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Thursday, 31 October, 2002, 13:20 GMT
'Haunted hanging' pub on sale
The Skirrid Mountain Inn
The ghosts of hanged men apparently haunt the property
One of the oldest pubs in Wales, where 180 people are believed to have been hanged in the 17th Century, has gone on sale.

The Skirrid Mountain Inn in Llanfihangel Crucorney, five miles from Abergavenny, has been linked to Hanging Judge Jeffreys, who carried out mass executions in 1685 following the Monmouth Rebellion.


There has been lots of spooky goings-on since I've been here

Heather Grant, landlady

A beam at the 900-year-old pub still bears the scorch marks of the ropes used in the killings.

The inn, which has been serving ale to customers since 1110, is on the market for 65,000.

Landlady Heather Grant, 44, has lived at the tavern for the last 11 years.

"There has been lots of spooky goings-on since I've been here," she said.

"I live on my own and when I first moved in I have to confess that I was pretty unnerved by things happening.

"We have got one lady ghost who died of consumption at 32, but there is no bad feelings around her.

Shadows

"But we have another, a man, who comes up the stairs, and there isn't a nice feeling when he is about.

"Despite everything that happens here, you do get used to it and I don't mind them anymore," said Ms Grant.

The pub still has the dark oak staircase, where the hangings are said to have taken place.

"I often see a shadow walking up the stairs and along the corridor," said Ms Grant.

"The regulars of the pub see things happening too and once, when my father stayed, he was woken by a dark figure standing at the bottom of the bed.

"He won't stay here on his own now," she said.

The Skirrid Mountain Inn (Romar traveller site)
The 900-year-old pub is for sale at 65,000

Ms Grant, who plans to travel once she sells up said that she gets on well with most of the ghosts sharing her home.

"I am a bit worried that they don't want me to go," she said.

"I had a buyer and it was all about to go through, but then the haunting got really bad.

"There were glasses flying about and all sorts, I think the ghosts want me to stay," she said.

Nicholas Calfe, from estate agents Christie and Co, said potential buyers had come forward.

"There has been tremendous interest because it is so unique," he said.

"The ghosts might put some squeamish people off the property, but I think for most potential buyers it will be intriguing," he added.


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