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Mysterious Anglesey

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The Lligwy region near Moelfre has a number of mysterious ruins from three separate eras. The first being Hen Capel Lligwy (Old Lligwy Chapel). During the 12th century many Celtic churches built of timber were replaced with stone from the surroundings. It's unsure which saint the church dedicated as there are no records or information about how and why the church came to be. It is believed that the upper part of the church was later constructed in the 14th century and then later in the 16th century an underground crypt was constructed. The crypt which is only about 5 feet in height measures around about 6ft long by 5ft wide. Also, in the center of the church floor looks to be a well and there is also evidence of a small alter of some kind.

Situated about half a km away is the well known Din Lligwy ruined village from the Roman era. Well protected and hidden by a ring of large trees this site is now protected. This fascinating but eerie location shows evidence of once an important center of a community. The large stones that construct the buildings are well preserved and double layer walls can easily be identified as if used as a cavity wall insulator. Most of the buildings would have had walls around 5ft tall and approx 1.5m wide. The size and shapes of the different buildings may suggest they had a different purpose. Round buildings are often thought to be iron age domestic dwellings. Excavationists have discovered Roman coins, a silver ingot, a glass jug and pottery. Another building shows evidence of it once being used as a workshop, melting metal and the working of iron. Visitors to the location have on occasion heard the beating of metal and distant voices in conversation and when investigated, find that the site is completely empty and eerily quiet.

Further up the road about a km stands the remains of an ancient Neolithic burial chamber, still very much intact. The chamber dates back to the end of the 3rd millennium BC and was more than likely covered in a mound of soil like many others scattered around the country. A small opening would have been the only entrance and exit used for carrying in the bones of the dead. The largest stone sitting on top of the chamber (often referred to as the capstone) weighs around 25 tons and keeps the chamber relatively dry. The bones of 15 - 30 people along with pottery were found in the chamber when it was excavated back in 1909. Locals do not visit the site in fear of unsettling the spirits and a couple of elderly woman who often travel past the chamber claim to occasionally see and smell burning torches in the distant fields. As if witnessing a ghostly ritual from years past...

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Facing the mainland is the quaint village of Beaumaris complete with its own castle which at times is said to host the sounds of horses hooves upon a drawbridge which is no longer there.

Beaumaris has one of Great Britains oldest buildings, which is said to have been constructed in 1400. Now used as a shop of sorts the tiny Tudor looking building was once known as a rather creepy location. Locals claim that an apparition of a woman and young boy were often seen at the upstairs window at times the building was closed or undergoing some repairs. There does not seem to be any information in regards who the apparitions are nor why they should only be seen at the upstairs windows. If indeed the apparitions were associated with the building then they must have been quite small as the upstairs ceiling is no more than 5ft in height.

Probably the most known haunted location in Beaumaris is its Gaol. Visited by around 30,000 tourists per year the gaol now a museum is largely unaltered. As you walk down and past the side walls of the gaol you cannot help noticing a door situated around 30 feet up. The doorway once led to an outside balcony which was used for public hangings. A bell situated on top of the goal walls would be rang to let the villages know that a hanging was to go ahead. The balcony no longer remains, but the doors are clearly visible. The gaol was designed and built by Joseph Hanson in 1829 and later expanded in 1867 to accommodate another 30 inmates. The gaol chapel has been untouched and is still in it's original condition. Beaumaris Gaol is most well known for how they kept their criminals in check. Brutal methods were used such as stretching racks, chains and whippings and also hangings. During one such hanging the prisoner claimed that if he were innocent the four faces of the nearby church clock would never show the same time. In fact for a while they did not. However, this was later attributed to the wind hitting the southern face. Paranormal disturbances at the gaol are often witnessed by security officers, who have reported seeing unusual flashes of light, stones being thrown, doors banging, keys rattling, and the sound of heavy footsteps. Numerous witnesses even claim to have had their hair pulled, heard the execution bell, even though the hammer was taken out of it years back and seen a floating shadowy apparition moving across the long dark corridors.

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A mile outside Moelfre lies St. Llanallgo church. The resting place for many a soul that died at sea in a horrific shipwreck during hurricane winds. The Royal Charter was a steam clipper that was wrecked on the rocks of Moelfre's coastline by gale force winds and huge waves on October 26th 1859. The precise number of dead is uncertain due to the passenger list being lost. However it is noted that 459 lives were lost that stormy night, the highest death toll of any shipwreck on the Welsh coast. The only survivors were 21 passengers and 18 crew members, which were all men. Sadly no women or children were saved. It has also be speculated that some of the survivors that made it to shore were attacked, mugged then killed by robbers waiting for them to come ashore. The Royal Charter was transporting gold miners back home to Liverpool. It is thought that due to distrust the miners wore gold and money bags fastened to their belts. If they were lucky enough not to have sunk due to the extra weight they were carrying, then they would have had to still fight off their attackers once on shore.

