even bulle…
 
Can dogs sense spirits in the home? What about hell hounds? And if so, can they protect against these ominous death omens? Corpse dogs are a combination of two more-commonly encountered types of phenomena: death omens, such as the corpse candles (y canwyll corff in Welsh), and supernatural dogs like the dreaded gwillgi. When they enter a property, …
 
A paranormal investigation on the ghost ship so haunted the crew would not stay on-board. When a captain took control of a new navy vessel he laughed off the warnings that it was haunted. Little did he realise that he would soon experience all manner of poltergeist-like activity, and things really escalated when a full-body apparition manifested wh…
 
There's something in the Welsh water - ghosts, monsters, and much more. Plunge into the magical wells of Wales where sacred fish and a monstrous eel are lurking, ghosts attack the mean hearted, and divination can be used to find true love and catch a thief. Explore the lore with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigated the weird and wo…
 
A Victorian "Ghostbuster" faces the battle of his life as he attempts to banish an evil spirit causing havoc in a Welsh village. When a shape-shifting demon starts smashing up property and chasing people home in a Flintshire, the locals turn to a well-known man of God who might be able to help - a lay preacher known as Griffiths of Llandegla. But t…
 
When a malicious fairy swaps your baby for a changeling, how do you break the curse? Across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, people have reported finding their children stolen and replaced with strange babies that were different in many ways - some were sickly, some failed to grow, others were intelligent far beyond their years. But after the …
 
Ghostly forms wail and scream in the night, while supernatural visitors offer words of comfort and terror. But what connection do these spirits have with the living, and what message - if any - are they trying to communicate to their nearest and dearest? While these paranormal visitors can offer comfort to their friends and family, they can also, a…
 
A Welsh magician who defied witchcraft laws and turned detective in the 16th Century used his powers to defeat murderers and robbers. Huw Llwyd was famous - some might say infamous - for his fantastical acts of legerdemain during the reign of James VI and I. He could outwit the evilest of villains, and then party hard afterwards in the local tavern…
 
When ghost hunters explore a "haunted" castle in Carmarthenshire they uncover an old mystery that leads to a gruesome tale of a man hanged on a nearby hill. Spooks and spectres had long been reported in the mystical streets of Carmarthen, home of Arthurian wizard Merlin, but by the late Victorian age they were starting to fade away. When a group of…
 
The Gwragedd Annwn are some of the more terrifying fairy folk to lurk in wilds of Wales. These ferocious fighting female fairies haunt the lonely Welsh lakes and streams, and are known in English as the wives of hell or the wives of the otherworld. Like feisty freshwater mermaids, these tylwyth teg are not to be messed with, as some have discovered…
 
Seeing a death omen is usually a quick, fleeting affair, but in this weird real-life ghost story it is far more intense experience. A death omen, in its simplest form, is a supernatural sign that somebody is not going to be on this earth much longer. In Wales, one of the more popular death omens is the corpse candle (y canwyll corff), a light which…
 
In Victorian Wales, the 12 Days of Christmas became the 12 Days of Carnage for some, with a little too much merriment leading to fisticuffs and debauchery. At the heart of the festivities was music, and it was during this period that Wales became known as the "Land of Song." There were mummers and Christmas carol singers in the streets, and a certa…
 
One of the best Christmas traditions is telling creepy ghost stories by candlelight, but unlike the tales of Charles Dickens and M.R. James, what if these spooky yarns were not works of fiction, but real-life tales of terror? In one tale, a wife heads out into the wilds of Wales one chilly Christmas Eve in search of her missing husband, but finds s…
 
Explore Wales’s weird and wonderful Christmastime tradition, the festive "bone horse" that is the Mari Lwyd! The Mari Lwyd is a curious custom which sees a hobby horse-like like creature challenge people to a battle in verse - what some call a "rap battle" - and, if victorious, enters their home to eat their cakes and ale. But what began as a good-…
 
Ghosts of the living come in all shapes and sizes, from lost souls minding their own business to stone-hurling poltergeists. But what does it mean to see a spirit, of somebody who is still alive? In this creepy collection of "real life" paranormal encounters, they are seen in the middle of the day and the dead of night, some with messages, and some…
 
There's witchcraft, tormented spirits, curses, the well of evil and even a bit of good old-fashioned Wicker Man style paganism in this episode of watery folklore. These tales concern the folklore of wells, a source of water for centuries which could be used for good and bad magic. In some cases, a Pagan tradition could be used to summon rain in tim…
 
A man of God is accused by his fellow reverends of making a pact with the Devil in return for supernatural powers. According to the tale, he would sneak off into the forest and summon evil spirits in a magic circle, and on one fateful night of conjuring it backfired on him and his co-conspirators. Is there any truth to this tale of a holy man turni…
 
Dare you go on a "live" ghost tour at Wales's "most haunted" National Trust property? On Halloween, Mark Rees joined Ronnie - Wales' finest spooky tour guide - and a gang of unsuspecting members of the public for a creepy night to remember at Newton House, Dinefwr. Sitting in the heart of a medieval deer park near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, the pr…
 
Newton House in Dinefwr has long been the scene of inexplicable paranormal activity – in fact, the National Trust call it their "most haunted" location in all of Wales, and their fourth "most haunted place" in all the UK. The estate in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, has a long and colourful history steeped in Welsh folklore, from the castle on the est…
 
