Creepy History 56. Happy Halloween, and I hope you have enjoyed all the “creepy history” quotes this month. We will finish for now with two newspaper articles concerning ghostly happenings in Wales, both within a relatively short space of time. The first is from the Western Gazette, from 22nd January 1904:
A ghostly visitor has been agitating the inhabitants of Coedkermew, a village between Newport and Cardiff. It is on farm belonging to a Mr. Parsons that the ghost has been holding its revels. Pictures were turned round and a bundle of hay removed from a cowshed and deposited the middle of the farmyard. The inmates were next startled when a large quantity of crockery in the kitchen fell with a loud crash. On another occasion the farmers wife, having prepared the mid-day meal for two of the labourers, went to call them, but her return a few moments later the dinner had mysteriously disappeared. It was afterwards discovered in locked cupboard. The police are looking out for practical joker.
Two years later, another “ghostly visitor” was reported near Cardiff. The following quote is from the Framlington Weekly News, 3rd March 1906:
A strange story of a haunted man comes from Senghenydd, a colliery village near Cardiff. The victim, a miner, named Craze, is pursued by mysterious rappings, and even a change of residence has not given him security from the ghostly annoyance. Craze had lived at Aber, village close to Senghenydd. A couple of weeks ago his household in Elan-road was disturbed by hearing tappings on the wall, always in a series of three. He removed from Elan-road, hoping that by going to another house the mystery would be ended. He accordingly removed to a house in High-street, Senghenydd. The noise, however, followed him. There was a crowd of between 400 and 500 persons around the house some nights ago, drawn by curiosity. The matter had now become one of a sensational character, and the police of the district, in charge of Sergt. Evans, together with Mr. Lloyd Rees, the vicar, went to the house and carried out some experiments. Craze was first of all taken to upstairs room, and three times the rappings were beard distinctly upon the wall. The lights were turned out, but the officers suddenly switched on their lamps, in the hope of being able solve the mystery. There was, however, nothing to be seen. The man was then placed in another room, and, after waiting in the darkness for a few minutes the rappings were again beard, on this occasion from a cupboard. Following this, Craze was made to sit on a chair in the centre of the room. Here again the strange sounds were audible, but this time underneath the chair. The knockings are three loud raps, clear and distinct. Craze appears to have a peculiar presentiment of the approach of the ghostly visitor, for he gives a deep groan, and his features are drawn and strange, and a wild look comes into bis eyes. He says the groaning is irresistible. After the carrying out of the experiments recorded above, the vicar prayed earnestly, and Craze, too, appealed for peace. Their supplications, however, were unavailing.
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