Moelfre certainly does have a rugged coastline and locals often report hearing screams coming from the sea on such stormy nights. On one occasion Mrs. Walt, a visitor to Moelfre was walking her dog along the coastline path around 8.00pm in the evening when she saw in the distance what she thought to be four fishermen carrying something they had fished out of the sea. As she approached she momentarily lost sight of them as the hillside blocked her view. Minutes later she arrived at the top to find no one there. Not a single person could be seen. Mrs. Walt quickly realised that it would have been impossible for the men to have passed her. They had mysteriously vanished. Most if not all that perished at sea during the faithful night the Charter sank, were buried at St. Llanallgo. Now known as St. Gallgo the church remains the same. A small but quiet church with many headstones. There are rumours of St. Gallgo being haunted by a silent figure seen many times throughout the dark nights, caught briefly in the passing car headlights. The figure is said to be a tall man dressed in dark clothing who wanders slowly amongst the graves. Many have slowed or even stopped to get a better look only to see him slowly fade away. No one seems to know who the mysterious figure is, but he is said to continue haunting the location.

Just two miles outside Benllech, on the northeast coast of Anglesey, lies Red Wharf Bay. A beautiful location that tourists visit all year round. This peaceful retreat also has its mysteries. The Ghost of Captain Thomas is said to haunt the Ship Inn which is situated on the shore of Red Wharf. Members of staff claim the Captain is rather playful and enjoys rearranging the furniture around. Tables and chairs are often found to have been moved during the night. Pumps in the cellar are regularly turned on and off and glasses are heard to be moving around. Several members of staff claim to have had a fleeting glimpse of the Captain, standing near the front window and on the cellar staircase. It is unknown who named the apparition or if he is in fact a captain or not. The Inn has changed hands numerous times over the years and information pertaining to the activity has been lost and forgotten.

A little further up the bay near the great rock of Castell Mawr, locals talk of a ghostly figure of a desolate woman dressed in a white long dress wandering the ruins of Gwiningar House which burnt to the ground during the 1940s. Again, no one knows the identity of the woman in white but local legend speaks of the murder of a young lady in a once nearby hotel known as the Onions which in time changed its name to the Min-y-Don. Like many other old hotels, the Min-y-Don was also known to be haunted. Strange noises and objects being moved were often witnessed. Room 15 was apparently the site of most of the disturbances. The manageress talked of seeing an old sea captain who had died in the room many years back. Guests staying in Room 15 were often awakened by loud banging sounds and the cupboard doors flying open. The Min-y-Don was also home to a ghost of a bad tempered barman who is said to have fell to his death down the stone cellar steps. As the months past, staff would regularly mention the oppressive, angry atmosphere in the beer cellar and were reluctant to go down there. Water and gas taps were often mysteriously turned on and the strange smell of smoke would often fill the air...

Brynteg just 3 miles from Benllech is said to have one of the most ominous crossroads on the Island. Many visitors know of its location due to the high amount of reported car accidents there over the years. Now with strict speed restrictions the crossroad is somewhat safer, but locals know of it for a different reason. Many claim to have seen the apparition of a horse drawn coach rushing along the open road as if travelling on a cobbled street instead of tarmac. Never stopping nor straying from its path the coach passes the California, a public house standing on the corner of the crossroad. Those that have seen it simply watch in amazement as the coach slowly fades away in the distance. Joe McMullan, a local resident claims to have witnessed the incident twice. The first time was back in 1969. It was around 10.30pm on a Sunday evening, Joe was on his way home from a local pub when he was startled by a coach rushing past him. He remember that it was strange that he had not heard its approach. The coach was being pulled by four large black horses and their hooves made such a noise in the quietness of the night. Joe stopped and watched as the coach and horses faded away before his very eyes. His second experience was shared with his friend Michael. It was a sunny evening in August of 1981. Both Joe and Michael had just finished work and were on their way home. They had just crossed over the crossroad when their conversation was interrupted by the sound of horses. They stopped and looked around. Nothing could be seen, but they both could clearly hear the approaching horses. Suddenly they both felt a chill in the air as the sound of a rushing horse drawn coach flew by them. They were astonished, neither of them could see anything. Only the sound of the coach and horses was witnessed. Since the ‘80s there have been numerous sightings of the mysterious coach, rushing to its destination over and over...

Anglesey is full of mysteries, haunted locations, legends and myths… Oh! and of course it's also a rather good place to go and relax and enjoy a holiday if that's what your looking for…

Compiled By Steve Mera.

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