Dare you go on a ghost hunt to one of Wales's "most haunted" places? Join Mark Rees and Welsh paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal for a Halloween/ Nos Calan Gaeaf special as they go in search of restless wartime spirits. In the most ambitious episode yet, the team spend the night at Swansea's 1940s Museum, which is just like stepping back in …
 
A monstrous black pig and the ghost of a headless white lady emerge to hunt the living on Halloween - but what do they want? When the shades of night fall on Nos Calan Gaeaf, as October 31 is known in Wales, there are two terrifying apparitions which appear to chase people home from the bonfires before the witching hour. More terrifying than the va…
 
Dare you visit these watery beauty spots where ghouls and ghosts appear on the spookiest night of the year? Explore several "haunted" lakes where the ghosts of spectral white ladies have been reported, or where a lake monster is said to dwell. In one case, a visit on Halloween - Nos Calan Gaeaf - could result in seeing those destined to die that ye…
 
Halloween wouldn't be Halloween with a grinning jack-o'-lantern, but did you know that it was once far more sinister than a finely carved pumpkin? Nothing encapsulates Nos Calan Gaeaf - as we call Halloween in Wales - like the flickering face of a finely-carved lantern. But unlike the modern-day pumpkin which can be seen carried by trick or treater…
 
Explore three creepy "real-life" accounts of restless spirits who seemingly can’t rest in peace until their hidden treasure has been discovered. There are countless tales of people being asked – or scared, rather – into helping unwanted visitors find their treasure so they can rest in peace and, in return, the living can return to living in peace a…
 
What happens when a fairy turns nasty? It becomes something of a poltergeist! On this episode of the Ghosts and Folklore podcast, explore the dual nature of the Bwbach, the Welsh hobgoblin with ghost-like powers which, on the one hand, was a nice, helpful, happy household fairy but, on the other, could quickly transform into a terrifying phantom. S…
 
Does the ghost of a lady in white really haunt one of Wales's "most haunted" castles? When darkness falls on Oystermouth Castle, one of Swansea’s more mysterious inhabitants emerges from the shadows to peer out over the village of Mumbles. And, if you believe the tales, she can even be summoned in a similar way to saying Candyman or Beetlejuice mor…
 
When corpse candles and deathlike fingers materialise during a séance in Swansea, is it the work of spirits of the dead, or is something else going on? In this real-life account of a 19th century séance, a group of friends visit a spirit medium for what they believe will be a little light entertainment. But the paranormal activity spirals out of co…
 
Did an old folk tale of a wicked witch and an evil giant really lead to the discovery of coal in the Welsh valleys? In this traditional story, a shadow is cast over a once-happy fairy-filled valley when a giant arrives to eat all of the small inhabitants. Their only chance of survival is to kill their unwelcome visitor, but that just poses an even …
 
When people stopped believing in fairies, how could they explain the paranormal activity that continued? In the early 20th century, belief in the existence of fairies in Wales has almost died out. But the belief in ghosts and spirits had not, and that that belief in death omens in particular, such as the corpse candles and phantom funerals, remaine…
 
Can poltergeist activity really destroy a building, or is it just local lore? When objects started moving of their own accord on a Welsh farm, it was assumed an evil spirit was at work. But following a botched exorcism there was no stopping its destruction, which including first destroying the contents of a building, followed by the building itself…
 
Dare you swim in the spirit-filled waterways of Wales? They might look calm and serene from land, but the rivers of Wales are steeped in accounts of strange creatures and trapped souls. There's the apparition of a wailing woman seen up and down the River Severn, the Taff whirlpool which is said to be the work of a giant serpent, and the unusual cas…
 
What do you do when the ghosts of policemen start patrolling the streets? That was the problem facing a Welsh town in the Swinging Sixties when late at night the local bobbies were seemingly back on the beat from beyond the grave. What was happening in Neath that fateful night? Find out more on this "real life" ghost story... Join author Mark Rees …
 
What supernatural creatures were scaring the miners of Wales deep underground? For centuries, those working hard in the dark have reported strange sights and sounds lurking in the mines. From the deadly stare of the basilisk to evil spirits and fire demons, this was not a place for the faint of heart. And yet the coblynau - the mine fairies of Wale…
 
Why is a disembodied hand haunting a secluded mansion on the wind-swept coast of Wales? Staff working at the house have long reported seeing the severed hand in one of the bedrooms, as well as other spirits besides, but what does it all mean - and does it have anything to do with the smugglers caves nearby? Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) f…
 
Multiple reports of paranormal activity in a Welsh parish lead to the residents calling in the ghost hunters and exorcists. From a spectral nun to an oyster-eating monk, the activity - including bangs in the dead of night and a ghost circling the bed - continue to mount, and lead to some "gruesome" and "macabre" discoveries. But what does it all ha…
 
Can you really solve a mystery by digging up skulls in a graveyard? That seemed to be the case when notorious Welsh wizard Robin Ddu (Black Robin) was hired to solve a riddle using his psychic powers. But appearances and reputations can be deceiving, and not all is as it seems with this master of witchcraft. To find out all the secrets, join author…
 
Do werewolves really roam the wilds of Wales? That certainly seemed to be the case for one Oxford professor who encountered a strange creature while on a fishing trip in the Welsh mountains. Far from an idyllic holiday, it soon began to resemble a horror film when a dog-like creature with hellish red eyes laid siege to the cottage one night. The pr…
 
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