The Skirrid Mountain Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Wales with a history dating back over 900 years, with its’ first recorded existence being in 1110.
Legend has it that the inn was used as a rallying point for local supporters of the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV, the uprising being led by Owain Glyndŵr. In the early 15th century he is said to have personally rallied his troops in the cobbled courtyard before raiding nearby settlements sympathetic to the English.
It is believed that the first floor of the inn was once used as a Court of Law and over the period of a great many years, as many as 180 prisoners were adjudged guilty of crimes serious enough to warrant the sentence of death by hanging, a sentence that was carried out at the inn itself, the last case of capital punishment purportedly taking place sometime prior to the death of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658). There is very little evidence of these executions taking place at the Inn although the original hanging beam resides on the Inn’s staircase complete with score marks along its’ length from the rope as many unfortunate victims kicked and struggled in their last earthly moments.
The Inn also claims to be the home of several ghosts or spirits as well as the scene of numerous supernatural occurrences or paranormal activities. Glasses often fly across the bar by themselves, faces have been seen at the windows, guests feel a ghostly noose slip around their necks, things mysteriously disappear only to turn up weeks later and residents wake to an icy cold room and the feeling they are being watched. It is thought that one of the main spirits at the inn is that of 17th Century barmaid Fanny Price and the spirit of the hanging Judge Jeffries is said to loudly walk across the floors of the upper rooms late at night.
FPI have visited the Inn on a number of occasions and held a very successful event there. With KII activity in response to questions and some very good responses from the Ghostbox we have enjoyed some great nights at the Skirrid Inn. On one visit Paula witnessed a very fast moving shadow in Room 2 that coincided with a significant EMF spike.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is such a popular venue for paranormal events that there is usually a long waiting list. FPI definitely plan to return there in the future so keep an eye on our events page for updates.