Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

A Ghost to Rival Hamlet’s Father: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast EP03

Did a ghost really help the police discover a buried skull? Find out in this Swansea ghost story!

The third episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast is live NOW, and it concerns a rather unique Swansea ghost story.

In this real-life Welsh ghost tale, I go in search of the facts surrounding a persistent spectre which haunted Swansea’s “most haunted” house in the late 19th century.

During a key scene, which sounds more like a work of Gothic fiction than a real event, the supernatural visitor lured the occupiers out of the house and into the moon-lit night, where it revealed its true purpose.

This lead to the discovery of what appeared to be a buried skull, which saw the press dub it “a ghost to rival Hamlet’s father.” As a result, not only did this spook have the whole city talking, but even the police decided to investigate…

You can listen to this spine-chilling tale, which originally appeared in the pages of Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives, by pressing the play button below… if you dare!

Mark

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Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to check out EP02 The Curse of the Swansea Devil: a real-life “haunted” statue steeped in the folklore of Wales.

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Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees

This Swansea ghost story is just one of many real-life Welsh ghost stories collected in Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives, available now from all good bookshops and online.