THE Skirrid Inn, in Llanvihangel Crucorney, is among the most popular of the UK’s oldest pubs, according to people who’ve left Google reviews.

In a list compiled by amusement firm Liberty Games, the Skirrid Inn ranks second-highest on the list, earning a Google rating of 4.6 stars from 349 reviews.

The pub, located five miles north of Abergavenny, is the only pub in Wales to feature on the top 10 list.

Believed to have served customers since 1110, the Skirrid Inn is notorious for its past use as a court-house, and scores of people were tried and hanged within its walls.


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At the centre of those executions was Judge Jeffries, sent westwards by the Catholic King James II to brutalise the local population for supporting the Protestant Duke of Monmouth, in his failed rebellion. Jeffries had 182 rebels hanged at the inn.

One of the pub’s beams still bears the worn marks of the hangman’s rope, and numerous ghost sightings over the years have made the pub a legendary tourist destination for ghost-hunters and paranormal enthusiasts.


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