South Wales is known for its scenic views featuring hills and mountains. The highest peak in the area is Mount Snowdon. It also has bays and waterfalls that tourists enjoy. South Wales also has its own language.
A scenic view of South Wales. (Link: https://www.planetware.com/wales/south-wales-the-valleys-w-mg-tv.htm)
But one of the more intriguing reasons why South Wales is visited by tourists is because of Llancaiach Fawr Manor. It is a Tudor manor house that carries a lot of paranormal activities and attracts a lot of thrill seekers.
The Llancaiach Fawr Manor. (Link: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/10-things-you-not-known-11814188)
The History Of Llancaiach Fawr Manor
The Llancaiach Fawr Manor is considered as one of the most important houses because it survived the 16th and 17th century period. It was designed as a semi-fortified manor in Wales so as to remain standing despite the attacks during that period because of the Civil War. The inner east wing of the manor was even designed to provide a self-contained place of refuge in case of an attack inside the manor.
Inside the Llancaiach Fawr Manor. (Link: https://www.mtassoc.co.uk/portfolio/llancaiach-fawr-manor/)
The Llancaiach Fawr Manor was reportedly built sometime in 1530 for a certain Dafydd ap Richard. Later, it became the home of Colonel Edward Prichard, who died in 1655, and is famously known for hosting a visit for King Charles I of England back in 1645. Accordingly, the Civil War broke out between the King and the Parliament in 1642. The King visited the Llancaiach Fawr Manor in an attempt to rally some support. Shortly after the visit, however, Prichard and other gentries supported the Parliament.
Edward Prichard in an undated photo. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_William_Pritchard)
The Prichards became quite powerful in the area and to show their status in life, they renovated the Llancaiach Fawr Manor. They also had a lot of servants, who outnumbered them, to help them around the house.
When Prichard died in 1645, the Llancaiach Fawr Manor was used as a farmhouse. The house lwas later purchased by the Rhymney Valley District Council in 1979. During the 80s, it was opened to the public as a local history museum. In the 90s, it became a living history museum. Visitors can see the house when it was first built and the accurate reproductions of the items from the time when the Llancaiach Fawr Manor was owned by the Prichards.
Another photo inside the Llancaiach Fawr Manor. (Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown/18778423610)
Six years ago, a funding came from Heritage Lottery Fund in order to change the roof and make Llancaiach Fawr Manor more accessible. The attic was already restored as well as the servants’ quarters. The caretakers of Llancaiach Fawr Manor now hopes to attract 80,000 visitors per year by 2020.
Indeed, the renovations attract a lot of people to the Llancaiach Fawr Manor and it was even used in different TV and film productions like “Doctor Who,” “S4C,” “Time Team,” and more.
The Paranormal Activities At Llancaiach Fawr Manor
The Llancaiach Fawr Manor is on the top 10 most haunted locations in the United Kingdom. Many people who believe in paranormal activities claimed that the manor is a very haunted site. According to those who went to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, almost every room is haunted as well as the corridors and the stairs. Many have heard disembodied voices, felt a touch here and there, and sometimes the whiff of violets, lavenders, and even roast beef could be smelled in the air.
One of the rooms inside Llancaiach Fawr Manor. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g186459-d207131-i203324145-Llancaiach_Fawr-Caerphilly_Caerphilly_County_South_Wales_Wales.html)
The usual ghosts spotted at the Llancaiach Fawr Manor are Colonel Prichard, a former maid named Mattie, a boy, and a man in black.
Colonel Prichard is reportedly seen most of the time drawing up battle plans. It is as if he is still stuck in the Civil War.
As for the ghost of Mattie, she is said to be a former maid. She was burned to death in an accident. According to those who have seen or felt the presence of Mattie, a rustle of her petticoats could be heard in the bedchamber where she allegedly died.
The ghost of a boy reportedly belongs to a child who fell to his death from one of the rooms upstairs. He usually makes his presence known by tugging on the sleeve of a person or someone’s hair. He also slips his hand into the hand of whoever is in the room where he allegedly fell from.
The man in black is said to be a murderer who used the patrol the Llancaiach Fawr Manor.
Rugby Player Cries After Visiting Llancaiach Fawr Manor
There is also reportedly one room at the Llancaiach Fawr Manor that when visitors visit it, they burst into tears. The reason behind this is still unknown.
Years ago, a group of rugby players visited Llancaiach Fawr Manor. When they got to Mattie’s room, the captain of the rugby team, “he just broke down in floods of tears with no explanation. As soon as he left the room again, he was fine – he was greatly embarrassed by it.”
Worker At Llancaiach Fawr Manor
A worker at the Llancaiach Fawr Manor shared that when he was giving a tour, one woman who claimed to be a medium told him, “You know there’s a girl who follows you around this house?” The worker then asked her to describe the girl and the description fit the girl he once saw “stood at the bottom of the cellar steps.” It is unclear who this ghost is.
The stairs inside the Llancaiach Fawr Manor. (Link: https://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/llancaiachfawr/manor-gardens/history-manor)