We found spirits of the monks in a haunted pub

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Rebecca Cole

GHOST hunters have braved a night at one of the most haunted pubs in North Wales.


The North Wales Paranormal Group has revealed the terrifying events which took place during a visit to the Britannia Inn, Llangollen, on a wet and windy night in December.
 

The group, led by medium Mike Griffiths, was called in by the owners of the pub to investigate claims the ghost of a monk had been seen wandering the halls in the dead of night.
 

And after his visit Mike, from Llay, believes the historic building could be one of the most haunted pubs he has ever worked in.


He said: “The Britannia is well known for its hauntings but the night we spent there revealed more than we had imagined.
 

“While I was speaking to an old landlord from the 1800s called Robert Crowe, I suddenly felt fingers grip my throat.
 

“At that exact same moment, cameraman Chris Mellor shouted out he’d picked up a large orb, the energy of a spirit, shooting across my throat.
 

“I also spoke to a lady called Margaret Jones, a lovely spirit with a totally different personality who worked at the inn with her husband Jack or John Jones.
 

“Two Cistercian monks called Brother William and Brother Frances were found near the fireplace close to the restaurant and minutes later Chris took a photo – you can see what looks like a monk in his robes.”
 

According to Mike, the site, which is believed to date back to the 1400s, was built by monks from the nearby Valle Crucis Abbey as a place to live before being turned into a pub in later years.
 

He also claims land at the back of the inn was used as a burial ground “where the souls of departed brethren” were laid to rest.
 

During the night he spent there, Mike and his NWPG colleagues Andrea, Lorraine and Jimmy Ellis, Tim Cowell, Nic Fraipont, Amanda Griffiths and Chris Mellor claim to have heard the cellar door open and close on its own.
 

Another door between two downstairs rooms did the same and there were many unexplained knocks and bangs.


“We like to look at all the evidence from a sceptical point of view too so we allow for drafts and the natural creakings of an old house but there are many things that couldn't be so easily explained away.
 

“And to get all that in one night is incredible.
 

“There have been many reports from guests of ghostly goings on and spooky sightings are rife at the Britannia Inn and over many years it has become a hot-bed for paranormal activity.
 

“A guest staying in one of the rooms awoke in the night to find a number of monks around her bed and another once looked out of a window and saw monks walking through the car park.
 

“There is nothing quite so unnerving or quite so haunting as the image of a spectral monk.”


Ann Dicker, owner of the Britannia Inn, said she has been made aware of incidents which have suggested the venue could be haunted.


She said: “I’ve been here for eight years and I tend to think that if there are spirits and ghosts here they are nice ones who don’t cause us any damage.

" I think there are no evil spirits here.


“We have had reports of lots of odd things happening, although I haven’t seen them myself. It doesn’t bother me about us being said to be haunted.


“Lots of people have claimed they have seen monks in or around the fireplace or heard them chanting something.”


Mrs Dicker said instances suggesting the pub could be haunted include guests reporting suitcases being loudly moved along the passageway during the night and a clock being continually found on the floor despite management believing they had securely fixed it in.

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