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The Pembrokeshire haunted Road trip created by The Paranormal Chronicles and its sister site Pembrokeshire Beyond urged paranormal enthusiasts to seek out paranormal adventure searching for the Myths and legends at Nevern, The flying Coffin of Clarbeston, The Waterson lady, The Teenage phantom at Newgale, the Ghost Children at St Govan and many more.
We have collated over 2500 reports in Pembrokeshire alone in the last 4 years. The paranormal Chronicles is truly dedicated to researching and investigating the wonderous paranormal events in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
With all that said we have one character, one spectre, one haunting that best selling Author G L Davies has personally been investigating for over 20 years. This character has had more sightings than of any paranormal entity in Pembrokeshire.
For over 300 years it has been seen.
The Monk of Haverfordwest…
He makes his way down union hill that many locals have walked or driven. From the waist down, he is invisible as he travels a long-buried and forgotten footpath. This shadowy spectre has been seen many times with the first known report made in 1729 of a cowled and dark apparition making its way to the old Augustinian Priory.
Mr Rob Richards of Haverfordwest reminisced about a sightings, in the 1950’s, at the end of Quay street where a hooded figure was said to disappear into a gate at the bottom of Union Hill while more recent reports have seen a hooded figure making its way up Tower-hill at the top of Haverfordwest and another seeing a monk-like figure traversing the Rifleman’s field near Winch Lane
On the evening 25th 2018 March, a lady was walking her dog at the Priory Ruin at approx. 10 pm when she was startled by what appeared to be a figure stood in the corner of one of the ruined abbey buildings illuminated by her head torch. Fearing it was a living person skulking in the darkness she quickly hurried away but her dog froze and barked hysterically. When she turned back the torch revealed no one stood there. The figure has vanished in the blink of an eye.
Now as interesting as that may be, could it easily be just a person or possibly a misidentified shadow or bricks within the wall resembling a person.
On Monday 2nd April 2018 we received a message through our Facebook page from a gentleman called Mark who said that while again walking a dog at night at the old priory ruin, that he saw a figure walking towards him in the mist. He said in his torchlight the mist looked like it was forming into a shape, the shape of a man. He claims that the human-shaped mist appeared to have a hood and he could make out the movement of an arm. This dog again reacted defensively but as quickly as the figure had appeared it had vanished.
On Dec 4th around 1:45am on a disappointing cloudy night to capture supermoon pictures G L Davies ended up at his old haunt, Priory ruins, to take some picture and use the opportunity to investigate the Priory ruins monk.
He has charted the monk’s path over the years which starts from St Marys Church retracing the steps of the first of two monks that haunt Haverfordwest. The Brown monk takes a different route and heads into Haverfordwest, towards the Friars,
Taking bursts of pictures along the way, he took several dozen at the ruins and headed home.
G L Davies said ” I am not gifted in that I have no abilities, I witness very little on investigation and since I suffered a mini stroke I am more susceptible to tiredness but during my saunter to the ruins I did feel as if I were being watched and several times felt that the rain and mist was very clumped together in places, which in itself could be an atmospheric solution to what’s happening down there. As per usual With All my pictures and audio I volunteer them to independent researchers for data analysis. I’ve had them back and a few were very interesting.“
He continued, “ I am well aware that the power of suggestion is very much at play, in one of the pictures it may just be a person wandering around late at night…I was and that in some cases you can’t really see anything until its pointed out.”
In Picture A – Like the witness claimed a mist appears to be taking the form of a hooded figure, yes very convenient, but what was of interest was that the mist seems to be in two layers to create this effect, almost 3D, in relation to its surroundings it would be approx. 5 feet 3 inches tall and around 50 centimetres broad.
The large head area does look hooded and an arm could be possibly part of the form. Again not a solid shape and more than likely just a mist illuminated by the camera. What can you see? What do you think?
In this second Picture taken across the Abby, there appears to be a solid figure stood at ground level. Unlike the mist apparition, this has more form and could be possibly just another person strolling the ruins. The light that was identified as an orb but G L Davies can confirm it is one of the street lights from the poet’s corner area as he has been able to capture it several more times. The figure he has not. Could the two incidents be related or are they merely coincidental?
We will include many of the pictures for you to peruse as We would like to hear your feedback. What do you see? What are your theories? Can you pick up on something we have missed? Have you had your own experience with the Monk? If you have any form of interest and you live in Pembrokeshire then we strongly encourage you to investigate.
G L Davies has said. ” I shall continue the search, I shall continue the investigation…but what is more effective than one man with a lifetime of passion and experience to investigate our friend the ghostly monk?….an entire county of people!! The hunt is on!”
St Mary’s Haverfordwest. Has a ghostly monk been seen leaving this building?It is here that in the early 1980’s that reports surfaced of a hooded figure making its way down the stone steps and disappearing onto the road that is Tower Hill. Could people from the modern day be seeing the replay of a person long now deceased making their habitual journey from the Church to a destination unknown?
