Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees - The Curse of the Swansea Devil

The Curse of the Swansea Devil: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees EP02

Can a statue really be cursed? And if so, can it really destroy a church?

The second episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast is live…. NOW!

The Swansea Devil is a “cursed” Victorian work of art which, if the legend is to be believed, was responsible for burning down a Welsh church during the Second World War.

But the mystery doesn’t end there.

It disappeared without a trace, only to reappear a long way from home following an appeal by the media to track it down.

In this episode I go in search of the truth behind one of Wales’ most infamous sculptures, which also happens to be one of my favourite cursed objects (yes, I have a list!), and uncover some tantalising new secrets about this satanic statue, including the experts’ strange theories as to its original purpose.

Some of the research behind this episode was originally published in my collection of curiosities The A-Z of Curious Wales, whereas the latest revelations have been uncovered much more recently.

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This story is one of many Welsh curiosities collected in The A-Z of Curious Wales, available now from all good bookshops and online.