Ghostly goings on at Pontypool pub

South Wales Argus: Staff have heard ghostly noises at the Hanbury Arms, Pontypool Staff have heard ghostly noises at the Hanbury Arms, Pontypool

VODKA, brandy and whisky aren't the only spirits at one Pontypool pub where so called ghosts have sent everyone from barmaids to builders running scared.

The souls of a little girl named Emily and a small boy in Victorian dress are said to be regular visitors to The Hanbury Arms, according to staff who don't like being in the building alone.

A man believed to a former executioner at the 1830s building where criminals were once hanged, is also said to be a frequent punter and staff believe they have captured evidence of their existence on videos, which show so called "orbs" of light darting about the bar.

Glasses have spontaneously smashed, lights have been switched on when no-one is in the room and even a barrel of cider was split open in the locked and empty cellar.

Even workmen refurbishing the building upstairs have downed tools claiming they have felt a bitterly cold presence whilst working, accompanied by an unexplained feeling of dread.

Manager Rhian Phillips claims to have heard whispers coming from the empty cellar and refuses to enter certain parts of the pub alone, while other staff have reported a strong smell of garlic in specific spots.

Since owner Sean O'Connor took over the pub last December three paranormal experts have visited and all have been convinced of the spirits presence.

But Mr O'Connor and his business partner Mark Baker, both 47, are not fazed and have instead taken a keen interest in finding out more.

Mr Baker has even ordered electrical magnetic field detectors, motion sensors and voice recorders from America in a bid to gather evidence.

He said: "It does not worry me, I just laugh at it, but it's not funny when it costs us money like when we lost 88 pints of Strongbow when the barrel was split."

Mr O'Connor added: "The experiences we have had have been so profound and tangible that you've got option but to believe it."

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12:44pm Tue 4 Sep 12

paddyparry says...

There's no great mystery here. It is the spirit of Pontypool RFC old boys wakened by the WRU. It has only started since the pub became the Home of Pontypool RFC.

Alternatively it could be a publicity stunt :-)
There's no great mystery here. It is the spirit of Pontypool RFC old boys wakened by the WRU. It has only started since the pub became the Home of Pontypool RFC. Alternatively it could be a publicity stunt :-) paddyparry

2:32pm Tue 4 Sep 12

bobjones2011 says...

Went in this pub a few times years ago, before it last closed. There was always talk of it being haunted, right down to the mythical hanging beam, which I believe has since been discovered (it had been hidden by a false ceiling, or so I was told). Glad to see it's been reopened now, will definitely have to pop in the next time i'm around Pontypool, especially if they are thinking of hosting some sort of paranormal night with the EMF detectors etc. Good news for a change Argus!
Went in this pub a few times years ago, before it last closed. There was always talk of it being haunted, right down to the mythical hanging beam, which I believe has since been discovered (it had been hidden by a false ceiling, or so I was told). Glad to see it's been reopened now, will definitely have to pop in the next time i'm around Pontypool, especially if they are thinking of hosting some sort of paranormal night with the EMF detectors etc. Good news for a change Argus! bobjones2011

3:25pm Thu 6 Sep 12

high x boy says...

i bet Paul Lynch has his finger in this little game.
i bet Paul Lynch has his finger in this little game. high x boy

9:18pm Fri 7 Sep 12

regescu72 says...

Yawn, no such things as ghosts!!! Slow news day for the Argus when this was reported.
Yawn, no such things as ghosts!!! Slow news day for the Argus when this was reported. regescu72

4:31pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Sweetness_Brett says...

couldn't the landlord get a ghost cam? I wonder if these spirits are earthbound and need some help.
couldn't the landlord get a ghost cam? I wonder if these spirits are earthbound and need some help. Sweetness_Brett

1:45am Wed 12 Sep 12

Newport Dave says...

No such thing as ghosts.

All a publicity stunt.
No such thing as ghosts. All a publicity stunt. Newport Dave

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