Could it be this shadowy person that is seen in Haverfordwest making its way to the Augustinian Priory?One of the Historical gems at St Mary’s is an effigy of a medieval pilgrim. His identity is unknown but it is hypothesized that he was staying at Haverfordwest on a pilgrimage to St David’s. Dating from around 1450 this is the oldest monument in the church. Could this be the man behind the apparition?
The earliest registers date to 1590 and are probably the oldest to survive in Pembrokeshire. However is our pedestrian phantom from a much earlier time period? paranormal enthusiasts spend most of their time at The Priory Ruin in search of this notorious ghost however it is the route he is most often seen on which yields the most
That is where this silent soul makes its way through the sleeping town. We believe there are either two routes or two hooded figures walking the town after the sunsets.
Route 1 leads from St Marys and up to Tower Hill. From here it is seen submerged in the ground at Rifleman’s field and then has been twice at the entrance to Clay lane. Clay Lane is the road connecting to Union Hill ( And possibly the most haunted road in Pembrokeshire – see archives). Union Hill is the most common location for a sighting of the monk.
Route 2 again begins at St Mary’s and is not seen again till the footpath by St Thomas Church. The figure has been seen once again submerged into the concrete and making its way on the path by the Tennis courts and back towards Union Hill.
Having spoken to recent witnesses about the sightings they encountered we have two points of detail that could help us understand more about the spooky traveller. One is seen to be in a brown or dark robe and the other in grey. Both similar routes but Where were both monks heading to?
There are in fact TWO ghostly monks in Haverfordwest wearing different robes and taking two routes.
Haverfordwest Priory was a house of Augustinian Canons Regular on the banks of the Western Cleddau at Haverfordwest. Dedicated to St. Mary and St. Thomas the Martyr and situated on land given by Robert de Haverford, it was first mentioned around 1200.
From 1983 to 1986 the site was excavated so that the outlines of the buildings can be seen. Much of the architectural material discovered was of a very good standard and can be seen in Haverfordwest museum. The excavations also revealed a medieval garden complete with raised beds, unique as the only surviving ecclesiastical medieval gardens in Britain and the beds have now been replanted with simple plants appropriate to the period.Priory Ruin, Haverfordwest. Is this the destination of a ghostly monk?
Priory Ruin, Haverfordwest. Is this the destination of a ghostly monk?
Could it be possible that modern locals in Pembrokeshire are viewing a monk traveling home to his Priory hundreds of years later? The distinctive habit of the canon regular that would have been situated at the priory is the rochet, worn over a cassock or tunic, which is indicative of their clerical origins. This has evolved in various ways among different congregations, from wearing the full rochet to the wearing of a white tunic and scapular. Could this have been misidentified in the night time by confounded witnesses as a grey hooded robe?
The monks at this time would have worn something similar to this.
Much work needs to be done and we ask everyone that travels these points to please be vigilant and feel free to report to us any feelings, findings or sightings.
Please, may we note that should you pass the monk on his way home not to be alarmed? In the centuries of sightings, all he has done is simply making his way home.
We have given you a small look into a fascinating metaphysical mystery and much more research and the investigation has to be conducted into the history, geography, and people of Haverfordwest from this ancient time.
It may be that with the correct research we can correctly identify the route and the person using it. There is so much to look into and it gives such incredible insight into the development of the town. This is truly a wondrous chiller that demands dedication and research. This is a riddle that connects the old and new. It can be a glimpse into the past.
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Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest is a scary and atmospheric read whether you’re a sceptic when it comes to the paranormal or not. It’s also perfect for this time of year when the nights are drawing in and getting progressively chiller. Written in the style of an interview it tells of the dark and disturbing events that took place in a house in West Wales, a house that the author has lived in and he adds his account to the narrative. Compelling and at times terrifying, don’t read this in the dark! You simply cannot go wrong if what you’re looking for is an intense and spooky story. Lou TOP 500 reviewer
G.L Davies takes us into the real-life terror of a malevolent haunting in the pages of Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest. If you have the intestinal fortitude to venture forward, your bravery will be rewarded with a great, if frightening read. I’d say go for it and pick up your copy today!
Jim Harold, Host of The Paranormal Podcast and Jim Harold’s Campfire
This is a Terrifying read, a book that will haunt you long after you have read it. Its builds masterfully, drawing you closer and closer and then the terror hits you. This is a modern paranormal masterpiece, complete with the original A most haunted house and a must-read section on explanations, this is possibly the most important paranormal account of the 21st Century. This is a haunting people will be talking about in a hundred years time and all the while they will say, I hope it didn’t happen in our house. G L Davies is finally back and he has grown as a writer and investigator, this is shocking and chilling brilliance.
K-Town, Mysterious Radio.com
If you are a paranormal investigator and have not read this book then you are not a real Paranormal Investigator. Raw, real, detailed, gritty and utterly frightening. As it includes the first book, A most haunted house, then this is the UK’s most detailed and prolific modern haunting investigating over twenty years worth of evidence. There are incidents and events that still linger long after reading, things difficult to make sense of, disturbing things that will leave you with you one thought, I hope this never happens to me! The best paranormal book out there, Read it, just not before bed.
Nikki Davies, Lead Investigator – Devon Ghost Adventures
The courage it took to tell a story of the supernatural that drove one to the depths of depression is to be admired. G L Davies accounts are raw, real and riveting
Jeremy Scott, Into The Parabnormal Radio
A paralogian to the paranormal is like a theologian to theology. A paralogian should have a good understanding of paranormal history, theory, & application. It is clearly evident that G L Davies not only has a real solid understanding of the different kinds of paranormal activity & phenomena people may experience, but he also understands the impact in which that said phenomena can have on an individual’s psychological well being as well as the parasociological implications for the surrounding family unit. G L Davies is a true paralogian through & through. Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest is a testament to that statement & a real pleasure to digest. I enjoyed this immensely.
Kevin Malek, Paranormal Historian & Ufologist; Founder Of The Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society Ltd & Co-Host for Paraversal Universe on the LNM Radio Network.
G L Davies once again takes readers on a terrifying journey into madness and the unknown that will grip believers tightly and shake sceptics to their very core
Ashley Shannon, Schlock Tactics podcast
G L. Davies is up to his old tricks again in his latest book Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest. His nasty detailed and unimaginable horror scenarios will give some readers nightmares. I interviewed G. L Davies on my YouTube Show before and thoroughly enjoyed his previous work
Kevin Moore, The Kevin Moore Show
At Black Lotus, we pride ourselves in the exhaustive research we put into each of our episodes. Too often, people will not do the necessary legwork and research that is inherently required when investigating the paranormal. They simply parrot what others are saying and offer nothing new. This is why it was such a pleasure to discover G. L. Davies’ Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest. Written as an interview with the previous tenants of the house in which Davies once resided, it is not your typical haunted house story. While maintaining the integrity required of such research, Davies also writes with a human compassion that is rarely found among other paranormal explorers. Amazing work! We loved it!!
Damian Gray & Ralph Torlucci, Black Lotus Media Productions
G L. Davies has done it again! Having experienced his previous work I can only say that “Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest” is the natural progression to the level of master in development of suspense & the building of shock & disbelief, all leading to the realization that these horrific paranormal experiences truly DO exist!
Kat Hobson, Paranormal Experienced Radio
G L Davies masterfully brings the terror of living in a real haunted house to life again as he returns to the Horror of Haverfordwest!
Jason Bland, Paranormal Soup – LNM radio
I had the pleasure of interviewing G. L Davies on my Radio Show many years ago discussing his first book and my listeners and I were left in awe, but I must say that his current book Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest also did not disappoint. It gave me chills as read it and I was unable to put it down as I was led on a journey through this very twisted Paranormal tale. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the Paranormal and this book will definitely be put on my shows “MUST READ”List.
Christina George, Paranormal Connections Radio Show
Few of us will ever experience the paranormal in our own home. Where a place of sanctuary becomes strange and we fear for our own sanity. G L Davies takes us on a journey through the unknown with extraordinary clarity and humility. Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest will appeal to those interested in the paranormal, as well as those who want to know more about how such experiences can help us grow as a person. Life is for the living, not the dead.
Claire Elliot, The Claire Witch Files
“G L Davies is a masterful author who, once again, leads the reader through a gripping account of the paranormal. Genuinely worrying and chilling. This is a MUST read and the section on the rationale behind the haunting is worth the read alone.
Dave Dominguez , – Event Horizon online Radio show
Very creepy retell of what happened in a haunted house when a married couple lived in it for a short period of time in the late 80’s -early 90’s. I am a sceptic, but that does not mean that I could not suspend belief a few times while reading about the horrifying things that happened in that house…
Giulia Naccarato, NetGalley
I could not put this book down. I found the story to be creepy, scary and at times terrifying.
Jill Long, NetGalley
A creepy ghost story just right for this time of year as the nights draw in. Atmospheric and draws you into the story and the characters
Tracy Clarkson, NetGalley
Another creepy and scary book to read from GL Davies. This time it follows the story of another couple who lived in The House years before, the things they suffered and how it affected them. The tales are horrific and awful and I couldn’t imagine ever living through what they did. Having lived in Haverfordwest for 18 years of my life, I’m really grateful it wasn’t in this house….and I’m grateful I didn’t know it existed. This is a fantastic read if you want to read a horror that’s real life….if you’re brave enough to!
I have just finished reading this book. I still have chills up my spine. I liked the way the story was set out and really got a sense of the terror experienced by Dai and Anne. Whether you are a believer in the paranormal or not, this book is well worth a read.
Sue Blanchard, NetGalley